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  • Columbia University PhD (English and Theatre)

  • Columbia Institute for Research on Women and Gender (Graduate Certificate)

  • Barnard College BA (Theatre)          



Persecution, Plague and Fire: Fugitive Histories of the Stage in Early Modern England. The University of Chicago Press, 2011.

“The Curious Absence of Soft Matter: A Response to Cute Shakespeare,” Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, special issue ed. Julia R. Lupton, Fall 2016.

“Water: Absorption, Uncontainment, and Cleopatra’s Barge” Shakespeare International Yearbook 2015, special issue: The Human, ed. Tiffany Jo Werth.

 “The Wrong Stuff: Staffordshire Figurines at the Folger Shakespeare Library” Theatre Survey, September, 2015.

“Feeling Unhistorical” Historical Affects on the Early Modern Theatre, ed Ronda Arab, Michelle Dowd, Adam Zucker. Routledge 2015.

“Acting Historical with Shakespeare, or William-Henry Ireland’s Oaken Chest” Shakespeare Survey 67 (2014): 202-220, special issue:

“Shakespeare’s Collaborative Work”Recipient of the 2015 Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize, American Society of Theatre Research (ASTR)

 “Indecorum” 21st Century Approaches to Early Modern Theatricality. Ed. Henry S. Turner for the “21st Century Approaches” series. ed. Paul Strohm. Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Richard III in the Parking Lot” in “Finding Richard III: A Forum,” Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies (NP) 8/2013

“The Monkey Wrench in The Busie Body Approaches to Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Ed. Catherine Burroughs and Bonnie Nelson. Modern Language Association, 2010

 “Against Plausibility” Theatre Historiography: Critical Questions. Ed. Henry Bial and Scott Magelssen. University of Michigan Press, 2010.

 “The Specter of Straight Shakespeare” [reprint]. Canadian Shakespeare Ed. Susan Knutson for the series, “Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English.” Ed. Ric Knowles, Playwrights Canada, 2010.

“The Theatre as a Self-Consuming Art.” Theatre Survey 49:1 (May 2008): 91-107.

“Toward a New Theatre History of Dionysus” Theatre History Studies 26 (2006): 71-87.


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