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Michael West, Ph.D.

Michael West holds a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, an M.A. from the University of Houston, and a B.A. from the University of Dallas. His research focuses on Renaissance literature, especially the theater of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He has previously taught courses in literature, writing, and Catholic Studies at the University of Houston, Columbia University, and Sacred Heart University.

Areas of Expertise

Renaissance Literature, esp. Shakespeare and his contemporaries.


Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University (2018)
M.A., English, University of Houston (2009)
B.A. English and Politics, University of Dallas (2006)

Academic Appointments

  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Departments of English and Humanities, University of Dallas (2019-Present)
  • Lecturer, Department of English, Columbia Univeristy (2018)
  • Lecturer, Departments of English and Catholic Studies, Sacred Heart University (2017-2018)

Recent Courses

Graduate Courses
  • Teaching the Novel
  • Master Teachers in Western Tradition

Undergraduate Courses
  • Literary Tradition I
  • Literary Tradition II

Selected Publications

  • "Hamlet's 'Inexplicable Dumb Shows' and the Pleasure of Enigma." Studies in English Literature 61.2 (Spring 2021).
  • "Were There Playgoers During the 1580s?" Shakespeare Studies 44 (2016)
  • "Wonder, Artifacts, and the Human in the Faerie Queene." Special Issue ("Spenser and the Human") of Spenser Studies 30 (2016)


  • "Necromatic and Anachronic Renaissances," Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference. (March/April, 2023)
  • "Wisdom, Youth, and Age in King Lear,Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference. (April, 2022)
  • "'Alike in Dignity': Shakespeare and the Transformation of Human Dignity," Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference (November, 2021)
  • "The Dilemma of Inessential Shakespeare," Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference (March/April, 2021)
  • "Teaching Difficulty," Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference (April, 2020)