I research early modern literature and performance, and particularly the uses that they make of psychological and other proto-scientific models from the period. I've written recently on appeals to "experience" in Shakespeare and on atomist poetics in sixteenth-century England; an article about imagination as a faculty of the soul in A Midsummer Night's Dream was published in Shakespeare Quarterly last year. I am currently working on a book exploring what "experience" meant in Shakespeare's world, titled "Theatrical Experience and the Ends of Early Modern Discourse." At MSU, I teach courses in Shakespeare, early English drama, graduate-level research, and critical theory.
Early modern drama, literature, and culture; performance and reception studies; history of science, especially physiology, psychology, and atomism; critical theory.