I’m a PhD candidate in English at Yale University, where I research, teach, and write about early modern literature.

My work examines how English playwrights from William Shakespeare to John Milton helped to develop the concept of representation: the idea that the words and actions of one person, group, or thing could stand in for those of another with affective, social, legal, and political force.

Other research interests include the history of Shakespearean performance and editing, gender and sexuality studies, law and literature, and religious toleration. My writing on these topics appears or is forthcoming in the journals Studies in Philology, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Milton Studies, and Early Theatre; the edited collection Shakespeare and Consciousness; and the Marginalia Review of Books. A full list of my publications and awards can be found in my CV.

My approach both to working with students and to my own research sits at the intersection of two fields: the history of the book and the digital humanities. See the pages on my DH and book history scholarship for more details, or visit my Teaching page for information on my courses.

For news about recent and upcoming talks (including audio recordings), see my Presentations page. Follow me on Twitter @andrew_s_brown for other updates, or feel free to email me with any questions!