Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff


Travis Curtright, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Humanities Literature and Director of Humanities and Liberal Studies
Travis Curtright, Ph.D.
Education: B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Dallas
Office: Canizaro Library, 161A
Phone: (239) 280-1612
Fax: (239) 280-1637


Travis Curtright, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow of the Center for Thomas More Studies and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He specializes in English Renaissance literature, especially More and Shakespeare studies.  Dr. Curtright professionally trained at the American Shakespeare Center and directs the productions of Shakespeare in Performance 

Recent Courses

Literary Tradition I & II


Shakespeare in Performance

Early Modern Literature

Jane Austen and Samuel Johnson

Thomas More

Selected Publications


“Thomas More on Humor,”  Logos:  A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 17:1 (2014):  13-35 


“‘Stops’ in the Name of Love:  Playing Typological Iago,” in Shakespeare’s Sense of Character, ed. Yu Jin Ko and Michael W. Shurgot (Ashgate, 2012).  

The One Thomas More
 (Catholic University of America Press, 2012).

"Humanist Lawyer, Public Career:  Thomas More and Conscience," Moreana 46: 176 (June, 2009):  77-96.

"'Falseness cannot come from thee':  Marina as Character and Orator in Shakespeare's Pericles,"Literary Imagination 11: 1 (2009):  99-110.

“Shakespearean Personalism,” LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought 10:1 (2007): 56-79.

“A ‘Pre-Machiavellian Moment’: Thomas More’s Poetry and the History of Richard III,” The Ben Jonson Journal 13 (2006): 63-82.

“Sidney’s Defence of Poetry: Ethos and the Ideas,” The Ben Jonson Journal 10 (2003): 101-115. 

Shakespeare’s Last Plays: Essays in Politics and Literature, edited by Stephen W. Smith and Travis Curtright, Lexington Books, (July 2002).

“Reconsidering the Tragic Aspects of Leontes: Death and Laughter in The Winter’s Tale," English Language Notes: Medieval and Renaissance Special Edition 40:1 (September, 2002): 43-57.

Book reviews for The Review of Politics, Sixteenth Century Journal, Religion and the Arts, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, and Moreana 

Selected Conferences and Seminars


"Kate's Obedience Speech as Exercise in Declamation," The 2013 Blackfriars Conference at the American Shakespeare Center, Stanton, VA, October 25, 2013.

Winter Teacher Seminar:  Clues for Classroom Performance, Rhetoric, Bodies on Stage, and Textual Variants, American Shakespeare Center, Feb. 4-5, 2012.  Gwathmey Grant Award  Recipient.

"Tyrants in Transit:  What More's Richard III Taught Shakespeare about Characterization," 2010 Thomas More Studies Conference: Thomas More's Influence on     Shakespeare's 1-3 Henry VI and Richard III, November 5-6, 2010. 

"Looking at Hero's Bedroom Window: Claudio's Critics and Much Ado About Honor," Love and Honor in Shakespeare, Assumption College, Oct. 15-17, 2009.

"Liberty, Virtue, and the Ancient Greek Sophists," Liberty Fund Seminar, April 17-20, 2008.

"And frame my face to all occasions":  Theophrastan Character and Richard III,  Shakespeare Association of America Conference, "Lady Macbeth's Children, Again:  The Return of Character Criticism" Seminar, March 13, 2008.

"'A Good Mother Wit':  Thomas More's Presentation of the Liberal Arts," 2007 Thomas More Studies Conference, November 2-4, 2007. 

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Boston University, Masters of Prose: Samuel Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill, July 9- 27, 2007.

"‘These Matters Be Kinges Games': More's Poetry and the History of Richard III," 2006 Thomas More Studies Conference, November 3-5, 2006.

Conference Director, "Liberty and the American Dream," Liberty Fund, Savannah, Georgia, March 30-April 2, 2006.

"More, Fortune, and the Politics of Accommodation,"  2005 Thomas More Studies Conference, November 4-6, 2005.

"‘I never kill'd a mouse, nor hurt a fly': Repetitio and the Ethos of Marina," Shakespeare Association of America Conference, Repetitio Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 8-10, 2004.

"Shakespearean Ethics: Conscience and Tragic Choice," Annual Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Conference, October 2, 2003.