- 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
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
- Hewlett Foundation Faculty and Curriculum Development Grants, 2006, 2010
- Ryan-Sklenicka Faculty Research Award, Cornell College, 2006
Selection as an affiliated scholar of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Program on Arts, Humanities, and Culture in Florence, Italy, 2011
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
ACM Enhancing Scholarly Agendas Grant, 2007
- Global Partners Project of the ACM, Great Lakes College Association, Associated Colleges of the South faculty travel grant, 2005
- NEH Summer Seminar, "Dante's Divine Comedy and the Medieval World: Literature, History, Art” (Prato, Italy), 2009
- Newberry Library, Chicago, IL/British Academy Fellowship for Study in Great Britain, 2006
- Folger Institute Short-Term Postdoctoral Fellowship, Folger ShakespeareLibrary, 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: University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming in 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).
“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).
“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).
- 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.
Courses TaughtFor 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 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 CommunityChair
- 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
- 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
Service to the Profession
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
Manuscript reviewer for Palgrave McMillan Publisher, 2008
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