Dr. Kathleen Kalpin Smith received her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of California at Davis and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She joined the USCA English faculty in 2006.
She specializes in the English early modern period, with particular interest in drama, cultural studies, and gender studies. She has published research on English Renaissance dramatists, including Shakespeare, as well as early modern women and pedagogy. Her current work, on representations of women’s speech in dramatic and non-dramatic texts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, investigates the ways in which women are depicted as interacting with audiences during a speech exchange.
She has taught courses in Composition, The British Literature Survey, The English Renaissance, Shakespeare, and Women's Literature. She is currently the department's Sigma Tau Delta sponsor, (an International Honor Society in English). Dr. Smith has also worked with the USCA Honors program and as a Magellan's Scholar sponsor and is happy to field student questions about opportunities for undergraduate research and enrichment.