Katherine Walker,  Ph.D.
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Katherine Walker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Katherine Walker earned a doctoral degree in english and comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book project, Instinct, Knowledge, and Science on the Early Modern Stage, situates instinctive, intuitive, or embodied ways of knowing in sixteenth and seventeenth-century culture. The book explores a constellation of concepts regarding knowledge through the body by examining theatrical dramaturgy and performance alongside vernacular science. Walker’s work is particularly interested in how marginalized figures adopt or advance methods of reading the environment on the stage. Walker’s work appears in the journals Prose Studies, Comitatus, Early Modern Literary Studies, Studies in Philology, Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural, English Literary History, and is forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance and The Journal of Marlowe Studies. Walker has also co-edited a special issue of postmedieval titled “Prophetic Futures.” Her Shakespeare and Science: A Dictionary is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. For more on Walker’s work, visit her personal webpage.

Walker teaches courses in Renaissance literature, including Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama, Early Modern Epic, and special topics courses on 16th and 17th century magic and science. She also teaches courses in the Medical Humanities.


  • Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, April 2018
  • Dissertation Title: “Reading the Natural and Preternatural Worlds in Early Modern Drama”
  • M.A. English Literature, Texas Christian University, 2011
  • B.A. English Literature and Philosophy, University of North Texas, 2009