Vanessa Rapatz
Vanessa Rapatz
Associate Professor of English and Assistant Chair of Programs
Curriculum Vitae


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Vanessa Rapatz is a scholar of Early Modern British Literature. Her research focuses on female agency and religious expression in Post-Reformation England and contributes to contemporary studies of early modern drama, performance, gender, and religious conflict.

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of English


Curriculum Vitae

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PhD in English

University of California, Davis, 2011

MA in Literature

University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003

BA in English

San Francisco State University, 2001

Research and Publications

“Abigail’s Turn in The Jew of Malta,” Studies in English Literature 56, 2 (Spring, 2016)

“Navigating Shakespearean Representations of Female Collaboration," co-authored with John Garrison and Kyle Pivetti, invited submission to Attending to Early Modern Women: Remapping Routes and Spaces, ed. Merry Weisner-Hanks, Ashgate, (2015)