Elizabeth_I_in_coronation_robesI received a PhD in English Literature, specializing in Renaissance Studies, in 2014 from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

My dissertation focused on Queen Elizabeth I’s speeches and representations of queens and mothers in literature, specifically Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Sidney’s The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia (both the Old Arcadia and the New Arcadia), and Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.

I am fascinated by Cognitive Theory and based my methodology on Giles Fauconnier and Mark Turner’s The Way We Think: Conceptual Blending And The Mind’s Hidden Complexities

My article on Sidney’s Arcadia appears in Identities in Early Modern English Writing: Religion, Gender, Nation edited by Lorna Fitzsimmons (Brepols 2014), and I have an article called “Deferred Motherhood in Spenser’s The Faerie Queene” in Maternity and Romance Narratives in Early Modern England edited by Karen Bamford and Naomi Miller (Ashgate 2015).