MemberCarla Zecher

As executive director of the Renaissance Society of America, I provide leadership for an international scholarly society with 4,000 members. I work with the RSA’s board of directors and represent the RSA to the broader educational and public humanities community. The RSA publishes Renaissance Quarterly, the leading US-based journal in Renaissance studies (1300-1700); holds an annual conference in North America or Europe; and sponsors fellowships, professional development programs, and virtual gatherings. I coordinate the Society’s operations: personnel, governance, finance, development, communications, programs, and publications.

MemberCourtney A. Parker

I am a PhD candidate in the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama. My research broadly focuses on gender and sexuality in early modern British literature, and my dissertation examines how gender and occult power are represented in English drama, poetry, and street literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Other research interests include Milton, Shakespeare and his contemporaries on the page and in performance, and medievalism in the nineteenth-century American South.

MemberMarta Albalá Pelegrín

Teaching and doing research on Late Medieval & Early Modern Mediterranean Literature, Iberian News of “Conquest,” Theater and Diplomacy. Currently a Berenson Fellow at I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies). Board Member of Directors of SNAP (The Spain-North Africa Project), Officer at PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association) and member of Diversifying the Classics, UCLA.

MemberErik Johnson

…Ph.D. English, Stanford University

M.A. English, Stanford University

B.A. English & Renaissance Studies, Yale University…

Erik L. Johnson teaches in the Humanities and English departments at San Jose State University. Erik studies Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature with a special interest in cross-Channel influences and translations. Erik earned a B.A. from Yale University in English and Renaissance Studies, then edited non-fiction at W. W. Norton & Company in New York before entering the English Ph.D. program at Stanford University. He has published in Eighteenth-Century Studies, contributed to volumes published by Bloomsbury and Cambridge University Press, and received a conference prize for research presented to the Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

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.  

MemberClark Hulse

CLARK HULSE has published four books on Renaissance literature and visual culture, including Metamorphic Verse (1980), The Rule of Art (1990), Early Modern Visual Culture (with Peter Erickson, 2000), and Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend (2003). In 39 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago he has been professor of English and Art History, Dean of the Graduate College, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor. Since leaving UIC, he has been Executive Director of Creative Santa Fe and the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors. He has also collaborated on public humanities projects with the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. His current research and writing includes Elizabethan portraiture, Shakespearean theater, and the culture of modern cities.

MemberMarlena Cravens

My dissertation, Among Aliens Abroad, uncovers the techniques used by the Spanish Empire to translate the indigenous languages and cultures of the New World. It reveals how Spanish colonization depended on erasing and selectively rewriting native languages. My research is supported by the 2019-2020 CLIR/Library of Congress Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities in Original Sources, the 2019 Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Fellowship, and the 2020-2021 University Graduate Continuing Fellowship from the University of Texas.   I draw upon digital resources such as Voyant, Palladio, and Python, as well as physical and digital collections in the Americas and Spain, including John Carter Brown Library, the LLILAS Benson Library, the Harry Ransom Center, the Huntington Library, the National Library of Spain, and the Library of Congress, each of which has important collections containing New World indigenous grammars, dictionaries, travel accounts, translated catechisms, and “histories.”