Associate Professor of English
Office: Keezell 407
Courses: On sabbatical Spring 2014
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
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
Editor, Marian sermons section, Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1521-1642, ed. Torrance Kirby
proposal under review at Oxford University 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
“A John Day William Tyndale Presentation Copy in Queen’s College Library?,” The Queen’s
College Library Insight, Queen's College, Oxford (in press).
“The Style and Logic of James Brooks’ 1553 ‘Reconciliation Sermon,’ in Torrance Kirby (ed.),
Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion in England, 1520-1640 (Leiden: Brill, 2014) (in press).
“The Materiality and Iconography of the Coverdale Bible (1535) Title-Page Border,” with Guido
Latré,” in Stephen Prickett (ed.), The Bible and the Arts (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University
Press, 2013) (in press)
“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.
“John Foxe,” “John Northbrooke,” “John Ponet,” “Nicholas Sanders,” and “Luke Shepherd,” in
Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr., and Alan Stewart (eds.), The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance
Literature, 3 vols. (Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). 1.364-69; 2.743-45; 3.790-91, 3.851-52, and 3.876-78.
“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.
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.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Finalist, James Madison University, 2010-11.
Folger Institute participant, 2010 Fall weekend workshop, “Reassessing Henry VIII,” 5-6
November 2010, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
Faculty International Development Grant, Office of International Programs, James Madison
University, 2010 & 2007.
Project Assistantship, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for
College and University Teachers, “The Reformation of the Book: 1450-1650,” convening in Antwerp, Belgium; and London and Oxford, England, 2009 & 2007.
Muste Award for Best Dissertation of the Year, Department of English, The Ohio State
Special Funding Proposal Grant for Special Collections Development, James Madison
Faculty Enhancement Grant, College of Arts and Letters, James Madison University, 2007.
“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 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.
“‘Not only Bigamus, and Trigamus, but twice also Trigamus’: Debating the Henrician Royal
Supremacy in Early Modern England." Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship
presentation, Washington, DC, 22 February 2011.
“Representations of the Tudor Monarchy in Elizabethan Prose Controversy,” Sixteenth Century
Studies Conference, Montreal, Canada, 17 October 2010.
““Traduced by odious ballads”: Shakespeare, Cheap Print, and the Conveyance of Meaning,” Shakespeare Association of America, Chicago, IL, 2 April 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.
“Conscience and Providential History in Richard III,” Shakespeare Association of America.
Dallas, TX, 14 March 2008.
Selected Professional Activities:
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.