Amherst fellows

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Every January, the Folger Shakespeare Library hosts undergraduates from Amherst College as part of the Amherst-Folger Fellowship program. The Fellows conduct research at the Folger Shakespeare Library on a project of their choosing and as of 2013, partake in a two-week seminar. For more on opportunities for undergraduates, see Undergraduate research at the Folger.

Program History

The program began in 1996 during Richard Kuhta's tenure as the Folger Librarian. At its inception, only two to three fellowships were awarded annually through funds provided by the Friends of the Amherst College Library, but the number rose to as many as six in 2011. The program was originally run through the Central Library division of the Folger, then joined the Folger Institute branch in 2014. Starting in 2013, the program expanded to include a short, intensive seminar in addition to individual research time which focuses on an introduction to book history and the examination of the form of materials as well as their content. The two-week seminar contains a mix of readings, work with Folger professional staff and fellows in residence, archival exercises, and discussion about wider applications outside the early modern period.

Past Fellows



Irisdelia Garcia '18; "Focus, Virtuality, and Othello"
Emma Hartman '17; "Manuscript Illumination and the Art of the Book in 19th and Early 20th-Century England"
Catherine "Cat" Lowdon '17; "The English Parlor and Privacy: An Examination of Possible Uses of the Rotherwas Room" [title provided by cataloger]
Kevin Mei '16; "The Falling Sickness and its Remedies"
Jacob Pagano '18; "Shakespeare in China: Enchantment and Humanism during the New Culture Movement (1915-1921)"
Crystal Park '17; "Roots of Imperialism in Costume in the 16th and 17th Century"


Jiwoon "Kristine" Choi '16; "Reliving the Renaissance through Francis Bacon: A Personal Approach to the Development of Empiricism"
Sophie Chung '17; "Advent of Newspapers in Early 17th-Century"
Noel Grisanti '17; "Small Latin and Less Greek: Classics and Education in Shakespeare’s England"
Yeon Woo "Heather" Lee '15; "The Relationship between Words and Texts in Manuscripts" [title provided by cataloger]
Matthew Randolph '16; "The Early History of Maryland in the Transatlantic World"
Caryce Tirop '17; "Biblical Translations during the Protestant Reformation" [title provided by cataloger]


Richard Altieri '15; "All the Quixotes: Translating Cervantes"
Daria Chernysheva '16; "The Earliest Translations of Hamlet in Imperial Russia"
David Dickinson '16; "The Readings of Terence in Elizabethan Classrooms"
Amar Mukunda '15; "Quantitative Analysis of Mid-Range Characters' Speech in Shakespeare" [title provided by cataloger]
Sophia Padelford '15; "The Elizabethan Reception of the Classical Orator"
Madelin Parsley '15; "'Do You Mark That?': Staging Shakespeare's Eavesdroppers"


Elizabeth Alexander '14; "Othello Comparisons"
Devon Geary '14; "Trauma in the Name of Glory: A Folger Fellowship Reading Project on British Colonialism"
Jeffrey Moro '14; "Media in Translation"
Mark Roh '15; "The Interaction Between Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy of History Plays and the Political Climate in Elizabethan England"


Zachary Bleemer '13; "Marketplace Aesthetics in the Age of Taste"
Terrence Cullen '13; "Representations of the Exotic in English Travel Writing from the Late Middle Ages to the Renaissance"
Matt Hartzler '13; "T.J. Hind: Contemporary & Historian of the Booth Brothers"
Lester Hu '13; "Recusant Music Theory: Modal Ordering in an Edward Paston Manuscript Partbook"
Jordan Roehl 2012; "The Folger Library Collection and the Inclusion of African Americans"


Dan Kim '12
Miranda Marraccini '12
Colleen O’Connor '11
Elisabeth Siegel '11
Elaine Teng '12


Aaron Aruck '11; "Social Mobility and the British East India Company"
Max Kaisler '11; "Seneca's Ideas on Madness and Medicine in Renaissance England"



Jeffery Blevins '09
Miranda Hannash '09
Ryan MacDonald '10


Emanuel Costache '09; "Edmund Spenser: Studied Barbarity in The Shepheardes Calendar"
Jamie Ling '09; "English Grammar Books, 1580-1720"
Emily Wright '09; "Politics of the Irish Language"


Meghan Kemp-Gee '07; "Magical Language in Macbeth, A Winter's Tale, Richard III, Hamlet, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Normandy Vincent '08; "Catherine de Medici and the Politics of Visual Imagery"


Sarah Courtney '06; "Fairy Tales in the Literary and Didactic Traditions"
Patrick McGrath '07; "Lycidas: Milton and Virgil"
Hadley Miller '06; "Noblewomen in the National Legal System in 13th-Century England"


No Fellowships were awarded


Mihailis Diamantis '04; "George Herbert and Renaissance Wit"
Nick Pedersen '04; "Shapes of Metaphysical Poetry: Structure and Meaning in 17th-Century Verse"


Benjamin Baum '03; "The English Succession Crisis, 1553"
Daniel Liss '03; "Hamlet II.2"
Katharine Liu '03; "Othello and Social Context"


Daniel Shore '02; "Milton and his Antinomian Contemporaries"
Rikita Tyson '02; "Staging Practices in Twelfth Night and As You Like It"
Ema Vyroubalova '02; "Lyricism, Performativity, and Theatricality in Richard II and Richard III"


Umit Dhuga '01; "Catullus in the Renaissance"
Stacy Kitsis '01; "English Origins of Russian Children's Literature"


Suzanne Feigelson '01; "The Evolution of Twelfth Night in Performance"
Jenna Owens '01; "The Renaissance Masque: An Invocation of a Utopian Society"



David Goldstein '00; "The Reception of Pindaric Odes in the Renaissance"
Justin Snider '99; "Milton's Satan"
Christine Wong '99; "Countess of Shrewsbury: English Women and the Courts, 1500-1850"


David Y. Kim '99; "Catesby, Linnaeus, and the Languages of Representation in Natural History"
Rachel Slaughter '98; "Reflexivity in Shakespeare's Plays"


Michael Giannelli '97; "Thematic and Stylistic Relationships between Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and Cervantes' Don Quixote"
Robert Reeder '97; "John Dryden"


Gregg McHugh '96; "Milton's God"
Lauren A. Whitehurst '96; "The Trickster Figure in Shakespeare"