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Kathryn Moncrief

Professor of English, Department Chair
  • Ph.D., English, University of Iowa, 2000
  • M.A., English and Theatre, University of Nebraska, 1991
  • B.A., English and Psychology, Doane College, 1989

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Awards And Honors

  • Washington College Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching
  • Washington College Nominee for Carnegie-Case-Phi Beta Kappa UP Professor of the Year

Published Work (Selected)


Research And Teaching Areas

  • Early Modern English Drama (Shakespeare and his Contemporaries)
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • 16th and 17th Century English Literature and Culture
  • Women in Early Modern England
  • Milton


Born in Colorado and raised in western Nebraska, Moncrief completed an M.A. in English and Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Nebraska (where she held a Fling Fellowship and taught “Introduction to Theatre”) and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa (where she held a Seashore Dissertation Fellowship).

Her research and teaching interests include Shakespeare, gender, performance and early modern material culture as represented on stage and in the popular press (conduct books, marriage manuals, sermons, medical treatises, midwifery guides, broadsides, ballads, etc.). Her research has taken her to: The British Library, Lambeth Palace Library, the Wellcome Institute Medical Library, the Courtauld Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Globe Theatre Archives, and the National Theatre Archives (all in London), the Bodleian library in Oxford, the Royal Shakespeare Company archives at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Yale Medical School Historical Library, the Huntington Library, and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Outside the classroom, Prof. Moncrief enjoys travel, horseback riding, acting and figure skating.  She is also a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200).


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