Kerry Cooke

Associate Dean and Director, School of Visual and Performing Arts; Assistant Professor of Theatre and Shakespeare and Performance 540-887-7031

Kerry Cooke earned her B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and her M.A. and PhD from The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon (UK).

She is an assistant professor at Mary Baldwin University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Shakespeare and drama.

Her research interests can be organized into two categories. She focuses on the materiality of literature in early modern England, using bibliographical principles to understand non-dramatic forms of writing such as epistolary theory and correspondence. This work coalesces in her monograph project, An Epistolary Democracy, to be completed next year. She has published shorter essays on epistolarity, like “Addressing the Address: Shakespeare and Early Modern Epistolary Theory” in Journal for Early Modern Studies. Parallel to this, and as a faculty member interested in Mary Baldwin’s history as a college for women, she researches and writes on issues of gender and class in both pedagogy and drama. This work has been published recently in the journal Early Modern Culture.