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Katherine Walker, PhD

Assistant Professor 

Department of English, Office 235

University of Nevada Las Vegas

(940) 368-6098




2022  Prophetic Futures, Palgrave Macmillan. Co-editor with Joseph Bowling.

2021  Shakespeare and Science: A Dictionary, New York and London: Bloomsbury's Arden Shakespeare Series.


2023  "State of the Field: Early Modern Magic," Literature Compass, (January 2023)

2022   “Reading the Early Modern Witch as Epistemic Spectacle,” Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistes,                       Forthcoming. 

2022    “‘Palpable to Thinking’: Othello and Gross Conceits,” English Literary Renaissance, (Spring 2022). 

2021    “Demonic Temporality in Doctor Faustus,” Journal of Marlowe Studies, 1.2 (December 2021): 1-24. 

2020    “Clowns and Demonological Learning in Doctor Faustus,” English Literary History 87.2 (2020): 405-431. 

2018    “Shakespeare and the Magic of Mummy: Consumed/Consuming Bodies in Julius Caesar,” Preternature: Critical                   and Historical Studies on the Preternatural 7.2 (2018): 215-238.

2017    “‘Daring to Pry into the Privy Chamber of Heaven’: Early Modern Mock-Almanacs and the Virtues of Ignorance,”                 Studies in Philology, Winter 2017.

2015    “Early Modern Almanacs and The Witch of Edmonton,” Early Modern Literary Studies, 18.1&2 (2015): 1-25.


2014    “Spectatorship and Vision in The York Corpus Christi Plays,” Comitatus 45 (2014): 169-189.  


2013    “‘Sometimes an Actor Himselfe’: Robert Burton and Therapeutic Theatricality,” Prose Studies 35.3 (2013): 223-238.


2022    “Instinct and the Body of the Cook.” In In the Kitchen. Edited by Hillary Nunn and Madeline Bassett. Amsterdam University Press. Forthcoming. 

2022    “Under the Sway of the Moon: Almanacs and Blood-letting in Jacobean Tragedy.” In

Hematopoetics. Edited by Ariane Balizet. Forthcoming.


2022    “Dethroning Shakespeare.” In Inclusive Shakespeares. Edited by Sonya Freeman Loftis, Mardy Philippian, and  Justin Shaw. Forthcoming. 

2021    “Culinary Paracelsianism: Instinct and the Body of the Early Modern Cook,” in In the Kitchen, edited by Hillary Nunn and Madeline Bassnett. Spring/Summer 2021.


2022   Co-editor with Mary Floyd-Wilson, “New Directions in Medicine and Embodiment on the Shakespearean Stage,” Humanities. Forthcoming.

2019    Co-editor with Joseph Bowling, “Prophetic Futures,” postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies. Spring 2019.



2022    “Astrology.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Renaissance Knowledge. Forthcoming. 

2022    “Women and Printed Almanacs,” edited by Katherine Acheson, The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing, general editors Patricia Pender and Rosalind Smith.


2021    Swann, Elizabeth. Taste and Knowledge in Early Modern England. (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Renaissance Quarterly (Fall 2021). 

2021    Knapp, James A. Immateriality and Early Modern English Literature: Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert (Edinburgh University Press, 2020). Reformation (Spring 2021). 

2017    Marchitello, Howard and Evelyn Tribble (eds.). The Palgrave Handbook of Early Modern Literature and Science. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). The Journal of the Northern Renaissance (Summer 2017).


2016    Pedersen, Tara E. Mermaids and the Production of Knowledge in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2015). Comparative Drama (Fall 2016).


2016    Preston, Claire. The Poetics of Scientific Investigation in Seventeenth-Century England (Oxford, 2015). The British Society for Literature and Science (Summer 2016).


2015    Jennifer Munro, Edward Geisweidt, and Lynne Bruckner, eds. Ecological Approaches to Early Modern English Texts: A Field Guide to Reading and Teaching (Ashgate, 2015). The British Society for Literature and Science (Fall 2015).


2015    Daniel Jütte, The Age of Secrecy: Jews, Christians, and the Economy of Secrets (Yale University Press, 2015). Sixteenth Century Journal (Fall 2015).


2015    Leah Knight, Reading Green in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2014). The British Society for Literature and Science (Summer 2015).


2014    Erika T. Lin, Shakespeare and the Materiality of Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Journal of the Northern Renaissance. (Spring 2014).


2011    Fred Tromly, Fathers and Sons in Shakespeare: The Debt Never Promised (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010). Sixteenth Century Journal. (Spring 2011).


Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 2018

Dissertation Title “Reading the Natural and Preternatural Worlds in Early Modern Drama"

M.A. English Literature, Texas Christian University, May 2011

B.A. English Literature and B.A. Philosophy, University of North Texas, August 2009




2020          Folger Shakespeare Library, Research Fellowship, June-July 2021.

2018          Huntington Library, Short-Term Fellowship, May-June 2019.

2018          Folger Faculty Seminar, “Digging the Past,” led by Frances Dolan. Folger Shakespeare Library.

2017          Emerging Scholar Award, American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Conference. Keynote Invitation for 2019.

2017          Newberry Library, American Society for Environmental History Fellow, September-October 2017.


2017          MARCO Manuscript Workshop, “Envisioning Knowledge,” University of Tennessee at Knoxville, February



2016          Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research, Harvard University, Summer 2016.


2014-15     Folger Shakespeare Library Seminar Participant, “Researching the Archive,” taught by Dr. Jean Howard and Dr. Pamela Smith.


2012          Folger Shakespeare Library Seminar Participant, “Mastering Research Methods,” taught by Dr. Natasha Korda.


2006-09     Ronald E. McNair Scholar.


 2022         College of Liberal Arts Summer Research Award, Dean's Office. 


2017-18     Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate School, UNC


2017          Frankel Dissertation Fellowship, Department of English, UNC, rec’d 2017 & 2015


2016          Dorothy Ford Wiley Dissertation Seminar Fellowship, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UNC


2016          Jerry Leath Mills Travel Fellowship, Department of English, UNC, rec’d 2016 & 2012


2016          Future Faculty Fellowship, Center for Faculty Excellence, UNC


2015          Howell-Voitle Dissertation Award, Department of English, UNC


2015          John R. Bittner Dissertation Award, Department of English, UNC


2014          UNC-King’s College London Summer Research Fellowship, Graduate School, UNC


2011-12     Medieval and Early Modern Studies Graduate Recruitment Award, UNC


2010          Texas Christian University Graduate Student Senate Research Grant



2020          Shakespeare Association of America Travel Grant

2019          Shakespeare Association of America Travel Grant

2017          Sarah Malone Medieval and Renaissance Studies Travel Grant


2017          Shakespeare Association of America Travel Grant


2017          Modern Language Society Travel Grant


2016          History of Science Society Travel Grant


2016          Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Travel Grant, 2016


2010          South Central Renaissance Conference Competitive Graduate Student Research Grant


2016    "First-Generation, Low-Income College Students and Graduate Admissions in the Humanities," University of North Carolina Honors College, Chapel Hill, March 2016


        Renaissance True Crime (Spring 2022)

        Literature and Medicine (Spring 2022)

        Graduate Seminar: Renaissance Magic (Fall 2021)

        Shakespeare’s Tragedies (Fall 2021)

        Independent Study: Cosmic Horror (Fall 2021)

        British Literature Survey (Spring 2021)

        Shakespeare's Comedies & Histories (Fall 2020)


        Introduction to Literature (Spring 2020)
        Renaissance Bodies, Sex, and Gender (Spring 2020)
        Shakespeare (Spring 2020)
        Magic and Science in the Renaissance (Fall 2019)
        Perception and Deception and Medieval and Early Modern Literature (Fall 2019)



         Shakespeare (2019, 2 sections)         

         British Literature Survey: Medieval to 18th Century (2018)

         Rhetoric and Composition (2018, 2 sections)


         Introduction to Poetry (2016, 1 section)

         Shakespeare (2014, led 2 discussion sections)

         Writing in the Health Sciences (2013-16, 3 sections)

         Rhetoric and Composition, research-exposure track (2012-17, 5 sections)



         Introduction to Shakespeare

         British Literature from 1800



2012-14     Graduate Assistant, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program, UNC


2010-11     GRE Tutor, University of North Texas


2009-11     Graduate Writing Assistant, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program, UNT


2008-09     Writing Lab Tutor, University of North Texas

2024   "Renaissance Magic and the Art of Fraud," UNLV Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, April 2024

2021   "Marlowe and Demons," The Rasmussen Hines Collection Library, October 2021

2019   “Drama, Demons and Knowledge,” Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, October 2019

2019   “Learning from Clowns and Demons in Doctor Faustus,” Huntington Library, June 2019

2018   "Charting Temporality at the Newberry: Early Modern Texts on Time." Newberry Library, June 2018

2016    “Researching the Recipe: Early Modern Cookery and Science,” Early Modern Recipe Online Collective, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, April 2016


2024    Ninth International Conference, Marlowe Society of America, London, UK, July 2024

2024    Organizer, "Reenchanting the Shakespearean Stage" Shakespeare Association of America, Portland, OR, April 2024

2023    Leader, "Cunning" Shakespeare Association of America, Minneapolis, MN, April 2023

2021    Organizer, “Shakespeare Studies,” PAMLA, Las Vegas, NV. 

2021    “Angels and Science,” Shakespeare Association of America, Online Seminar due to COVID. 

2020    “Instinct, Experiment, and Prickings in Macbeth,” Shakespeare Association of America, Online Seminar due to COVID. 

2020    “Instinctive Foretellings: The Future and the Body in Early Modern Literature,” Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, April 2020.

2020    Chair, “Early Modern Revenge,” Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, April 2020.

2019    “‘Palpable to Thinking’: Othello and ‘Gross’ Conceits,” Shakespeare Association of America, Washington, D.C.


2019    “Preternatural Spaces and Gulling in Middleton’s The Puritan,” Renaissance Society of America, Toronto

2018    Women's Knowledge Labor on the Early Modern Stage," Attending to Early Modern Women Conference, Milwaukee, WI

2018    "Wizards Know Their Times," Shakespeare Association of America, Los Angeles, CA, April 2018

2017    “The Devil’s Science in Doctor Faustus,” Blackfriars Conference, Staunton, VA, October 2017


2017    “Pericles and Uncanny Knowledge,” Shakespeare Association of America, Atlanta, GA, March 2017


2017    “Receipt Books and Domestic Drama: Experience and Diagnosis in the Early Modern Household,” Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, IL, March, 2017


2017    Panel Organizer and Chair, “Early Modern Prophetic Traditions,” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, January, 2017


2017    “Mock-Almanacs and the Virtues of Ignorance,” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, January, 2017


2016    Panel Organizer, “Vernacular Knowledge and Learned Tradition in Early Modern England: Movement, Practice, Reception,” History of Science Society Conference, Atlanta, GA, November, 2016


2016    “Popular Science and Occult Environments: A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Renaissance Society of America, Boston, MA, April, 2016


2016    “Contagious Cityscapes: Criminal Topographies in Dekker and Jonson,” Performance and Materiality in Medieval and Early Modern Culture Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2016


2016    “Magical Trinkets and Texts as Objects of Knowledge,” Shakespeare Association of America, New Orleans, LA, March, 2016


2015    Organizer, “Early Modern Science and Literature,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Raleigh, NC, November 2015


2015    “‘Trifled Former Knowings’: Ecological Knowledge in Macbeth and Julius Caesar,” Shakespeare Association of America, Vancouver, BC, April 2015


2014    “From Workshop to Wonders: Artisans in the Preternatural Environment,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA, November 2014


2014    “Consumptive Incantations: Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus and Mastery of Knowledge.” North Carolina Medieval and Early Modern Colloquium at Duke University, Durham, NC, February 2014


2013    “Early Modern Almanacs and Drama,” King’s College London Graduate Student Conference: Shakespeare, Memory, and Culture, London, UK, May 2013


2012    “Becoming Nothing: Hamlet and the Quintessence of Material Experience,” Graduate Student Conference at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Shakespeare and the Natural World, Chapel Hill, NC, March 2012


2010    “‘Rue the Tears I Shed’: Titus’s Weeping Body,” South Central Renaissance Conference, Corpus Christi, TX, March 2010


2009    “The Reign of Night and the Moon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies National Conference, Dallas, TX, October 2009


2020        Renaissance Society of America Professional Development Group Leader

2017        Early Modern Recipe Online Collective, Folger Shakespeare Library

2012        Founding Editor, Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics

(, edited 2012-2015


2019          First-Generation Mentor, Mount Holyoke College

2015          Vice-President of External Affairs, Graduate and Professional Student Federation, UNC

2015          Graduate Student Representative, Faculty Council, UNC

2014          Organizer, “Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Culture” Graduate Conference, UNC, Spring


2014          Colloquium Coordinator, English Graduate Association, UNC

2013          President, English Graduate Association, UNC

2012          Treasurer, English Graduate Association, UNC

2012          Organizer, “Shakespeare and the Natural World” Graduate Conference, UNC, Spring 2012.


Instinct, Knowledge, and Science in Early Modern English Culture (under review).

The Grift of Magic (draft stage).





Latin (excellent reading knowledge)

Old English (reading knowledge)

French (reading knowledge)

Spanish (reading knowledge)



2023         Falynn Brickler, MA Thesis

2020         Erin Turner, “Shakespeare and Science Fiction,” MA Thesis

American Society for Environmental History

History of Science Society           

Marlowe Society of America

Modern Language Association

Renaissance Society of America

Shakespeare Association of America

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts

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