Associate Professor of English
Director of Undergraduate Studies & Coordinator of English Internships
Office: Keezell 407
Office Hours: MWF 12:15-1:15pm & by appointment
Courses: Spring 2015
GEng 235: Survey of English Literature I (Beowulf to 18th Century)
Eng 318: Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories
English literature, 1475-1660, with emphasis on the English Renaissance and
Reformation, Shakespeare, Tudor non-dramatic literature, and the History of the Book
Secondary Fields: late-Medieval literature, manuscript studies, and iconography
Ph.D., English, The Ohio State University, with Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance
M.A., English, Ohio University, 2001
B.S.Ed., summa cum laude, English Education, Ohio University, 1999
Editor, Marian sermons section, Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1521-1642, ed. Torrance Kirby
(under contract and forthcoming Oxford University Press).
Guest editor, special John Bale forum, Reformation: The Journal of the Tyndale Society 18.1 & 19.1 (2013-14).
Henry VIII and His Afterlives: Literature, Politics, and Art. Edited with Christopher Highley
and John N. King. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Religious Orthodoxy and Dissent in Early Modern England. Columbus, OH: The Ohio
State University Libraries, 2005.
Henry VIII and the Language of Polemic in Early Modern England
Edition of William Tyndale, The Practice of Prelates (1530), commissioned for The Independent
Works of William Tyndale, Catholic University of America Press
Co-editor and translator, with James Carley and Richard Rex, of John Leland, Antiphilarchia (c.
1541) [Cambridge University Library MS Ee.5.14]
Selected Articles and Chapters
“John Foxe and the Earliest Readers of William Tyndale’s The Practice of Prelates (1530),”
forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance (2016).
“Prints Made from the Wood Blocks of John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments, ” forthcoming The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society.
“The Paul’s Cross Pulpit in Mary’s Reign,” in Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1521-1642, ed. Torrance Kirby (under contract and forthcoming from Oxford University Press).
“William Tyndale’s Reading of the Wycliffite Bible,” in The Wycliffite Bible: Origin, History and Interpretation., edited by Elizabeth Solopova (under contract with Brill and forthcoming 2015).
“The Materiality and Iconography of the Coverdale Bible (1535) Title-Page In Context,” with Guido
Latré,” in Stephen Prickett (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014). 272-91.
"The Style and Logic of James Brooks’s 1553 ‘Reconciliation Sermon,'" in Torrance Kirby and P.G. Stanwood (eds.), Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion in England, 1520-1640 (Leiden: Brill, 2013). 187-200.
“Narrative and the Nature of Reading in John Bale’s Response to a Sixteenth-Century Reader of The Vocacyon of Johan Bale (1553).” Reformation: The Journal of the Tyndale Society
18.1 (2013): 21-35.
“Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Manuscript and Print Culture in Theory and Practice,” with Dabney Bankert, in “Teaching Book History,” special issue of Studies in Medieval and
Renaissance Teaching 19.1 (Spring 2012): 75-91.
“Henry VIII, Shakespeare, and the Jacobean Royal Court.” Studies in English Literature
50.2 (2011): 67-84.
“The Pattern of Illustration in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs: Problems and Opportunities,” in Thomas
P. Anderson and Ryan Netzley (eds.), Acts of Reading: Interpretation, Reading Practices,
and the Idea of the Book in John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments (Newark: University
of Delaware Press, 2010). 87-115.
“The Literary Afterlife of Henry VIII, 1558-1625,” in Mark Rankin, John N. King, and
Christopher Highley (eds.), Henry VIII and His Afterlives: Literature, Politics, and Art,
ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). 94-114.
“Biblical Allusion and Argument in Luke Shepherd’s Verse Satires,” in Mike Pincombe and
Cathy Shrank (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603 (Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 2009). 254-72. Paperback issue, Oxford University Press,
2011. This volume is the recipient of the 2010 Sixteenth Century Society &
Conference's Roland H. Bainton Prize.
“Print Culture and Tudor Literature.” The Sixteenth Century Journal 40 (2009): 271-74.
“Print, Patronage, and the Reception of Continental Reform: 1521-1603,” with John N. King,
in The Yearbook of English Studies 38.1-2 (2008): 49-67.
“Rereading Henry VIII in Foxe’s Acts and Monuments,” Reformation: The Journal of the
Tyndale Society 12 (2007): 69-102.
Co-director and Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, 2014: “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485
-1603,” convening in Antwerp, Belgium; and London and Oxford, England.
Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, College of Arts and Letters, James Madison University, 2014.
Faculty Educational Leave, College of Arts and Letters, James Madison University, spring 2014.
Lester J. Cappon Fellowship in Documentary Editing, The Newberry Library (Chicago, IL)
Mayers short-term Research Fellowship, Huntington Library (San Marino, CA) (2013-14).
Renaissance Society of America-Folger Grant, Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC)
Faculty Member in Residence, JMU Semester in London Program, fall 2013.
Co-director and Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, 2012: “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485
-1603,” convening in Antwerp, Belgium; and London and Oxford, England.
Folger Shakespeare Library Short-term Research Fellowship, 2010-11.
Muste Award for Best Dissertation of the Year, Department of English, The Ohio State
Invited keynote address, International William Tyndale Conference, sponsored by the Tyndale Society and convening at Hertford College, Oxford, 1-4 October 2015.
“The Style and Logic of James Brooks’ 1553 Paul’s Cross Reconciliation Sermon,” symposium on “Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion in England: 1520-1640,” McGill Centre for Research on Religion, McGill University, Montreal, CA, 17 August 2012.
“The Writings of William Allen and the Leadership of the Elizabethan Catholic Diaspora,”
on “Religious Identity in Exile During the Early Modern Period,” The Ohio State
Columbus, OH, 17 May 2008.
“Henry VIII and Protestant History Writing in Early Modern England,” workshop on “Making
History from the Recent Past: Some Tudor Experiences,” British Academy John Foxe Project, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, 10 April
“John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments (1684): The Pattern of Illustration,” conference on “The
British Printed Image to 1700,” Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK, 14 July 2007.
Selected Conference Presentations:
“The Early Reception of John Foxe’s Edition of the Whole Workes of W. Tyndall, Iohn Frith, and Doct. Barnes (1573).” “Religions of the Book,” Society for the History of Authorship,
Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) annual meeting, Antwerp, Belgium, September 2014.
“William Tyndale’s The Practyce of Prelates (1530) and the Reading of Medieval Chronicles.”
Renaissance Society of America, New York, NY (2014).
“The Royal Supremacy and the Early Readers of Edward Fox's De vera differentia (1534),”
“Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603,” History of the Book, Paleography, and
Manuscript Tradition,” RSA Discipline Group sponsored session, Renaissance Society
of America, San Diego,
CA, 5 April 2013.
“Reading William Tyndale's Practyse of Prelates (1530) in Tudor England,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Cincinnati, OH, 27 October 2012.
“The Book that Almost Was: John Bale’s A retourne of James Cancellers raylinge boke (1561).” Renaissance Society of America, Washington, DC, 24 March 2012.
“The Polemical and Literary Afterlife of Henry VIII,” roundtable discussion on “Representing
Henry VIII in Early Modern England,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Forth Worth,
TX, 29 October 2011.
“Writing the Magnificence of Henry VIII, Protestant and Catholic, 1558-1625,” Sixteenth Century
Studies Conference, Forth Worth, TX, 28 October 2011.
“Genre, Nostalgia, and Polemic: Henry VIII in Early Modern Prose Fiction,” Renaissance Society of America, Montreal, Canada, 24 March 2011.
“Representations of the Tudor Monarchy in Elizabethan Prose Controversy,” Sixteenth Century
Studies Conference, Montreal, Canada, 17 October 2010.
“Catholicity and Controversy: The Conservative Literary Response to Henry VIII during the
1540s,” quincentenary conference on “Henry VIII and the Tudor Court: 1509-2009,”
Hampton Court Palace, London, UK, 15 July 2009.
“Defining the Reformation: Nicholas Sanders’s Schismatis Anglicani and its Editors,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, MO, 24 October 2008.
“Reading Polemical Books in Thomas More’s Dialogue Concerning Heresies,” conference on
"Early Modern Reading: Books, Communities, Conversations,” University of Newcastle
upon Tyne, Newcastle, UK, 11 April 2008.
Selected Professional Activities:
Organizer, session on “William Tyndale, Allegory, and the History of Reading in Early Modern England,” Renaissance Society of America, New York, NY, 27 March 2014.
Organizer, session on “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603,” History of the Book,
Paleography, and Manuscript Tradition RSA Discipline Group sponsored session,
Renaissance Society of America, San Diego, CA, 5 April 2013.
Organizer, session on “Polemic, Scholarship, and the Book Trade: Revisiting the Literary
Career of John Bale (1495–1563),” Renaissance Society of America, Washington, DC,
22-24 March 2012.
Co-Organizer and co-chair, with Erin E. Kelly, seminar on “Rethinking Religion and
Shakespeare,” Shakespeare Association of America, Washington, D.C., 9-11 April 2009.