Dr. Samantha Murphy is Senior Lecturer in English. Her research interests lie in early modern drama, 16th and 17th century politics, witchcraft studies, and the intersection of and literature and science. Dr. Murphy teaches courses in Shakespeare, early modern culture, comedy, and composition. She is also a member of the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and occasionally teaches courses for the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Interdisciplinary Program. Recent conference presentations have addressed the incestuous politics of Charles I, the early modern interconnection of male menstruation and masculine grace in Shakespeare’s Roman plays, and male witchcraft in early modern Scotland.
Ph.D in English Literature The George Washington University
MA in English Language and Literature University of Chicago
BA in English Literature Wellesley College
- Review of Shakespeare and the Practice of Physic: Medical Narratives on the Early Modern English Stage by Todd H. J. Pettigrew. Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 23 (2010):183-185.
- “Writing Britain: James VI & I and the National Body.” Enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture 6.1 (Spring 2008).
- Steering Committee. Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Tennessee. August 2011-present.
- Undergraduate Affairs Committee. Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Tennessee. October 2011-present.
- Lecturers Committee Representative. Department of English, University of Tennessee. May 2010-August 2012.
Awards, Honors & Grants
- Nominee, Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. University of Tennessee. 2013 (under review)
- Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award. Department of English, University of Tennessee. 2010.
- John C. Hodges Course Release. Department of English, University of Tennessee, 2008 and 2010.
Associations & Organizations
- Modern Language Association
- Sixteenth Century Society
- British Society for Literature and Science