Academic History

  • Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1997
  • Specialist (combined BA and MA degree) in English Language and Literature, Sofia University, Bulgaria. Collateral major in Bulgarian literature, 1985

Areas of Expertise

  • Poetry and drama of the English Renaissance
  • Global Shakespeare
  • Early modern women's literature and rhetoric
  • Book history and book arts

Academic Awards

  • Top Twenty library instruction article recognition by the American Library Association Library Instruction Round Table (for “Layering Knowledge: Information Literacy as Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom,” co-authored with Prof. S. Reed), 2007

  • Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Award for best article in the field in 2000 (for "Fighting Words: Witch-Speak in Late Elizabethan Docu-Fiction"), 2001


Cornell College Grants 

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Internal Grant for Curricular Enhancement: Integrating  Letterpress and Book Arts in the Curriculum (with Professors L. Hankins and M. Mouton), 2012-15

  • Campbell McConnell Travel Awards, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

  • Hewlett Foundation Faculty and Curriculum Development Grants, 2006, 2009

  • Campbell McConnell Sabbatical Awards, 2007, 2014

  • Ryan-Sklenicka Faculty Research Award, Cornell College, 2006

External Grants

  • NEH Summer Research Seminar, "Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603" (Antwerpen, Belgium; London and Oxford, U.K.), 2014
  • ACM Faculty Career Enhancement Grant for organizing a conference on The Past, Present, and Future of the Book at Cornell College (with Prof. M. Mouton), 2011

  • NEH Summer Research Seminar, "Dante's Divine Comedy and the Medieval World: Literature, History, Art” (Prato, Italy), 2009

  • ACM Enhancing Scholarly Agendas Grant, 2007
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, IL/British Academy Fellowship for Study in Great Britain, 2006 

  • Global Partners Project of the ACM, Great Lakes College Association, Associated Colleges of the South faculty travel grant, 2005
  • Folger Institute Short-Term Postdoctoral Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, 1998

  • Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, and Renaissance Studies at Iowa Short-Term Resident Fellowships, 1994, 1997

  • Robert L. Middlekauff Short-Term Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 1995



  • “Words Like Daggers”: Violent Female Speech and Gender in Early Modern England. Lincoln, NE and London: University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming in Fall 2014.
  • Cultures of the World: Bulgaria. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1997.


  • Essay cluster on “Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives on Teaching Dante's Divine Comedy.” Pedagogy 13:1 (2013).

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Journals and Essay Collections (since 2000)

  • “Un-Painting the Veneto Villa: Domestic Virtù and the Limits of Civic Subjectivity in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.” Peregrinations of the Text: Reading, Translation, Rewriting, ed. Evgenia Pancheva, Christo Stamenov, Maria Pipeva, Georgi Nyagolov  (Sofia, Bulgaria: Sofia University Press, 2013). 82-89.

  • “The Triple Cord: Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy and Creativity.” Pedagogy 13.1 (2013): 87-95.

  • “Island Noises: Sound Imprints of the Cultural Encounters in Shakespeare’s Tempest.” In Cultural  Encounters (Critical Insights), ed. Nicholas Birns (Hackensack , NJ: Salem Press, 2012). 89-106.

  • “Dreaming the Present: The Tempest, Bulgaria, ca. 2005.” Shakespeare Bulletin 29 (2011): 291-302.

  • “Dream Loops and Short-Circuited Nightmares: Post-Brechtian Tempests in Post-Communist Bulgaria.” Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 3.2 (2008). Online.10,655 words.

  • “Prophetic Cries at Whitehall: The Gender Dynamics of Early Quaker Women’s Injurious Speech."  Lead essay in Women, Gender, Radical Religion, ed. Sylvia Brown (Leiden: Brill, 2007). 17-37.

  • “Layering Knowledge: Information Literacy as Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom” (co-authored with Shannon Reed). Pedagogy 6.3 (2006): 435-52.

  • “’There's Magic in Thy Majesty’: Queenship and Witch-Speak in Jacobean Shakespeare.” In High and Mighty Queens of Early Modern England: Realities and Representations, ed. Carole Levin, Jo Eldridge Carney, Debra Barrett-Graves (New York: Palgrave, 2003). 151-68.

  • “Tainting the Marvelous Monarchy: Witchcraft on the Jacobean Stage.” In Renaissance Refractions: Essays in Honour of Alexander Shurbanov, ed. Boika Sokolova and Evgenia Pancheva (Sofia, Bulgaria: Sofia University Press, 2001). 142-54.

  • “A Home ‘Upon the Way’: Travel Encounters with Two Seventeenth-Century Quakers from the Brown University Women Writers Project.”  In Women Writers Online [database online] (Providence, RI: Brown University Women Writers Project, 2000). 2,167 words.

  • “Fighting Words: Witch-Speak in Late Elizabethan Docu-Fiction.”  The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 30:2 (2000): 309-38.

  • Biographical entries on Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Heywood, Thomas Middleton, Thomas Deloney, Thomas Kyd, Steven Gosson, George Chapman, and Thomas Nashe. In Reformations: Protestant and Catholic, 1550-1620: An Interdisciplinary Dictionary, ed. Jo Eldridge Carney (New York: Greenwood Press, 2000).

Book Reviews (since 2000)

  • Lamb, Mary Ellen and Karen Bamford, eds. Oral Traditions and Gender in Early Modern Literary Texts (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World). Renaissance Quarterly 61 (2008): 1386-87.
  • Marion Gibson. Witchcraft and Society in England and America, 1550-1750. Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 1:2 (2006): 251-55. 
  • Adam Fox, Oral and Literate Culture in England 1500-1700. Renaissance Quarterly 56:3 (2003): 930-31.Nina Taunton, 1590s Drama and Militarism: Portrayals of War in Marlowe, Chapman and Shakespeare's Henry V. The Sixteenth Century Journal 33:4 (2002): 1077-78.

Faculty-Student Research

Courses Taught

For Cornell College

  • ENG 111 Topics in Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies: After Hamlet, Big-Screen  Shakespeare, Battle Scars: Literature and Cultural Conflict, From Esther to Elizabeth I

  • ENG 201 Introduction to Literary Studies

  • ENG 202 Introduction to Film Studies

  • ENG 211 English Survey I

  • ENG 240 Theatre, Architecture, and the Arts in England (team-taught with Prof. M. Mouton)

  • ENG 321 Studies in Medieval Literature: Dante (on campus and in Italy)

  • ENG 322 Medieval and Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare’s Rivals (on campus and as an ACM Newberry Library, Chicago, Short-Term Seminar)

  • ENG 323 Shakespeare I: Comedies and Romances

  • ENG 324 Shakespeare II: Tragedies and Histories

  • ENG 325 Topics in Renaissance Non-Dramatic Literature: Women Writers in the Age of Shakespeare; The Renaissance Sonnet

  • ENG 327 Shakespeare after Shakespeare: Performance and Cultural Criticism

  • ENG 372 Film and Film Criticism: Big-Screen Shakespeare

  • ENG 374 Early Women, Power, and the Royal Courts (team-taught with Prof. C. Penn-Goetsch, Art History)

  • ENG 411 Senior Seminar: The Tempest: A Case Study in Intertextuality; Literary Appropriation, Politics, and Cultural Knowledge

  • ENG 413 Senior Project Workshop in Critical Writing
  • ENG 714 Literature in Action: The Shakespeare Play

For the ACM Program in Arts, Humanities, and Culture in Florence (Italy)

  • Dante’s Divine Comedy and the City of Florence

  • Weaving the Tale: Literary and Visual Art Narratives of Renaissance Florence

Service to the Cornell Community


  • Lecture, Artists, Cultural Events Consortium, 2010-11
  • Department of English and Creative Writing, 2008-10, Fall 2006
  • Writing Program Advisory Committee, 2003-05
  • Search Committees for Writing Consultant (2003, 2005) and for co-directors of the Writing Studio (2004)


  • ACM conference, “The Past, Present, and Future of the Book” (with Prof. M. Mouton), 2012
  • Humanities and Arts Interest Group lecture series, 2005-07
  • ACM Information Literacy Workshop for Literature Faculty, 2003

Producer and Project Supervisor  for the Stephen Lacey Memorial Shakespeare Play

  • Flash-Mobbing Shakespeare, a campus event and online collaboration with Sofia University, Bulgaria; dir. Chris Tabb, 2014
  • Shakespeare Invasion: Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, King Lear, dir. Chris Tabb, 2012
  • As You Like It, dir. Lisa Wolpe, 2009
  • Much Ado about Nothing, dir. Joyce Peifer, 2007
  • The Tempest, dir. Carey Upton, 2005
  • Twelfth Night, dir. Desmond Barrit, 2003


  • Center for the Literary Arts Operations Committee, 2013-14
  • Academic Programs Sub-committee, 2013-14
  • Writing Program Committee 2012-13, 2002-03
  • International and Off-Campus Studies Advisory Committee, 2009-11
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Summer Program, 2010-11
  • Lecture, Artists, Cultural Events Consortium, 2005-07, 2008-10
  • History Search Committee, 2008-09 
  • Student Life College Committee, Media Board, 2002-03

Service to the Profession

  • Manuscript reviewer for Palgrave MacMillan Publishing Company (2008, 2014) and for Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2014)

  • President of the Shakespeare at Kalamazoo Society of the International Medieval Congress, 2010-11; Vice-President (2009-10), and Secretary (2008-09) of the Society

  • Book reviewer and article reader for Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, 2006-08

  • Associate editor for the International Journal of the Humanities, 2005-06

  • Book reviewer for Renaissance Quarterly, 2003-08

  • Book reviewer for The Sixteenth Century Journal, 1994-2002

  • Founding member and president, Bulgarian Association of University Women, 1990-91


  • Modern Language Association

  • European Shakespeare Research Association

  •  Shakespeare Association of America

  • Society for the Study of Early Modern Women