Samuel Smith at the London Globe Theatre, 2008





Welcome to my Messiah College faculty homepage!  I teach courses in Shakespeare, Milton, and other Early Modern British Literature.  I earned a PhD in English from the University of Delaware, but I’ve also participated in two Folger Shakespeare Institute Seminars (“Milton and Scripture,” with Mary Ann Radzinowicz, and “Petitioners, Preachers, and Prophets in the Age of Charles I,” with Esther Cope) and an NEH Summer Seminar on “Renaissance and Reformation in Tudor-Stuart England” (University of Chicago, with Richard Strier).  I have received the Robert and Marilyn Smith Award for Outstanding Teaching at Messiah and an Excellence in Teaching Award.  My current research interests include Milton’s theological imagination, Shakespeare’s skepticism, and the impact of summer stream currents on tubing long stretches of Stony Creek.



A native central Pennsylvanian, I enjoy hiking the Appalachian Trail (only ten minutes from home), playing electric blues guitar, getting an education in contemporary pop culture from my delightful daughters, and enjoying tea with my best conversation partner, Rebecca Buckham. Every now and then I visit my second home, Scotland, where I hike the mountains of Glencoe, admire the stonecarvings of Gardner Molloy, and occasionally hobnob with Glaswegian pedestrians who write entertaining fictions and paint fascinating murals inside churches converted to pubs. 


Professionally, I'm currently working on John Milton's representation of the regenerate Christian in Paradise Regained, Hamlet's Stoicism, and book review essays for Milton Quarterly and Kritikon Litterarum

      I’ve provided links to some of my own work, both critical and creative, as well as some recommended reading.  If you are an old friend or a former student—and some of you are both—I’d love to hear from you.  For current students, I’ve included links to course syllabi.       

Contact Information

Office:   Boyer 210
(717) 766-2511, ext. 7052
Address:   Messiah College
Department of English
Suite 3017
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
(717) 796-4790
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Last updated 08/30/11