I was educated at the High School of Dundee and Central Newcastle High School for Girls. I received my BA from London University (Westfield College), my MA from the Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham) and my Ph.D from London University (King’s College). In 1987 I received a Leverhulme post-doctoral award which I held at the University of Toronto; from 2006-2008 I received a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship in Oxford. From 1988 to 1999 I taught at the University of Ottawa.
To undergraduates at Magdalen I teach: Shakespeare and the Renaissance, and individual authors and topics from 1550 onwards. To English and Classics students I teach Shakespeare, Renaissance, Tragedy; Comedy; Satire. I lecture on Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the English Faculty and teach graduate courses to Masters of Studies students.
My research encompasses textual studies, editing, Elizabethan performance, classical influences on Renaissance writers, Elizabethan barbers and surgeons, contemporary performances of Shakespeare’s plays and medical humanities. In the university I convene a research seminar series on Literature and medicine