David Wood

David Houston Wood, Ph.D., currently serves in two roles at Northern Michigan University: first, as “NMU Honors Program Director”; and second, as “Professor of English.” He began leading the NMU Honors Program in 2010, and his position in NMU’s English Dept. began in Fall 2007. A recent winner of the Michigan Association of State Universities' “2017 Distinguished Professor of the Year Award,” he is also honored to have won NMU’s “2015 Distinguished Faculty Award,” and NMU’s “2011 Excellence in Teaching Award.”

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 titled 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, titled 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).

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 courses include:

  • “Geoffrey Chaucer: Gender, Power, and Authority” (Winter 2018)
  • “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” (Winters: 2017, 2012, 2009)

David lives in Marquette, MI, with his wife (Vicki), his three children (Maddie, Henry, and Nate), a wild puppy (Rozzy), and a funky tabby cat (Wedge); he is also a proud winner of The New Yorker magazine’s cartoon caption contest (#111).


Selected Recent Publications
"Disability in Renaissance Drama." Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama. Arthur Kinney, ed. Blackwell (2017).

"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 (2017).


"Shakespeare and Variant Embodiment" Shakespeare in Our Time: Reflections and Projections. Dympna Callaghan and Suzanne Gossett, eds. Arden/Bloomsbury (2016).