Professional Bio


  • Ph.D. Spanish Literature, Harvard University, 2002   
  • M.A. Spanish Literature, University of California-Berkeley, 1991
  • B.A. Foreign Literature, Pomona College, 1985

Research & Scholarship


Staging Marriage in Early Modern Spain. Bucknell University Press, 2011. The manuscript focuses on conduct manuals and their role in codifying courtship and matrimony. Staging Marriage draws a link between the didacticism of these controversial treatises and the complex ways in which they were integrated or challenged in some of the most important plays of early modern Spain.

“The Song of History in Calderón’s El médico de su honra.” Bulletin of the Comediantes. January, 2008.

“Beastly Men and Humane Dogs in Cervantes’ El coloquio de los perros.” Lucero: Journal of Spanish and Portuguese, Spring, 1991.

Conferences / Talks

The Steward of the Duchess of Amalfi. Revelation Readings. Red Bull Theater, New York. Led discussion and wrote program notes for a live performance of Lope de Vega’s El mayordomo de la Duquesa de Amalfi. March 15, 2010.

Fussy Ladies in Lope de Vega’s Los melindres de Belisa. American Society for Theatre Research. Puerto Rico. November 2009.

Awards & Recognition

  • Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council Grant from Regis University - Received grant to conduct research in Spain on the sixteenth-century writer Antonio de Guevara and his works. Summer, 2012
  • Mellon Foundation Supported Faculty Career Enhancement Teaching and Curricular Development Grant - Received fellowship for the development of course on Spanish film. December, January 2005-6
  • Program for Cultural Cooperation Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and United States Universities - Received fellowship for summer research in the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid, Spain on the subject of marriage manuals in seventeenth-century Spain. Summer, 2004
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain - Received scholarship for summer course titled “Calderón de la Barca en la Escena del Siglo XX.” San Lorenzo del Escorial, Spain. Summer, 2000
  • Harvard Teaching Award - Received the Harvard Teaching Award six times from 1995-2001