- 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
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
- NEH Summer 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
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 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).
“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.
- An Account of the Travels, Sufferings & Persecutions of Barbara Blaugdone (1691): an annotated electronic edition with contextualizing essays by ENG 325 Women Writers in the Age of Shakespeare.
- Thomas Dekker, Henry Chettle and William Haughton, The Pleasant Comedy of Patient Grissil (1619): an annotated electronic edition with contextualizing introduction and a backstage plot by ENG 322 Shakespeare's Rivals.
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 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 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
- 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
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