I’m an assistant professor of English at Skidmore College, where I teach courses on early modern drama and critical theory. I am completing a book entitled Ecological Thinking in Early Modern English Drama, which traces the way that characters think through and about their surroundings on the early modern stage. As these figures struggle to orient themselves within unfamiliar or otherwise strange locations, they make visible the often invisible and unconscious means by which embodied subjects acquire a sense of their surroundings. Placing these moments in dialogue with the philosophical history of space and place, I argue that drama functioned as a form of ecological thinking, that is, a way of reimagining what it meant to exist within place in the early modern period.
In addition to that book, I am working on two projects. The first is an article on the absence of disability in Marlowe’s Tamburlaine and the implications of this absence for theories of dramatic form. The second is a study of the way that early modern English drama registers and fails to register circum-Atlantic movement in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.