Andrew D. McCarthy teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature. He is co-editor of Staging the Superstitions of Early Modern Europe (Ashgate) and his work has recently appeared in Marlowe Studies. McCarthy is currently completing a book-length study that examines masculine performances of grief in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.


  • PhD Washington State University
  • MA Washington State University
  • BA University of Wisconsin­-Stevens Point

Research and/or Creative Interests
At the moment, I'm interested in exploring Shakespeare and counter-cultures. I'm also fascinated by book reviews, perhaps stemming from my passion for The TLS.

Teaching Interests
My teaching interests include Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, the contemporary novel and literary criticism.

Teaching Approach
My teaching approach is discussion based and student led. I typically begin each class by asking students what they want to discuss and construct the course from there. While there are certain concepts I make sure to convey, I try to get out of the way as much as possible. Teaching is about the student, it isn't about me and how much I know.

What are your expectations of students?
I expect my students to read, to think, to write, and to work hard. To have an open mind and be willing to engage with difficult texts and have uncomfortable discussions. To question everything.

Why did you become an English professor?
I became an English professor because I was once the vocalist in a punk rock band and I knew there was no way I was going to make a living driving around in a van, playing shows in bowling alleys and basements. I figured being an English professor was the next most punk rock thing to do. I was partly right and partly wrong. But que sais je?

Why teach X? 
I teach literature because I believe deeply in its transformative power.

Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?
I love traveling with my family. I also like to read, draw and garden.