Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • B.A., Washburn University

The British imagination fascinates me. I marvel over Beowulf, delight in Austen, relish Byron, adore the Pre-Raphaelites, treasure Blackmore, puzzle over Pinter, wonder at Woolf, revere Heaney, moon over Winterson, and laugh happily at Monty Python, Black Adder, Eddie Izzard, and the Vicar of Dibley. But Shakespeare and his contemporaries (Elizabeth I, Marlowe, Spenser, Ralegh, and Donne) are my main focus as I teach and write. Over the years, I have paid particular attention in my scholarship to the ways in which cultural practices (hospitality and travel, for instance) inform the works of these brilliant early modern writers. In recent years, I have taken time to return to my prairie roots in order to write about Francisco Vázquez de Coronado and Willa Cather.

Select Undergraduate Courses Taught

Advanced Composition: Writing About Science
British Literature I
Eighteenth-century Fiction
Freshman Composition
Freshman Seminar
Introductions (Drama, Short Fiction, Poetry, Fiction)
Literature Matters
Seventeenth-century Literature
Tudor Literature
Verbalizing the Visual

Select Graduate Courses Taught

Bibliography and Literary Research
Modern Rhetoric
Renaissance Poetry and Prose
Shakespeare's Contemporaries

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Research & Scholarship

Select Publications

Writing Russia in the Age of Shakespeare. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2004.

Hospitable Performances: Dramatic Genre and Cultural Practices in Early Modern England. West Lafayette:  Purdue University Press, 1992.


“Hemingway’s ‘Soldier’s Home’: The Kansas Welcome Association, Abbreviations, and World War I Archives.”War + Ink: New Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway’s Early Life and Writings. Ed. Steve Paul, Gail Sinclair, and Steven Trout. Kent: The Kent State University Press, 2014. 190-201.

“Quivira, Coronado, and Kansas: A Formative Chapter in the Story of Kansans’ Collective Memory.” Kansas History 35.4 (2012-13): 250-65.

“Recomposing Nineteenth-century Nebraska: Red Cloud Newspapers and Cather’s ‘Hired Girls.’”Willa Cather Newsletter and Review 55.3 (2012): 2-9.

“War Memories, Archives, and Friendship: Wayne A. Palmer, G. P. Cather, and Willa Cather’s One of Ours.” WLA 23 (2011): 59-65.

“’The Bohemian Girl,’ ‘Old Mrs. Harris,’ and the Hospitalities of Red Cloud.” Willa Cather Newsletter and Review 54.2 (2010): 48-51.

“Kansas-Nebraska Acts: Territorial Imagination in ‘El Dorado,’ Song of the Lark, and The Professor’s House.” Willa Cather Newsletter and Review 53.2 (2009): 31-35.

“Coronado and Aesop: Fable and Violence on the Sixteenth-Century Plains.” Great Plains Quarterly. 29.2 (2009): 129-40.

“Ripening Claude: Willa Cather’s One of Ours and the Philosophy of Henri Bergson.” American Literary Realism 41.2 (2009): 112-32.

"The Spokesman: Dorothy M. Johnson's ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ and Infinite Reference. "Theory & Event 12.4 (2009) Project MUSE. 29 Dec. 2009 <>.

“Hamlet’s Northern Lineage: Masculinity, Climate, and the Mechanician in Early Modern Britain.”Renaissance Drama 35 (2006): 3-25.

“Motion and Mercutio in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.” Philosophy and Literature,30.2 (2006): 540-54.Reprinted in Bloom’s Shakespeare Through the Ages: Romeo and Juliet. Ed. Janyce Marson. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2008.

“Metropolitan Resurrection in Anthony Munday’s Lord Mayor’s Shows.” Studies in English Literature 46.2 (2006): 371-87.

“Pedro Castañeda, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, and the Rebirth of the Picaresque on the American Plains.” Mediterranean Studies 11 (2002): 131-48.

"Merchants and Miscegenation:  The Three Ladies of London, The Jew of Malta, and The Merchant of Venice."  Race, Ethnicity, and Power in the Renaissance.  Ed. Joyce MacDonald.  Madison:  Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1997.  36-66.

"Histories of Violence and the Writer's Hand:  Foxe's Actes and Monuments and Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus." Reading and Writing in Shakespeare. Ed. David M. Bergeron.  Newark:  University of Delaware Press, 1996. 82-115.

"Jacobean Muscovites:  Winter, Tyranny, and Knowledge in The Winter's Tale." Shakespeare Quarterly 46.3 (1995): 323-39.Excerpted in A Comprehensive Research and Study Guide to Shakespeare’s Romances. Ed. Harold Bloom.  Broomall: Chelsea, 2000. 65-67. Reprinted in Shakespeare Criticism Yearbook 1995:  A Selection of the Year's Most Noteworthy Studies of William Shakespeare's Plays and Poems.  Vol. 32. Detroit:  Gale, 1997.  388-99.

"Edward IV's Secret Familiarities in Elizabethan Drama." ELH 61 (1994): 279-315.

"William Kemp's Nine Daies Wonder and the Transmission of Performance Culture." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 6 (1991): 33-47.

"How Theater Challenges Hollywood's Archive of Pleasure in Carlos Fuentes's Orchids in the Moonlight." Latin American Literary Review 18 (1990): 6-17.

"Wendell Berry and the Postmodern Author, a translation." Mid-American Review 10 (1990): 20-29.

"Entertainment, Hospitality, and Family in The Winter's Tale." Iowa State Journal of Research 59 (1985): 253-61.

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition
  • Faculty Advisor of the Year, Regis College, 2011
  • Alumni Fellow, Washburn University, 2011