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Principal Research Team

Principal Investigator

Dr. Erika Boeckeler (she/her/hers)

is an associate professor of English at Northeastern University. Her book, Playful Letters (UIowaP, 2017) discusses how early modern Western and Eastern European writers and visual artists were thinking differently about the alphabet after the invention of the printing press. Her published work includes writing on sixteenth widow printers, the poetic typography of Hamlet, teaching in the archives, painted writing in Albrecht Dürer’s self-portraiture, among other topics. She has a monograph in progress on the poetics of early modern typography that engages feminist and anti-racist bibliographic practices.

Web and Database Designer

Avery Blankenship (she/her/hers)

is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at Northeastern University. Her primary research interests include nineteenth-century American cookbooks and domestic manuals, nineteenth-century print and periodical culture, feminist digital humanities, and digital archives. Avery works as a Research Assistant for the Viral Texts Project, Project Manager and Digital Humanities Coordinator for the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, and Tech Lead for the Boston branch of A Journal of the Plague Year: A Covid-19 Digital Archive. She is an aspiring cat lady and holds out hope that one day, hoop skirts will come back into style.

Project Manager

Caroline Grand (she/her/hers)

is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at Northeastern University. Her primary research interests include the classical tradition in Shakespeare, feminist ecocritism, and funerary practices, monuments, rituals, and beliefs in early modern England. She is interested in how superstitions and taboos surrounding death characterize our understanding of grief, memory, and embodied experiences; she dreams fondly of a world in which human composting is legal worldwide. Caroline received her B.A. in English and Philosophy from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and currently works as a Research Fellow at the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern.

Resource Coordinator

Vijeta Saini (she/her/hers)

is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at Northeastern University. Her primary research interests include Global Shakespeare Studies, Performance Studies, and Cultural Memory. Her research project, The Merchant of The Empire, analyzes, for the first time, how audiences have engaged with Shakespeare in both colonial and post-colonial Punjab, a state in India. She currently works as the Outreach Coordinator for the Writing Center and Research Assistant for the Writing Center’s multilingual research project at Northeastern. She also loves to write about herself in the third person.

Collaborators

Kathryn Vomero Santos

is an Assistant Professor of English and interim co-director of the Humanities Collective at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. Her cross-historical research examines the role of translation in the formation of linguistic, racial, national, religious, and gendered identities in the early modern period and in contemporary adaptations and appropriations of Shakespeare’s works. Her scholarly essays have been published or are forthcoming in Shakespeare Quarterly, Philological Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, and several edited collections. She has also written about the cultural function of Shakespeare in popular media such as WTF with Marc Maron and Netflix’s The Crown. With Liza Blake, she co-edited Arthur Golding’s A Moral Fabletalk and Other Renaissance Fable Translations for the MHRA Tudor & Stuart Translations Series (2017). She is currently writing a book about interpreters and practices of live translation in early modernity and is co-editing a collection of essays entitled Shakespeare at the Intersection of Performance and Appropriation with Louise Geddes and Geoffrey Way.

Tanya Zhelezcheva

is an Assistant Professor of English at Queensborough Community College where she teaches Contemporary Literature and Composition Courses. Her interests range from early modern passions, book history, and the aesthetic of the unfinished to digital humanities editions and remix culture. Her work on the non-finito genre in Traherne's work appears in Literature and Theology while her historical research has been published in Notes and Queries. Her current projects focus on early modern punctuation as well as on contextualizing early modern composition practices. She has developed digital humanities projects with her honors students which explore punctuation in early modern broadsides.

Dr. Harpreet Pruthi

is a senior professor and ex-chairperson at the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University (India). Her specialization includes Shakespeare, Australian Literature and New Literature. She has been teaching Shakespeare for over twenty years. She is also presiding as the Chairperson for the Society for Health, Education and Environment (SHEE), an organization aimed to uplift women in India. She was awarded the Australian-Indian Council Fellowship in 2004. She has organized various seminars and conferences and penned two books entitled Archetypal American Sagas and Two Facets of Australian Verse.

Niyanta Sangal

is an Assistant Professor of English at MCM DAV College and a research scholar in the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh (India). Her research interests adhere to Shakespearean film adaptations. She is working on feminist and LGBTQ modes of intertexuality at play in films re-contextualizing Shakespeare’s dramas. She has recently conducted an online course titled “Shakespeare Today: Tracing Contemporary Trends in Shakespearean Scholarship”.

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