- B.A., Doane College, 1989
- M.A., University of Nebraska, 1991
- Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2000
- Professor Moncrief Co-Edits New Volume On Lessons from Early-Modern English Dramas
- WC’s Dr. Kathryn Moncrief Is Co-Editor of Newly Published Book on English Drama
Awards And Honors
- Washington College Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching
Published Work (Selected)
- Shakespeare Embodied: Page, Stage, and Classroom in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries. (Co-edited with Kathryn R. McPherson). Under contract with Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Anticipated publication: spring 2013.
- “‘Obey and be attentive’: Gender and Household Instruction in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.” In Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood, edited by Naomi Miller and Naomi Yavheh. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011.
- Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction, and Performance (Ashgate, 2011)
- Performing Maternity in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2007)
- Competitive Figure Skating for Girls (Rosen Publishing, 2001)
Research And Teaching Areas
- Early Modern English Drama (Shakespeare and his Contemporaries)
- 16th and 17th Century English Literature and Culture
- Women in Early Modern England
Born in Colorado and raised in western Nebraska, Moncrief completed an M.A. in English and Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Nebraska (where she held a Fling Fellowship and taught “Introduction to Theatre”) and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa (where she held a Seashore Dissertation Fellowship).
Her research and teaching interests include gender, performance and early modern material culture as represented on stage and in the popular press (conduct books, marriage manuals, sermons, medical treatises, midwifery guides, broadsides, ballads, etc.). Her research has taken her to: The British Library, Lambeth Palace Library, the Wellcome Institute Medical Library, the Courtauld Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery (all in London), the Bodleian library in Oxford, the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford, the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Yale Medical School Historical Library, and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
Moncrief’s new book (with co-author Dr. Kathryn R. McPherson, Utah Valley University), Performing Pedagogy: Gender and Instruction in Early Modern England examines how early modern educational theories and practices intersect with ideas about gender, class and national identity. The book explores, with particular attention, how models of childhood (particularly girls’) educability were applied in domestic, religious and school settings and rehearsed in dramas by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Outside the classroom, Prof. Moncrief enjoys travel, photography, rollerblading and figure skating.