Professor of English, Interim Director Phillips Museum



Office: KEI311

Office Hours 

Office:  Keiper 311 .  Office hours also held in Stager 108.  See schedule below.
Semester:  Fall 2017 
  • Mondays:  2:30-3:00 pm (Stager 108)
  • Tuesdays:  1:00-2:30 pm (Keiper 311)
  • Wednesdays:  2:30-3:00 pm (Stager 108)
  • By appointment


Ph.D. British Literature with Medieval Studies Certificate, Indiana University, 1989

M.A. British Literature, Indiana University, 1986

A.B. English, Earlham College, 1982 (with highest honors, PBK)

Academic and Administrative Positions

Academic Positions:

Franklin & Marshall College, Assistant, Associate, and Professor of English, 1989-

English Department Associate Chair, 2012-13, 2014-

English Department Chair, 2005-06, 1996-97


Administrative Positions: 

Franklin & Marshall College, Interim Director, The Phillips Museum of Art, 2014-

Franklin & Marshall College, Associate Dean of the Faculty, 2006-11

Secretary of the Faculty, 2004-06


English Renaissance Literature and Intellectual History; Early Modern Emblematics and Visual Culture; Edmund Spenser.


Scholarly Monograph:

Edmund Spenser’s Emblematic Imagination (in progress)

Academic Publications:

"The Emblematic Handkerchief in Othello, and Its Untold Backstory," Imago 8 (2016): 61-75.

"Death is in the 'I' of the Beholder: Early Modern Emblems of Death" in Emblems of Death in the Early Modern Period, eds. Monica Calabritto and Peter Daly (Geneva: Droz, 2014), 59-95.

Paper Presentations:

“Beholding Colin Beheld,” Renaissance Society of America Convention, March 2016

 “The Face & Place of Mutabilitie,” The Fifth International Spenser Society Conference, June      2015.

"Today’s Art Historian in Edmund Spenser’s Visions of the Worlds Vanitie," Shakespeare Association of America Seminar, April 2014

"George Puttenham’s Emblematic Queen Elizabeth I," Renaissance Society of America Convention, March 2014

 “John Donne’s Emblematic Tabernacle,” John Donne Society Conference, February 2014

Grants & Awards

  • "The Bible and Histories of Reading," Rare Book School, University of Pennsylvania,  2016

Professional Activity

John Donne Society, Executive Board, 2014-

Reviewer for Emblematica and Renaissance Quarterly, 2013-

Society for Emblem Studies, Representative to the Renaissance Society of America, 2012-

Course Information

Medieval and Early Modern English Literature; Shakespeare; History of the Book; Historical Fiction