I am an associate professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, where I teach courses in Shakespeare, early modern drama, and early modern women writers, including courses in Shakespeare and the law and Shakespeare and political theory. My most abiding intellectual interest is in how we use language — whether it be on the page, in conversation, in the theatre, or at law — to advance social goods. This spurs my abiding interest in Shakespeare's drama, which represents both bloody and comic contests to which both uses of language and notions of 'commonweal' are central. My research tends to focus on the ways in which the Shakespearean drama engages the language and ideas of law during a transformational period in the English common law.
Increasingly, my time and attention are also devoted to the question of how we shape the social institution of the university, and the role that the university (as a site of free expression) and the humanities in particular (as the disciplines to which the study of language is central) need to play in Canadian culture.
I welcome working not only with graduate students dedicating themselves to the study of early modern English literature, but also those studying intersections of literature and law, theories of law, theories of play, and/or drama in any period.
I run a blog, ArtsSquared, to which any member of the Faculty of Arts is welcome to contribute.