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Ziona Kocher

Ziona Kocher

Ziona Kocher


Ziona Kocher (they/she) is a postdoctoral lecturer in the English department whose research focuses on queerness in the long eighteenth century. Their dissertation, “Breeches: Theatrical Cross-Dressing and Queer Embodiment, 1675-1745,” explores the embodiment of gender-sexuality on stage as carefully constructed “gender collages” which combine elements of the play text, costume, props, gesture, and more, cross-dressing serves as an entry point to understanding all theatrical gender-sexuality as potentially queer performance. They are the winner of the 2022 Catharine Macaulay Prize and have received fellowships from the Lewis Walpole Library and the University of Tennessee Humanities Center. Their current and forthcoming publications include queer readings of Susanna Centlivre’s The Wonder and William Wycherley’s The Country Wife, an asexual examination of Frances Sheridan’s The Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph, and a pedagogy essay considering the importance of classroom performance when teaching Aphra Behn’s The Widdow Ranter.


  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • M.A., Florida State University
  • B.A., New College of Florida

Regularly Taught Courses

  • English 101: Composition I
  • English 102: Inquiry into Myths and Monsters
  • English 295: Writing in the Workplace
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality 200: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality