Dr. Walker is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She earned a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her latest book project, Instinct, Knowledge and Science in Early Modern English Culture, situates instinctive, intuitive, or embodied ways of knowing in sixteenth and seventeenth century culture. She explores a constellation of concepts regarding knowledge of and through the body by examining theatrical dramaturgy and performance alongside vernacular science. She is particularly interested in how marginalized figures adopt or advance methods of reading the environment on the stage.
Her work appears in the journals: Prose Studies, Comitatus, Early Modern Literary Studies, Studies in Philology, Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural, English Literary History, Marlowe Studies, English Literary Renaissance, and Literature Compass, and is forthcoming in Cashiers de Recherches. She has also co-edited a special issue of postmedieval titled “Prophetic Futures” and is completing an editorial book project on early modern almanacs. Her most recent books are a classroom and research resource that is part of Bloomsbury's Arden Shakespeare series titled Shakespeare and Science: A Dictionary, and an edited collection with Joseph Bowling titled Prophetic Futures just published with Palgrave Macmillan.