My research focuses primarily on Shakespeare and dramatic literature, with additional work in various fields of critical theory (psychoanalysis, political theology, ordinary language philosophy) and performance studies. My first book, Second Death: Theatricalities of the Soul in Shakespeare’s Drama, examines the figure of the soul in early modern England. The book argues that the soul founded itself on an irreconcilable paradox: it must somehow provide the basis of human life while, at the same time, elude all traces of representation. This situation created a symptomatic anxiety in the theatre that can, in turn, be traced in the dramatic work of Shakespeare and his peers.
I am currently working on a future project, tentatively titled The Philosopher’s Toothache, that examines the revival of Stoicism in the Renaissance as an embodied, rather than simply theorized, philosophy.
I am also a co-author, with Robert Cohen, of the 11th edition of the textbook Theatre, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
- Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
- Second Death: Theatricalities of the Soul in Shakespeare’s Drama. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.
- “Timely Knowing: The Intimate Conspiracies of Cymbeline.” Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies. August, 2015.
- “‘What more remains?': Messianic Performance in Richard II.” Shakespeare Quarterly 65.1 (Spring 2014): 22-48.
- “Stages of Revision: Performance, History, and Textuality in Anonymous.” Literature/Film Quarterly 41.2 (April 2013): 129-142.
- "Governing the Wolf: Flesh and Soul in The Merchant of Venice." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 43.1 (Winter 2013): 99-120.
- Writing the Forest in Early Modern England: A Sylvan Pastoral Nation (book review). Seventeenth-Century News 68.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2010): 162-166.
- Crime, Gender and Social Order in Early Modern England and Law, Crime and English Society, 1660-1830 (book reviews). Seventeenth-Century News 68.1-2 (Spring/Summer2010): 16-20.
- "The Absent Elegy: Performing Trauma in The Winter’s Tale.” Shakespeare Bulletin 27(2), 197-221. Reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism Volume 148. New York: Gale, 2013, 228-41.
- Shakespeare Association of America, American Society for Theatre Research
- American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
- The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
- The Shakespeare Association of America (SAA)
- The American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
- The Group for Early Modern Culture Studies (GEMCS)
- The California State Long Beach Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- The University of California, Irvine Group for the Study of Early Cultures (invited talk)
- Awarded Fellowship from American Society for Theatre Research, 2017
- Awarded University Research Council Summer Stipend, Summer 2014
- Member of National Humanities Center Summer Institute for Literary Study, Summer 2013