Graduate Studies @ the Center

Each academic year the Center welcomes new graduate students in English who plan to focus their studies on aspects of Renaissance life and/or literature. The Center offers a Graduate Student Commons (office space at the Center), and access to all Center resources for research, including advising and information about Renaissance scholars throughout the Five College area.

Graduate seminars are held in the Center’s Reading Room and Cheney Room. Each year the Center hosts a Graduate Student Conference, organized by the students, for young scholars from around the world. The Five College Faculty Seminars in Renaissance Studies bring noted academics from other universities to the Center to speak and meet informally with graduate students. Several graduate-organized groups exist as well in some years, including Renaissance Reading Group, the Renaissance Movie Group, and the Graduate Theory Group.

Students interested in Renaissance drama are encouraged to become involved in the Renaissance Center Theater Company’s many activities, including performances of 16th -- 17th century dramatic materials, and educational outreach projects for regional schoolchildren.

Current Graduate Students

Megan (Conine) Swavely
Life-writing and devotion

Catherine Elliott
Renaissance literature, and specifically gender, sexuality, and queer theory in Shakespeare's comedies and in early print research

Josephine Hardman
Spanish Golden Age and English Renaissance dramas.

Thomas Hopper
Classics, Milton, warfare, science

David Katz
Intersection of science and religion with literature

Lauren Rollins
Early modern piracy, English Renaissance and Spanish Golden Age Dramas.

Gregory Sargent

Anna-Claire Simpson
Early modern drama, child actors, gender and queer theory

Will Steffen
Early modern theater and literature

Emily Thompson
Performativity and visual culture in English Renaissance drama