I completed my PhD in 2016 with a thesis entitled ‘The Meaning of Massacre in Renaissance Drama, 1572-1642’ at The Shakespeare Institute. Since graduating, I have held posts at leading UK universities, including the University of Nottingham, the Shakespeare Institute, and Queen’s University, Belfast.

My research focuses upon two interrelated strands: the representation of mass violence on the English renaissance stage; and the intersections between Shakespeare and global atrocities from the Holocaust to 9/11. In addition to articles in Early Theatre and the Journal of the British Academy, my forthcoming monograph – Massacres in Early Modern Drama – is under contract with Manchester University Press (due 2021). The first full-length study of the conceptualization and enactment of massacres in early modern drama, the book challenges a common orthodoxy – that massacres are senseless in feeling and reason – by drawing rich, complex, and competing meanings of massacres on the early modern stage.


2016 – PhD, The Shakespeare Institute (Early Modern Drama)

2011 – MA, The Shakespeare Institute (Shakespeare Studies)

2009 – BA, The University of Warwick (English and French)



2021 – Massacres in Early Modern Drama (90,000 words), under contract with Manchester University Press for the Revels Plays Companion Library Series, typescript to be submitted November 2020 for publication in 2021


Forthcoming – ‘Interview with Preti Taneja’, ‘Shakespeare and Race’, Shakespeare, 17.1 (2021).

2020 – ‘“Piteous massacre”: Violence, Language, and the Off-stage in Richard III’, The Journal of the British Academy, 8.3 (2020), 91-109.

2020 –  Shakespeare: A Playgoer’s & Reader’s Guide with Stanley Wells and Michael Dobson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020). Revised the critical and performance histories for 27 plays (c. 6,000 words).

2017 – ‘Rape, Massacre, the Lucrece Tradition and Alarum for London’, Early Theatre, 20.2 (2017), 49-76.



As I bring Massacres in Early Modern Drama to a close, I am turning my attention to two interconnected projects: Atrocity and Early Modern Drama and Shakespeare and Atrocity.

The first, and edited collection (Bloomsbury/Arden) developed from a series of seminars I ran at the International Shakespeare Conference (2018) and the Shakespeare Association of America (with Sarah E. Johnson, 2020), will explore: different typologies of early modern atrocity; representations of Shakespearean atrocities in contemporary performance and film; and strategies for teaching atrocity, both from an early modern perspective and our own.

My second monograph, Shakespeare and Atrocity, will provide a sustained examination of the intersections between Shakespearean drama and atrocities from the Holocaust to 9/11. Recovering a little-told history of Shakespeare and extreme violence, Shakespeare and Atrocity will juxtapose global atrocities with Shakespearean performance, literary adaptations, and film. Pioneering an innovative methodology that combines literary and performance analysis with theories of atrocity, practitioner interviews, and archival research, Shakespeare and Atrocity will develop a theory that figures Shakespeare as an instrument to enable, parse, and recover from era-defining violence.


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