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Roya Biggie


Roya Biggie

Assistant Professor of English

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Assistant Professor of English

Roya Biggie

General Interests

Years at Knox: 2018 to present


Ph.D., English, 2017, CUNY Graduate Center
M.A., English, 2010, Georgetown University
B.A. English, 2008, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Teaching Interests

Selected Professional Accomplishments


  • Exceptional Achievement Award, Knox College, 2021
  • ACM Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Grant (collaborative grant), "Environment Education and the Liberal Arts: Bringing the Earth into Your Curriculum," 2019
  • Mellon Faculty Fellow, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, 2018
  • Humanities Intensive Learning and Technology Scholarship (HILT), University of Pennsylvania, 2018
  • National Endowment of the Humanities Institute Award, 2017
  • Best Dissertation in Early Modern Studies, English Program, CUNY Graduate Center, 2017
  • Capelloni Dissertation Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center, 2016
  • Digital Teaching Initiative Grant, Hunter College, 2015


Sympathetic Ecologies in Early Modern English Tragedies (manuscript in progress)

"Sycorax's Beetles: Legacies of Science, the Occult, and Blackness," Lesser Living Creatures of the Renaissance, eds. Keith Botelho and Joseph Campana (State College: Penn State UP, forthcoming)

"Mapping Race Digitally in the Classroom," Race in the European Renaissance: A Classroom Guide, eds. Matthieu Chapman and Anna Wainwright (Tempe: Arizona State U, forthcoming)

Review of Suparna Roychoudhury, Phantasmatic Shakespeare: Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science, Renaissance Quarterly 72.4 (2019): 1586-1588.

"The Infectious, Alimentary, and Organistic Ecologies of John Ford's The Broken Heart," Early Modern Literary Studies, Special Issue 28: Early Modern Domestic Tragedy (2019): 1-19.

"How To Do Things with Organs: Moving Parts in The Duchess of Malfi," Early Theatre 21.2 (2018): 91-110.

Invited Talks

"Race, Empire, and Plant Life on the Early Modern Stage," Van Burd Memorial Lecture, Distinguished Voices in Literature Lecture Series, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY (2019)

"The Botany of Colonization in John Fletcher's The Island Princess," Caxton Club, Knox College, Galesburg, IL (2019)

“Inter-Elemental Sympathies and Cross-Species Compassion: Caring for Hybrid Life in Titus Andronicus.” The Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance. New York, NY. October 2016.

Conference Participation

"Sympathetic Wombs and Elemental Vulnerability in King Lear," Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference, work completed digitally (2020)

"Botanic Colonizers and European Strangers in John Fletcher's The Island Princess," Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON (2019).

Roundtable participant, "Storying Statements: Writing Research, Teaching, and Diversity Statements," MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL (2019)

“The Infectious, Alimentary, and Organistic Ecologies of John Ford’s The Broken Heart.” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. March 2018. 

Roundtable participant, “Teaching Race.” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. March 2018

"Treeless Forests and Feeling Trees," Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (2017)

"The Pedagogical Potential of Beetles in Thomas Moffet's The Theater of Insects and Shakespeare's Cymbeline," Premodern Ecologies: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Interaction with the Natural World in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (2016)

"Caring for Hybrid Life in Titus Andronicus," The New Scholars Symposium: New Approaches to Early Modern Literature and Culture, Bates College, Lewiston, ME (2016)

"Elemental and Imaginative Sympathies in Titus Andronicus," Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2016)

"'Accursed Complot to My Misery': Felt Sympathies and Antipathies in The Spanish Tragedy," Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Austin, TX (2016)

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