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Rory Loughnane is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Studies and Co-Director of The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent. He is the author or editor of eight books, including Early Shakespeare, 1588-1594 (Cambridge, 2020) and a forthcoming Works of Cyril Tourneur (The Revels Plays). He is a General Editor of The Oxford Marlowe, a General Editor of The Revels Plays series, an Associate Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare, and a Series Editor of Routledge’s Studies in Early Modern Authorship. He was awarded the 2019 Hoffman Prize for work in Marlowe studies, and was elected as a Plumer Visiting Fellow at Oxford in 2020.

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AARON T. PRATT, Project Lead (US)

Aaron T. Pratt is Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin. His research, teaching, and outreach focus on bibliography, book history, and the literature and culture of early modern England. Pratt’s academic articles and chapters can be found in a number of venues, including The Library and collections published by Oxford and Cambridge. He is also coauthor of Collated & Perfect, a hybrid exhibition catalog and essay volume, and he regularly writes for public audiences in the Ransom Center Magazine and elsewhere. He is currently completing a monograph project, English Playbooks Revisited.

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DOUGLAS BRUSTER, Project Co-Director (US)

Douglas Bruster is a professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of American and English Literature. He is the author of several studies of Shakespeare and his dramatic contemporaries, including Quoting Shakespeare, Drama and the Market in the Age of ShakespeareShakespeare and the Question of Culture, and To Be or Not to Be.

ROB CARSON, Project Co-Director (US)

Rob Carson is Associate Professor of English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. He has published articles about Coriolanus and early modern scepticism, Richard III and early modern resistance theory, the linguistic turn in Shakespeare studies, and doubling practices in serial drama. His current book project is called Every Third Thought: Shakespeare and the Early Modern Play of Ideas, and he has a second project underway about intersubjectivity in the early modern period. He also oversees the Marlowe Census, an online catalogue of all of the surviving copies of Marlowe’s works that were printed before 1700.

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Catherine Richardson is Professor of Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent and Director of the Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Kent. She studies early modern material culture, writing books on Domestic Life and Domestic Tragedy in Early Modern England (Manchester, 2006), Shakespeare and Material Culture (Oxford University Press, 2011) and, with Tara Hamling, A Day at Home in Early Modern England, The Materiality of Domestic Life, 1500-1700 (Yale, 2017). She is currently editing Arden of Faversham for Arden Early Modern Drama, and is PI on the AHRC project “The Cultural Lives of the Middling Sort.”

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ANNA HEGLAND, Research Associate (UK)

Anna Hegland (she/her) is a doctoral researcher and assistant lecturer in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent. Her work looks at the vocabularies of violence in early modern tragedies, exploring the intersections of rhetoric and performance in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English tragedies. She is also a co-founder of MEMSlib, where she edited the early modern drama, literature, and theology pages.

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SHELLY LORTS, Research Associate (UK)

Shelly Lorts is a doctoral researcher in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent. She works on the adaptation of folklore and mythologies within early modern drama, specifically drama that depicts women and women’s bodies.