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2014, BA English, Harvard University

2015, postgraduate study, History of Design, Royal College of Art/ Victoria & Albert Museum


Lanier’s research interests include early modern drama, material culture studies, and the history of the book. Her dissertation examines the epistemological value of the documentary medium in Elizabethan and Jacobean England by asking how, when, and why early moderns decided to trust the documents they encountered. Reading references to documents in period literature through the lens of contemporary material texts, she argues that the vocabulary of documents offered playwrights and poets an invaluable framework with which to explore social, political, and spiritual uncertainties.

Teaching Awards

  • James R. Gaskin Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition, 2017


  • Graduate Intern Fellowship, Ackland Art Museum, 2022-23
  • Grant-in-aid, “Teaching Intermediate Paleography,” The Folger Shakespeare Library, 2022
  • Jerry Leath Mills Grant, Studies in Philology, 2022
  • William T. Buice III Scholarship, Rare Book School, 2022
  • Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant, “Teaching the Early Modern Book: Ways of Seeing, Ways of Thinking,” The Newberry Library, 2022
  • Grant-in-aid, “Research and Writing the Early Modern Dissertation,” The Folger Shakespeare Library, 2021-22
  • Donald Gilman Research Travel Grant, The Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2021
  • Royster Society Fellowship, The Graduate School, 2016-21