I work across what I like to jokingly refer to as “the long English Renaissance,” as I have projects that span from the late Medieval to the Restoration, as well as sideline interests in science fiction and Ecocriticism. I primarily deal with drama, although that includes attention to the physical codex, the text itself, and the text in performance. My current research interests include: gender, revenge, and the passions in early modern England; medieval ideas of/around dramatic manuscripts; ballad publics and anti-publics; and the social function of revenge drama.


Ph. D., English, University of California, Santa Barbara, December 2011

“Domesticating Vengeance: The Female Revenger in Early Modern English Drama, 1566-1700”

      Committee: James Kearney, Patricia Fumerton, Mark Rose

      Exam fields: Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration

M.A., English, San Francisco State University, May 2002

      Certificate in the Teaching of College Composition 

B.A. Literature (Honors in the Major), University of California, Santa Cruz, June 1997

      Minor in History



Co-Editor. Titus Out of Joint: Reading the Fragmented Titus Andronicus. ed. Paxton Hehmeyer and Liberty Stanavage. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2012). 


Essays and Articles

“‘He has both the cost and torment’: Marital labor and Commercialized Masculinity in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews.  28:3-4, 2015.

“‘Such a Sinner of His Memory’: Prospero, Bruno and the Failures of Neo-Platonic Memory Magic.” Staging the Superstitions of Early Modern Europe. ed. Verena Theile and Andrew McCarthy. Ashgate Press (2013).


“‘Will ye Ha’ a Ballad?’: Teaching Shakespeare with Ballads.” Co-authored with Eric Nebeker.  Encountering Ephemera: Scholarship, Performance, Classroom. ed. Joshua B. Fisher and Rachel Steinberger. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2012).


“From Titus To Titus: Edward Ravenscroft’s Titus Andronicus And The Emasculation Of Shakespeare’s Tamora.” Titus Out of Joint: Reading the Fragmented Titus Andronicus. ed. Paxton Hehmeyer and Liberty Stanavage. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2012).


“Problematizing Textual Authority in the York Register.” Textual Cultures: Cultural Texts.  ed. Orietta Da Rold and Elaine Treharne. Essays and Studies.  D.S Brewer (2010).


 “‘I fear she cannot love at all’: Unnatural Female Sexuality in the Revenge Tragedy.” Genre 28 (2008).  <http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/complitclassics/genre/documents/genre28pdf_000.pdf&gt;


“Taboos and Dangerous Ideas in Modern SF.” Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction. Ed. Leigh Grossman. Wildside Press (2011).


Blog Posts


    Under Consideration

     “The Female Revenger in Early Modern English Drama: Domesticating Vengeance, 1566-1700.”  (Monograph under consideration).


    “Margaret of Anjou and the Rhetoric of Sovereign Vengeance.”  (Essay for collection on Shakespeare’s Queens currently in process).


    Current Projects

    “Bel-Imperia, Hieronimo and Gendered Revenge in The Spanish Tragedy.” (Article currently being revised for resubmission).


    “Othello in the 21st Century College Classroom: Using Modern Productions to Examine Student Assumptions and Cultural Stereotypes,” (Article in process on strategies for teaching Othello).

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Questioning Gynocentric Utopia: Nature as Addict in “Farewell to Cookeham.”  Panel: Gender and Species: Ecofeminist Intersections, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2017.




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