Research and Teaching

I did my dissertation research on medieval and early modern drama, focusing on the use of direct address and the transition between the normative convention of direct address to soliloquy over the course of the sixteenth century.  Someday I will finish revising that dissertation into a book.

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A list of my academic publications is on my Google Scholar profile.

While still in graduate school I founded the Duquesne University Medieval and Renaissance Players, a troupe dedicated to producing early drama.  The group still exists and performs.  In June 2015, my medieval drama class performed a play for the Festival of Early Drama and were thrilled to find themselves rubbing elbows with my former production troop.

At the University of Maryland, my students perform medieval and early modern drama as Lord Baltimore’s Company.

My large-scale projects at UMD have also included the Mithril Turtle, six week, twenty-odd event series commemorating the 60th anniversary of Lord of the Rings.

My teaching interests range from Ancient Ireland to Shakespeare, with an emphasis on medieval material culture and modern fantasy.  Most often, I teach Tolkien, Harry Potter, and medieval literature.

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