I specialize in early modern literature with emphasis on gender and theater history. I am especially interested in Tudor-Stuart festivity. I am the author of The Elizabethan Country House Entertainment: Print, Performance, and Gender and am writing a book on masques in staged and printed Shakespeare, tentatively titled “Shakespeare’s Revels.”

As a feminist scholar, I also research the ways women shaped early modern literature through writing, reading, and patronage. Current interests include the seventeenth-century poet Hester Pulter and the influential literary patrons Alice Stanley Egerton, Countess of Derby (1559-1637), and her daughter Elizabeth Stanley Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon (1588-1633). I am a contributing editor and Advisory Board member for The Pulter Project.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002

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    Shakespeare Association of America, Renaissance Society of America, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Sixteenth Century Society, Queen Elizabeth I Society, MLA

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