Jessica Apolloni

Dr. Jessica Apolloni is a Lecturer in the Department of English at Christopher Newport University. She specializes in early modern English and Italian literature, including Shakespeare; the history of crime reports; and legal approaches to literary studies. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2016, and her current book project examines the impact of early modern Italian legal concepts traveling to and transforming in England—where legal practices greatly differed from continental Europe.

Jessica’s interest in transnational approaches to law and literature has been supported by grants from Fulbright and the Andrew W. Mellon foundation as well as produced articles in Shakespeare Bulletin and Studies in Philology.

Charlotte Cartwright

Dr. Charlotte Cartwright is a lecturer in the Department of History at Christopher Newport University. She teaches courses on World History, the Early Middle Ages (to 1000), the Later Middle Ages (1000 – 1450), Medieval England and the Crusades. She holds a PhD from the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom). She researches gender, power and family groups in tenth and eleventh century Normandy.

Mark Davis

Mark Evan Davis is a lecturer of Spanish in the Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, where he enjoys teaching a variety of Spanish courses at all language levels. In his research, Mark specializes in the early literature and culture of the Iberian world – from the medieval period through the Golden Age (the 16th and 17th centuries). In thematic terms, Dr. Davis’ current work explores festival behavior and its relationships to culture in the broadest sense of the word. This includes politics, history, literature and the other arts. This field of inquiry has led him to examine a wide variety of works in Spanish and other Iberian languages, including Portuguese and Valencian. He is also engaged in looking into the ways celebratory activity and literature represent and define the social organization of the Spanish and Portuguese empires of the early modern period, on both sides of the Atlantic—and beyond. He is especially interested in the way ethnicity, race, nationality and gender intersect with fiestas.

Michelle Erhardt

Dr. Michelle Erhardt is associate professor of art history at Christopher Newport University, where she teaches world art, medieval art, Italian Renaissance art, Northern Renaissance art and Baroque art. She holds a PhD from Indiana University.

Sarah Finley

Dr. Sarah Finley is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Christopher Newport University, where she specializes in Colonial Spanish American Literature and Culture and Sound Studies.  Finley’s research focuses on music-making and auditory culture in early Mexican convents.  Her current project attends to sound’s significance in poet and nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s intellectual inheritance by relating acoustical tropes in the author’s canon to seventeenth-century ideas about music, sound transmission, hearing and more.  One aspect of the project, an article about how Jesuit Athanasius Kircher’s acoustical theories influenced Sor Juana’s re-imaginings of the Echo and Narcissus myth, appears in the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.  Additionally, she is co-editing a collection of essays that considers music-making in early modern convents from a comparative and cross-disciplinary perspective.

Finley has lectured at an interdisciplinary seminar on convent culture that Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History sponsors, and she was co-organizer of Cloistered Women’s Voices: Symposium on Sound, Song and Lyric in Early Modern Convents.  She has also presented at national and international conferences, among others: Attending to Early Modern Women (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee);  “Tracing Paths,” the biennial conference of the Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y Latinoamérica (pre-1800), (Universidade de Lisboa); and the Conference on Music Literature, Historiography and Aesthetics (Institute of Musical Research, University of London).  Finley is secretary of the Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y Latinoamérica (pre-1800) and a member of the Modern Language Association and the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.

Laura Grace Godwin

Dr. Grace Godwin is assistant professor of theater at Christopher Newport, and specializes in early modern plays in 20th- and 21st-century performance. She has presented at the Marlowe Society of America, Shakespeare Society of America and SCAENA international conferences, and regularly publishes scholarly theatrical reviews in journals, including Cahiers Élisabéthans, Theatre Journal and The Shakespeare Bulletin. She is currently at work on studies of productions of plays by Christopher Marlowe at the Royal Shakespeare Company and a critical history of the Swan Theatre.

Godwin teaches regularly in London for Midwestern State University’s British Studies Program, and frequently supports TheaterCNU productions, including “The Duchess of Malfi,” “Mary Stuart,” and “Pericles.” She is currently working on a new text-movement piece titled “My Case is Altered” with a team of internationally renowned theater practitioners. She holds a PhD from the University of Illinois and a postgraduate diploma in Shakespeare studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.


Sharon M. Rowley

Dr. Sharon Rowley is professor of English and director of medieval and Renaissance studies at CNU. She specializes in Old and Middle English language and literature, manuscript studies and Shakespeare. Her book on the Old English version of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica, is the first full-length study of one of the most important works of prose to survive from Anglo-Saxon England. She has also published many articles on Bede’s ecclesiastical history and the Old English version of it, as well as on Old English prose, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Middle English Breton lays, Old English homilies and otherworldly visions. Her essay “Bede and the Northern Kingdoms,” appears in the Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature.

In addition to a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to work on her book in 2007–08, Rowley has also been awarded grants from the British Academy. Most recently, she was awarded an NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant of more than $321,000 to work on a new edition of the Old English Bede with Dr. Greg Waite of the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has been a visiting fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University (England), and an honorary research associate in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge. She has been invited to speak in Paris; Cambridge, England; London, Winchester, England; Cork, Ireland; and at the Newberry Library in Chicago and Wake Forest University.


Eric Silverman

Dr. Eric Silverman is associate professor of philosophy and religious studies at Christopher Newport University, and a research fellow at Biola University. He specializes in contemporary ethics and medieval philosophy, and regularly teaches courses in ancient and medieval philosophy, modern philosophy, critical thinking/logic, philosophy of religion and the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. He published his first book, The Prudence of Love: How Possessing the Virtue of Love Benefits the Lover, in 2010.

Silverman has been awarded a grant from the Immortality Project at the University of California at Riverside (underwritten by the John Templeton Foundation), to fund the Paradise Project manuscript and conference on philosophical issues and the concept of heaven. He holds a PhD from St. Louis University.

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