Sigrid M. King is a Full Professor and Chair of the English Department at Carlow University. Her graduate degrees are from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she focused on Early Modern English women playwrights and censorship. Her dissertation received both the Outstanding Women’s and Gender Studies Dissertation Award and the Distinguished Dissertation Award in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
She currently teaches courses in Shakespeare, British literature, crime fiction, Classical literature, Shakespeare’s “sisters,” and interdisciplinary courses on global women writers, literature and psychology, and literature and public policy for social change. A former director of the Honors Program, King also teaches honors sections of Introduction to Literature and the College Writing and Research course.
She has been the recipient of the Carlow University Sisters of Mercy Award for Excellence in Advising (2003) and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999), and has also received the Capozzi-Kirr Research Grant for work at the Folger Shakespeare Library and a sabbatical grant for research on Early Modern women playwrights.
King has been teaching at Carlow University for eighteen years and says that she loves her job because of the wonderful faculty, students, and staff in the English Department: “We have a vibrant program that brings in well-known writers and provides unusual opportunities for our students to gain skills and experiences outside the classroom. We are small enough to genuinely get to know each of the students in our majors but large enough to provide a dynamic and engaging learning environment.”
Editor of Pilgrimage for Love: Essays in Early Modern Literature in Honor of Josephine A. Roberts. Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1999.
Author of articles and papers on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Aphra Behn’s The Rover, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s “The Ultrasound,” Taslima Nasrin’s poetry, Boccaccio’s influence on Chaucer, Chaucer’s Shipman in The Canterbury Tales, the Medieval lyric, global women’s rights in literature and media, and entries on Amazons, Censorship, Courtship, and Sentimentality for the Feminist Literary Theory dictionary.
Professional interests: Shakespeare, crime fiction, global women writers who deal with social justice concerns, Early Modern British literature and culture, Early Modern female dramatists and censorship, Greek and Roman literature and its influence on contemporary culture and texts.