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Office: Mason 309
Office Phone: 463-0171
E-mail: engvcp at

I completed my Ph.D. in English Literature in 2005 at the University of Texas at Austin, where I specialized in early modern literature and culture with a secondary emphasis in women, gender, and literature. Prior to that, I earned a Masters degree in English from The Ohio State University in 1998 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1996. As an undergraduate at OWU, I played Volleyball and Basketball and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society.

At Hofstra, I teach Shakespeare (English 115 and 116), Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (English 112), Renaissance and 17th-Century Literature (English 117), Ways of Reading (English 100), and the early British Literature survey (English 41), which covers works from the 5th century to 1798. I also teach graduate-level Shakespeare courses (ENGL 291 A and U).

17th century soldierMy research interests include Shakespeare and early modern drama, poetry, and epic; military history in England; early modern Ireland and Scotland; British Nationalism(s); women’s writing; and print and manuscript culture. I have published articles on Shakespeare, John Fletcher, and Margaret Cavendish, among other subjects; I am currently finishing a book manuscript about military obligation and the militia in 16th- and 17th-century English drama.


“Coats and Conduct: The Materials of Military Obligation in Shakespeare’s Henry Plays,” Modern Philology 109 (2012): 1-26.

“Jockeying Jony: The Politics of Horse-Racing and Regional Identity in The Humourous Magistrate,” Early Theatre 14.2 (2011): 149-182

“Shakespeare, Fletcher, and the ‘The Gain O’ the Martialist,’” Shakespeare 7.5 (2011): 296–308.

“New Model Armies: Recontextualizing the Camp in Margaret Cavendish’s Bell in Campo,” ELH 78 (2011): 657–685.

“The King’s Privates: Sex and the Soldier’s Place in John Fletcher’s The Humorous Lieutenant (ca. 1618),” Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama XLVII (2008): 25–50.

"The Quality of Mercenaries: Contextualizing Shakespeare’s Elizabethan Scots” in Celtic Shakespeare:The Bard and the Borderers. Eds. Willy Maley and Rory Loughnane (Ashgate, 2013):22-57.

"Teaching Margaret Cavendish’s Bell in Campo,” in Teaching Restoration and Eighteenth Century Women Dramatists. Eds. Bonnie Nelson and Catherine Burroughs (New York: Modern Language Association, 2010): 348–355.

“Old Playwrights, Old Soldiers, New Martial Subjects: Shakespeare, the Cavendishes, and the Drama of Soldiery,” Cavendish and Shakespeare: Interconnections. Eds. James B. Fitzmaurice and Katherine Romack (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006): 123–148.

“Arms and the Folio: Shakespeare as ‘Warlike Accoutrement’ in William Cavendish’s The Country Captain (ca. 1641)” Philological Quarterly, 26 pp. MS (Winter 2012).

“Locating The Valiant Scot (1626/1637)” in Performing Environments: Site Specificity in Medieval &
Early Modern English Drama. Eds. Susan Bennett and Mary Polito (under contract with Palgrave MacMillan Press).

“Political Prose and the Civil Wars: Pamphlets and London Culture post-1642” Yearbook of English Studies (Forthcoming, 2014).

"Furious Soldiers and Mad Lovers: Fletcherian Plots and The History of Cardenio” in Shakespeare, Cervantes, Fletcher, etc: Cardenio, Collaboration, and Performance Eds. Gary Taylor and Terri Bourus (collection under review with Palgrave MacMillan Press).

The Militia Theatre, 1560–1660: Playing the Soldier in English Drama and British History (475pp. ms. nearing completion).

Beyond A View: An Anthology of English Writing on Ireland, 1500-1700 (Edited collection of primary texts/textbook for Courses in Literature and Irish Studies, with co-editors Willy Maley and Rory Loughnane).

Introduction, Notes, and Critical Bibliography, Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (New York: Simon & Schuster, June 2006).

Curriculum Guide to Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, co-authored with Ashley E. Shannon (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.