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An image of Marjorie Rubright wearing glasses with straight blond hairMarjorie Rubright

Marjorie Rubright joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst English faculty in 2017. Prior to her arrival, she was Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Her areas of research and teaching specialization include: early modern English literature and culture, early modern race and ethnicity studies, feminist criticism, Renaissance lexical culture, and critical approaches to the study of the global Renaissance.

An image of Joseph Black with short dark hair and black rimmed glassesJoseph Black
Associate Director

Joseph Black received his PhD from the University of Toronto and joined the English Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004. His research and teaching interests include seventeenth-century literature, Milton, the Sidney family, the epic tradition, and book history. His major current projects include the Complete Works of Thomas Nashe and Private Libraries in Renaissance England.

An image of Jeffery Goodhind with short red hair and beard. Jeffrey Goodhind

Jeffrey Goodhind holds a BA in History from Bard College and an MA in Library Science (Archives and Records Management) from Simmons College. As the librarian, Jeff is responsible for maintaining the Center's library, archiving scholarly papers, developing digital collections, assisting patrons with research, and answering reference questions.

An image of Ellen Carroll-McLane, with longer red/brown hairEllen Carroll-McLane
Office Manager

Ellen Carroll-McLane is responsible for working with the Director and the Librarian to organize the Center's public events. Her duties include the role of Program Director in which she coordinates events and concerts including the annual Renaissance Festival. Ellen also builds close relationships with the UMass Facilities team, the Grounds Department, and the Historical Gardens Consultant to maintain the Renaissance Center, the Dakin Barn, and the surrounding grounds.


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Liz Fox, PhD
Interim Arts & Academic Programs Coordinator

Liz Fox received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019. Her dissertation "Theater of Exchange: The Cosmopolitan Stage of Jacobean London" examines how playwrights engaged with London's emergence as a world city through representations of goods and services. Her research and teaching interests include early modern drama and culture, early modern economic networks, material culture, and transnational approaches to Renaissance studies.