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Shira Brisman

Languages: English, German.

Research Interests: Northern European art 1450-1850, print culture, history of science and technology, reformations of religion, art history’s relationship to language, literature, and primary source texts, communication and exchange.

Education: Ph.D. Yale University; M.A. Yale University; B.A. Yale University.

Karen Britland

Languages: English.

Research Interests: Shakespeare, early modern drama and performance, print and manuscript culture, women’s writing, the English Revolution, Anglo-Continental exchange.

Education: Ph.D. University of LeedsM.A. University of Reading; B.A. University of Oxford.

Thomas H. Broman

Languages: English, German.

Research Interests: Science and medicine in the Enlightenment; the role of science in the public sphere; 18th-century German intellectual and cultural history.

Education: Ph.D. Princeton University; M.A. Princeton University; M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; A.B. Ripon College.

Stefania Buccini

Languages: Italian, English.

Research Interests: 17th, 18th, and early 19th-century Italian literature and culture, Baroque novel and poetry, Counter-reform sacred oratory, libertine fiction and ideology, antique printed editions and early modern manuscripts.

Education: Ph.D., Italian, Brown University.

Departments: Department of French and Italian (departmental profile here).

Joshua Calhoun

Languages: English.

Research Interests: Renaissance Lyric Poetry, Renaissance Drama, Poetics, Shakespeare, Spenser, Donne, Gascoigne, Media, the history of reading, the natural history of texts, papermaking, historical formalism, miscellanies and anthologies, paleography, the Atlantic world.

Departments: Department of English (departmental profile here).

Lisa H. Cooper

Languages: English.

Research Interests: Medieval literature, especially twelfth-to-fifteenth-century English and French romance, the poetry of Chaucer, his contemporaries, and successors' English cycle drama, Latin and vernacular historiography, English and European travel narrative, medieval material culture (especially the intertwined history of labor, technology, and commerce), the formation of urban identity, lexicography, and the history of the book.

Stephanie Elsky

Languages: English.

Research Interests: Renaissance poetry and prose, law and literature, Shakespeare, poetics, reception of classical antiquity, history of the material text, early modern women writers, colonialism.

Education: Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania; M.A. University of Pennsylvania; B.A. Columbia University.

Departments: Department of English (departmental profile here).

Pablo F. Gómez

Education: 

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, History of Medicine, Latin American History, 2010.
M.A., Vanderbilt University, History, 2007.
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Surgery, 2002.

Richard Goodkin

Languages: English, French.

Research Interests: 17th-century French theater, 19th and 20th-century narrative, Symbolist poetry, French film, intertextuality, Greek tragedy, psychological approaches to literature, philosophy and literature, mathematics and literature.

Education: Ph.D. Princeton.

Departments: Department of French and Italian (departmental profile here).

Sabine Gross

Languages: German, English.

Research Interests: German-language literature of the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries, contemporary German-language authors, Bertolt Brecht, Enlightenment aesthetics, narratology and stylistics, the reading process, the detective/mystery genre, image-text relations, the human experience of time, semiotics, theater, perception and synaesthesia.

David J. Hildner

Languages: English, Spanish.

Research Interests: Renaissance / Baroque drama and poetry of Spain, Luso-Brazilian literature before 1800, philosophy and literature, religion and literature, advanced language practice.

Education: Ph.D., Spanish with supporting field in Portuguese and French, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; M.A., Spanish, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; B.A., Spanish, Oberlin College.

Florence C. Hsia

Languages: English.

Research Interests: The Scientific Revolution, Jesuit science, science and religion, and science and European expansion in the early modern era.
Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago, History; M.A., University of Chicago, History; A.B., Princeton University, East Asian Studies.

Departments: Department of the History of Science (departmental profile here).

Steven Hutchinson

Languages: English, Spanish.

Research Interests: Early modern Spanish literature, utopian thought, poetics, rhetoric, emotion, eroticism, geography, race, cultural and religious otherness, Antonio de Guevara, Melchor de la Serna, Jerónimo de Pasamonte, Jaime Bleda, Cervantes, Góngora, Quevedo, María de Zayas, Alonso de Contreras, Antonio Machado and Cernuda.

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago.

Daniel Kapust

Languages: English, Latin.

Research Interests: American political thought, ancient political theory, contemporary political theory, deliberation, democratic theory, early modern political thought, liberalism, modern political theory, non-democracy, religion and politics, republicanism, rhetoric and political theory, Scottish Enlightenment.

Jan Miernowski

Languages: Polish, French, English.

Research Interests: French literature and culture, Renaissance studies, literary responses to early modern philosophy, theology and political rhetoric, early modern humanism and 20th -century anti-humanism, digital humanities and e-Learning.

Education: Doctorat, Université de Paris X-Nanterre.

Sabine Mödersheim

Languages: German, English.

Research/Language Interests: Early modern literature and culture, emblem studies, visual culture, digital humanities, environmental history.

Education: D.Phil. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany.

Affiliated Departments: Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic (departmental profile here); Center for Early Moderns Studies (Director).

Steven Nadler

Languages: English, Dutch, Latin.

Education: Ph.D., Philosophy, Columbia University.

Departments: Department of Philosophy (departmental profile here).

Undergraduate Courses: Introduction to Philosophy, Good, Beauty, and the Meaning of Life, History of Modern Philosophy, Jewish Philosophy from Antiquity through the Seventeenth Century.

Robin E. Rider

Languages: English.

Research Interests: Early modern science, printing and publishing of science, history of mathematics.

Education: Ph.D., History, University of California-Berkeley; M.A., Mathematics, University of California-Berkeley; B.S., Mathematics, Stanford University.

Departments: Department of the History of Science (departmental profile here); Curator of Special Collections and Department Head, University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library.

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