MemberMartine van Elk

…Editor Section on Geographies, Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Women’s Writing in English, gen. ed. Rosalind Smith and Patricia Pender. Multi-year project.

Blog: Early Modern Women: Lives, Texts, Objects

Blog: Early Modern Female Book Ownership…

Early Modern Women’s Writing: Domesticity, Privacy and the Public Sphere in England and the Dutch Republic. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Tudor Drama before Shakespeare, 1485-1590: New Directions for Research, Criticism, and Pedagogy, ed. Lloyd Edward Kermode, Jason Scott-Warren, and Martine van Elk. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Play Edition

Gammer Gurton’s Needle, in Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama, Gen. Ed. Christina M. Fitzgerald and John T. Sebastian. Broadview, 2013.

Essays and Book Chapters
“Female Glass Engravers in the Early Modern Dutch Republic.” Renaissance Quarterly 73.1 (Spring 2020): 165-211.
“Women Writers and the Dutch Stage: Public Femininity in the P…

Martine van Elk is a Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include early modern women, early modern drama, and Shakespeare. She has written articles on these subjects and most recently published a book on early modern Dutch and English women writers. She also runs two blogs on early modern women.

MemberGeorgianna Ziegler

…Bibliographical Society, London

Modern Language Association

Renaissance Society of America

Shakespeare Association of America


Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender…
…Finishing a long essay on the self-portraits of Esther Inglis that sets them within the traditions of printed author portraits and painted miniatures.

Working on background for an essay on the Protestant French recipients of Inglis’s manuscripts.

Encyclopedia entry on manuscript resources for the study of early modern women….

Georgianna Ziegler is interested in early modern women and their relationship to literature, art, and history, and to women as book owners and annotators.  She has worked and published especially on Elizabeth I, Elizabeth of Bohemia, Lady Ann Clifford, and calligrapher Esther Inglis.

MemberMichelle M. Dowd

I am the Hudson Strode Professor of English and Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama.   I specialize in early modern literature, with concentrations in Tudor and Stuart drama, Shakespeare, and early modern women’s writing.  My additional teaching and research interests include early modern theater culture, dramatic genres, feminist theory and gender studies, economic criticism, and early modern religious culture.  

MemberPatricia Akhimie

…Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race Conduct and the Early Modern World

Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World (co-edited with Bernadette Andrea)…

Patricia Akhimie is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World (Routledge 2018). She is co-editor of Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World (University of Nebraska Press 2019), with Bernadette Andrea. Her research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, and the John Carter Brown Library.

MemberWhitney Sperrazza

…Modern Language Association
Renaissance Society of America
Shakespeare Association of America
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women…

I specialize in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English poetry and women’s writing, with secondary expertise in history of science. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas. In Fall 2019, I will take up a position as Assistant Professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology. My research explores the relationship between tangibility and intangibility. In my digital work, this relationship informs my efforts to put bodies back into data and to experiment with how technology helps us engage differently with historical literary texts. In my current book project, Perverse Intimacies: Poetry, Anatomy, and the Early Modern Female Form, I explore the heretofore undetected collisions between feminist poetic practice and Renaissance anatomical methods. Perverse Intimacies establishes early modern women writers as active interlocutors within emerging scientific discourses and offers a new definition of poetic form shaped by the informational models of early science.

MemberCaro Pirri

My project Settlement Aesthetics: Theatricality, Form, Failure engages key formal continuities between settlement writing and English popular drama between 1570 and 1620 to examine how dramatists gave expression to New World accounts of failure and loss. During this period, unprecedented geographic expansion outside the theater was mirrored by an expansion of the dramatic setting. Yet dramatic interest in settlement crisis was primarily aesthetic rather than thematic, as dramatists recognized in settler accounts a corresponding crisis of representation which suggested that traditional forms of knowledge were unsuited to the demands of the present. These dramatists drew on the structure and rhetoric of settlement documents to respond to changes in the dramatic medium and question the capaciousness of their own theatrical worlds. By linking innovations in dramatic scenography to England’s New World failures, this project shows that drama played a crucial role in formalizing the uncertainty at the heart of the early modern knowledge-making enterprise. I’m also beginning a new project on early modern women, travel literature, and itinerant domesticity. An early version of this argument is forthcoming in Exemplaria. A third project on representations of indigenous labor in early modern drama and entertainments is still in process. I’m currently an Mellon ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow for 2019-2020.  

MemberElizabeth Cruz Petersen

Elizabeth Cruz Petersen, Ph.D., holds a Fellow position at the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University, and an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature. Her research is at the crossroads of cognitive studies (specifically somaesthetics) and early modern Spanish theater and literature. Focusing on the relationship between body, mind, and environment in the context of early modern Spanish performance, her book Women’s Somatic Training in Early Modern Spanish Theater (Routledge, 2016) demonstrates how the early modern Spanish actress subscribed to various somatic practices in an effort to prepare for a role. She is currently working on two research projects: The lives of five women in early modern Spanish Theater who started and ran their own theater enterprises, directing and mentoring another generation of young women entrepreneurs; and the transformation of the witch throughout literary history.