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Sheila Coursey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. in English, University of Michigan, 2019
M.A. in English, University of Michigan, 2015
B.A. in English, College of the Holy Cross, 2013

Research Interests

  • Late medieval and early modern literature, theater and spectatorship studies, domestic tragedy, crime literature, digital humanities.
  • Her current research focuses on audience engagement and response in late medieval and early modern English drama, especially plays that explore crime narratives and communal responses to crime. She also examines the afterlives of early English performance in twentieth and twenty-first-century theater and popular entertainment. 

Publications and Media Placements

Two Lamentable Tragedies and True Crime Publics in Early Modern Domestic Tragedy.” Comparative Drama 53 no. 3 (forthcoming).

Making Mountains from Molehills: Mystery Staging and Performance in Henry VI Part III.” Newberry Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Studies 9 (2015) Chicago: The Newberry Library.

Teaching Medieval Drama and Performance.” Coauthored with Andrew Albin, Barbara Bono, Anston Bosman, Michelle Butler, Theresa Coletti, Matthew Evan Davis, Katharine Goodland, Maria Horne, Mariah Min, Heather Mitchell-Buck, Jesse Njus, William Robert, and Jay Zysk. Folger Shakespeare Library. December 2017.

CINEGLOS: Glosario cinematografico interactivo. Coauthored with Bridget Franco and  Kelsey Smith. College of the Holy Cross. August 2011.