Current and Recent Renaissance Studies Graduate Faculty and Advisory Council

Philippe Baillargeon

  • Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director in French and Francophone Studies, UMass

Peter Berek

  • Visiting Professor of English, Amherst
  • A.B., Amherst College, M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Shakespeare; English Renaissance literature

Joseph Black

  • Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in English, UMass
  • B.A. and Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • Early Modern British literature; Book history

Frank Brownlow

  • Gwen and Allen Smith Professor Emeritus of English, Mount Holyoke College
  • Liverpool University, England, B.A., Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, England, Ph.D
  • Shakespeare; English Renaissance literature

Elizabeth Chilton

  • Professor of Anthropology, Director of Center for Heritage and Society, UMass
  • B.A., State University of New York at Albany, Masters and Ph.D, UMass Amherst
  • Research interests include the archaeology of Northeast North America, hunter-gatherers, the origins of agriculture, ceramic ecology, geoarchaeology, and cultural resource management.

Jane Hwang Degenhardt

  • Assistant Professor in English, UMass
  • B.A.,Hamilton College, Ph.D.,University of Pennsylvania
  • Conversions of identity (religious, cultural, and racial) on the Renaissance stage.How English contact with the East and the religion of Islam created anxieties about identity that were played out on the stage.

James Dutcher

  • Professor of English, Holyoke Community College

Robert Eisenstein

  • Director of Five College Early Music Program, Lecturer in Music History, UMass
  • B.A., Antioch College, M.A., Sarah Lawrence College
  • Founding member and performing directer of the Folger Consort; Specializes in early music

Harley Erdman

  • Graduate Program Director in Theater, Professor of Dramaturgy, UMass
  • B.A., Swarthmore College, M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Harley Erdman is a translator, theater historian, playwright, and dramaturg with specialties in Jewish-American theater and Spanish and Latin American theater.

Kirby Farrell

  • Professor of English, UMass
  • B.A., Clark University, M.A. and Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Early modern literature and cultural studies; Shakespeare

Edwin Gentzler

  • Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature, Director of UMass Translation Center, UMass
  • B.A., Kenyon College, 1973; Ph.D., Vanderbilt, 1990
  • Research focuses on issues of power and neutrality in translation. Course on International Shakespeare in Translation.

Julie Hayes

  • Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, UMass
  • B.A., Austin College, M.A. and Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Research focuses primarily on literary and philosophical texts of the French Enlightenment; contemporary literary theory and the history and theory of translation.

Eugene Hill

  • Professor of English, Mount Holyoke College
  • Columbia College, A.B., Princeton University, Ph.D.
  • 16th and 17th century English literature; John Donne; John Milton.

James Kelly

  • Adjunct Faculty in German & Scandinavian Studies
  • B.A., SUNY College at Brockport, M.L.S., SUNY College at Geneseo, M.A., University of Rochester
  • History of the Book

Arthur Kinney

  • Director or the Mass Renaissance Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Arthur Kinney is currently the Thomas W. Copeland Professor of Literary History, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds an M.S. from Columbia University; and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Kinney has been a member of the Department of English faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1966.

Donald Maddox

  • Professor Emeritus and Director of French and Francophone Studies, UMass
  • B.A., Kansas, 1966; M.A., Duke, 1969; Ph.D., 1970.
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Literary and Cultural Theory; Old French Philology and History of the French Language.

Elizabeth H.D. Mazzocco

  • Professor and Director of Italian Studies, UMass
    B.A., E. Texas State University, 1980; M.A., Bryn Mawr, 1983; Ph.D., 1988.
  • Renaissance; humanism; Middle Ages; history of the theater; image of women; historiography; second language acquisition; multimedia language materials development.

Penny Remsen

  • Theater Department Chair, Professor of Lighting Design, UMass
  • B.F.A., Rockford College, M.F.A., Temple University

Brian Ogilvie

  • Associate professor of History, UMass
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago (1997).
  • Specializing in the history of science with focus on Renaissance scientific thought

Eileen O'Neill

  • Professor of Philosophy, UMass
  • Ph.D., Princeton University
  • History of Early Modern philosophy with a focus on metaphysics, natural philosophy and philosophical theology, including the contributions of 17th- and 18th-century women philosophers; history of feminist philosophical thought

William Oram

  • Helen Means Professor of English Language & Literature, Smith College
  • B.A., Yale University, Merton College at Oxford, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Spenser and other Renaissance poets: Shakespeare; 16th century literature

Michael Papio

  • Assistant Professor and Director of the Italian Studies Program, UMass
  • BA, Florida State, 1990; MA, Virginia, 1993; Ph.D., 1998
  • Boccaccio; Dante; Medieval and early Renaissance studies; the Italian novella; teaching and study of literature in the hypertext environment; Italian historical and descriptive linguistics; language teaching in a communicative context.

Marios Phillippides

  • Undergraduate Program Director and Professor of Classics, UMass
  • Ph.D., State University at Buffalo
  • Greek mythology and religion, Greek vase painting, and Late Byzantine history.

Monika Schmitter

  • Associate Professor of Art History, UMass
  • B.A. Oberlin College, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Her research expertise is in late fifteenth-century and early sixteenth-century Italian art, with particular emphasis on portraiture, patronage, domestic art, gender and class issues, and the history of collecting.

Sharon Seelig

  • Roe/Straut Professor in the Humanities, Smith College
  • B.A., Carleton College, M.A. and Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Renaissance literature; Life writing from the 17th-20th centuries

R. Malcolm Smuts

  • Professor Emeritus of History, UMass Boston
  • B.A., Yale University, Ph.D., Princeton University
  • Professor Smuts' research interests are in the court culture of England (1580-1640), the history of London, (1580-1640), and early Stuart politics and political thought.

Sara Sturm-Maddox

  • Professor Emerita of French and Italian Studies, UMass
  • Medieval and Renaissance literature in French and Italian.

Lawrence Zacharias

  • Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Administration, UMass
  • J.D. and M.Phil., Columbia University
  • Public policy and economic regulation; history of business, law and technology; organization theory; corporate governance; and history of business, culture and film.

Adam Zucker

  • Associate Professor of English, UMass
  • B.A., Brown University, 1994; M.A., Columbia University, 1997; Ph.D., Columbia University, 2004.
  • Areas of specialty: Early Modern literature. Adam Zucker's teaching and research center around the drama and poetry of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, with special focus on the plays of William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson and their contemporaries.