1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
2013-present Dean of the Outreach School, University of Wyoming
2011-2014 M.A. Director, Department of English, University of Wyoming
2001-present Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming
2004-2007 Chair, Department of English, University of Wyoming
2001-2005 Graduate Advisor, Department of English, University of Wyoming
1997-1998 Chair of the Faculty Senate, University of Wyoming
1996-1999 Director of Undergraduate Honors, University of Wyoming
1992-2001 Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming
1986-1992 Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming
2012-13 A.C.E. Fellow
2012 Voted “Top Ten Teacher,” College of Arts and Sciences
2011 Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching
2011 Times Literary Supplement Review of Pens and Needles
2010 Reward for Outstanding Merit in Research, University of Wyoming
2010 Huntington Library/British Academy Research Fellowship
2009-10 Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship
2007 Faculty Development Award, College of Arts and Sciences
2000 “Best Article of 1999" Award for “Sewing Connections: Elizabeth Tudor, Elizabeth Talbot, Mary Stuart, and Anonymous Seventeenth-Century Needleworkers.” Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
1997 Interview with Scott Simon about the film Elizabeth, Weekend Edition, National Public Radio
1995-96 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College and University Teachers
1995 Slater Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Department of English
1994 Mortar Board Teaching Award
1994 Award for Outstanding Merit in Research, College of Arts and Sciences
1994 University of Wyoming Grant-in-Aid
1993 Faculty Development Award, College of Arts and Sciences
1990-92 Fellow, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University
1989 Mortar Board Teaching Award
1988 Faculty Development Award, University of Wyoming
1986 Finalist, Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Wyoming
1985-86 Whiting Foundation Fellow, Stanford University
1982-85 Stanford University English Department Fellow
2013-present Chair, International Education Steering Committee
2012-13 A.C.E. Project, report on Freshman Seminars
2013 Member, First-Year Success Committee
2010 Elected member from A&S, University Tenure and Promotion Committee
2005-07 Member, Synergy Committee
2002-03 Elected Member for A&S, University Studies Committee
2000-03 Elected Member for A&S, Faculty Grievance Committee
1998-99 Search Committee, Vice President for Academic Affairs
1997-98 Chair, Faculty Senate
1995-99 Elected Member, Faculty Senate Executive Committee
1997 Committee, Report on the Graduate School
1996-97 Chair-elect, Faculty Senate
1996-97 Chair, Committee on Committees
1996-97 Faculty Liaison to ASUW (student government)
1995-96 Secretary, Faculty Senate
1995-96 Faculty Liaison to Staff Senate
1994-00 Faculty Senator, English Department
1992-98 Women’s Studies Committee
1992-94 Women’s Studies Curriculum Committee
1992-95 Graduate Council
1994-95 Committee to Review the Dean, College of Arts and SciencesCollege-wide:
2008-09 Committee on Tenure and Promotion, College of Arts and Sciences
2005-07 Member, Heads’ Council, A&S (advisory to the dean on budget and policy)
2006 Member, A&S Student Fees / Instructional Equipment Committee
2011-12 M.A. Director
2004-07 Department head
2003 Elected head of the English Department
2000-05 Graduate Advisor
2001-03 Chair of Committee to Revise the M.A. Program
1996; 1998-2002, 2011-12 Chair of Personnel Committee
1986-89; 1991-96; 1997-2002 Member, Personnel Committee
2001-02 Member, Writing Programs Committee1995-2001 ad hoc Scholarship Committee
1991-93; 2000-01 Academic Professional Lecturer Committee
2013-present Dean, Outreach School, University of Wyoming
2006 Hathaway Task Force Member to recommend the secondary-school curriculum necessary for students to receive the Hathaway Scholarships.
2004-07 Active supporter of Wyoming Writing Project; met with teachers in Casper and Saratoga. hired Senior Lecturer Colin Keeney to direct the Project in 2007.
2004-07 Worked with Audrey Kleinsasser and the Wyoming Schools – University Partnership. Gave a paper at a session that Kleinsasser organized at the Wyoming English Education Conference, after which I met with English teachers from across the state. Participant, Wyoming Literacy event in Casper.
2000-present Annual visit to Laramie High School AP English classes to discuss Shakespeare, Stoppard, and to recruit for the University Honors Program.
1995, 1999, 2002 Invited public lectures, UW Casper.
1994 NEH grant to bring high school teachers to Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Conference.
1988 Invited public lecture, Cheyenne, to introduce film Much Ado About Nothing.International:
March, 2014 Leader of University of Wyoming Delegation to Australi
Pens and Needles: Women's Textualities in Early Modern England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, July 2010. 302 pages.
Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993; second edition (paperback) 1997. 228 pages.
Co-editor with Karen Robertson. Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens: Women's Alliances in Early Modern England. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. 350 pages.
refereed journal Articles“Materializing Authorship in Esther Inglis’s Books.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Duke), fall 2002, 32:3, pp. 469-492; issue edited by Maureen Quilligan.
“Re-visoning the Renaissance: On the Perils and Pleasures of Reviewing the Past.” Introduction to a gathering of essays co-edited with Sara Jayne Steen. Quidditas, vol. 20: 1999.
"Of Chastity and Violence: Elizabeth I and Edmund Spenser in the House of Busirane." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (University of Chicago Press), vol. 20 (autumn, 1994), pp. 49-78.
"The Myth of Elizabeth at Tilbury." Sixteenth Century Journal, vol. 23 (spring, 1992), pp. 95-114.
refereed Chapters in Books
“Women’s Self-Perceptions Through Early Modern Needelwork.” A Companion to Textile Culture. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Forthcoming 2015.
“Women and Needlecrafts.” Oxford Bibliographies on the Renaissance and Reformation. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming 2014.
“Specters of Female Sovereignty in Shakespeare’s Plays.” A Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Ed. Valerie Traub. Forthcoming 2013."Embroidery, Women and Fashion in the Early Modern Period." In The Fashion History Reader: Global Perspectives. Ed. Giorgio Riello and Peter McNeil. London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 111-114.
“Elizabeth When a Princess: Early Self-representations in a Portrait and a Letter.” In The Body of the Queen: Gender and Rule in the Courtly World, 1500-2000. Ed. Regina Schulte. New York: Berghahn Books, 2006, pp. 43-60.
“Anne of Denmark and Historical Contextualization in Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Henry VIII.” In Privileged Women and Politics in Early Modern England. Ed. James Daybell. London: Ashgate/Scolar Press. 2004, pp. 181-193.
“Courtly Entertainments.” Catalogue of the Exhibition Commemorating the Four Hundredth Anniversary of Elizabeth’s Death. Ed. David Starkey and Susan Doran. Greenwich: National Maritime Museum, 2003, pp. 73-80.
“Queens and the Structure of History in Henry VIII.” The Blackwell Companions to Shakespeare: The Poems, Problem Comedies, Late Plays. Ed. Richard Dutton and Jean Howard. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003, pp. 427-444.
“Elizabeth als Prinzessin: Frühe Selbstdarstellung in Portrait und Brief.” Der Koeper der Koenigen.. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2002, pp. 49-66.
“Incest and Authority in Pericles, Prince of Tyre.” In Thicker than Water: Incest and the Literary Imagination. Ed. Elizabeth Barnes. University of Florida Press, 2002, pp. 39-58.
“Of Chastity and Rape: Edmund Spenser Confronts Elizabeth I in The Fairie Queene.” Revised reprint, “Of Chastity and Violence” essay published in Signs. In Representing Rape in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. Ed. Elizabeth Robertson and Christine M. Rose. New York: Palgrave, 2001, pp. 353-379.
“Women’s Relations to Textiles in Othello and Cymbeline.” In Early Modern Visual Culture. Ed. Clark Hulse and Peter Erikson. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000, pp. 215-250.
“Maternal Textualities.” In Maternal Measures: Figuring Caregiving in the Early Modern Period. Ed. Naomi Miller and Naomi Yavneh. Ashgate: Burlington, Vermont, 2000, pp. 224-238. (collection won “Best Collaborative Project” Award, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women).
Co-author with Karen Robertson. “Introduction.” In Maids and Mistresses, pp. 3-17.
“Sewing Connections: Elizabeth Tudor, Elizabeth Talbot, Mary Stuart, and Anonymous Seventeenth-Century Needleworkers.” In Maids and Mistresses, pp. 165-82.
Encyclopedia Entries; Shorter Pieces
“Elizabeth I” in Oxford Encyclopedia of English Literature, ed. David Kastan, 2005.
“Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (Bess of Hardwick), Embroidered panel “Diana and Actaeon” (1597). In Reading Early Modern Women: An Anthology of Texts in Manuscript and Print, 1550-1700. Ed. Helen Ostovich and Elizabeth Sauer. London: Routledge, 2004, pp. 474-75.
“Early Modern English Women Writers” in Encyclopedia of Literary Criticism, 1998.
Shakespeare Quarterly, Biography, Literature and History, Renaissance and Reformation, Renaissance Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, Arthuriana, British History
Book manuscript in progress, "Mary Queen of Scots: Agency and Multi-National Identity"
Co-editor, with Caroline McCracken-Flesher and Susan Aronstein. Diana, The Postmodern Princess.
American Council on Education, Society for College and University Planning, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education), Shakespeare Association, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Modern Language Association, Renaissance Society of America, Sixteenth Century Society, Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, Spenser Society, Medieval Feminist Newsletter, Association of Departments of English.
Offices: 2013-present, Member, Wyoming Public Television Council; 2003 Chair, Modern Language Association Shakespeare Division; 1999-2004 elected member, M LA Shakespeare Division; 2003-06 delegate to General Assembly, MLA; President, Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association; Executive Board member RMMRA 1986-present; RMMRA Awards Committee, ongoing; 2001-02 Chair of Awards Committee, RMMRA. 1998-99 chair of Nominating Committee, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women; 1996-98 Spenser Society executive committee member and Awards Committee member; 1997 chair of Awards Committee, Sixteenth Century Society
Manuscript Refereeing: Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Syracuse University Press, University of Kentucky Press, University of Massachusetts Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Palgrave/Bedford/St. Martin’s, Ashgate/Scolar Press, Thalia, Renaissance Quarterly, Shakespeare Quarterly, PMLA, Sixteenth Century Journal, ELH, Studies in English Literature
2013 “Mary Queen of Scots: Courtly Appropriations,” Plenary Speaker, Northwest Renaissance Conference
2012 “Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots in Shakespeare: Contours of Presence and Absence,” Strode Lecture, University of Alabama
2012 “Seventeenth-Century Women Needleworkers and the King James Bible,” King James Bible Symposium, University of Wyoming
2012 “When Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots Never Met,” Keynote Address, Wooden O Sympsium
2011 “Historicizing the Queen: Walter Scott’s Mary Queen of Scots,” International Walter Scott Conference
2011 "The Wills of Mary Queen of Scots," Shakespeare Association of America
2011 "Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth," invited lecture, Center for British and Irish Studies, University of Colorado
2011 "Mary Queen of Scots at Fontainbleau," Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Montreal.
2010 "Reconsidering Mary Queen of Scots," Annual Denys Hay Lecturer, University of Edinburgh.
2010 "Bess of Hardwick's Chatsworth Workshop: Assembling a Personal Iconography," Renaissance Society of America, Venice
2010 "A Creative Conversation with Liz Lochhead, Scottish Playwright, Translator, and Poet," Modern Language Association (MLA)
2008 “Elizabeth Tudor’s Earliest Political Texts,” plenary lecture, Conference on Elizabeth I, University of Texas at Arlington.
2008 “A New Old Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots,” invited talk, Stephen Orgel Celebration, Stanford University
2008 “Of Textiles and Sonnets: Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella in the Context of Prose Romance, RSA
2007 “The Politics and Poetics of Seventeenth-century Needlework Narratives,” Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA)
2006 “The Iconography of Mary Queen of Scots and Deuil Blanc Portraits,” RMMRA
2005 “A New Textile Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots,” Kissing the Rod Conference, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford
2004 “Elizabeth I and the Poetry of Petrarch,” invited talk, Vassar College Celebration of the 700th Anniversary of Petrarch’s Birth
2004 “Reviving Princess Elizabeth,” endowed public lecture, Washington College, Virginia
2004 “Mary Sidney Wroth: Romancing the Cloth, ” Shakespeare Association of America
2003 “Anne of Denmark and the Construction of Queens in Henry VIII,” RMMRA.
2002 “Esther Inglis and the Question of Authorship,” RMMRA
2002 “Elizabeth I and Gender,” invited talk and roundtable discussion, “Elizabeth I: Monarch and Myth” Conference, University of Surrey, England.
2001 “Wroth and Cloth,” Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Session, Sixteenth Century Society
2001 “Character and Charactery in Early Modern English Drama,” RSA
2001 “On the Normalizing of Shakespeare’s Characters,” Shakespeare Association
2001 “The Queens of Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Henry VIII” invited paper, Conference on Aristocratic Women, Political Power, and Patronage, University of Reading, England.
2001 “How Shakespeare Helped to Create the Concept of Character in the Century After His Death.” Wyoming Conference on English.
2000 “Elizabeth I and the Study of Privileged Women,” invited talk for the European Institute, Florence, Italy
2000 “Maternal Textualities,” RSA, Florence, Italy
1999 “Elizabeth out of Hollywood by Genre,” Modern Language Association (MLA)
1999 “The Narrativity of Textiles in Mary Sidney Wroth’s Urania,” MLA
1999 “Screening the Queen: Elizabeth Goes to the Movies,” endowed public lecture, University of Kansas
1999 “Elizabeth I: A Portrait in Power,” plenary lecture, Humanities West, Herbst Theater, San Francisco
1999 “The Knowing Body Meets the Historical Object: Evaluating the Evidence for a Women’s Textual Tradition,” Shakespeare Association
1998 “Women’s Household Writing,” Shakespeare Association
1998 “The Politics of Women’s Needlework,” invited talk, Center for English Studies, University of Colorado
1997 “Skirting Violence in Cymbeline,” Sixteenth Century Society
1997 “Which the Jew?” Shakespeare Association seminar paper
1997 “Teaching Marlowe, Shakespeare, and the Jews through Elizabeth Cary and Amelia Lanyer,” RMMRA
1996 “Incest and Spectacle in Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” invited talk, Shakespeare at Santa Cruz Conference
1996 “Rejuvenating Elizabeth,” invited public lecture, Vassar College
1996 “Cymbeline: Of Genre and Rape,” RMMRA
1995 “Elizabeth When a Princess,” invited lecture at the Tate Britain Gallery of Art, London
1995 “Text and Textiles in Cymbeline,” seminar paper, International Shakespeare Association, Los Angeles
1995 “Subjectivity and Women’s Textiles,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference
1995 "Women's Texts and Textiles in Seventeenth Century England,” invited talk, American Historical Association
1995 "Elizabeth in Letter and Portrait," RMMRA
1994 “Ocular Textiles in Othello,” Shakespeare Association
1993 "Esther Inglis: The Calligrapher and Print Culture," Shakespeare Association
1992 "The Poetry of Elizabeth I," MLA
1992 "Success and the Succession of Elizabeth," MLA
1992 "Elizabeth I, Poet and Politician," invited talk, Stanford University
1992 "'The Queen with the Lance' Meets The Whore of Babylon for The Unity of England," invited talk, British Studies Conference
1992 "Jane Seagar: Elizabeth's Would-Be Poet," RMMRA
1990 "Isabella Whitney and the Male Topography of London," Congress of Medieval Studies
1989 "Spenserian Chastity and Feminine Poetics," invited talk, University of Colorado Center for British Studies Colloquium
1989 "Elizabeth I as a Nationalist Icon," RMMRA
1988 "Rewriting the Renaissance Survey Course," MLA
1988 “Elizabeth at Tilbury,” Pacific Northwest Renaissance Association
1988 "Tudor Women and the Domain of Male Eloquence," Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo
1988 "The Voice of Tudor Women," Pacific Northwest Renaissance Association
1987 "Playing for Power at Kenilworth," Pacific Northwest Renaissance Association
1987 "Redefining Chastity: Britomart, 'Firme Chastity,' and Elizabeth I," MLA
1986 "Elizabeth and Leicester," RMMRA
1985 "So Cruelly to Pen: Social and Subversive Allegory in The Faerie Queene," Spenser at Kalamazoo, Congress of Medieval Studies
2010 Respondent to session, "The Letters of Bess of Hardwick," Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Montreal
2007 Session chair and respondent, current research on Elizabeth I, “The Competition for Representation Revisited,” RSA, Miami
2005 Co-organizer and chair, “New Directions in Feminist Material Criticism” to Kissing the Rod Conference, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.
2003 Organizer and chair, “Shakespeare and Asia: Film and Performance,” MLA
2003 Co-organizer of seminar, “Entertainments for Elizabeth I” with Georgiana Ziegler SAA
1997-present reviewer for Extended Grants and Fellowships, NEH
2002 Organizer and Chair, “The Literature of Female Homoeroticism: From Medieval to Post-Modern;” Discussion Session, sponsored by the Shakespeare Division, MLA
2001 Organizer and Chair, “Avenging Women in Shakespeare,” Shakespeare Division, MLA
2001 Organizer and Chair, “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Early Modern Women,” RMMRA
2000 Organizer and Chair, “Addressing the Letter,” RSA, Florence, Italy
2000 Organizer and Chair, “Writing Women’s Letters,” RMMRA
1999-2000 Shakespeare Association Program Committee Member
1998 NEH panelist, Fellowships for University Teachers
1998 Organizer and Chair, “Reconceptualizing the Feminine in Early Modern England,” RMMRA
1998 Member, Spenser Society Awards Committee
1997, 1998 NEH panelist, Fellowships for University Teachers
1994 with Susan Aronstein, co-organizer of annual meeting of the RMMRA in Jackson, Wyoming
1994 Organizer of Chair of seminar, "Digging out our Sisters: Method and Theory toward the Recovery of Women's Primary Texts," Attending to Women in Early Modern Europe Conference
1993 Co-organizer of seminar, "Women's Alliances in the Renaissance," SAA
1993 Organizer and Chair of session "Authorizing Queens," MLA
1991 Session organizer and co-chair with Lowell Gallagher, "The Cultural Semiotics of Chastity in Early Modern Europe," MLA
1989 Organizer and respondent, "The Imprisoned Woman in the Renaissance" Session, RSA
1989 Chair and respondent, "Renaissance Women Authors" Session, Pacific Northwest Renaissance Association
1987 Chair, Spenser and Theory Session, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
Distance education. Sixteenth- and early Seventeenth-Century drama, poetry, and prose romance; Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Film, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Tudor and Stuart women, Spenser, early modern women writers, Mary Sidney Wroth, cultural materialism, feminist historicism, cultural semiotics; early modern English painting, portraiture, textiles and design, and architecture; literary and social theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels, integrated in literature courses or as a subject of study; cultural tradition and change; Tom Stoppard; texts and textiles; Shakespeare and pedagogy; preparing secondary school teachers to teach English literature; Seminar on finishing the M.A. thesis.