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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 engaged with the concept of personation: 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. With an emphasis on the period’s emerging theories of representative government, it charts how these authors explored the rights and powers one gives up when one is represented or personated in this way—and the strange new forms of voice, access, and collective agency or selfhood one might gain in return.

Other research interests include Shakespearean performance and editing, the history of gender and sexuality, law and literature, book history, and the history of religious dissent and toleration. My writing on some of these topics appears in the journals 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 teaching and to my own research draws partly on the methods of the digital humanities—see the pages on my DH scholarship and recent courses for more information. I also co-organize the Yale Program in the History of the Book, which puts leading scholars, archivists, and bibliographers into conversation with graduate students through a lecture series, seminar program, research blog (The Census), and the annual Harvard-Yale Conference in Book History.

For news about recent and upcoming talks, see my Presentations page. You can also follow me on Twitter @andrew_s_brown for other updates, or feel free to email me with any questions!