Andrew D. McCarthy teaches Shakespeare, medieval and Renaissance drama, early modern literature and culture, and humanities in the interdisciplinary honors program. Other research and teaching interests include the reception of classical writers in early modern England and gender studies. 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

My current book project examines masculinity and grief in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. As one of my research interests is novel adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, I'm really intrigued by the current Hogarth Shakespeare project. I'm also currently researching how Shakespeare's plays have been implemented by American social movements.

Teaching Interests

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

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.

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 disgusting 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?  

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.