Department of English
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231- | firstname.lastname@example.org
I specialize in English Renaissance literature with a particular interest in the writings of Edmund Spenser. My broader research agenda focuses on the ways 16th-century English writers navigated the cultural and intellectual upheavals at the threshold of early modernity. This interest took shape in my first book, currently under review, which considers Spenser as a moral theorist; it examines how his poetry and prose addressed, and helped shape, the cultural transformation of moral thought in the early modern era. My newest project seeks to understand the historical emergence of capitalism in early modern England through the works of writers such as More, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton.
Before coming to Virginia Tech, I was an associate professor of English at Oklahoma State University, where I was awarded the Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award. I am an associate editor of Milton Quarterly, and have served on the executive committee of the International Spenser Society.
- Premodern poetics
- History of moral philosophy
- History of capitalism
- Ph.D., English, University of Rochester
- M.A., English, University of Rochester
- B.A., Religious Studies, St. Lawrence University
- Associate Editor, Milton Quarterly
- Member, Sixteenth Century Society
- Member, International Spenser Society
- Member, Renaissance Society of America
- Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award, Oklahoma State University
- William H. Gilman Memorial Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Candidate in English or American Literature, University of Rochester
“Attributing and Dating the Manuscript Miscellany of Elizabeth Newell, Beinecke Library Osborn MS. b49,” The Library 18.3 (September, 2017): 305-15.
“Framing Civil Life in Elizabethan Ireland: Bryskett, Spenser, and the Discourse of Civill Life,” Renaissance Studies 30.3 (June 2016).
“Spenser, Harvey, and the Strange Poetics of The Shepheardes Calender,” College Literature 42.3 (Summer 2015): 420-41.
“Which Edition of Homer did Spenser Read?” Notes & Queries 62.1 (March 2015): 74-77.
“Milton’s Spenser: Eden and the Work of Poetry,” SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 55.1 (Winter 2015): 175-96.
“Spenser, Tasso, and The Ethics of Allegory,” Modern Philology 111.3 (February 2014): 365-83
“OkstateShakspeare: Bringing Special Collections and Digital Humanities Into the Undergraduate Classroom,” Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships, ed. Kristen Tottelben and Lori Birrel (ACRL, 2016), 221-36.
- Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Travel Grant, “Lodowick Bryskett’s A Discourse of Civill Life,” Houghton Library, Harvard University.
- Newberry Library Travel Grant, “Gabriel Harvey's Marginalia in Thomas Hoby's Courtyer.”
- Newberry Library Travel Grant, “Figurations of Courtesy in the Elizabethan Garden.”
- “Capitalism, Ideology, and the Political Thought of Edmund Spenser,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, October, 2020.
- “Civility and Political Violence in Spenser and Shakespeare,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, St. Louis, MO, October, 2019.
- “Spenser’s Machiavellian Virtue,” Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, June 2018.
- “Opening the Archives: Digital Humanities Research in the Undergraduate Classroom,” DH@OU#4 Digital Humanities Symposium, The University of Oklahoma, September 5, 2017. (Invited)
- “Spenser's Theatrical Virtues,” Spenser, Poetry, and Performance, Research in Action Symposium at Shakespeare's Globe, London, UK, June 12-13, 2017. (Invited)
- “The Ethics, Poetics, and Politics of Compost in Spenser’s Faerie Queene,” International Spenser Society, Renaissance Society of America Conference, Chicago, April 2017.
- “Undergraduate Research: The Road to Publication Begins with Research” Roundtable Panel, MLA International Bibliography Advisory Committee, MLA Convention, Philadelphia, PA, January 2017. (Invited)
- “Digital Humanities and Special Collections in the Undergraduate Classroom,” THATCampOK, Stillwater, OK, May 2016.
- “The Place of Forgetting in Spenser’s Ethics,” International Spenser Society, Dublin, Ireland (June, 2015).
I teach a range of undergraduate and graduate-level classes in topics including Shakespeare; Renaissance, Medieval, and Classical literature; and literary theory. The developing centerpiece of my teaching has been undergraduate research projects linking classroom instruction with emergent methodologies in the digital humanities. In these courses, students develop basic research skills, a deeper knowledge of Renaissance literary culture, and a range of widely applicable skills in archival and database navigation, basic web development, and web design.
I have worked with graduate students on a range of early modern and medieval topics, and I am happy to advise students committed to a rigorous engagement with the literary cultures of the premodern era. At Oklahoma State University, I served as the English Department’s director of graduate studies and served on the University’s Graduate Faculty Council and as the humanities chair on the Graduate Academic Program Committee.
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