Katherine Walker, Early Modern Scholar

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I earned a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My book project, Instinct, Knowledge and Science on the Early Modern Stage, situates instinctive, intuitive, or embodied ways of knowing in sixteenth and seventeenth century culture. I explore a constellation of concepts regarding knowledge of and through the body by examining theatrical dramaturgy and performance alongside vernacular science. I am particularly interested in how marginalized figures adopt or advance methods of reading the environment on the stage.


My work appears in the journals Prose StudiesComitatusEarly Modern Literary StudiesStudies in PhilologyPreternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural, and English Literary History, and is forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance, Cashiers de Recherches, and Marlowe Studies. I have also co-edited a special issue of postmedieval titled “Prophetic Futures” and am completing two editorial book projects, one on early modern almanacs and the other, with Bloomsbury's Arden Shakespeare series, on a classroom and research resource titled Shakespeare and Science: A Dictionary.