BiographySmith 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.