David Houston Wood, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Purdue University (2004)
M.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks (2000)
B.A., Skidmore College (1993)
Teaching Interests & Research Specialties
• English Renaissance drama, poetry, and prose
• Shakespeare, Sidney, and Milton
• Psychoanalytic, Gender, and Disability Studies
David Houston Wood, Ph.D., currently serves in two roles at Northern Michigan University: first, as “Distinguished Professor of English”; and second, as “NMU Honors Program Director.” He began his position in NMU’s English Dept. in Fall 2007, and began leading the NMU Honors Program in 2010. Having published widely in top journals ranging from Shakespeare Yearbook to Renaissance Drama; from Prose Studies to Interfaces; from Disability Studies Quarterly to the Blackwell Literature-Compass Online, David is also the author of a monograph entitled Time, Narrative, and Emotion in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2009), and the co-editor of two essay collections, both completed with Allison P. Hobgood (Willamette University): the first, a special issue of the journal Disability Studies Quarterly, entitled Disabled Shakespeares (free online at www.dsq-sds.org [29.4 Fall 2009]); and the second, Recovering Disability in Early Modern England (The Ohio State UP, 2013). David has given recent invited talks at venues such as the University of Michigan’s “Early Modern Colloquium” (2014), and Willamette University’s “Liberal Arts Colloquium” (2012). He is also honored to have received NMU’s “2011 Excellence in Teaching Award” (2011) as well as NMU’s “2015 Distinguished Faculty Award.”
In addition to the Greco-Roman dramatic and epic material he regularly teaches for the “Honors 101— Antiquities” course, David has recently led a number of graduate seminars for NMU’s English Department, as well. Some of his recent courses include:
- “Shakespeare and Disability Studies” (Winter 2016)
- “Shakespeare and the Wars of the Roses” (Winter 2013)
- “Literature and Disability Studies” (Fall 2011)
- “Shakespeare’s Marlowe” (Winter 2011)
- “Renaissance Sexualities” (Winter 2009)
- “John Milton: Poetics, Polemics, and Politics” (Winter 2009, Winter 2012)
David lives in Marquette, MI, with his wife (Vicki), his three children (Maddie, Henry, and Nate), and a funky tabby cat (Wedge); he is also a proud winner of The New Yorker’s cartoon caption contest (#111).
Selected Forthcoming Publications
"Disability in Renaissance Drama." Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama. Arthur Kinney, ed. Blackwell [forthcoming 2016].
"Early Modern Disability and Literature." Co-written with Allison P Hobgood. The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability. Clare Barker and Stuart Murrary, eds. Cambridge University Press [forthcoming 2016].
"Shakespeare and Variant Embodiment" Shakespeare in Our Time: Reflections and Projections. Dympna Callaghan and Suzanne Gossett, eds. Arden/Bloomsbury [forthcoming 2016].