Academic Career Background:

Administrative Positions:

  • 1999- 2006, Provost, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
  • January 1991-June 1995, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  • January 1987- July 1990, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Brown University, Providence, R.I.
  • 1988-2000, Director, then Chair of the Executive Committee (1994), Women Writers Project (WWP), Brown University.
  • 1986-88, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, Brown University.

Faculty Positions

  • 2006-present, Visiting Distinguished Scholar, University of Miami
  • 1999-2007, Professor of English, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
  • 1991-99, Professor of English, Franklin & Marshall College
  • 1992-2003, Adjunct Professor of English, Brown University
  • 1983-1992, Professor of English, Brown University
  • Fall, 1990, Visiting Scholar, Oxford University Center for Humanities Computing
  • 1977-83, Associate Professor of English, Brown University
  • 1981-82, Visiting Associate Professor of English, University of California, Riverside
  • 1981 (summer), Visiting Associate Professor of English, UCLA
  • 1972-77, Assistant Professor of English, Brown University
  • 1969-72, Assistant Professor of English, University of Hawaii
  • 1965-66, Instructor in Language Arts, Ventura College, California

Selected Professional Activities Since 1990

The Future of Higher Education: Curriculum, Faculty Development

  • August, 2006, keynote speaker and consultant, Illinois Wesleyan University annual faculty conference
  • March 2006, accreditation team for the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (Switzerland), for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • November 2005, chair, annual meeting Northeast and Mid-Atlantic liberal arts college Chief Academic Officers (Northeast CAOs)
  • November 2005, mentor to new CAOs, Council of Independent Colleges
  • October 2005, keynote presenter on the re-accreditation process, NEASC
  • June 2005, program leader, annual meeting of liberal arts colleges CAOs, Annapolis (“Annapolis Deans”)
  • April 2002, re-accreditation team for Bentley College, for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • April 2000, re-accreditation team for Holy Cross College, for NEASC
  • February 1998, leader, workshop on teaching, Central Pennsylvania Consortium
  • Spring 1997, evaluation team, English Department, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • April 1992, Re-accreditation team, Tufts University, for NEASC
  • 1987-1990, R.I. Coordinator, American Council of Education Women in Higher Education Program (ACE-NIP Program)
  • June 2008, Grantsmanship and the Future of the College Workshop, Florida Keys Community College

The Future of Information Fluency

  • 2001-2006, Advisory Board, Middle Atlantic and New England (MANE) Colleges, Mellon Center for Educational Technology.
  • April 2006, invited presenter and facilitator, Workshop on Information Fluency, Council of Independent Colleges, Boston, MA.
  • April 2005 – invited presenter, Council of Library and Information Resources annual sponsors’ meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • March 2005, Re-accreditation team chair, Colby-Sawyer College, NEASC
  • January 2005 – invited presenter, Portland (OR) colleges consortium on the future of the library.
  • June 2004 and September 2002, invited presenter, Workshop on the Future of Libraries, Council of Independent Colleges, Minneapolis, MN and Washington, D.C.
  • January,2004, keynote speaker, HELIN 20th anniversary conference (Rhode Island-Southeast Massachusetts consortium of academic library and technology units) “Libraries and Technology Enabling New Visions of Curriculum and Pedagogy”
  • August 2002, invited presenter, Executive Seminar of the Seminars on Academic Computing, Educause, Snowmass, Colorado
  • June 2002, invited presenter, The Frye Institute of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Emory University, Atlanta.
  • 1994-present, Advisory Board, Renaissance Electronic Texts
  • August 2007, Keynote Speaker, Educause Seminars on Academic Computing, Snomass, Colorado


  • 2006-2008, Vice President, President, and Past President of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
  • 1999-2006, chair, Northeast Professional Seminar on John Milton
  • July 2005, plenary speaker, International Cavendish Society Conference, Hamilton, Ontario.  “Sociable Spaces for Moderate Liberty”
  • June 2005, “Choosing Freedom in Paradise Lost,” International Milton Symposium, Grenoble, France
  • May 2005, invited speaker, Harvard University Humanities Institute, “Freedom in Milton and Cavendish.”
  • November 2003, plenary speaker, “Attending to Early Modern Women” conference, University of Maryland.  “But Is It Any Good? The Value of Teaching Early Modern Writers”
  • May 2003 plenary speaker, the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, Halifax, NS.  “Reading Liberty in Spenser, Lanyer and Milton”
  • November 2001, featured speaker, Yale Medieval-Renaissance Colloquium
  • July 2001, sponsored at Wheaton College the fourth biennial conference of the International Margaret Cavendish Society
  • August 1994, August 1999, panelist, NEH Fellowships Division
  • October 1993, panelist, NEH Editions Division
  • June 1993, site visit of the Center for Bibliographical Studies, UC Riverside, for the NEH
  • 1993-present, Editorial Board, Ben Jonson Journal
  • 1992-present, Editorial Board, Duquesne University Press
  • 1986-91, Editorial Board, Huntington Library Quarterly
  • Grant evaluator, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1986-present; Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Research Council of Canada, 2001-present; also reader for various journals and academic presses.
  • Member: Modern Language Association, Renaissance Society of American, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (founding member), Milton Society of America, Spenser Society, John Donne Society, Margaret Cavendish Society, Sixteenth-Century Studies Society. Listed in Who's Who in America (since 1989), Who's Who in the East (since 1984), and Who's Who of American Women (since 1979)
  • April 2008, Featured Speaker for the New York Public Library Exhibit celebrating the 400th Anniversary of John Milton's birth
Selected Institutional Grants (Wheaton College Only)
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (transforming curriculum) 2001-2005; (the relation between curriculum and faculty research) 2006-2009
  • Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation (infusing the curriculum with issues of diversity) 2005-2007.
  • The Flora and Walter Hewlitt Foundation (connecting academic and experiential learning on issues of difference) 2001-2004.
  • Davis Educational Foundation (technology in the curriculum) 2002-2005.

Fellowships and Honors

  • Henry E. Huntington Library Mellon Fellowship, 2007
  • Kathleen Williams Lecturer, Spenser at Kalamazoo, May 2000
  • Lafayette Butler Lecturer, Bucknell University, April 1998
  • Inaugural Award for Special Achievement, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Renaissance Society of America, April, 1996.
  • Principal Investigator,Brown University Women Writers Project, 1988-present.  (NEH Grants RO-21670, 7/88-6/91; RT 21288, 7/91-6/93; RT-21486, 7/93-6/95); Co-Principal Investigator(with Carol DeBoer-Langworthy), RT-21761, 7/95-6/97 and 7/97-6/99)
  • Director, "Renaissance Women Online" Project of the Women Writers Project, three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 1996-99.
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Pasadena City College, Spring 1993
  • National Endowment for the Humanities-Huntington Library Fellow, 1984-85
  • The Andrew W. Mellon-Clark Library Fellow, 1980
  • Huntington Library Summer Fellowships, 1976, 78, 82
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship, 1968-70
  • President's Fellow, Columbia University, 1967-68
  • Longueil Poetry Prize, and May Merrill Miller Literature Prize, UCLA, 1964 and 1965

Completed Research


  •  A Handbook of Literary Feminisms, with Shari Benstock and Suzanne Ferriss, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002).  Historical and critical overview of feminism in the English literary tradition.
  • Lanyer: A Renaissance Woman Poet  (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).  Study of Aemilia Lanyer, Jacobean poet, in relation to Spenser, Jonson, Shakespeare, Donne, and Herbert.
  • Natural Emphasis: English Versification from Chaucer to Dryden (San Marino: Huntington Library Press, 1985). Developmental survey of the origins of versification in modern English.


  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained by John Milton, intro. (New York: New American Library, Signet Classic, 2001)
  • Approaches to Teaching Tudor and Stuart Women Writers, ed., with Margaret P. Hannay (New York: Modern Language Association, 2000)
  • The Poems of  Aemilia Lanyer (1611), ed. with introduction and notes (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).
  • Co-General Editor (with Elizabeth H. Hageman) of a series of editions for Oxford University Press, "Women Writers in English 1350-1850,"  (15 vols., 1993-2003).

Articles and Essays

  • “Abdiel Centers Freedom,” forthcoming in 2005, in Centering the Margins, ed. Lena Orlin.
  • “Lanyer and Southwell: A Protestant Woman’s Re-Vision of St. Peter,” in Centered on the Word: Literature, Scripture, and the Tudor-Stuart Middle Way, ed. Daniel W. Doerksen and Christopher Hodgkins (Newark: Univ. Delaware Press, 2004), 73-86.
  • “Choice and Election in Samson Agonistes,” in Milton and the Grounds of Contention, ed. Mark R. Kelley, Michael Lieb, and John T. Shawcross (Pittsbirgh: Duquesne Univ. Press, 2003), 174-87.
  • “Renaissance Englishwomen and the Literary Career,” with Margaret P. Hannay, Elaine Beilin, and Anne Shaver, in European Literary Careers, ed. Patrick Cheney (Toronto: U Toronto P, 2002), 302-23.
  • “Aemilia Lanyer, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum,” in A Companion to Early Modern Women’s Writing, ed. Anita Pacheco (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), 125-35.
  • “Making Free with Poetry: Spenser and the Rhetoric of Choice,” Spenser Studies XVI (2001), 1-13.
  • “Women at the Margins in Spenser and Lanyer,” in Worldmaking Spenser: Explorations in the Early Modern Age, ed. Patrick Cheney and Lauren R. Silberman (Lexington: U Kentucy P, 2000), 101-14.
  • "Anne Locke and Aemilia Lanyer: A Tradition of Protestant Women Speaking," The New Seventeenth Century: Essays in Honor of Barbara Kiefer Lewalski, ed. Amy Boesky and Mary Crane (Newark: Univ. Delaware Press,  2000), 171-84.
  • “Lord Morley’s ‘Ryding Ryme’ and the Origins of Modern English Versification,” in Triumphs of English: Henry Parker, Lord Morley, Translator to the Tudor Court, ed. James P. Carley and Marie Axton (London: British Library Press, 2000), 201-11.
  • "Aemilia Lanyer" and "Rachel Speght" introductions for The Printed Writings of Renaissance Englishwoman, 1550-1640, A Facsimile Library of Essential Works, Part Two: The Poets, ed. Patrick Cullen and Betty Travitsky (London: Scolar Press, 2000)
  • "Teaching the Origins of Versification in Early Modern English," Approaches to Teaching Shorter Elizabethan Poetry, ed. Patrick Cheney and Anne Lake Prescott (New York: Modern Language Association, 2000), 75-80.
  • “Is Freedom Slavery?” The Iowa Review 29:3 (1999), 36-45.
  • "Born to Write: Vocation and Authority in Aemilia Lanyer," in Aemilia Lanyer: Gender, Genre and the Canon, ed. Marshall Grossman (Lexington: Univ. of Kentucky Press, 1998), 83-98.
  • "Shifting Centers and Self Assertions: The Study of Early Modern Women," Shakespeare Studies XXV  (1997), 67-75.
  • "Imitation and Authority in Donne's 'Anatomy' and Lanyer's 'Salve Deus,'" in Soundings of Things Done: Essays on Early Modern Literature in Honor  of S. K. Heninger, Jr., ed. Peter E. Medine and Joseph Wittreich (Dover: Univ. Delaware Press, 1996),  137-51.
  • "Real Meter in Imaginary English," Meter in English: A Critical Engagement, ed. David Baker, (Fayetteville: Univ. Arkansas Press, 1996), 283-91.
  • "Recovering the Past, Discovering the Future: The Brown University Women Writers Project," South Central Review, 1994 (11) 17-23.
  • "Aemilia Lanyer and Ben Jonson: Patronage, Authority, and Gender," Ben Jonson Journal I (1994), 15-30.
  • "The Body Penitent: An Early Calvinist Sonnet Sequence," American Notes and Queries special edition on newly discovered or newly taught renaissance material (1992), ed. Anne Lake Prescott, 137-40.
  • "Aemilia Lanyer," Dictionary of LIterary Biography: Seventeenth-Century British Non-Dranmatic Poets, ed. M. Thomas Hester (Columbia, S.C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1992).
  • "Elective Poetics in Milton's Prose," in Politics, Poetics and Hermeneutics in Milton's Prose,  ed. David Loewenstein and James Turner (Cambridge University Press, 1990), 193-211.  Chapter cited for special mention in August, 1991 review in TLS.
  • "'That Freedom of Discussion Which I loved': Milton's Italian Journey and Cultural Self-definition," in Milton in Italy, ed. Mario di Cesare (Binghamton: MRTS, 1991), 8-18.
  • "Amazonian Tyranny: Spenser's Radigund and Diachronic Mimesis," Playing with Gender: A Renaissance Pursuit,  ed. Jean R. Brink, Mary Anne Cline Horowitz, and Allison P. Coudert (Urbana: University of Illinois Press,1991), pp. 52-61.
  • "Freedom and Tyranny in Sidney's Arcadia,"  in Sir Philip Sidney: Quadricentennial Essays, ed. Michael J. A. B. Allen, et al. (AMS Press, 1990).
  • "How Free Are Milton's Women?" in Milton and the Idea of Woman, ed. Julia M. Walker (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1988), 11-30.
  • "The Rhetoric of Freedom in Sidney's Arcadia," Sidney Newsletter, 8:3-11 (1987).
  • "Spenser and the Problem of Women's Rule," Huntington Library Quarterly, 49:140-58 (1985).
  • "Vaughan's Reflective Versification," George Herbert Journal, 7:91-98 (1984). (Reprinted in The Critical Temper, ed. Martin Tucker et al.,  second ed., New York: Continuum, 1990)
  • "Versification," major article in The Spenser Encyclopedia, ed. A. C. Hamilton et al. (Toronto: Univ. Toronto Press, 1989), 1407-1412.
  • "The Context of Jonson's Formalism," in Classic and Cavalier: Essays on Jonson and the Sons of Ben, ed. Claude J. Summers and Ted-Larry Pebworth (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1982), 77-89.
  • "The 'Unhewn Stones' of Herbert's Verse," George Herbert Journal,  4:30-46 (Spring 1981).
  • "'The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage': Ralegh Is Still in the Running," Modern Language Studies, 8:12-19 (Fall 1978).
  • "Aesthetic and Mimetic Rhythms in the Versification of Gascoigne, Sidney, and Spenser," Studies in the Literary Imagination, 11:31-44 (Spring 1978).
  • "Ben Jonson's Cary-Morison Ode: Some Observations on Structure and Form," Studies in English Literature, 18:57-74 (Winter 1978).
  • "Closure in The Faerie Queene,"  Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 76:195-216 (April 1977).
  • In A Milton Encyclopedia, ed. William B. Hunter et al. (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1978-82): "Areopagitica," "William Faithorne," "John Baptist de Medina," and "Tyranny."
  • "'The Passionate Sheepheard' and 'The Nimphs Reply': A Study of Transmission," Huntington Library Quarterly, 34:25-33 (November 1970).

Recent book reviews:  The Nation; Renaissance Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, South Central Review, Seventeenth-Century News; Clio

Recent Graduate Program Activity: Outside reader for dissertations at the University of Ottawa (2001) and the University of Toronto (2004); on graduate committee for doctoral student at the Union Institute, 2004-06).

Current Literary Research

Freedom and Tyranny in Spenser and Milton, book project; Scholarly uses of searchable textbases; value and authority in renaissance texts.