B.A. Political Science, CUNY, Brooklyn College, 2012 B.F.A. Creative Writing, CUNY, Brooklyn College, 2012 M.A. English Literature, New York University, 2015
Christina M. Squitieri is a PhD Candidate in English Literature focusing on early modern drama. Her dissertation, “Theatrical Transformation and the Limitation of Identity on the Early Modern English Stage,” defines three key features of early modern drama that enabled it to become a social force in the period—clothing, speech, and bodily gesture—and argues that early modern plays present these elements as able to impose an ongoing, recognizable identity onto a character that is difficult to remove at the end of the play, limiting that character’s identity in the process. Her other research interests include western theater more broadly, classical literature (and its influence on the early modern world), early modern science, law and literature, and female power and agency in the early modern period, particularly within the history play. She has organized panels on identity and transformation at the MLA, Northeast MLA, and (in 2018) the Renaissance Society of America conventions, and is the recipient of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference's Carl S. Meyer Prize for the best paper delivered by a scholar who is in graduate school or who has earned a PhD in the last five years. Before teaching at Gallatin, she has taught in the English and Core Curriculum departments at the College of Arts and Science at NYU.
Teaching and Research Interests
Early Modern/Renaissance drama, including Shakespeare and his contemporaries; western theater from antiquity to the present; early modern theater and performance practices; law and literature; early modern science and theories of the body; classical literature, including its influence on early modern drama; the history play; materiality; the place of women in early modern literature.