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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


  • 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


Ecologies of the Passions in Early Modern English Tragedies. (book manuscript in progress)

“How To Do Things with Organs: Moving Parts in The Duchess of Malfi.” Early Theatre. (December 2018)  

“Instructive Ecologies: Learning with Beetles in Thomas Moffett's Theater of Insects and Shakespeare's Cymbeline.Lesser Living Creatures of the Renaissance. Eds. Keith Botelho and Joseph Campana. University Park: Penn State University Press. (forthcoming, 2019)

Invited Talks

“European Strangeness in John Fletcher’s The Island Princess.” Early Works Group, College of the Holy Cross. Worcester, MA. April 2018.

“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

“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

Roundtable organizer and moderator, “Mapping Early Modern Histories of Racism and Migration.” Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Conference. Orlando, FL. November 2017.

“Treeless Forests and Feeling Trees.” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. April 2017.

Chair, “Early Modern Drama and Transformation.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Baltimore, MD. March 2017.

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