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Kevin Petersen

Kevin Peterson
Kevin L. Petersen Associate Teaching Professor, Director of Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) Program
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    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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Composition and Literature; Renaissance Literature

Research Interests

16th century poetry; Historiography; Iconography; Translations of classical literature.


  • BA: History; Literature minor, University of California Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Dictated Democracy: Standardizing the American High School, 1890-1930
  • MA: English and American Literature, University of New York - New York, NY
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: The Spirit and the Body in Legacies of Troilus and Cressida
  • Ph D: English, (2012), University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: : Elizabeth's Fruitless Crown: Ovidian Poetry, The End of Tudor Genealogy, and the Incomplete Past


My Ph.D. is in early modern literature, and I research sixteenth century poetry’s uses of history and classical literature. Currently I have essays forthcoming in edited collections and have presented my work at a number of national and international conferences. During 2016 I was an organizing faculty member of the First Folio event at the Currier Museum, and I participated in the World Shakespeare Congress in England. My current book project explores Ovidian poetry during the last fifteen years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign as a method to reevaluate political uses of the past and to challenge paradigmatic historiography.

I serve as the Coordinator of the Core Curriculum for the university.

I am also an advisor for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Dissertation Fellowship (2007) - University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Teaching Fellowship, English (2006) - Stonehill College
  • Walter Chmielewski Fellowship (2002) - University of Massachusetts
  • Joseph Langland Prize (2001) - University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence (1995) - University of California Santa Cruz

Selected Publications

  • Petersen, K.L. (2017). Shakespeare and Sententiae: The Use of Quotation in Lucrece (pp. Shakespeare and Quotation). UK: Cambridge University Press

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Dissertation Fellowship (2007), Fellowship - University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Teaching Fellow, English (2006), Fellowship - Stonehill College