English Department Chair
My undergraduate study was at the State University of New York, College at Purchase, which at the time had a "literature" degree instead of the more usual "English major." This meant we studied lots of non-English and dramatic texts. Further, we had semesters mixed between taking three courses at a time and one course (1/3 as long) at a time. My one-hundred-page senior thesis was on Storytelling in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Cervantes.
Graduate studies at Indiana University included classes and seminars; languages (Latin and Italian); qualifying exams; and master's degrees in English and creative writing. I wrote a dissertation on ideas of chastity in Shakespeare's "problem plays."
After a year of full-time teaching at an all-male engineering school, I came to Saint Martin's in August 1986. Things changed here a great deal over the years, most changes extremely positive. I do scholarship on Shakespeare and early modern poetry and drama. I teach classes in writing (both expository and creative), drama, poetry, the Great War, Shakespeare, English renaissance, medieval studies, and Catholic literature.
Recent professional activities:
- Organized and hosted the 57th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference, October 17-19, 2013 at Saint Martin's University.
- "Shakespeare's Play With Perspective: Sonnet 24, Hamlet, and Lear," Studies in Philology 109.3 (2012): 225-257.
- "Desacrilizing the Body Politic in Richard II," presented at The Renaissance Society of America, San Diego CA, April 6, 2013.
- "A Midsummer Night's Domestic Drama: Translating a Boy from Changeling to Henchman," presented at Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference, Abbottsford, B.C., October 20, 2012.
- "Imagined Spaces on Shakespeare's Stage," presented at the Fifth Blackfriars Conference, Staunton, VA, October 22, 2009.
Areas of interest (professional / personal): Outside of school, I enjoy playing folk and blues, going to the theatre, backpacking in the Olympics, and laughing with friends and family.