Jessica Landis

Assistant Professor of Composition and First Year Inquiry


B.A. in English (drama concentration), University of Delaware, 2001
M.A. in English Literature, Boston College, 2003
Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013

Phone: (603) 899-1166

Courses Taught
  • Composition I and II
  • FYI seminar
  • Shakespeare
  • Introduction to Women's Studies
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • Shakespeare
  • Early modern English drama
  • Gender Studies
  • First-year student pedagogy and programming

Honors & Awards

SGA Faculty and Staff Recognition Award (2018)

Women in Leadership Faculty Award (2017, 2018)

Outstanding First Year Advocate nominee, Annual Conference for the First Year Experience (2017)

Publications and Presentations


Review of Producing Early Modern London: A Comedy of Urban Space by Kelly J. Stage (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018) in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England (forthcoming in Winter 2019)
Review of Shakespeare’s Foreign Queens: Drama, Politics, and the Enemy Within by Sandra Logan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) in The Sixteenth Century Journal (forthcoming in Volume 50, 2020)

“Public Display, Sartorial Excess, and the (Un)Making of Men on the Early Modern English Stage” in Imagining the Self, Constructing the Past: Proceedings from the 36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Cambridge Scholars Press (2016)


“Urban Contradictions: St. Paul’s, the Theatre, and the Making of a City” at the Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, London as Theatrical Space. Washington, D.C. April 17-20, 2019
“Queer Tears: Crying, Age, and Masculinity in Early Modern Drama” The Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, Queer Affects. Los Angeles, CA, March 30-April, 2018
“The Promise of Promiscuity and the Temptation of Marriage for Shakespeare’s Young Male Characters” The Wooden O Symposium, Bros, Prose, and Hoes: Male Bonding and Matrimony. Cedar City, UT, Aug. 7-9, 2017

“Swarming through Shakespeare: Staging Male Adolescent Identities in Romeo and Juliet” presentation at Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, Queering Childhood. New Orleans, LA, March 23-26, 2016.

Professional Memberships

  • Modern Language Association
  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • Renaissance Society of America

Conferences Attended

  • Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America
  • The Wooden O Symposium
  • Annual Meeting of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition


  • Director of First Year Experience
  • Coordinator of FYI Seminar
  • General and Liberal Education Committee
  • Faculty Development Committee
  • Student Support Team, and Nest Manager
    Honors Council