Mackenzie Cooley is Assistant Professor of History at Hamilton College. She earned her doctorate from Stanford University where she founded the Natural Things research group in global natural history and subsequently joined Cornell University as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow. Cooley's dissertation won the 2019 Cappadocia Prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript from the Society of Italian Historical Studies and her first monograph, The Perfection of Nature: Animals, Humans, and the Renaissance Invention of Race, is under advance contract with Chicago University Press.
Liam Haydon was a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for the Political Economies of International Commerce at the University of Kent from 2013-18. His work there focused on the representation of corporate activities in early modern literature, and the impact of cultural practices on those activities. His monograph, entitled Corporate Culture: National and Transnational Corporations in Seventeenth-Century Literature, was published in 2018. He currently works in the strategy directorate of UK Research and Innovation.
James A. Knapp is Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the English Department at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of Illustrating the Past in Early Modern England: The Representation of History in Printed Books (Ashgate, 2003), Image Ethics in Shakespeare and Spenser (Palgrave, 2011), and editor of Shakespeare and the Power of the Face (Ashgate, 2015). His most recent book is Immateriality and Early Modern English Literature: Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert (Edinburgh University Press, 2020).
Britt Mitchell has taught courses at California State University, San Marcos, the University of California, San Diego, and Brigham Young University. With degrees in Music and International Politics and specializations in anthropology and feminism, she brings key insights to the historical status and lived experiences of women across multiple regions and social classes, and the implications still playing out across the current societal and political landscape.
William Palmer is Professor of History at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, where he has taught since 1984. He is the author of four books and over forty articles in refereed journals and edited collections, on such topics as the English Civil War, the Tudor Conquest of Ireland, and the evolution of the history department in the United States between 1940 and 1980.
William Pettigrew is Professor of History at Lancaster University.
Stephanie Shiflett completed her Ph.D. at Boston University in 2019 under the direction of Irit Kleiman and Tom Conley. Her research treats the intersection of cartography, anatomy, and theology in sixteenth-century French literature. Her dissertation explored how the representation of parts of the body could be read as symptoms of repressed religious expression in the work of Abraham Ortelius, Guillaume du Bartas, Jean de Léry, and François Rabelais. She authored a contribution to the volume, Early Modern Écologies, edited by Phillip John Usher and Pauline Goul.
Whitney Sperrazza is Assistant Professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on the intersections of early modern literature and science, gender histories and early women's writing, and digital and experimental approaches to early modern texts. She is completing a book on early modern women poets and their engagements with Renaissance anatomy.
Robert Tinkle received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in May 2020. His dissertation, Fair Games: Play, Capital, and the English Renaissance Imagination, argues that play is transformed into an economic modality in the era of early capitalism and examines the early modern theater's representational uptake of new tensions between play and labor. He has taught courses on Shakespeare, early British literature, Renaissance humanism and its afterlives, and laughter.