The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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An image of Marjorie Rubright wearing glasses with straight blond hairMarjorie Rubright

Marjorie Rubright joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst English faculty in 2017. Prior to her arrival, she was Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Her areas of research and teaching specialization include: early modern English literature and culture, early modern race and ethnicity studies, feminist criticism, Renaissance lexical culture, and critical approaches to the study of the global Renaissance.

An image of Joseph Black with short dark hair and black rimmed glassesJoseph Black
Associate Director

Joseph Black received his PhD from the University of Toronto and joined the English Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004. His research and teaching interests include seventeenth-century literature, Milton, the Sidney family, the epic tradition, and book history. His major current projects include the Complete Works of Thomas Nashe and Private Libraries in Renaissance England.

An image of Jeffery Goodhind with short red hair and beard. Jeffrey Goodhind

Jeffrey Goodhind holds a BA in History from Bard College and an MA in Library Science (Archives and Records Management) from Simmons College. As the librarian, Jeff is responsible for maintaining the Center's library, archiving scholarly papers, developing digital collections, assisting patrons with research, and answering reference questions.




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Liz Fox, PhD
Arts & Academic Programs Coordinator, Renaissance Center
Managing Editor, English Literary Renaissance

Liz Fox has been awarded a University Sustainability, Innovation, & Engagement Fund Grant for her environmental humanities project, which she is directing at the Renaissance Center. She brings together her interests in Renaissance studies with social justie work. She is currently co-editing a collection titled, "Shakepseare Inside and Out: A Conversation about Prison Education." Liz has taught Shakespeare at Wesleyan University’s Center for Prison Education, Intro to Literature for Bard College’s Clemente Course in the Humanities (Springfield), and a range of courses for Bay Path University’s American Women’s College.

Emma Greenlee
Fellow, Renaissance of the Earth

Emma Zimmerman Greenlee holds a BA in Political Science and Spanish from UMass and is a current graduate student of Forest Resources and Arboriculture with the Department of Environmental Conservation. Emma is responsible for the Center's kitchen garden and apple orchard. Her research is focused on the creation and stewardship of food forests, especially as they were maintained by indigenous groups pre-American colonization.