MemberStephanie Hershinow

Stephanie Insley Hershinow is Assistant Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY, where she specializes in eighteenth-century British literature, the history and theory of the novel, experimental literature, and literary theory. She has held a postdoc with the Rutgers University Center for Cultural Analysis and fellowships from the Rotary Foundation and the Fulbright Program. In the summer of 2016, she participated in the NEH summer seminar “Post-secular Studies and the Rise of the English Novel, 1719-1897.” Her book, Born Yesterday: Inexperience and the Early Novel, will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019. Buy Born Yesterday here! She owns 22 [ed. now 23!] different ratty paperback editions of Henry Fielding’s comic masterpiece, Joseph Andrews.

MemberAraby Smyth

I am a PhD candidate and instructor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky. Before moving to Lexington I lived in Brooklyn and attended Hunter College of the City University of New York. In NYC I was an activist on several fronts, organizing mass demonstrations and creative actions that were a part of the anti-globalization, anti-war, and immigrant rights movements. While studying at Hunter I was an intern at the Center for Migration Studies and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. I also worked as a research assistant in the GIS lab at Baruch College and for the project Mapping the Solidarity Economy.

MemberDavid Hershinow

…Baruch College, CUNY…

David Hershinow is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, intellectual history, and literary theory. He completed his PhD at Johns Hopkins and, before coming to Baruch, taught for five years as a postdoctoral lecturer in Princeton University’s Writing Program. Prof. Hershinow’s first book, Shakespeare and the Truth-Teller: Confronting the Cynic Ideal (Edinburgh UP, under contract), follows the complicated reception history of Diogenes the Cynic, whose unconventional way of life has been viewed by some as the authenticating basis for radically effective truth-telling and by others as just the opposite: proof that anything he says cannot be taken seriously. Situating the early modern preoccupation with the figure of Diogenes within the longer arc of Cynicism’s literary, philosophical, and political history, Shakespeare and the Truth-Teller argues that Shakespeare fashions a number of Cynic characters with an eye to diagnosing the confusion between literary character and ethical character that leads admirers of Diogenes to believe in the possibility of radically effective truth-telling. At Baruch, he teaches courses in Satire, Great Works of Literature, and Writing. He has published articles on Shakespeare and early modern drama in Criticism and Modern Philology.

MemberKalle Westerling

Kalle Westerling is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance and a Futures Initiative Graduate Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and Director of HASTAC Scholars, a vibrant student network within The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC). Currently, he is completing his dissertation on the history and aesthetics of male-identified bodies in 20th-century burlesque and 21st-century boylesque, “The Roots and Routes of Boylesque: Queering Male Striptease and Burlesque in New York City from 1930s Golden Age Burlesque to the New York Boylesque Festival in the 2010s.” His monograph, La Dolce Vita (Normal 2006) treats the history of the Swedish drag company After Dark. He regularly delivers scholarly papers at the annual conferences for the American Society for Theatre Researchers (ASTR) and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Recently, his performance-related theatre work has included an English translation and dramaturgy of August Strindberg’s The Pelican for the Voyage Theatre Company’s 2016 production in New York City. In 2017, he will also dramaturge Parts Unknown—their reading series of newly written drama. Kalle has taught courses at Villanova University, New York University, Baruch College, Hunter College, and Stockholm University, and has guest lectured at Yale University, The New School, Carleton University, and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. He regularly presents on the topics of queer and LGBT studies, the digital humanities, the public humanities, and on how to leverage digital technology for effective pedagogy. As part of his service to the academic profession, Kalle frequently blogs and employs social media to connect others and build communities. He has organized many conferences, including contributions to HASTAC’s annual international conferences in 2015 and 2016, and the After Marriage Conference in New York City. Kalle has also held board appointments with CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies (Chair of Programming), the open-source publishing platform OpenCUNY, and the CUNY Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association.

MemberCristina León Alfar

…Shakespeare Association of America, 2020

“Anger, Revenge, and Feminist Ethics in Titus Andronicus” in “Early Modern Women’s Anger, Part One,” led by Lara Dodds of Mississippi State University and Laura E. Kolb of Baruch College, CUNY.

Renaissance Society of America, 2020

Session Title: The Ethics of Truth Telling in Early Modern English Drama

Chair: Martine van Elke

Session Papers:
1. Speaking Truth to Power as Feminist Ethics in The White Devil (Presenter: Cristina Alfar)
2. Revolution and Revelation in Emilia’s Moment of Truth (Presenter: Bella Mirabella)
3. “[T]he charm’s wound up”: Macbeth and the Untruthful Choreography of Witchcraft (Presenter: Elisa Oh)


“Isabella’s Feminist Ethics in Measure f…

I am Professor of Shakespeare, late 16th and early 17th century English Drama, and Women’s and Gender studies at Hunter College, CUNY.  My most recent book is Women and Shakespeare’s Cuckoldry Plays:  Shifting Narratives of Marital Betrayal, Routledge, 2017.  I am also an Editor, with Helen Ostovich, of the series “Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture,” for Medieval Institute Publications. My research and teaching interests include, Shakespeare, Early Modern English drama, gender studies, sexuality, political history, history of women, marriage law, parrhesia, feminist ethics. she/her/hers