2013-Present, Associate Professor, State University of New York at New Paltz.
2007-2013, Assistant Professor, State University of New York at New Paltz.
2006-2007, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania English Department.
Ph.D. August 2006, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, English.
Dissertation: Romancing the Globe: Romance, English Expansion, and the Early Modern Stage
BA May 1998, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, English and Philosophy, with Distinction and Honors in English.
Romance on the Early Modern Stage: English Expansion before and after Shakespeare.Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013. Reviewed: Times Literary Supplement (May 21, 2014);Theatre Research International (July 2015).
“Old Plays: Shakespeare, Robert Dodsley, and the Early Modern Dramatic Canon.” Renaissance Drama. Vol. 49.2 (2021). 229-57. https://doi.org/10.1086/716759
Shakespeare and Digital Pedagogy, Edited by Diana E. Henderson and Kyle Sebastian Vitale. Bloomsbury, 2021.Shakespeare Students as Scribes: Documenting the Classroom through Collaborative Digital Note-taking.”
“From Table Books to Tumblr: Recollecting the Microgenres of the Early Modern Stage in Social Media.” Shakespeare Survey, Vol. 71 (2018). 194-208. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108557177.021
“Tragicomedy and Romance,” with Jane Degenhardt. The Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama, Ed. Arthur Kinney. 2017.
“Making History in Q Henry V.” English Literary Renaissance. Vol 43.3 (2013). 478-513. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6757.12015
“Romance on the Early Modern Stage.” Blackwell’s Literature Compass. Volume 6 Issue 1, January 2009. 113–127.
“‘Asia of the One Side, Affric of the Other’: Sidney’s Unities and the Staging of Romance.” Staging Early Modern Romance: Prose Fiction, Dramatic Romance, and Shakespeare. Ed. Valerie Wayne and Mary Ellen Lamb. Routledge, 2009. 47-71.
Review of The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser, Ed. Richard McCabe. Sixteenth Century Journal. 2013.
The Shakespeare Folios Project
With the help of librarians and other participants, from 2016-2019 the Folios Project gathered information on more than 200 folios through a survey of over 60 institutions. With additional research in the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) and other library catalogues, we have identified over 400 additional copies of the Second, Third, and Fourth Folios. This information now comprises a database of 675 folios. Based on this data, we now know that there are over 300 copies extant of the Second Folio (more than previously thought) and that the Third Folio is indeed somewhat rarer than other editions, particularly the first issue.
In 2019, the Folios Project began a collaboration to share its data with The Shakespeare Census, a project at the University of Pennsylvania begun by Zachary Lesser and Adam Hooks to gather census information on all Shakespeare publications through 1700 (including quarto editions and the First Folio). The data from the Folios Project will now be maintained and updated through the Census, where it will contribute to a comprehensive record of Shakespeare’s works in print through the seventeenth century.
In conjunction with my honors seminars over the past six years, I directed a study of New Paltz history as told through objects and created this digital exhibition of our work. The project was carried out in collaboration with Historic Huguenot Street, the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection, Sojourner Truth Library’s Special Collections, Hudson Valley River Heritage, and Prof. Joe Diamond of the SUNY New Paltz Anthropology Department.
Selected Fellowships and Awards
SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2017.
Rare Book School, University of Virginia, Scholarship to Participate in “Shakespeare in Print” seminar at Yale University, 2017.
Provost’s Fellow for Innovative Teaching at the Teaching and Learning Center, 2015-16
Folger Shakespeare Library, Grant-in-Aid for “Teaching Book History” Workshop, 2012.
Teacher of the Year, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, New Paltz, 2011.
Pre-Tenure Leave Award, New Paltz, Fall Semester 2011.
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Grants, New Paltz. 2010; 2012.
Research and Creative Projects Award, Office of Academic Affairs, New Paltz. 2009.
Honorable Mention, Diane Hunter Dissertation Prize, University of Pennsylvania Department of English, 2007.
University of Pennsylvania, English Department Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2007.
University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, 2005-2006.
McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Hamer Dissertation Fellowship, 2004.
Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, 2003.
University of Pennsylvania Mellon Fellow, 2002-2003.
Folger Shakespeare Library, Conference Grant-in-Aid Award, 2002.
University of Pennsylvania, Teaching Assistant Fellowship, 2000-2002.
Selected Conference Papers and Presentations
“Old Shakespeare,” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. April 2019.
“Shakespeare and the Genres of the ‘Old Play’,” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. March 2018.
“Shakespeare and Genre,” Seminar Co-leader (with Jane Degenhardt). Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. April 2017.
“From Class Notes to Digital Scripts: Using Social Media to Document Shakespeare in Today’s Undergraduate Classroom,” Modern Language Association of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. January 2017.
“From Table Books to Tumblr: Recollecting the Microgenres of the Early Modern Stage in Social Media.” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. March 2016.
Pre-show lecture and discussion of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. August 2015. (By invitation).
“#Shakespeare: Following Falstaff in Early Modern England and Beyond.” October 2014. Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass-Amherst. (By invitation).
Pre-show lecture and discussion of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. August 2014. (By invitation).
New Generations in the “Materiality of the Shakespearean Text.” Seminar Co-leader (with Kurt Schreyer). Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. St. Louis, MO. April 2014.
“Falstaff’s ‘Table of greene fields’: Reading the Microgenres of the Early Modern Stage.” Renaissance Society of America, New York City, March 29, 2014.
“Starting a Digital Center from Scratch.” Modern Language Association Technology and the Humanities Camp (THATCamp). Northeastern University, Boston, MA, January 2, 2013.
“Imagined Empires: Romance Geography and the Early Modern Stage.” 23rd Barnard Medieval and Renaissance Conference, New York City, Dec. 1, 2012.
“Purposeful Pedagogy: Making Students’ Work Meaningful.” SUNY New Paltz Center for Teaching and Learning. May 2012.
“Romance and the Speculative Geography of The Merchant of Venice.” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. April 5-7, 2012.
“Freeing Shakespeare in the Digital Age: Resources for Students and Teachers.” Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Summer Institute. Garrison, NY. August 2010.
“Staging an Arthurian Empire in Early Modern England.” British Society for Renaissance Studies. York, UK. July 2010; Modern Language Association. San Francisco, CA. December 2008.
“Making History in Q Henry V.” History of the Material Text Seminar. University of Pennsylvania. September 2009; Shakespeare Association of America. Chicago, Ill.. April 2010.
“Romance Geography.” Shakespeare Association of America. Washington, DC. April 2009.
“Knights, Amazons, and King Arthur’s Global Empire: Romance on the Early Modern Stage.” New Paltz Medieval and Early Modern Studies Seminar. April, 2009.
“Pericles, The Tempest and the Imaginative Geography of Romance.” American Comparative Literature Association. Cambridge, Mass. March 2009. (By Invitation).
“‘What may be digested in a play’? History, Romance, and Henry V.” Shakespeare Association of America. Dallas. March 2008.
“Transatlantic Jonson?: ‘On the Famous Voyage’ in Thomas Morton’s New English Canaan.” Renaissance Society of America. Miami. March 2007.
“Spenser’s ‘Wandring Islands’ and The Tempest.” Shakespeare Association of America. Philadelphia. April 2006.
“‘Asia of the One Side, Affric of the Other’: Sidney’s Unities and the Staging of Romance.” Shakespeare Association of America. Bermuda. March 2005; University of Pennsylvania Medieval/Renaissance Seminar. November 2004; Copia Renaissance Studies Conference. Princeton University. April 2004 (By Invitation).
“Seventeenth Century Marginalia in Shakespeare’s First Folio.” With Jane Degenhardt. University of Pennsylvania History of the Material Text Seminar. November 2003.
Activities and Service
Service to Department:
2016-present Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English
2016-present Co-Editor, Shawangunk Review
2010-present Ad-Hoc Committee on Curriculum and Technology, Department of English
2010-2011 Co-Coordinator, English Department Graduate Symposium
2009-2010; 2012 Promotion and Tenure Sub-Committee, Department of English
2008-2012 Advisor, Transfer Student Orientation.
Fall 2009 Co-organizer and presenter, “Your Degree at Work,” English Department Career Workshop Series
Oct. 2009 Volunteer for Campus Open House.
May 2009 Participant in Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society) Induction Ceremony, May 2009.
2008-2009 English Department Curriculum Committee
Fall 2008, 2009, 2012 Organizer, Graduate School Information Session, English Department
Service to Campus Community:
2016-present Member of Graduate Council
2018-present Member of Honors Council
2013-2014 Chair of Digital Humanities Search Committee
2012-2014 Committee on Research, Awards, and Leaves (CRAL)
Summers 2008, 2009-2012 Advisor, First-Year Orientations
Dec. 2009, Nov. 2010 Organizer and Presenter, Zotero Workshop, College-Wide
Fall 2008 Guest Dramaturge, Measure for Measure (Theater Arts Program)
Service to the Profession:
Invited Referee for The Norton Shakespeare, 2012.
Renaissance Editorial Board, Blackwell’s Literature Compass, 2009-Present.
Invited Referee for The Bedford Shakespeare, 2009.