Current Fellows


To view past fellows, explore the list of long-term fellows and short-term fellows on Folgerpedia.

Fellows 2018-2019

2018-2019 Long-term Fellows | 2018-2019 Short-term Fellows

Long-term Fellows

Patricia Akhimie, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University-Newark
Leaving Home: Early Modern Women’s Travel
NEH Fellow

Dr. Patricia Akhimie is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, where she teaches Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and early modern women’s travel writing. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World (Routledge, 2018). She is co-editor, with Bernadette Andrea, of Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World (University of Nebraska Press, 2018).

During the fellowship, Akhimie will work on a new book manuscript, Leaving Home: Early Modern Women’s Travel. This work will entail an examination of Folger sources including manuscript travel diaries and letters, such as Henry Belasyse’s “A voyage or journey from London into France” (Folger G.a.5), as well as rare examples of expense reports, travel licenses, and passports like the one signed by Elizabeth I for Thomas Knevet of Norfolk (Folger Z.c.24), and ars apodemica (art of travel) treatises such as Sir Thomas Palmer’s 1606 treatise, An essay of the meanes hovv to make our trauailes (Folger STC 19156). These sources will help to paint a broad and informative picture of travel for both men and women in the period, and to situate women’s travel in relation to a larger discourse of travel in the early modern period, a discourse in which women’s travel was not often deemed necessary or even desirable. 

Liza Blake, Assistant Professor of English, University of Toronto & Assistant Professor of English and Drama, University of Toronto Mississauga
Choose Your Own Poems and Fancies: An Interactive Digital Edition of Margaret Cavendish's Atom Poems
NEH Fellow

Dr. Liza Blake is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto. She has co-edited (with Jacques Lezra) the essay collection Lucretius and Modernity, and (with Kathryn Vomero Santos) the scholarly edition Arthur Golding’s A Moral Fabletalk and Other Renaissance Fable Translations. She has published in the journals SEL and postmedieval. She is currently finishing a digital scholarly edition of Margaret Cavendish’s Poems and Fancies, as well as a monograph, Early Modern Literary Physics.

While at the Folger she will work on Choose Your Own Poems and Fancies (under contract with Electric Press), a rearrangeable digital edition and study of Margaret Cavendish’s atom poems (Part I of Poems and Fancies), which Cavendish radically rearranged between 1653 and 1664. Drawing on the Folger’s collections, Dr. Blake will study how Cavendish’s project complicates the history of seventeenth-century atomic philosophy (including texts by Boyle, Charleton, Digby, Hobbes), and how arrangement was crucial to early manuscript and printed texts (such as the Folger’s many manuscript and print miscellanies). With the help of the Folger’s robust community of digital humanists, she will also explore what it means that Cavendish’s poetic and philosophical project can best be realized not in a printed codex, but with digital hypermedia.

Heidi Craig, Ph.D.
A Play without a Stage: English Renaissance Drama, 1642-1660
Mellon Fellow

Dr. Heidi Craig completed her PhD in English at the University of Toronto in 2017. Her articles are forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance and Huntington Library Quarterly. Dr. Craig is completing a book manuscript entitled “A Play without a Stage: English Renaissance Drama, 1642-1660,” which examines the production and reception of early modern drama during the English Civil War and Interregnum, when commercial playing was outlawed. It is then, Craig argues, that the genres and critical fields of English Renaissance drama were created. While the prohibition on playing in many respects killed the English stage – theatres were closed and demolished, and once-famous actors and playwrights, now unemployed, entered different lines of work or died in poverty – the professional drama of 1576-1642 not only lived on, but thrived in print. With chapters on royalist nostalgia, clandestine theatrical revivals, dramatic compendia, and Shakespearean publication, Craig argues that the death of contemporary theatre gave birth to English Renaissance drama.

During the fellowship period, Craig will consult the Folger’s extensive collections of dramatic texts, paratexts, and commentary in print and manuscript from the 1640s and 1650s, including the Beaumont and Fletcher folio (1647), reprints of The Merchant of Venice (1652), King Lear (1655) and Othello (1655), and the first anthologies and comprehensive catalogues of English drama, printed in the 1650s.

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto, Ph.D.
Georgic Grounds and Gardens: From Palladio's Villas to American Plantations
NEH Fellow

Dr. Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto is a garden historian and critic whose research focuses on the Italian Renaissance garden, its legacy and historiography. She is the author of Medici Gardens: From Making to Design (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), for which she received the Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award in 2010, and the editor of Foreign Trends in American Gardens: A History of Exchange, Adaptation and Reception (University of Virginia Press, 2016).

At the Folger, Dr. Fabiani Giannetto will complete her new book manuscript, Georgic Grounds and Gardens: From Palladio’s Villas to American Plantations, which examines the gardens and productive grounds of Andrea Palladio’s villas in Renaissance Veneto and their reception in the similarly productive and Neo-Palladian contexts of 17th- and 18th-century England and colonial America. Among the sources Fabiani Giannetto will consult are the papers of the Townshend family of Raynham Hall and the sketchbook of Inigo Jones, who was responsible for making Palladio “speak good English.” These sources will allow Fabiani Giannetto to argue that England constituted a cultural bridge between Renaissance Italy and colonial America not only by adapting architectural forms, but also by promoting agricultural practices that had a long lasting influence on American landscape design.

Douglas M. Lanier, Professor of English, University of New Hampshire 
Reparative Shakespeare
Mellon Fellow

Dr. Douglas M. Lanier is Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He will be working on a book-length study entitled “Reparative Shakespeare.” Using Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s classic essay “Paranoid vs. Reparative Criticism” as a starting point, this study analyzes how Shakespeare has been used to address forms of trauma or alienation suffered by several marginalized groups - prisoners, refugees, gay youth, the elderly, residents of economically depressed neighborhoods. This project has a threefold focus - theorizing how Shakespeare has been understood to produce reparative effects in these and other groups; examining how the nature of reparative Shakespeare has been represented in recent film documentary and fiction; and conceptualizing what a modern “reparative criticism” of Shakespeare might look like. 

Over the course of the fellowship, Dr. Lanier will be consulting such sources as Romantic and Victorian lectures on Shakespeare, works concerning educational institutions for working-class readers, prefaces to popular editions of Shakespeare’s works, materials related to the teaching of Shakespeare, records of Shakespeare reading clubs, and nineteenth-century political treatises and sermons that substantially reference Shakespeare. Lanier will be using these materials to construct a pre-history of contemporary reparative Shakespeare, which has its roots in nineteenth-century ethical and philosophical understandings of Shakespeare’s works. ​

Simon Newman, Sir Denis Brogan Professor of American History, University of Glasgow
Runaways: resisting slavery in the British Atlantic World
Mowat Mellon Fellow

Professor Simon Newman is the Sir Denis Brogan Professor of American History at the University of Glasgow. He is completing a book manuscript on enslaved people who escaped, entitled “Runaways: resisting enslavement in the British Atlantic World.” For most enslaved people, escape represented the most practical major act of resistance, and in their tens of thousands men, women, and children eloped from their masters and mistresses in North America, the British Caribbean, British forts in West Africa, and the British Isles themselves. Newspaper advertisements and sometimes other sources reveal a great deal about the varied experiences of enslavement, the motives for and methods of escape, and the varied objectives of those who ran away. By moving beyond traditional regionally-based studies of escape, this project seeks to develop a new understanding of escape as a trans-regional and trans-Atlantic mode of resistance to enslavement.

The language and simple woodcut imagery of runaway advertisements are built upon centuries of English understandings of race. While at the Folger, Professor Newman will read a broad array of literary works, travel writings, and geographical works to develop a deeper knowledge of linguistic and visual representations and understandings of race and enslavement in the early modern English and British Atlantic World.

Isaac Stephens, Assistant Professor of History, University of Mississippi
Suffering Ejection: Martyr Speak and Popular Politics in London, 1640-1662
NEH Fellow

Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mississippi (beginning in August 2018), Dr. Isaac Stephens centers his work on Stuart England’s religious and political dynamics. His project, Suffering Ejection: Martyr Speak and Popular Politics in London, 1640-1662, examines mass ejections of clergy from parish livings in England’s cultural and political hub during the English Civil War, the Interregnum, and the Restoration. The ejections provide a prism through which to view early modern confessional divisions and disputes that shaped London, if not all of England. Moreover, the ejections underscore the significance of popular politics and the language of martyrdom, since the city’s disenfranchised inhabitants utilized petitions and polemics often filled with tales of persecution and martyrs to mobilize local and state support for removing ministers from their parishes. Consequently, the clerical purge in the city offers an ideal case for investigating how ordinary Londoners found ways to have both their voices heard and have their political desires nationally represented without ever acquiring the right to vote. At the Folger, Dr. Stephens will analyze relevant manuscript sources to London’s religious history like the “Papers of the Dering Family” and the “Writing Book of Nehemiah Wallington,” as well as thoroughly read the Library’s wide array of seventeenth-century printed polemics related to the expulsion of parish ministers between the 1640s and 1660s. Such sources are crucial to exploring the links between the public sphere, popular politics, martyr speak, the English state, and clerical ejections.

Short-term Fellows

Richard Ansell, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Leicester
Reading Travels: The Afterlives of European Voyages, 1600-1750

Abdulhamit Arvas, Assistant Professor of Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara
How to Do Things with the Indian Boy: Desiring Boys on the Shakespearean Stage

Betul Basaran, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Cross-Cultural Intimacy and Marriage between Europeans and Ottoman Women in the Early Modern Era

Sarah Bendall, Tutor and Early Career Researcher, University of Sydney
Shaping Femininity: Consuming and Wearing Structural Undergarments in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century England
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) Fellow

Anna Riehl Bertolet, Associate Professor of English, Auburn University
Written in Thread: Gendered Entanglement and Early Modern Needlework

Alexander Bick, Associate Director and Fellow, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University
Governing the Free Sea: New World Visions and West India Company Politics, 1618-1648

Debra Ann Byrd, Producing Artistic Director & Classical Actress, Harlem Shakespeare Festival
BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl's Journey
Artist-in-Residence Fellow

Frederic Clark, Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Southern California & Postdoctoral Fellow, Rice University
Diving Time: The Invention of Historical Periods in Early Modern Europe

Bradin Cormack, Professor of English, Princeton University
In the Time of Example

Sonya Cronin, Independent Scholar
Royalist Counter Public: Royalist Networks and Communications during the Interregnum
Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Fellow

Carla Della Gatta, Assistant Professor of Critical Studies-Theatre, University of Southern California
Shakespeare & Latinidad: The Staging of Intracultural Theatre

Adhaar Noor Desai, Assistant Professor of Literature, Bard College
Blotted Lines: Imperfection and Early Modern English Literature

Matthew Dimmock, Professor of Early Modern Studies, University of Sussex
Volume Five of the Oxford University Press edition of Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations, (1598-1600)

Freddy Dominguez, Assistant Professor of History, University of Arkansas
Radicals in Exile: English Catholic Books during the Reign of Philip II
Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Fellow

Holly Dugan, Associate Professor of English, The George Washington University
The Famous Ape
Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) Fellow

Peter Elmer, Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Medical History, Exeter University
Exploring the World of Early Modern Chemistry: The Evidence of the John Ward Diaries

Amy Erickson, University Lecturer in Early Modern British Economic and Social History, University of Cambridge
Work and Gender in England 1550-1850

Cassandra Gorman, Lecturer in English, Anglia Ruskin University
(Al)chemical Women’s Writing and Renaissance England, 1580-1690

Charles Green, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Birmingham
John Donne’s Commemorations: Authorship and Afterlife in Early Modern England

Pamela Hammons, Professor of English, University of Miami
Mary Carey’s A Mother’s Poems and Meditations

Matthew Harrison, Wendy and Stanley Marsh III Professor of Shakespeare Studies, West Texas A&M University
Tear Him For His Bad Verses

David Hitchcock, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History, Canterbury Christ Church University
The End of Poverty: Welfare Colonialism and Social Dreaming in the British Atlantic, c. 1600-1850

Adam Hooks, Associate Professor of English and Center for the Book, University of Iowa
Counting Shakespeare

Laurie (Laurence) Johnson, Professor of English and Cultural Studies, University of Southern Queensland
A Climate for Playing: The Impact of Climate and Weather on the Rise of Early Modern English Drama

Heather Miyano Kopelson, Associate Professor of History, University of Alabama
Idolatrous Processions: Music, Dance, and Cultural Exchange in the Atlantic World, 1500-1700

Michael Kuczynski, Professor and Chair of English, Tulane University
The Macro Manuscripts: A Curatorial History

Micha Lazarus, Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge
Reformation Literary Criticism

Seth S. LeJacq, Lecturing Fellow, Duke University
Knowing Sexual Crime

Rebecca Laroche, Professor of English, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
A Recipes Studies Miscellany
Mellon Foundation Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures Fellow

Victor Lenthe, Assistant Professor of Cultures, Civilizations, Ideas, Bilkent University
Against Consensus: Comedy and the English Public, c. 1600

Jason McElligott, Keeper (Director), Marsh’s Library
Bram Stoker: Libraries, Books, and Early-Modern Culture

Sarah McNamer, Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Georgetown University
The Second Shepherds’ Play in the History of Doubt

Oliver Morgan, Maître-Assistant in Early Modern English Literature, University of Geneva
The Poetry of Reply in Early Modern England

Lucy Munro, Reader in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature, King’s College London
Cultural Histories of the Early Modern Playhouse

Harry Newman, Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London
The Birth of Character, 1553-1640

Scott Newstok, Professor of English and Director of the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment, Rhodes College
Welles, Shakespeare, and Race

Halyna Pastushuk, Associate Professor of Theology at Ukrainian Catholic University
Metamorphoses of the Fool in Late Shakespearean Drama: From Stage Attractor to Literary Character

Sara Pennell, Senior Lecturer of History, Politics & Social Sciences, University of Greenwich
Hannah Wolley: Cooking, Commerce and Print in Restoration London
Mellon Foundation Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways Fellow

Chelsea Phillips, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Villanova University
Pregnancy and Economics in the London Patent Theatres
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS) Fellow

Peter Radford, Ph.D.
The Corporeal and Sporting Early Modern Woman

Justin Roberts, Associate Professor of History, Dalhousie University
Property in People: Slave and Servant Laws in the Seventeenth-Century English Americas
North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) Fellow

Ali Salami, Assistant Professor, University of Tehran
The History of Shakespeare in Iran: Roots and Influences

Casey Schmitt, Ph.D. Candidate, The College of William & Mary
Bound Among Nations: Labor Coercion in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean

Richard Schoch, Professor of Drama, Queen’s University Belfast
Restoration Shakespeare: A Performance History

Rachel Seiler-Smith, Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Media and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology
Figuring Blackness
Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture (OIEAHC) Fellow

Peter Sherlock, Vice Chancellor, University of Divinity
Empire of Memory: The Monuments of Westminster Abbey c.1500-1750

Elizabeth Spencer, Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of York
Women and Accounting, 1680-1830

Andrea Stevens, Associate Professor of English, Theatre, and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Racial Masquerade and the Caroline Court, 1625-1649

Mindy Stricke, Photographer and Interdisciplinary Artist
By Nature Much Delight
Artist-in-Residence Fellow

Andrea Sununu, Professor of English, DePauw University
The Complete Writings of Katherine Philips: Vol. 1, The Poems

Mihoko Suzuki, Professor of English & Director for the Center for the Humanities, University of Miami
Women’s Manuscript Writings as Political Discourse in Early Modern England

Naomi Tadmor, Professor of History, Lancaster University
Cultures of Settlement: Law, Society and State Formation in England c.1660-1780

Ginette Vagenheim, Professor of Latin Language and Literature and Humanistic Philology, Université de Rouen
Pirro Ligorio’s Invention and Innovation in the Cavallerie Ferraresi

Sarah Ward, Senior Lecturer in History, University of the West of England
‘Royalism, Religion, and Revolution: North-East Wales, 1640-1715’ and ‘Calumniators and true devils: The Welsh Clergy, Anti-Puritanism, and Political Comment in Wales, 1640-1660’

Lauren Working, Postdoctoral Researcher on Travel, Transculturality, and Identity in England (TIDE), 1550 Project, University of Liverpool
Cultivating Power: Jacobean Women and the Politics of Empire