Melissa E. Sanchez received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Her research and teaching focus on feminism, queer theory, and sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, and she is Core Faculty in Penn's Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.
Professor Sanchez's first book, Erotic Subjects: The Sexuality of Politics in Early Modern English Literature, examines how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writers used scenarios of erotic violence and cross-gender identification to explore the origins and limits of political allegiance (Oxford University Press, 2011). She is currently writing a book, tentatively entitled "The Ethics of Promiscuity," which argues that early modern love poetry takes promiscuity, rather than monogamy, as its model for ethical practices of love, sexuality, subjectivity, and sociality.
In addition to these monographs, Professor Sanchez has edited three volumes of essays. With Ayesha Ramachandran she co-edited a special issue of Spenser Studies on "Spenser and 'the Human,'" which brings together sixteen essays and five response papers that examine Spenser's complex relationship to the category of "the human" and which thereby both draw on and contribute to current discussions in humanism, posthumanism, animal studies, and environmental studies (forthcoming in February 2016). With Ania Loomba she co-edited Rethinking Feminism in Early Modern Studies: Gender, Race, and Sexuality, a volume of fourteen essays on the current state of feminist studies of the early modern period (Ashgate, forthcoming in April 2016). And with Ari Friedlander and Will Stockton she co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies (JEMCS) entitled "Desiring History and Historicizing Desire," a collection of six essays discussing the relations between queer and historicist methods of reading (forthcoming in April 2016).
Future projects include a short book entitled Shakespeare and Queer Theory (under contract with Bloomsbury: Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series) and essays on early modern marriage; feminist approaches to women writers; and amatory prose fiction. Prior to these current and future projects, Professor Sanchez has written a number of essays on gender, sexuality, and politics in early modern England (for a full list of published and forthcoming work, see her cv).