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Department of

Susan Frye

Dean of Outreach
Professor for the Department of English
Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., University of New Mexico
B.S., Smith College
Wyo Hall 337


The Outreach School
Dept. 3106
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, Wyoming 82071
(333 Wyoming Hall)
(o) 307-766-3152
(fax) 307-766-3485


1987   Ph.D. Renaissance English Literature, Stanford University

1981   M.A. with distinction in English, University of New Mexico

1974   B.A. cum laude Smith College in English


2001-present   Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming  

2014-present   Humanities Institute (newly founded) Faculty, University of Wyoming

1986-present   Honors Program Faculty, University of Wyoming

1988-present   Co-appointment, Gender and Women’s Studies Department Faculty, University of Wyoming

1992-2001       Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming

1990-92           Fellow, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University      

1986-1992       Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming


2013-present   Dean of the Outreach School, University of Wyoming

2013-2014       As A.C.E. Fellow (, Special Projects Advisor to the Provost at the University of Wyoming; to the President and Provost of Claremont Graduate University; to the Dean of Students, Claremont McKenna College; and to the President, Wabash College

2011-2013       Graduate Director, Department of English, University of Wyoming

2004-2007       Chair, Department of English, University of Wyoming

2001-2005       Graduate Co-Director, 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


2015                Celebrating Diversity “Stellar” Award for Service, University of Wyoming Committee on Women and People of Color

2012-13           A.C.E. Fellow (American Council on Education)

2012                Voted “Top Ten Teacher,” College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming

2011                Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching, University of Wyoming

2011                Times Literary Supplement illustrated Review of Pens and Needles

2010                Award 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 A&S, University of Wyoming

2000                “Best Essay of 1999" Award, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

2000                Beatrice Gallatin Beuf “Golden Apple” Award for Freshman Teaching, University of Wyoming

1999                Mortar Board Teaching Award

1999                Selected as Presenter, President’s Annual Lecture Series, University of Wyoming

1998                Voted “Top Twenty Teacher,” College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming

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, University of Wyoming

1993                Faculty Development Award, College of Arts and Sciences

1989                Mortar Board Teaching Award

1988                Faculty Development Award, University of Wyoming

1985-86           Whiting Foundation Fellow, Stanford University

1982-85           Stanford University English Department Fellow

SUMMARY OF GRANT ACTIVITY 1986-present (Career: $402,000 as P.I.)

  • Wyoming Council for the Humanities Grants ($25,000)
  • University of Wyoming internal grants for research ($20,000)
  • University of Wyoming internal grant for classroom remodeling ($250,000)
  • University of Wyoming internal grants for departmental assessment ($5,000)
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship (2010) ($11,000)
  • Huntington Library/British Academy Research Fellowship (2010) ($6,000)
  • NEH Fellowship for College and University Teachers in 1995-96 ($50,000)
  • Whiting Fellowship, Stanford University ($35,000)

Leadership Development

2014-present   Appointed State Coordinator, A.C.E. Women’s Network

2014-2015       Leadership Wyoming Statewide Program

2013-present   UWLEAD Leadership Program for Department Heads and Associate Deans, organized with 4 other deans

2012-2013       American Council on Education (A.C.E.) Fellow

2013                Certified in Strategic Planning, Society of College and University Planning

2013                A.C.E. Women’s Leadership Forum

2011                Academic & Student Affairs Leaders Conference, University of Wyoming

2010                Invited Speaker, Panel on Women in Administration, Attending to Women in Early Modern England Conference

2004-2007       Participant, Associated Departments of English Training Conferences for Department Chairs (Modern Language Association)

2004-2007       Dean’s Advisory Council, College of Arts and Sciences

2005, 2006      Invited Speaker, Best Practices for New Heads Panel, A&S

1996-1998       Executive Board, National Organization of Faculty Governance (formerly Western States Association of Faculty Governance)


AS DEAN OF THE OUTREACH SCHOOL, I have worked collaboratively to accomplish the following:               

  • Administer a School with 7 divisions, 4 associate deans and 3 directors, 110 FTEs, with an annual budget of $24 million and an endowment of $8 million.
  • Administer the following Outreach School divisions: Outreach Credit Programs (University of Wyoming distance education), the University of Wyoming at Casper branch campus, 9 Regional Centers across the state, Outreach Technical Services, International Programs Office, Wyoming Public Media (online and NPR carried via 28 transmitter stations), English Language Center (division in startup mode).
  • Administer Summer School / January break / International Field Programs as well as  Saturday University, a program that takes groups of faculty to speak across the state in conjunction with Admissions, Fundraising, and Alumni.
  • In two years, added 5 new distance / branch campus degrees, programs, and certificates to our offerings on the basis of cost benefit analysis, national and community research.
  • Worked with academic colleges and departments to ensure the academic excellence of distance and branch campus courses and degrees by fine-tuning assessment tools.
  • Re-connected the University with the Wind River Reservation’s Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribal Nations, working with the President to create the first WRR-UW Educational Task Force, the first such body in about 20 years. The Task Force has recently begun work on 5 different areas of concern, including an American Indian Studies-based degree in Natural Resources for transfer from Central Wyoming Community College to the University of Wyoming.
  • Broadened fundraising efforts, annual giving, and alumni contacts from the University of Wyoming at Casper to Outreach School.
  • Completed and opened a $32 million building at University of Wyoming at Casper, shared between UW/C and Casper College.
  • Renewed and maintained connections with the 7 Wyoming community colleges to ensure transfer-credit programs and development of curricula and degrees for our shared students.    
  • Together with the University Deans’ Council, drafted the new University Academic Plan for 2015-2020.
  • Worked to achieve university-wide transparency of reporting on the Outreach School’s policies and budget.
  • With the Vice President of Student Affairs, initiated the Outreach School-Student Affairs Enclave to involve both groups in discussion of student retention and persistence to graduation, enrollment management, student support, financial aid, early alert, and other student success initiatives and their assessment.
  • Reorganized responsibilities of key staff members to reflect current needs in the Division of Outreach Credit Programs, the Outreach Deans’ Office, and UW/Casper.
  • Worked with University Legislative Liaisons on budgetary appropriations and distance-education legislation, including budgetary requests and State Authorization.
  • Created new Marketing Manager position to serve all Outreach School areas, as manager of a newly formed team of marketers organized by their Marketing Plan.
  • Organized an Outreach School Engagement Council of Advisors.
  • Successfully conducted the self-study and on-sight visit of Outreach Credit Programs Division by the Higher Learning Commission in 2013. Maintain strong communications with the HLC.
  • Provided decisive financial and logistical support for major campus-wide initiatives, including the adoption of Canvas as the new LMS, the creation of an English Language Center for International Students, the founding of the Committee on the Women and People of Color; the UW Community College Transfer Initiative.
  • Enabled a variety of international and statewide engagement initiatives to encourage faculty research and student experiential learning.

AS HEAD OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING ENGLISH DEPARTMENT, I worked collaboratively to accomplish the following:                  

  • Started the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing that in 7 years became ranked 30th in the nation.
  • Balanced the budget. Successfully argued for a Legislative Excellence Professorship that brings $200,000 to the department annually. Secured a gift to our endowment that so far totals $1,200,000.
  • Increased tenure-track faculty by 26%, lecturers (who have job security and full benefits) by 30%, and staff by 25%.
  • Negotiated Memoranda of Agreement to ensure courses and teaching staff for Latino/a Studies, American Indian Studies, African-American and Diaspora Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Religious Studies.
  • Supported the creation of graduate certificates in American Indian Studies, African-American and Diaspora Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies.
  • Underwrote the beginning of the “Synergy Program” for at-risk first-years, which won the TIAA-CREFF Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence for the design team (2007) and became the pilot for a campus-wide first-year success initiative.
  • Created an English/English Education major working with the College of Education that reduced graduation time from 5 to 4 years while meeting National Accreditation Criteria.
  • Partnered with the state’s 7 community colleges to complete articulation agreements; met regularly with community college teachers and administrators.
  • Organized the department’s first club for undergraduates.
  • Engaged faculty in first round of curriculum assessment funded by internal grants. Began move to outcomes-based assessment.
  • Funded undergraduate and graduate travel for students to present research and creative writing. Held seminars for graduate students on grant writing.
  • Encouraged faculty grant writing, research, and publication: in 3 years, from 18 researchers and creative writers, 14 books published; $80,000 in grants.
  • Created graduate student success program to increase on-time completion, including piloting a course on how to write the M.A. thesis.
  • Created a distance M.A. in English program now in its second cohort.

AS CHAIR OF THE FACULTY SENATE, I worked collaboratively to accomplish the following:

  • Organized the writing and passage in the Senate of Unireg 808, the Post-Tenure Review Policy; negotiated its acceptance by the Board of Trustees.
  • Organized the passage of Unireg 35, the Faculty Dispute Resolution.
  • Represented the faculty at monthly Board of Trustee Meetings, working closely with the President of the Board of Trustees, BOT members, University President, and Provost.
  • Chaired weekly Executive Council meetings of the Faculty Senate.
  • Coordinated the activities of the Provost and standing Faculty Senate committees.
  • Partnered with Student and Staff Senates on diversity, health care, and grading issues.


  • Overall goal: to study upper-level administration in higher education.
  • Spent academic year shadowing the President and Dean of the Faculty at Claremont McKenna College and participating as member of Senior Staff.
  • Spent 3 week-long intensive retreats studying wide-ranging topics in higher education, producing case studies and white papers working with national experts.
  • Assessed organization of students’ community-based service work in education for DePaul University with an A.C.E. Fellows team; submitted white paper to DePaul
  • Paid site visits and held discussions with leaders at more than 50 different colleges and institutions in the United States, Costa Rica, and Mexico
  • SPECIAL ACADEMIC AFFAIRS PROJECTS For Presidents and V.P.A.A.s at the University of Wyoming, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont Graduate University, and Wabash College, completed 5 projects:
    • First Year Seminar Best Practices Survey and White Paper (UW)
    • Reviewed proposed Legislative Research policy conducted by Faculty (UW)
    • Advised on Strategic Planning (CGU and Wabash)
    • Drafted and helped negotiate passage of Non-Tenure Track Personnel Policy (CMC)
      • Diversity and Inclusion
      • Ensuring Transparency
      • Shared Governance
      • Budgeting
      • Service Learning
      • Buildings and Grounds / campus building projects / sustainability
      • Internationalization / Globalization
      • Distance education and learning technologies
      • Fundraising and grant writing
      • Athletics-Academics relations
      • Accreditation and Assessment
      • Marketing of programs and institutions
      • Risk and Crisis Management
      • Administrative search committees, transitions, and succession planning
      • Board Relations
      • Legal Issues in Higher Education
      • Leadership Training
      • Building an effective, collaborative team
      • Creating a safe, inclusive environment for all

University of Wyoming SERVICE

Campus-wide Service:

2015                Committee to Review the University Honors Program

2014-present    Founding member, Committee on Women and People of Color

2014-present    Co-Chair, Outreach School / Student Affairs Research and Planning Enclave

2013-present    Chair, International Education Steering Committee, which leads university efforts to internationalize UW (members are the Deans and VPs)

2013-present    Graduate Council of the Faculty Senate (ex-officio)

2013-present    Course Approval Committee of the Faculty Senate (ex-officio)

2013-14           Saturday University Task Force

2012-13           A.C.E. Project, report on Best Practices for Freshman Seminars

2013                Member, First-Year Success Committee

2010-13           Elected member from Arts & Sciences, University Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee     

2005-07           Member, Synergy Committee (first-year program for at-risk students)

2001-03           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 Sciences

College-wide Service:

2006-09          Committee on Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion, College of Arts and Sciences (200+ lecturer and professorial cases annually)

2005-2008       A&S Board of Visitors

2005-07          Heads’ Council, A&S (advisory to the dean on budget and policy)

2006-09          A&S Student Fees / Instructional Equipment Committee

1995-1998      Student Computing Fees Committee

Department Service:

2010-13           Chair, ad hoc Ph.D. Proposal Committee (submitted 2014)

2011-12           M.A. Director

2004-07           Department Head

2000-05           Graduate Advisor

2001-03           Chair of Committee to Revise the M.A. Program

1996; 1998-2002, 2011-12      Chair of Personnel (R,P&T) Committee

1986-89; 1991-96; 1997-2002 Personnel Committee

2001-02           Writing Programs Committee

1995-2001       Scholarship Committee

1991-93; 2000-01 Academic Professional Lecturer Committee

Statewide and Regional Service:

2014-present   WICHE Executive Committee

2014-present   Credit-Transfer Initiative with our 7 Community Colleges

2014-present   Wind River Reservation – University of Wyoming Educational Task Force and Subcommittees

2014-1015       WICHE Passport Planning with Laramie County Community College

2013-2014       Strategic Partnerships Initiative

2013-present   Dean, Outreach School, University of Wyoming

2013-present   Wyoming Public Television Council

2013-present   International Board of Advisors, University of Wyoming

2011-present   Initiated Distance M.A. in English program; now in 2nd cohort

2006                Hathaway Task Force. Recommended the secondary-school curriculum for students qualifying for the Wyoming State Hathaway Endowment Scholarship

2004-07           Revitalized Wyoming Writing Project

2004-07           Partnered with Public Schools-University Partnership, organizing paper sessions at Wyoming English Education Conference and participating in statewide literacy events

2000-present   Annual visit to Laramie High School AP English classes to discuss Shakespeare, Stoppard, and to recruit for the University Honors Program

1994                NEH grant to bring high school teachers to Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Conference

1986-present   Lectures and discussion groups sponsored across the state

International Service:

2013-present Chair of International Education Steering Committee (IESC)

2014-2015 Working with IESC, fund-raised for and created English Language

Center, an Intensive English Program for International Students; its new Director reports to me.

2015    Partnered with Department of Modern and Classical Languages to rethink

ESL courses, and bridge courses from English Language Center to ESL.

2015    Representative, University of Wyoming Delegation to Pforzheim Technical University, Germany

2014    Leader, University of Wyoming Delegation to the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia                   

2013    Representative, University of Wyoming Delegation to the University of Costa Rica, the University for Peace, the Costa Rica Distance State University, the Costa Rica Higher Education Accreditation Department, and to the Minister of Education, Costa Rica

2013    Representative, University of Wyoming Delegation to the University of the Americas Puebla, Benemerita Autonomous University of Pueblo, Popular Autonomous University of the State of Pueblo, and to the Minister of Education, Puebla, Mexico       



Pens and Needles: Women's Textualities in Early Modern England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, July 2010. Ebook edition 2011, Paperback edition, 2013. 302 pages.

Co-editor with Karen Robertson. Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens: Women's Alliances in Early Modern England. New York: Oxford University Press, Hardback and paperback 1999, Kindle edition, 2013. 350 pages.

Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993; second edition (paperback) 1997, Kindle edition 2013. 228 pages   

Refereed Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Shorter Pieces

“Bess of Hardwick’s Gynocracy in Textiles.” In Bess of Hardwick. Ed. Lisa Hopkins. Manchester: University of Manchester Press. Forthcoming 2017.                

“Afterword.” With Karen Robertson. In The Politics of Female Alliance in Early Modern Literature and Culture. Ed. Niamh O’Leary and Christina Luckyj. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Press. Forthcoming 2016.

“Women and Needlecrafts.” Oxford Bibliographies on the Renaissance and Reformation. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming 2016.              

“Women’s Self-Perceptions Through Early Modern Needlework.” A Companion to Textile Culture. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Forthcoming 2016.

“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 2015.

"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.

“Elizabeth I” in Oxford Encyclopedia of English Literature. Ed. David Kastan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 269-274.

“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.

“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.           

“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.

“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.

“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.” 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.

“Abstract of ‘Screening the Queen: Elizabeth out of Hollywood by Popular Genres.’” In PMLA October 2000 (115:5).

“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, Cousins and Queens: Women’s Alliances in Early Modern England (OUP, 1999), pp. 3-17.

“Sewing Connections: Elizabeth Tudor, Elizabeth Talbot, Mary Stuart, and     Anonymous Seventeenth-Century Needleworkers.” In Maids and Mistresses, pp. 165-82.

“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.

Book Reviews        

Shakespeare Quarterly, Biography, Literature and History, Renaissance and Reformation, Renaissance Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, Arthuriana, British History, Early Modern Theatre

Publications in Progress

Book manuscript in progress: "Mary Queen of Scots: Agency and Multi-National Identity." (working title: Not Another Biography of Mary Queen of Scots)    

Co-editor, with Caroline McCracken-Flesher and Susan Aronstein. Ever Afters: Princess Diana and Stories Past and Present.

Co-author. “Introduction.” In Ever Afters: Princess Diana and Stories of Past and Present.

“Off With Their Heads: Princess Diana, Anne Boleyn, and the Royal Male Court.” In Ever Afters: Princess Diana and Stories Past and Present.


American Council on Education, A.C.E. Women’s Network, Society for College and University Planning, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education), Educational Advisory Board, University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Society for College and University Planning, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (C.A.S.E.), 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.

Board Memberships and Offices: 2013-present, Member, Wyoming Public Television Council; 2013-present, Member, International Board of Advisors University of Wyoming; 2003 Chair, Modern Language Association (MLA) Shakespeare Division; 1999-2004 elected member, MLA Shakespeare Division; 2003-06 elected delegate to MLA General Assembly; President, Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA); 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, Renaissance and Reformation, Modern Philology, Shakespeare Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, Early Modern Theatre


2015 “The Tapestries of Mary Queen of Scots,” Renaissance Society of America, Berlin

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 Symposium

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 “Educating Queens: Elizabeth Tudor and Marie Stuart,” invited lecture, Center for British and Irish Studies, University of Colorado

2011 "Mary Queen of Scots at Fontainebleau," Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Montreal.

2010 "Reconsidering Mary Queen of Scots," Annual Denys Hay Lecture, University of Edinburgh

2010 "Bess of Hardwick's Chatsworth Workshop: Assembling a Personal Iconography," Renaissance Society of America, Venice

2010 “Not Another Biography of Mary Queen of Scots.” Invited talk, Folger Shakespeare Library

2010 "A Creative Conversation with Liz Lochhead, Scottish Playwright, Translator, and Poet," Modern Language Association (MLA)

2009 “Measure for Measure Panel,” responding to production at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Center for British Studies, University of Colorado

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,” Renaissance Society of America 

2006 “The Politics and Poetics of Seventeenth-century Needlework Narratives,” Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA)

2007 "Shakespeare's Measure for Measure: Sexual Comedy, Political Power, Religious Values" Symposium, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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, “Aristocratic Women, Political Power, and Patronage” Conference, 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 an Early 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


2016 Currently organizing a session, “The Afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots” for 2017 Shakespeare Association meeting

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, Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Annual Conference, Jackson

2005 Co-organizer and chair,  “New Directions in Feminist Material Criticism,” 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 Organizer and Chair, “Reconceptualizing the Feminine in Early Modern England,” RMMRA

1998 Spenser Society Awards Committee

1997, 1998 NEH panelist, Fellowships for University Teachers

1994 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” RSA

1989 Chair and respondent, "Renaissance Women Authors" Session, Pacific Northwest Renaissance Association

1987 Chair, “Spenser and Theory” Session, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference


Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century drama, poetry, and prose romance; William Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Film, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Tudor and Stuart women, Edmund Spenser, early modern women writers, Mary Sidney Wroth, women’s life writing, cultural materialism, feminist historicism, cultural semiotics; history of fashion; early modern English painting, portraiture, textiles, design, and architecture; the gender of space; literary and social theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels, integrated in literature courses and as a subject of study; cultural tradition and change; Tom Stoppard; texts and textiles; Shakespeare and pedagogy; preparing secondary school teachers to teach English; Teaching for graduate success; U.S. Drama of Diversity; International Drama.

Susan Frye

Seventeenth-Century Needleworkers and the King James Bible.

Needleworkers and the King James Bible
Susan Frye

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