Welcome to my website.
I earned my Ph.D. in English literature in August of 2019 from the University of Rochester. My primary specialty is Renaissance literature, with a particular passion for drama and performance. My research and teaching often dips into late medieval literature, which inspired the name of my website ("Renaissance" + "Medievalist" = "Renaivalist").
I was raised in Pennsylvania farm country, and several aspects of my personality can be traced right back to that small town. I value direct communication, practicality, being a team player, and building community. See my blog (nicknamed "Blue Collar Scholar") for more info on my background, both as a Renaivalist and as a lit nerd from farm country.
My research interests are currently focused on spatial theory and representations of professional authority, with a particular interest in professional fools and their role in courtly space. I also have a passion for cinematic Shakespearean adaptation, and I've been especially keen on silent films and Shakespearean Westerns (Yellow Sky is a hoot), as well as international adaptations by directors such as Kozintsev, Kurasawa, Matías Piñeiro, and Bollywood productions.
I am also hard at work on a large-scale Digital Humanities project involving archives and correspondence from noted historical Shakespearean actors. I should have some big announcements on that front in 2019.