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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- early modern studies, particularly Shakespeare and Renaissance performance cultures
- age, childhood and gender in early modern literature and culture
- early modern literature (especially drama) and civil unrest, including protest, riot.


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My research focuses on early modern literature (especially drama), Shakespeare, Renaissance theatre, and childhood studies. 

Research Statement

My research focuses on the intersections between early modern children and literary cultures.  I have received fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, Australian Research Council, the Irish Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and the Huntington Library (USA) to pursue my work on this topic.  I have written two books, Performing Childhood in the Early Modern Theatre (2009) and Reading Children in Early Modern Culture (2018), which offer new understanding of early modern childhood through an analysis of the children’s playing companies and the child as reader.  Findings of this research have also been published in Shakespeare Bulletin (2020), Renaissance Drama (2016), Ben Jonson Journal (2008), Literature Compass (2010), The New Companion to Renaissance Literature and Culture (ed. Michael Hattaway, 2010) and The Child in British Literature (ed. Adrienne Gavin 2012).  A further essay, co-written with Prof. Kate Chedgzoy (NCL), is forthcoming in The Cambridge History of Children's Literature (2022).  You can hear more about our work on early modern children's literature by listening to the June 2021 episode of the Society for the History of Children and Youth podcast https://shcy.pinecast.co/episode/d9c98e9e/reading-children-in-early-modern-culture .  

I am currently working on a new Leverhulme Trust-funded project on writing by early modern girls, which constructs a corpus of girls' writing between 1544 and 1704 and produce the first book-length study of this genre.

I also have a longstanding interest in Shakespeare and performance.  I have written essays on 1 Henry IV (2011) and ‘Shakespeare and the Renaissance Stage’ in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts, ed. Mark Burnett, Adrian Streete and Ramona Wray (2012).  Recent work on Shakespeare and riot has been published in a special issue of Shakespeare (2018, co-edited with Dr Kate Flaherty ANU), Shakespeare's Audiences (2021, ed. Peter Kirwan and Matteo Pangallo) and Australian Studies (2012).


I teach on the following modules:

ENG1001 English in Transition

ENG2050 Shakespeare & Co.

ENG3181 Renaissance Performance, Gender, Space

ENG7024 Shakespearean Childhoods


I am on research leave in 2021-22 as part of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.


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