Jennie Votava

Title: Jennie Votava photoAssistant Professor
Department:  English
Degrees: M.D., Harvard Medical School, Ph.D., Department of English, New York University, M.A., Department of English, New York University

Contact Info:
Phone: (814) 332-4334

Office Location: Odd Fellows 216

Office Hours: (Fall 2020)
Regular Zoom Office Hours-
Monday & Wednesday 1:00-3:00 and by appointment (please email)
Happy/Anxious Zoom Office Hours- Friday 1:00-3:00

Courses (FA ’20)
ENGL 112- Literature and the Body
ENGL 235- Shakespearean Literatures

  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, New York University, 2012-13
  • Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, New York University, 2011-12
  • Lane Cooper Fellowship for excellence in pursuing a research and a teaching career in Renaissance Literature, New York University, 2010-11
  • H. M. MacCracken Dissertation Fellowship for promising Ph.D. dissertation, 2009-10
    GSAS Student Travel Grants, New York University, 2009, 2011
  • H. M. MacCracken Fellowship for graduate study, New York University, 2005-09
    Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University, 1996
  • John Harvard Scholarship for academic excellence, Harvard University, 1993-96
  • Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholarship for academic excellence, Radcliffe College, 1993-96
  • Detur Book Prize for academic excellence as a freshman, Harvard University, 1994


  • “Through a Glass Darkly: Sophie Okonedo’s Margaret as Racial Other in The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.” Shakespeare Survey 73 (2020): 170-183.
  •  “Comedy, the Senses, and Social Contagion in Plays Confuted in Five Actions and The Comedy of Errors,” in Contagion and the Shakespearean Stage, ed. Darryl Chalk and Mary Floyd-Wilson, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2019, 25-45.
  • “‘The Voice that Will Drown All the City’: Un-Gendering Noise in The Roaring Girl.” Renaissance Drama 39 (2011): 69-95.
  • Review of Richard Sugg’s Murder after Death: Literature and Anatomy in Early Modern England. Renaissance Quarterly 61 (Summer 2008): 684-86.