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English|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


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 (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                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 A&S, University of Wyoming

2000                “Best Essay 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

2000                Beatrice Gallatin Beuf Award for Freshman Teaching, University of Wyoming

1999                Mortar Board Teaching Award

1999                University of Wyoming Presidential Lecturer

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, College of A&S

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

1985-86           Whiting Foundation Fellow, Stanford University

1982-85           Stanford University English Department Fellow

SUMMARY OF GRANT ACTIVITY (Career: approximately $220,000 as P.I. or co-P.I.)

  • Co-signer, $2.4 million for Phase II of Passport Initiative, WICHE
  • Wyoming Council for the Humanities Grants
  • University of Wyoming internal grants for research
  • University of Wyoming internal grants for classroom remodeling
  • University of Wyoming internal grants for departmental assessment
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship (2010)
  • Huntington Library/British Academy Research Fellowship (2010)
  • NEH Fellowship for College and University Teachers in 1995-96·
  • Whiting Fellowship for my fourth and final year as Ph.D. student, Stanford

Leadership Development

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

2014-2015       Leadership Wyoming Statewide Program

2013-2014       Developed UWLEAD Program for Department Heads and Associate Deans 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 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                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 collaborated with colleagues to accomplish the following:  

  • Manage a School with 6 divisions, 4 associate deans and 2 directors, 120 FTEs, with an annual budget of $24 million.
  • Managed the following Outreach School divisions: Outreach Credit Programs (University of Wyoming distance education), the University of Wyoming at Casper branch campus, 6 Regional Centers across the state, Outreach Technical Services, International Programs Office, Wyoming Public Media (online and NPR carried via 28 transmitter stations).
  • In addition, managed Summer School / January break / International Field Programs and Saturday University, a program that takes groups of faculty to speak across the state in conjunction with Admissions, Fundraising, and Alumni efforts.
  • In one year, added 3 new distance degrees, programs, and certificates to our offerings, with about 10 more in the works to mission of service to the state.
  • Re-connected the University with the Wind River Reservation’s Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes, creating the first WRR-UW Educational Task Force 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 to transfer from Central Wyoming Community College to the University of Wyoming.
  • Broadened fundraising efforts and alumni contacts from University of Wyoming at Casper to Outreach School generally.
  • 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.
  • Increased the 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  enrollment management, student support, financial aid, early alert, and other student success initiatives and their assessment.
  • Reorganized responsibilities of key staff members in the Division of Outreach Credit Programs, creating a new Program Director Position in the process.
  • Worked with University Legislative Liaisons on budgetary appropriations and distance-education legislation.
  • Created new Marketing Manager position to serve all Outreach School areas as manager of a team of marketers.
  • Financially and logistically supported campus-wide initiatives, including the adoption of Canvas as the new LMS, the creation of an English Language Center for our International Students, the founding of the Committee on the Status of Women and Graduate Students, Staff, Faculty and Administrators of Color; enabled a variety of international and statewide engagement initiatives to encourage student experiential learning and faculty research.

AS HEAD OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING ENGLISH DEPARTMENT, I collaborated with colleagues 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 and secured a gift to our endowment that so far totals $600,000.
  • Increased tenure-track faculty by 26%, lecturers (who have job security and full benefits) by 30%, and staff by 25%.
  • Obtained the first Wyoming State Legislature endowed professorship for excellence for a Visiting Writer in Residence.
  • Negotiated Memoranda of Agreement to ensure courses and teaching staff for Chicano Studies, American Indian Studies, African-American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Religious Studies.
  • Provided the support necessary to begin “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 college to complete articulation agreements; met regularly with community college teachers and administrators.
  • Organized the department’s first undergraduate club.
  • Engaged faculty in first round of curriculum assessment funded by internal grants. Began move to outcomes-based programs.
  • Funded undergraduate and graduate travel for students to present research and creative writing.
  • Encouraged faculty research and publication: in 3 years, from 18 researchers and creative writers, 14 books published; $80,000 in grants.
  • Created a graduate student success program to increase on-time completion of degrees.

AS CHAIR OF THE FACULTY SENATE, I collaborated in accomplishing 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, University President, and Provost.
  • Chaired weekly Executive Council meetings of the Faculty Senate.
  • Coordinated the activities of the Provost and standing committees.
  • Partnered with Student and Staff Senates on a variety of initiatives.


Overall goal: to study upper-level administration in higher education. In addition to an academic year spent shadowing the President and Dean of the Faculty at Claremont McKenna College, and three one-week-long intensive retreats on higher education, at about 50 different colleges and institutions in the U.S., Costa Rica, and Mexico I concentrated on the following issues:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ensuring Transparency
  • Shared Governance
  • Budgeting
  • Service Learning
  • Internationalization / Globalization
  • Distance education and learning technologies
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing of programs and institutions
  • Buildings and Grounds / campus building projects
  • 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:

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

2013-present    Chair, International Education Steering Committee (Deans and VPs)

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

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

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)

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 Sciences

College-wide Service:

2007-09           Committee on Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion, College of Arts and Sciences

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               

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 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               WICHE Executive Committee

2014               Credit-Transfer Initiative with our 7 Community Colleges

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

2014               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               Began the Distance M.A. in English first cohort

2006               Hathaway Task Force to recommend the secondary-school curriculum necessary for students to receive the Hathaway Endowment Scholarships

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 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:

 March 2015     Representative, UW Delegation to Pforzheim Technical University, Germany

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

June, 2013      Representative, UW Delegation to University of Costa Rica



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, 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

“Women’s Self-Perceptions Through Early Modern Needlework.” 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 2014.

"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, 2005.

“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

Publications in Progress

Book manuscript in progress: "Mary Queen of Scots: Agency and Multi-National Identity."

 “Afterword.” With Karen Robertson. In The Politics of Female Alliance in Early Modern Literature and Culture. Ed. Niamh O’Leary and Christina Luckyj. Currently being edited. Forthcoming 2015.

 “Bess of Hardwick’s Gynocracy in Textiles.” In Essay Collection on Bess of Hardwick being planned. Ed. Lisa Hopkins. Forthcoming 2016.

Co-editor, with Caroline McCracken-Flesher and Susan Aronstein. Diana, The Postmodern Princess.

Co-author. “Introduction.” In Diana: The Postmodern Princess.

 “Off With Their Heads: Princess Diana, Anne Boleyn, and the Royal Male Court.” In Diana: The Postmodern Princess.


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, 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, MLA Shakespeare Division; 2003-06 delegate to MLA General Assembly; 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.


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 “Educating Queens: Elizabeth Tudor and Marie Stuart,” invited talk, 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 I am organizing a session, “The Afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots” for International Shakespeare Association, Stratford upon Avon and London

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” 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 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; early modern English painting, portraiture, textiles, design, and architecture; 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.


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