NVS Board

  • Lena Cowen Orlin

    Lena Cowen Orlin, Chair of the NVS Board

    Lena Cowen Orlin, Chair of the New Variorum Shakespeare Board, is Professor of English at Georgetown University. She served as Executive Director of the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library from 1982 to 1996 and as Executive Director of the Shakespeare Association of America from 1996 to 2018. She is a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and a General Editor for the Arden Shakespeare State of Play series, the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series, and the Bloomsbury Early Modern Material Culture series. Her scholarship has received support from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and she was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her publications include Private Matters and Public Culture in Post-Reformation England (1994), Locating Privacy in Tudor London (2009), and The Bedford Shakespeare (edited with Russ McDonald, 2014). Her new biography, The Private Life of William Shakespeare will be published by Oxford University Press in 2021.

  • Valerie Wayne

    Valerie Wayne, NVS Board

    Valerie Wayne is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is the editor of Cymbeline for the Arden Shakespeare Third Series (Bloomsbury, 2017), A Trick to Catch the Old One in Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works (Oxford UP, 2007), for which she served as Associate General Editor, and Edmund Tilney’s The Flower of Friendship (Cornell UP, 1992). She has also edited the essay collections Women’s Labour and the History of the Book in Early Modern England (Bloomsbury, 2020), Staging Early Modern Romance (Routledge, 2009, with Mary Ellen Lamb), and The Matter of Difference: Materialist Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare (1991). Her research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Endowment of Humanities, and the Bogliasco Foundation. From 2008-12 she served on the MLA Committee on the NVS and from 2017-19 on the NVS Working Group. She has been a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America and in 2000 was President of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.

  • Matt Cohen

    Matt Cohen, NVS Board

    Matt Cohen teaches in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a Fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities there. He is the author of The Networked Wilderness: Communicating in Early America, and the co-editor, with Jeffrey Glover, of Colonial Mediascapes: Sensory Worlds of the Early Americas. With Kenneth M. Price and Ed Folsom, he co-directs the Walt Whitman Archive (; and with Price and Stephanie Browner, co-edits the Charles W. Chesnutt Archive (

  • Heidi Craig

    Heidi Craig, NVS Board

    Dr. Heidi Craig is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University and Editor of the World Shakespeare Bibliography. She is currently finishing her first monograph, Dead Theatre: English Renaissance Drama, 1642-1660 and has begun another monograph on rags and rag-pickers in early modern textual culture.

  • Julia Flanders

    Julia Flanders, NVS Board and Consultant

    Julia Flanders is a professor of the practice in English and the director of the Digital Scholarship Group in the Northeastern University Library. She also directs the Women Writers Project and serves as editor in chief of Digital Humanities Quarterly, an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal of digital humanities. She has served as chair of the TEI Consortium and as President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities. Her research interests focus on data modeling, textual scholarship, and humanities data curation.

  • Alan Galey

    Alan Galey, NVS Board

    Alan Galey is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, cross-appointed to the Department of English, and Director of the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture. His research and teaching are located at the intersection of media studies, the history of books and reading, and digital textual scholarship. His current research focuses on methods for the bibliographical study of digital texts and artifacts, from ebooks to videogames to digital recordings of musical performances. His first monograph book, The Shakespearean Archive: Experiments in New Media from the Renaissance to Postmodernity, was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. He has published articles in journals including Book History, Shakespeare Quarterly, the Canadian Journal of Communication, Literary and Linguistic Computing, Archivaria, and Archival Science. He has also contributed chapters to several scholarly edited collections, and co-edited Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book: Contested Scriptures (with Travis DeCook; Routledge, 2011).

General Editors

  • Paul Werstine

    Paul Werstine, General Editor and Editor of the New Variorum Edition of Romeo and Juliet

    Paul Werstine has spent his career teaching Shakespeare and Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at King’s University College, University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is co-editor of the Folger Library Edition of Shakespeare’s plays and poems (1992-2010). He is also co-general editor of the Modern Language Association’s New Variorum Shakespeare Edition. Werstine has written widely about the early printings of Shakespeare, the Shakespeare editorial tradition, and dramatic manuscripts, especially in Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare (Cambridge University Press, 2012). In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

  • Eric Rasmussen

    Eric Rasmussen, General Editor and Editor of the New Variorum Edition of Hamlet

    Eric Rasmussen is Regents Teaching Professor and Foundation Professor of English at the University of Nevada. He is co-editor with Sir Jonathan Bate of the Royal Shakespeare Company's edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. He is general editor, along with Paul Werstine, of the New Variorum Shakespeare Series and he is a general editor of The Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Association of America and on the Council of the Malone Society.

Contributing Editors

  • Ian De Jong

    Ian De Jong, Editor of the New Variorum Edition of The Tempest

    Dr. Ian De Jong is an Instructor in the Department of English at the Davidson Academy of Nevada. He is a co-editor of the forthcoming second edition of the RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works. His work, single-authored and co-authored, has appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly, ANQ: American Notes and Queries, the British Library’s Discovering Literature: Shakespeare portal, and The Arden Companion to Shakespeare and Textual Studies. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

  • Mark Farnsworth, Co-Editor of the New Variorum Edition of Richard The Third

    Mark Farnsworth is an English Faculty Member at Brigham Young University-Idaho where he teaches Literature and Composition. He received his PhD in English Literature from the University of Nevada, Reno with a dissertation entitled “John Bale and the National Identity and Church of Tudor England.” Publications to which he has contributed include to The Shakespeare First Folios: A Descriptive Catalogue and Studying Shakespeare’s Contemporaries.

  • Lara Hansen

    Lara Hansen, Co-Editor of the New Variorum Edition of Richard The Third

    Lara Hansen earned her BS, MA, and PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research primarily focuses on Textual Studies of the Early Modern period. She learned the art of letterpress printing and Book Arts while working in UNR’s Black Rock Press. She has also collated several editions for the New Variorum Hamlet. Lara’s doctoral thesis traced the patterns of First Folio watermarks and presence of uncorrected page states to posit practices of the Jaggards’ print house. She has since continued her textual work by taking courses in descriptive bibliography and book collecting from the California Rare Book School and delivering papers for the Shakespeare Association of America and the World Shakespeare Congress. In addition to Lara’s academic preparation, she has twenty years’ experience in computer support. Lara is currently co-editing the New Variorum Edition of Richard the Third with Dr. Mark Farnsworth.

  • Judith Kennedy

    Judith Kennedy, Editor of the New Variorum Edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Judith M. Kennedy (M.A., BLitt., Oxon.) is a professor emeritus of English at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB, Canada. She pursued undergraduate and graduate studies at Somerville College, Oxford. Besides STU, she has taught at Goucher College, Maryland and St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, Sask., Canada. With her NVS co-editor Richard F. Kennedy, she has published the volume on A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the series Shakespeare: The Critical Tradition. She has also edited or published articles on works of Edmund Spenser, George of Montemayor, Barnabe Googe, and John Ford.

  • Susan May

    Susan May, Associate Editor of the New Variorum Edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Susan H. May is a professor emeritus of English at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. She earned degrees in English from Wellesley College--B.A., the University of Delaware--M.A., and the University of Pennsylvania--Ph.D. Before coming to Longwood she taught at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

  • David Nichol

    David Nicol, Assistant Editor of the New Variorum Edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream

    David Nicol is an Associate Professor at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University. He is the author of Middleton and Rowley: Forms of Collaboration in the Jacobean Playhouse (2012), and has published articles on the plays of William Rowley in Cahiers Élisabéthains, Comparative Drama, Early Theatre, Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, Notes and Queries, Shakespeare Bulletin and Studies in English Literature. He is currently creating an edition of Rowley's All's Lost by Lust for Digital Renaissance Editions.

  • Michael Stapleton

    M.L. Stapleton, Editor of the New Variorum Edition of Julius Caesar

    M.L. Stapleton is Chapman Distinguished Professor of English at Purdue University, Fort Wayne, a position he has held since 2004. He has been editor of the New Variorum Julius Caesar since 2005.

  • Michael Steppat

    Michael Steppat, Editor of the New Variorum Edition of The Merry Wives of Windsor

    (Dr. phil.) has been serving as Chair of Literature in English at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He holds an additional Professorial position of honor in Moscow from the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Higher Education and Science, and has been appointed regular international faculty member at Shanghai International Studies University. He has been awarded recurrent Fellowships at Folger Shakespeare Library, also periodic scholar-in-residence positions at John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress. He is a project director in the national Excellence Strategy research cluster Africa Multiple since 2019, the cluster focus being “Travelling Knowledge and Trans*textuality.” Steppat has co-edited the New Variorum Antony and Cleopatra and edited The Merry Wives of Windsor. His other book publications include Literature and Interculturality (3 vols.); Honor, Face and Violence: Cross-Cultural Literary Representations of Honor Cultures and Face Cultures; Chances of Mischief: Variations of Fortune in Spenser; The Critical Reception of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra; editions of several Renaissance Latin dramas; and a monograph on the early work of St. Augustine of Hippo.

Research & Design

  • Laura Mandell

    Laura Mandell, Director of CoDHR

    Laura Mandell is the author of Breaking the Book: Print Humanities in the Digital Age (2015), Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), and, recently, “Gendering Digital Literary History: What Counts for Digital Humanities,” in the New Companion to Digital Humanities (Blackwell 2016). She is Project Director of the Poetess Archive, an online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900 (, Acquisitions Editor of 18thConnect (, and Director of ARC (, the Advanced Research Consortium overseeing NINES, 18thConnect, and MESA. She spearheaded the Early Modern OCR project or “eMOP” (, a project concerned with improving OCR for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing, and is currently at work on a text-mining project to discover emergent genders in essays and novels comprising the Feminist Controversy debates in England, 1788-1810.

  • Anne Burdick

    Anne Burdick, Site Designer

    Anne Burdick is a Research Professor in the School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney where she is co-director of the Knowledge Design Lab. Her practice-based research explores new forms of knowledge production through the design of media, visualisations, interfaces and publications. She collaborated with the Commission for Non-Literary Text Types at the Austrian Academy of Sciences on the design of the Austrian Academy Corpus, the Fackel Wörterbuch: Redensarten, and the Fackel Schimpfwörterbuch, with N. Katherine Hayles on the design of Writing Machines. She was co-author, with Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp, of Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012) and was design editor of for over twenty years.

  • Bryan Tarpley

    Bryan Tarpley, Lead Software Developer for CoDHR

    Bryan Tarpley is Lead Software Developer for the Center of Digital Humanities Research and Associate Director of Technology for the Advanced Research Consortium. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in English.

  • Katayoun Torabi

    Katayoun Torabi, NVS Project Manager

    Katayoun Torabi is Project Manager of The New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare (NVS) and an Instructional Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University. She specializes in Old and Middle English Literature, with research and teaching interests in the Digital Humanities. Her most recent publications include “Modeling a Factoid Prosopography with TEI and Linked Data,” co-authored with Daniel Schwartz and Nathan Gibson in the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative; “Asceticism in Old English and Syriac Soul and Body Narratives” in Humanities ; and “if (not “Quantize, Click, and Conclude”) {DigitalMethodsInMedievalStudies();},” in Meeting the Medieval in a Digital World (Arc Humanities Press, 2018). She is currently working on a project that examines connections between purgatory and the emerging punitive prison system in medieval England.

  • Kayley Hart

    Kayley Hart, Graduate Student Researcher for CoDHR

    Kayley Hart is a MA student in English at Texas A&M University. Her areas of interest are Women’s and Gender Studies, Victorian Studies, and Digital Humanities. She is also the Project Manager for The Feminist Controversy in England, a data visualization project in progress at Texas A&M's Center of Digital Humanities Research.

  • Will McLean

    Will McLean, Front-end Developer

    Will McLean is a front-end developer and interaction designer who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Design (Visual Communication) from University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Nancy Sumpter, Program Coordinator II for CoDHR

    Nancy Sumpter is the Program Coordinator II for the Center of Digital Humanities Research. She is responsible for the center’s administrative and financial duties.