Graduate Student Research

Current Graduate Students

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Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Andrea Nichols

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Researching North America: Sir Humphrey Gilbert's 1583 Expedition and a Reexamination of Early Modern English Colonization in the North Atlantic World

Nathan J. Probasco

Department of History

Graduated:January 2013

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Carole Levin


Performing Arguments: debate in early English poetry and drama

Maura Giles-Watson

Department of English

Graduated:2012

Faculty supervisors: Dr. Paul A. Olson and Dr. Stephen M. Buhler


"The Future in an Instant": Posthumanism(s) in early modern English drama

Farrah Lehman

Department of English

Graduated:2010

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Stephen M. Buhler


Lifting up the serpent in the wilderness: the reader's journey through John Milton's "Paradise Lost"

Matthew Scott Stenson

Department of English

Graduated:2009

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Stephen C. Behrendt


Anglo-Swedish Foreign Relations During the Reign of Elizabeth I

Nathan James Martin

Department of History

Graduated:2008

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Carole Levin


Borrowed Authority, Satirized Genre: Appropriations of Shakespeare in Charlotte Smith's poetry and novels

Joy Marie Currie

Department of English

Graduated:2006

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Stephen M. Buhler


Ritual Speech Acts and the Shakespearean Stage 

Matthew C. Hansen

Department of English

Graduated:2005

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Paul A. Olson


Shylock and the Economics of Subversion in "The Merchant of Venice"

Hesham Khadawardi

Department of English

Graduated:2005

Faculty supervisors:Dr. Stephen M. Buhler and Dr. Carole Levin


Almost the Perfect Woman: Public and Private Expectations of Catherine of Aragon

Timothy G. Elston

Department of History

Graduated:2004

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Carole Levin


Origin and Adaptation of the medieval Theban narrative from Gildas to Shakespeare

Jason Gildow

Department of English

Graduated:2004

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Robert S. Halle


Geistliche Gesangbuch, geistreiche Gesangbuch: The development of confessional unity in the evangelical hymnbook, 1524-1587

Christine Anne Hancock Dempsey

Department of History

Graduated:2003

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Amy N. Burnett


A Sound Theology: The Vital Position of Sound and Music to Hildegard of Bingen's Theology and Public Identity

Geraldine E. Henderson

Department of English

Graduated:2003

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Paul A. Olson


Women's Dress Lexicon from Fourteenth-Century England

Traci Leigh Austin

Department of English

Graduated:2003

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Paul A. Olson


Studies in African and medieval European mysticism

Finnian Ndukwuegbulem Nwaozor

Department of English

Graduated:2002

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Paul A. Olson


Bensington Manor and ultimogeniture: A Study of the Influence of Family Dynamics on Manorial Inheritance Practices in Early Modern England

Shawndra Lynn Holderby

Department of History

Graduated:2001

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Carole Levin


Shakespeare the political man: The second tetralogy and its historical moment

Hyo Sik Hwang

Department of English

Graduated:2000

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Leslie T. Whipp


Under My Thumb: Women and authority in the literature of Renaissance England

Linda A. Krisa

Department of English

Graduated:1999

Faculty supervisors:Dr. Stephen M. Buhler and Dr. Leslie T. Whipp


Rhetoric, Romance, and the Structure of Authority in the "Canterbury Tales"

Kurtis Boyd Haas

Department of English

Graduated:1998

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Paul A. Olson


A Critical Edition of Thomas Heywood's "The First and Second Partes of King Edward the Fourth"

Whitney Anne Peterson

Department of English

Graduated:1997

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Howard B. Norland


David of Augsburg's "Profectus Religiosorum" in the Middle English Translation for the Nuns of Syon Abbey: an edition

Stephen Eric Hayes

Department of English

Graduated:1997

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Paul A. Olson


"Don Quijote": A Numismatic and Economic Analysis -- Literary Images of Coinage, Wealth, and Poverty

David Brian Fiero

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures [Spanish]

Graduated:1997

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Elizabeth Wilhelmsen


Chaucer's Vergil, Troy, and the medieval commentary tradition

Patricia Heumann Scudder

Department of English

Graduated:1996

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Paul A. Olson


John Donne's "Songs and Sonnets": In the Light of Renaissance Traditions

Linda Ann Schmidt

Department of English

Graduated:1996

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Leslie T. Whipp


"Assay the power you have": Compromised Subjectivities and English Renaissance literary women

Suzy Beemer

Department of English

Graduated:1996

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Moira Ferguson


The Image of the Blind Cupid in Dream-Vision Poems in the Late Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and early Sixteenth Centuries in England

Richard John Cupich

Department of English

Graduated:1992

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Paul A. Olson


Shakespeare in Korea: 1906-1989

Jong-hwan Kim

Department of English

Graduated:1992

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson and Dr. Robert Knoll


"Paradise Lost" and the commented epic

Dennis Scott Brooks

Department of English

Graduated:1991

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson


Reading the Bower: Critical responses to Edmund Spenser's Bower of Bliss in the 1980's

Robert Charles Miliken

Department of English

Graduated:1990

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Robert D. Stock


"Paradise Lost" as Reformation history

Joseph David Boocker

Department of English

Graduated:1988

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson


The Master Mined and Mimed: Shakespeare's use of Chaucer in The Two Noble Kinsmen

Nancy Bernhardt Holland

Department of English

Graduated:1987

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson


Titanic Rebellion: the promethean iconography of Milton, Blake, and Shelley

Linda M. Lewis

Department of English

Graduated:1984

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson and Dr. Leslie Whipp


Musical Imagery in the Poetry of Juan Ruiz, Guillaume de Machaut, and Chaucer: a comparative study

David G. Lonoue

Department of English

Graduated:1981

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson


Genius and Other Related Allegorical Figures in the De Planctu Naturae, the Roman de la Rose, and the Confessio Amantis, and the Faerie Queene

Herbert David Brumble

Department of English

Graduated:1970

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson


Chaucer and the Just Society: conceptions of natural law and the nobility int he Parliament of Fowls, the Knights Tale, and the Portraits of Miller and Reeve

Bruce Kent Cowgill

Department of English

Graduated:1970

Faculty supervisor: Dr. John W. Robinson


Middle English Debate Poems: a genre study

Dvaid Elwood Lampe

Department of English

Graduated:1969

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson


Chaucer and Lydgate, and the uses of history

Curtis Lee McCray

Department of English

Graduated:1968

Faculty supervisor: Dr. John W. Robinson


The artes praedicandi and Chaucer's Canterbury preachers

Doris Evaline Thompson Myers

Department of English

Graduated:1967

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson


The Canterbury Tales and late fourteenth-century chivalry: literary stylization and historical idealism

Thomas Jension Hatton

Department of English

Graduated:1966

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson


Shakespeare and the golden world of the pastoral

Richard Harold Henze

Department of English

Graduated:1965

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Robert E. Knoll


Hercules and the Faerie Queene

Anthony William Wolk

Department of English

Graduated:1965

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson


The Pilgrimage of the Red Cross Knight

Vernon James Torczon

Department of English

Graduated:1960

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Olson


Masters Theses completed

Lucas Cranach's Samson and Delilah in Northern European Art

Jacqueline S. Spackman

Department of Art & Art History

Graduated:May 2015

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Alison Stewart


From England's Bridewell to America's Brides: Imprisoned Women, Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure", and Empire

Alicia Meyer

Department of English

Graduated:April 2015

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Julia Schleck


Jewel of Womanhood: A Feminist Reinterpretation of Queen Katherine Howard

Holly Kizewski

Department of History

Graduated:June 2014

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Carole Levin


Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice": the 'Productions' of National Identity in the Face of the Other

Eder Jaramillo

Department of English

Graduated:December 2013

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Julia Schleck


A Widow's Will: Examining the Challenges of Widowhood in Early Modern England and America >

Alyson D. Alvarez

Department of History

Graduated:May 2013

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Carole Levin


"In Counterfeit Passion": Cross-dressing, Transgression, and Fraud in Shakespeare and Middleton

Anastasia S. Bierman

Department of English

Graduated:May 2013

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Julia Schleck


Zoomorphic Penannular Brooches in 6th and 7th Century Ireland

Esther G. Ward

Department of Art & Art History

Graduated:December 2012

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Alison Stewart


"So Stirring a Woman Was She": A Closer Look at Early Modern Representations of Matilda, Lady of the English

Megan L. Benson

Department of History

Graduated:Spring 2012

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Carole Levin


The Cultural Significance of Precious Stones in Early Modern England

Cassandra Auble

Department of History

Graduated:June 2011

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Carole Levin


"A Very Goddess of Persuasion": Mary Dudley Sidney as an Exemplar of Women's Political Significance in Elizabethan England

Catherine Medici-Thiemann

Department of History

Graduated:May 2011

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Carole Levin


Piracy, Slavery, and Assimilation: Women in Early Modern Captivity Literature

David C. Moberly

Department of English

Graduated:May 2011

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Stephen Buhler


Fearing the "Turban'd Turk": Socio-Economic Access to Genre and the "Turks" of Early Modern English Dramas and Broadside Ballads

Katie S. Sisneros

Department of English

Graduated:Spring 2010

Faculty supervisor:Dr. Stephen Buhler