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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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renaissance, theatre, royal studies, queenship, consortship, representation, performance, England, Spain, Ireland, atlantic world, gender, Golden Age theatre
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About Me

I am a PhD candidate studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Department of History under the supervision of Dr. Carole Levin. My primary research interests include theatre, performance, queenship & consortship, royal studies, popular culture, and gender studies in early modern England.  I have also presented work on honor plays and Spanish Golden Age theatre as well as on the Werburgh Street Theatre, the first purpose-built theatre in Ireland.  I’ve been described as ‘too focused on literature for history and too focused on history for literature,’ which totally rings true! My methodology is well situated in history but I am an interdisciplinary scholar whose focus on drama, performance, and representation places me a bit outside of ‘traditional’ history.

In addition to my more ‘traditional’ historical research, I’ve been really interested in pop culture and how figures of history are represented within our own contemporary moment. I’ve published a bit about that in Remembering Queens and Kings of Early Modern England and France in my chapter on Marie-Antoinette (“‘Let them eat cake, she says’: Assessing Marie-Antoinette’s Image”) where I examine socio-political issues that arise during moments when Marie-Antoinette appears in major pop culture works like films and TV.

I wanted to do a bit more with that type of work, and make it accessible outside of the academy, so I started working on HistoryPop podcast, where I get to examine these representations a bit more!

Recent Publications
  • Let Them Eat Cake, She Says”: Assessing Marie-Antoinette’s Image” in Remembering Queens and Kings in Early Modern England and France: Reputation, Reinterpretation, Reincarnation, edited by Estelle Paranque. (New York: Palgrave, August 2019).
  • “Empire and Resistance: Prelude to the Wars of the Three Kingdoms,” co-authored with Geoff Gimse. OneShot: A Journal of Critical Games and Play, Vol. 1 (Spring 2019).
  • “En un infierno los dos: Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn in Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Henry VIII and Calderon’s La cisma de Inglaterra” in Shakespeare’s Queens, edited by Kavita Mudan Finn and Valerie Schutte. (New York: Palgrave, 2018): 431-451.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
England, Spain, Ireland
Expertise by Geography
England, Spain, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Diplomacy, Gender, Literary History, Rebellion & Revolution, Women