Born 02/02/52, New York City
Citizenship: USA and Sweden
phone: +46 (0)73046 7539
2019- Senior Professor of English Literature, Arts and Communication (K3) Malmö University, Sweden
2011-19 Professor of English Literature, Uppsala University, Sweden
2010-11 Head of Department, Department of English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University
2004-11 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Renaissance Studies, Department of English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University. Promoted to Senior Lectureship 2006.
2000-03 Postdoctoral Fellow, English Department, University of San Diego
1999-2000 Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Alabama at Birmingham
1997-99 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati
Ph.D. English, University of California, Berkeley (1997)
M.A. English, with Certificate in Composition, San Francisco State University (1989)
B.A. Tutorial Studies (Philosophy and History), University of Chicago (1975)
Renaissance Society of America; AHRC Peer Review College; International Association of University Professors of English; Northern Theory Group (UK), American Council of Learned Societies, Peer Review Team; Modern Language Association; Shakespeare Association of America
English (native), French (fluent), Swedish (intermediate), Italian (intermediate), Latin (intermediate), Classical Greek (basic), Spanish (basic)
Major Honours and Awards
2019 Eric Allardt Fellow, University of Helsinki, Collegium for Advanced Study
2018 Nominated, Visiting Professor, Collège de France
2017 NOH Award for International Workshops, Interpreting Violence: Narrative, Ethics and Hermeneutics, part one The Joys of Violence, part two, The Hermenutics of Violence, with cooperation ofTrømso University, Norway, Turku University, Finland, and Stockholm University, Sweden (470 000 SEK)
2017 Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Award for International Symposium, Is economic inequality also a literary problem? (300 000 SEK)
2017 Vetenskaprådet Fellow, The Renaissance Discovery of Violence (2 300 000 SEK)
2014 Resident Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa (January-April)
2013 Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Award for Nordic Association for English Studies, triennial conference (400 000 SEK)
2012 Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and Vetenskapsrådet, Awards for ‘Terrorism and the Literary Imagination’ International Symposium (190.000 SEK and 100.000 SEK)
2009-10 Arts and Humanities Research Leave Fellowship, ‘Restaurants for the Rest of Us’ (£26,400)
2007-08 Leverhulme Trust Research Award, ‘Terrorism Before the Letter’(£24,600)
2007 Roland H. Bainton Prize for Best Book on the Literature of the Renaissance,
2005-06 British Academy Grant, ‘Terrorism: A Literary History’, 2005-06 (£6300)
2004-05 Faculty Research Grant, Lancaster University (£3500)
2003-04 Resident Research Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University
2000-01 Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship, 2000-1 ($6000)
2000 NEH – Folger Institute Summer Seminar “Texts of Imagination and Power”
1998 University of Cincinnati University Research Council, Humanities and Arts , Research Grant and Faculty Summer Research Grant , “Eating, Drinking, and the Regulation of Appetite in Tudor and Stuart England” ($9000)
1997 Eugenio Battisti Award, Society for Utopian Studies, Best Essay of 1997, ‘Utopian Dubrovnik’
1994-95 University Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley ($13,000)
1993-94 Mellon Dissertation Fellowship ($13,000)
1992-93 Bancroft Library Dissertation Research Fellowship ($8500)
Recent Professional Activities, Including Lectures and Conference Papers
2018-19 Co-organiser, Interpreting Violence: Narrative, Ethics and Hermeneutics, jointly sponsored by Tromso University, Turku University, and Stockholm University: workshops in both 2018 and 2109
2018 ‘On the Joys of Violence,’ Workshop on The Joys of Violence, part of the Interpreting Violence Project, Uppsala University
2018 Invited Lecture, ‘Terrorism and the Gunpowder Plot’, English Department, University of Zurich.
2017 Invited Lecture, ‘The Matter of Violence in Utopia’, Matters Of Invention: Utopia, Materialism And The Early Modern: An International Symposium, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
2017 ‘The Violent Truth of Human Nature: Titus Andronicus and Hamlet, Shakespeare Association of America, Annual Conference, Atlanta Georgia
2017 Keynote Address, Shakespeare and the Concepts of Fear, Shakespeare and Fear, University of Paris
2016 Keynote Address, ‘Concepts of Utopia, Concepts of Food’, 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, University of Melbourne
2016 Invited Lecture, ‘Dream Theory and A Midsummer Night’s Unconscious’, Otago University
2016 Invited Lecture, ‘The Aesthetics of Violence’, Otago University
2016 Shakespeare and Terrorism, Invited Lecture, University of Melbourne
2016 Keynote Address, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Unconscious’, The Transformations of Psychoanalysis’, Ph.D. seminar, University of Copenhagen
2016 ‘Citizenship, Community and Event in The Comedy of Errors: Saint Paul, Shakespeare, and Badiou’, for ‘Can a Person Be Illegal? Refugees, Migrants and Citizenship in Europe’, Uppsala University
2016 Invited Lecture, ‘Ravaillac the Scapegoat’, Medieval and Early Modern Research Group, Newcastle University
2016 Invited Lecture, ‘Terrorism Before the Letter’, English Department, Lancaster University
2016 Invited Lecture, Terrorism Before the Letter, School of Critical Studies, Glasgow University
2015 Keynote Speaker and Academic Advisor, European Summer School for Cultural Studies, Paris, September 7- 12. Paper delivered: ‘Fast Food, Happiness, and the Misery of Behavioral Science’
2015 ‘What Masterchef Says’, Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery
2015 ‘Reconsidering Frank Lestringant’s Cannibale’, Conference on ‘Cannibalism in the Early Modern Atlantic’, University of Southampton
2014 ‘Sunken Treasure: The Hope and Despair of Austerity Economics in Ealing Studios Austerity Films’, Argent, pouvoirs et représentations dans les Amériques et en Europe’, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre
2014 ‘Guilty Grief: Late Shakespeare and the Responsibility for Death.’ Performing Grief, University of Paris IV Sorbonne.
2014 Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption. Reading and discussion. Conference on The End of Place as We Know It: Shifting Perspectives on Literature and Place. Strathclyde University, Scotland.
2014 Keynote Address ‘Desdemona’s Appetite’, , Othello’s Island 2nd Annual Conference, Cornaro Institute, Larnaca, Cyprus.
2014 ‘The Aesthetics of Violence: Observations Toward a Theory’, Invited Seminar Presentation, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa
2014 ‘Hamlet, Violence and the Sovereign State’, Colloquium on Violence, Democracy and Drama, HUMA, Cape Town University, Invited Lecture.
2014 Workshop on Historicising Literature. Invited Workshop Leader, English Department, Cape Town University.
2014 ‘Hamlet, Violence and the Pacifist State’, Invited Lecture, English Department, Pretoria University; English Department, Stellenbosch University.
2013 ‘Anarchism, Nihilism and Terrorism in The Secret Agent, Invited Lecture, English Department, Fribourg University, Switzerland.
2013 Conference Organiser. ‘Places and Non-places of English’, Twelfth Nordic Conference for English Studies. 65 Presenting delegates, 85 attendees. Paper delivered: ‘Francis Bacon and the Empire of the Essay’
2013 ‘Hamlet and Violence’ and ‘Notes Toward an Aesthetics of Violence’, International Association for University Professors of English, Beijing
2013 ‘Unspeakable Terror’, Session Leader, Renaissance Society of America, Annual Conference, San Diego, California; Paper: ‘The Language of Massacre and Other Terrors’
2012 ‘Disaster before Disaster and the Impossibly Redemptive ‘Response of Art’, Après le Terreur, CLIMAS, University of Bordeaux III.
2012 Terrorism and the Literary Imagination, International Symposium, Uppsala University, Conference Director. 15 presenters.
2012 ‘Symbolic Exchange and Death: A Seminar on Jean Baudrillard, SALT, Uppsala University, February – May, Seminar Leader
2012 ‘The Duke of Guise, from Marlowe to Tourneur’. Renaissance Society of America, Annual Conference (Washington D.C.)
2012 ‘The People’s Palace: Restaurants Today’, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Annual Conference (New York City)
2012 ‘The Discourse of the Restaurant and the Practices of Consumption’. Wheaton College, Massachusetts
2012 ‘Ritual Violence in Julius Caesar’, Invited Lecture, University of Athens
2011 – Reviewed funding applications to Paris Institute for Advanced Studies and Danish Research Council
2011 Seminar on Dishing It Out: In Search of the Restaurant Experience. Lund University, Sweden.
2011- 12 ‘Shakespeare and the Terrorists’. Invited Lectures, Lund University, Sweden; Stockholm University, Sweden; Penn State University, USA; Temple University, USA
2011 Keynote Address, ‘Judith Dines Alone: From the Bible to du Bartas, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Symposium, University of Miami.
2011 ‘Judith and Du Bartas.’ Diet and Identity in Shakespeare’s England, Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference. Invited Seminar Contributor and Respondent.
2011 ‘Voltaire and the Fanati-system’, Symposium on ‘The Fanatic’, Lancaster University
2011 Director, Northern Renaissance Seminar in collaboration with Cultures of War and Conflict Resolution Network, ‘The Price of Peace’, Lancaster University
2009-10 Director, Northern Renaissance Seminar, ‘Love and Death in the Renaissance’, Leeds University, Leeds
2007-08 Rejuvenated Northern Renaissance Seminar with colleagues in English Department – organised, promoted, and directed one seminar completely, in collaboration with Historic Food, participated in the direction of two others
2007 ‘The Civility of Eating’, Oxford Food Symposium
2006 ‘Terrorism: A Literary History.’ Developed project, raised funds (from British Academy), and supervised research assistant.
2006 ‘Discourse and the Gunpowder Plot’. Invited Speaker. Symposium on ‘Shakespeare, Violence and Terror’ Shakespeare’s Globe.
2005 Consultant for Royal Shakespeare Theatre; contributed programme notes for production of Speaking Like Magpies
2004- Reviewed manuscripts for Cambridge University Press; Broadview Press; Reaktion Books; Renaissance and Reformation; Food, Culture, and Society; Early Modern Cultural Studies; Journal for Cultural Research; History and Literature; Renaissance Drama; Journal of British Studies; Shakespeare Quarterly, Modern Philology; EMCO; Humanities. Reviewed series proposal for Rowman and Littlefield.
Recent Administration and Commissions of Trust
2018 Nominated, Visiting Professor, Collège de France, Paris
2017 Promotion Examiner, Gothenburg University
2016 Visiting Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
2016 Promotion Professor, Uppsala University, Representing Faculty of Languages
2016- Promotion Advisory Board, English Department, University of Athens
2016 Erasmus Visiting Teaching Fellow, University of Glasgow
2015 – Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Futures of the Archive, Rowman and Littlefield
2015 – Evaluator, American Council of Learned Societies
2014 Evaluator, Paris Institute for Advanced Studies
2014 Evaluation, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-en-Provence
2012 Evaluator, Velux Fonden, Denmark
2011 – Editorial Board, Studia Neophilologica. Uppsala University, Sweden.
2011 Dissertation Examiner, University of Tampere, Finland.
2009 – Peer Reviewer, Arts and Humanities Research Council, United Kingdom
2009 Director of Research, English Department, Lancaster University
2012 Project Leader, Project Bid to HERA, ‘Cultures of Interruption’ (€ 950 000, failed)
2010-11 Head of Department, English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University
2009 Director of Research, English Department, Lancaster University (Lent Term)
2008-09 Principal Investigator, Fundamentalism and Literature bid to AHRC/ESRC (£500,000; bid failed)
2006-07 Co-organiser of Shakespeare Reading Group, Lancaster University