I am a funded doctoral student in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent (Canterbury campus), working on the language of violence in Jacobean revenge drama. My MA dissertation at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute explored linguistic philosophy in Shakespeare’s curses. My research interests include weaponized words and disease in early modern drama. I am also a member of Cultures of Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, a research cluster at Kent dedicated to investigating performance events in Europe from c. 500 – 1700, and involved in the postgraduate-led Coffee House seminars, an interdisciplinary series of workshops and discussions for early modernists at Kent.


PhD, University of Kent (Medieval and Early Modern Studies) – in progress MA (Distinction), University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute (Shakespeare Studies) – 2016 BA (Hon), Coe College (English Literature, History, Classical Studies) – 2013 Funding and Awards
  • Conference Bursary, awarded to 5 delegates presenting papers related to Shakespeare’s contemporaries (The Society for Renaissance Studies and the British Graduate Shakespeare Conference) – 2018
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship (University of Kent, School of English and Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies) – 2017 – 2020


Academic Events Experience
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies Summer Festival (2017-2018), organizing committee – University of Kent, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Canterbury)
  • Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017 – present), PGR Student Rep – University of Kent and Kent Union (Canterbury)
  • World Shakespeare Congress (2016), student ambassador – University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute; Royal Shakespeare Company; International Shakespeare Association (Stratford-upon-Avon)
  • Whose Culture?’ Celebrating 10 Years of the Learning Performance Network (2016), freelance events consultant – Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon)
  • British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (2015 – 2016), secretary and chair for publicity – University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute (Stratford-upon-Avon)
  • Annual Writing Center Scholarship Competition (2012-2014), senior staff member – Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • Eco-Fair, in conjunction with “Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling within the Forces of Nature” (Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota) (2012), events intern – Kenosha Public Museum (Kenosha, Wisconsin)
  Talks and Conferences
  • February 2018 – presented a paper titled ‘Objectified Bodies in Middleton’s The Second Maiden’s Tragedy‘ as part of the London Shakespeare Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe Inaugural Graduate Conference, ‘Making Connections: Early Modern Texts and Cultures’. (King’s College London and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)
  • February 2018 – led a seminar titled “‘Be thou true’: Pronominal Address in Early Modern Drama,” which involved readings and discussion exploring the use of pronouns in 16th and 17th century dramatic texts. (University of Kent)
  • December 2017 – presented a paper titled ‘Wordborne Contagion in Troilus and Cressida‘ as part of a panel on ‘The breath, the sigh, and the senses,’ at the Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama in Practice. (Green Templeton College, University of Oxford)
  • December 2016 – presented a paper titled ‘”Passion is Catching”: Grief and Public Mourning in Julius CaesarMuch Ado About Nothing, and King John‘ as part of the “Grief and Mourning” panel at the Globe Education Department’s Cultures of Mortality conference. (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)
  • July 2016 – presented a paper titled ‘”A Gift, I Warrant”: Power and Reciprocation in Timon of AthensKing Lear, and All’s Well That Ends Well‘ at Spectrum: Celebrating Interdisciplinary Research in Literature and Culture, a postgraduate conference focusing on work from within the schools of English, Drama, American, and Canadian Studies (EDACS), and the humanities more widely. (University of Birmingham)
  • June 2016 – presented a paper titled ‘”A Woman Well Reputed”: Portia’s Rhetoric in Julius Caesar‘ as part of the “Power of Rhetoric in Shakespearean Conflict” panel, at the 2016 British Graduate Shakespeare Conference. (University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute)
  • October 2011 – part of a panel presentation titled “Electronic Portfolios: Multiple Functions in Writing Center Staff Development” at the Fall 2011 Midwestern Writing Center Association conference. (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
  • November 2010 – as part of a team, gave a poster presentation on the results of Coe College’s Longitudinal Writing Across the Curriculum (LWAC) Study at the Fall 2010 International Writing Center Association conference. (Baltimore, MD)
  Freelance Writing and Volunteer Work
  • 2018 – present – Peer Reviewer, The Shakespeare Institute Review
  • 2017 – present – Community Blogger, Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • 2017 – present – Social Media ghost writer, Americans of Conscience Action Checklist
  • 2016 – 2017 – Digital Administrative Consultant, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Postponed – co-leading a workshop with Professor Catherine Richardson titled “Staging the Unstageable: Physicality and Violence in Arden of Faversham,” as part of the Cultures of Performance research cluster. (University of Kent) June 2018 – “Speaking Death and Dying Listening in Early Modern Revenge Tragedies” at the British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute) July 2018 – “Resistance and Revenge in Webster’s Duchess of Malfi” as part of the Renaissance Drama (3) panel at the Authority, Gender and Social Relations Early Modern Studies Conference (Durham University, IMEMS)

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