Katherine Walker


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I am a PhD Candidate in English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My previous education includes a Bachelors in English and a Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of North Texas and a Masters in English from Texas Christian University. My research focuses on vernacular or lay scientific print and paradigms alongside early modern drama. I am particularly interested in how methods of reading the environment appear on the stage as educative, multivalent processes. My work appears in the journals Prose StudiesComitatusEarly Modern Literary Studies, and Studies in Philology.


Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Current
M.A. Texas Christian University. English Literature, May 2011.
B.A. University of North Texas. English Literature and Philosophy, 2009 (magna cum laude)
North Central Texas College, 2004-2008
University of Texas at Austin, 2006

Research Fellowships

  • Folger Shakespeare Library Seminar Participant, “Mastering Research Methods,” taught by Dr. Natasha Korda

  • Folger Shakespeare Library Seminar Participant, “Researching the Archive,” taught by Dr. Jean Howard and Dr. Pamela Smith,

Teaching Experience

Teaching Fellow at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Current
  • Fall 2012 ENGL 105 (special research-exposure course)
  • Spring 2013 ENGL 105 (special research-exposure course)
  • Fall 2013 ENGL 105 (Writing in the Health Sciences), two sections
  • Spring 2014 ENGL 105
  • Fall 2014 Teaching Assistant, ENGL 225 (Shakespeare)
  • Spring 2015 ENGL 105
  • Spring 2016 ENGL 105i (Writing in the Health Sciences)
  • Fall 2016 ENGL 125: Intro. to Poetry
Graduate Assistant for UNC Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program, 2012-current.
Teaching Assistant at Texas Christian University, 2009-2011
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • British Literature from 1800
Graduate Writing Assistant for UNT Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program, 2009-2011
GRE Tutor at University of North Texas, 2010-2011
Writing Lab Tutor at University of North Texas, 2008-2009

Honors and Awards

The UNC-King’s College London Summer Research Fellowship, 2014
Jerry Leath Mills Travel Fellowship, 2012
Medieval and Early Modern Studies Graduate Recruitment Award 2011-2012
South Central Renaissance Conference Competitive Graduate Student Travel Grant, 2010
TCU Graduate Student Senate Travel/Research Grant, 2010
UNT Department of English Outstanding Undergraduate of the Year, 2009
UNT Undergraduate Scholarship, 2009
UNT Department of English Undergraduate Research Assistantship, 2008-2009
Mary Patchell Scholarship, 2008-2009
Veta Percy Watson Department of English Scholarship, 2008
Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Scholar, 2007-2009
Academic Decathlon Scholarship, 2006-2009



“‘Daring to Pry into the Privy Chamber of Heaven’: Early Modern Mock-Almanacs and the Virtues of Ignorance.” Forthcoming at Studies in Philology.

“Early Modern Almanacs and The Witch of Edmonton,” Early Modern Literary Studies (2015).

“Spectatorship and Vision in The York Corpus Christi Plays,” Comitatus (forthcoming, September 2014).

“‘Sometimes an Actor Himselfe’: Robert Burton and Therapeutic Theatricality,” Prose Studies 35.3 (2013): 223-238.

Editorial Publications

Early Modern English Almanacs and Ephemerides, 1550-1700: An Annotated Edition of Selected Texts, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Pre-Contract. Forthcoming Spring 2019.

Co-editor with Joseph Bowling, “Prophetic Futures,” Postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studiesForthcoming Spring 2019.

Presentations / Conferences

Presenter and Co-Chair, “Signs and Sights: Reading Preternature on the Early Modern English Stage,” Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, Germany (April 2015).

“From Workshop to Wonders: Artisans in the Preternatural Environment,” Sustainability and the Humanities, The South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia (November 2014).

“Cunning Women and Reading Early Modern Preternatural Environments,” Knowing Nature in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds at University of Maryland, College Park (October 2014).

“Consumptive Incantations: Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus and Mastery of Knowledge.” North Carolina Medieval and Early Modern Colloquium at Duke University (February 2014).

“Early Modern Almanacs and Drama,” Graduate Student Conference King’s College London, “Shakespeare, Memory, and Culture” (May 2013).

“Early Modern Prophecy,” Graduate Student Conference at the University of Georgia, “Strangeness in Context” (March 2013).

“Becoming Nothing: Hamlet and the Quintessence of Material Experience,” Graduate Student Conference at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Shakespeare and the Natural World” (March 2012).

“Flushed Cheeks and Bloody Sheets in Chrétien de Troyes’ The Knight of the Cart,” Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at CUNY, “Desire: From Eros to Eroticism” (November 2011).

“‘Rue the Tears I Shed’: Titus’s Weeping Body,” South Central Renaissance Conference, “Exploring the Renaissance: An International Conference” (March 2010).

“The Reign of Night and the Moon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies National Conference, “Tracing Footsteps” (October 2009).

Tis Mirth that Fills the Veins with Blood: Music and Dancing in The Knight of the Burning Pestle,” Graduate Students in English Association 2nd Annual Regional Conference, “Critical Voices” (April 2009).

Self against Self: Fratricide in King Lear and As You Like It,” Sigma Tau Delta Southwestern Conference, “Illuminating Shadows” (October 2008).

“Shakespeare and Racism,” University of North Texas Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program’s 16th Annual Research Presentations (April 2008).


Research Projects and Service

Editor, Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics (ethosreview.org)
Graduate and Professional Student Federation Vice-President of External Affairs, current
Leader, Graduate Student Conference “Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Culture,” Spring 2014
Leader, “Shakespeare and the Natural World,” Conference, Spring 2012.
Correspondent, Graduate Student Writing Group, 2011-current.
Leader, Renaissance Reading Group, 2011-current.
Carolina Reads Volunteer, August 2013 and 2014
TRiO Advisory Board Member, Graduate Representative, 2012-current
Faculty Council Graduate Student Representative, current
2014 Graduate and Professional Student Diversity Summit Sub-Committee Member, current

Research Interests

Early Modern Science
History of Intellectual Thought
History of the Book
Early Modern Philosophy
Medical Humanities


Latin, Spanish, Old and Middle English, and Italian

Research Groups and Interests

Group III - English Literature from 1485 to 1660 (including Milton)
Group IX - Critical Theory and Cultural Studies