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Writings & Research
Papers, Lectures, and Theses

At present I am a doctoral student in History at the University of Toronto. Linked below are lectures, seminars, and conference papers I have presented, as well as research term papers from my Ph.D. coursework at Toronto, from my M.A. in Early Modern History at the University of Sussex, and from my B.A. in English and Theater/Dance at Princeton University. You may also wish to peruse my Publications.

Dissertations and Theses

Reformation and Revelry: The Politics and Practices of Dancing in Early Modern England, c.1550-c.1640 (Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Toronto, 2012) -- Note: Large pdf file, 7073KB

'Unmasquing' the Dance: Alternative Sources and Interpretations of Dancing in Early Modern England (M.A. Dissertation, University of Sussex, 2003)

The Bard's Galliard... or how to party like an Elizabethan (B.A. Thesis, Princeton University, 1999)

  Research Thesis - history of Renaissance dance, steps and terminology, the court masque, dance in particular Shakespeare plays

  • Bibliography - annotated listing of primary and secondary works consulted

  • Top 10 Resources - as originally published (see
Resource Guide for updated recommendations)

  • Play Script
- Introduction to Renaissance Court Dance and seven Shakespeare scenes; with musical scores and dance tabulations

  • In Performance - pictures from rehearsals and performances, production and program notes

Seminar Papers and Lectures

Sacred or Sacrilegious?: Conflicted Attitudes Towards Festive Dancing in Early 17th-Century England -- Abstract (CRFC Newberry Seminar Paper, 2009)

The Dancing Rector of Tortworth and Other Curious Tales from the Archives -- Abstract (KWDS Lecture, 2009)

Religion and/or Revelry: Seventeenth-century views on dancing, and why they still matter -- Abstract (Graduate-Faculty Colloquium Lecture, 2007)

Conference Papers

Calvinists and Ecclesiastes 3.4: Ecclesiastical Patronage and Persecution of Dancing in Early Modern Scotland and England -- Abstract (Instituting Calvin Conference Paper, 2009)

Sacred or Sacrilegious?: The Curious Case of Nicholas Millichap and the Abdon Communion Cloth -- Abstract (RSA Conference Paper, 2009)

Dangerous Delights: Puritanism, Reform, and Dancing in Early Modern England -- Abstract (IHR Conference Paper, 2006)

Dancing Schools and School Dances: The Practices and Politics of Dancing at Renaissance Universities  -- Abstract, Introduction, Conclusion, and handout (RSA Conference Paper, 2005)

Cosmic Harmony or Drunken Revelry?: Dancing in the English Court Masque in Theory and in Practice   -- Abstract (Fresh Perspectives Conference Paper, 2003)

Research Papers

Hypothesizing a Danza Speculativa: Renaissance Dance in Theory and Practice (Spring Term Paper, 2005)

Terpsichore Revised: An examination and expansion of Mary Pennino-Baskerville’s “Terpsichore Reviled: Antidance Tracts in Elizabethan England” (Fall Term Paper, 2004)

What is thy excellence in a galliard, knight?': Masculinity and Dancing in Early Modern England (Spring Term Paper, 2003)

Dancing Across Boundaries: Dancing and Cultural Appropriation in Early Modern England (Fall Term Paper, 2002)



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