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.
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.
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.
Liz Fox, PhD
Interim Arts & Academic Programs Coordinator, Renaissance Center
Managing Editor, English Literary Renaissance
Liz Fox was awarded a University Sustainability, Innovation, & Engagement Fund Grant for her environmental humanities project: 'Digging the Past.' Her book project, ‘Renaissance Disenfranchisement’ explores how England stretched its colonizing power by finding innovative ways to extract economic contributions from marginalized populations. Liz teaches Shakespeare at Wesleyan University’s Center for Prison Education, Intro to Literature for Bard College’s Clemente Course in the Humanities (Springfield), and a range of courses for Bay Path University’s American Women’s College. Her research and teaching interests include early modern drama, economic networks, material culture, and transhistorical approaches to Renaissance studies.
Ellen works with the UMass Facilities team and the Grounds Department to maintain the Renaissance Center, the Dakin Barn, and the surrounding grounds.