Kathryn Moncrief

Professor of English, Department Chair


  • Ph.D., English, University of Iowa, 2000
  • M.A., English and Theatre, University of Nebraska, 1991
  • B.A., English and Psychology, Doane College, 1989

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Awards And Honors

  • Washington College Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching
  • Washington College Nominee for Carnegie-Case-Phi Beta Kappa UP Professor of the Year

Published Work (Selected)


  • Editorial Board, Internet Shakespeare Editions
  • Section Editor, Shakespeare’s Life and Times

Research And Teaching Areas

  • Shakespeare (Text and Performance)
  • Shakespeare and Adaptation
  • Early Modern English Drama
  • 16th and 17th Century English Literature and Culture
  • Dramatic Literature and Theatre History
  • Dramaturgy
  • Gender in Early Modern England
  • Milton



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Moncrief holds an M.A. in English and Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Nebraska (where she worked as Assistant Stage Manager at the Leid Center for the Performing Arts, 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 and was the recipient of the William Irwin Teaching Award).

Her research and teaching interests include Shakespeare, performance, gender, and early modern material culture as represented on stage and in the popular press. Her research has taken her to: the Royal Shakespeare Company archives at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, The British Library, Lambeth Palace Library, the Wellcome Institute Medical Library, the Courtauld Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Globe Theatre Archives, and the National Theatre Archives, the Bodleian library in Oxford,  the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Yale Medical School Historical Library, the Huntington Library, and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Moncrief has also works professionally as a dramaturg.  Recent work includes:  Utah Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

Outside the classroom, she enjoys travel, horseback riding, and figure skating.  She is also a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200).