Kathleen Kalpin Smith Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Kathleen Kalpin Smith

Associate Professor in English
University of South Carolina, Aiken

Kathleen Kalpin Smith's work focuses on two primary areas of inquiry: the roles of speakers' and audiences' expectations in the reception of women's speech as evidenced in early modern literary texts and the role of performance studies in today's society and college classrooms. She has published numerous articles, including most recently an essay in the MLA Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's English History Plays. She is the editor of the New Kittredge All's Well That Ends Well.

Subjects: Literature, Theater


Smith received her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of California at Davis and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She joined the USCA English faculty in 2006 where she holds the GL Toole Chair in Literature.
She specializes in the English early modern period, with particular interest in drama, cultural studies, and gender studies. She has published research on English Renaissance dramatists, including Shakespeare, as well as early modern women and pedagogy. Her current work, on representations of women’s speech in dramatic and non-dramatic texts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, investigates the ways in which women are depicted as interacting with audiences during a speech exchange.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    English early modern literature and drama;
    performance studies, feminist studies, and cultural studies.


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