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Alicia Meyer


2022 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Melissa E. Sanchez
"Pedagogies of Power: Gender, Race, and Bridewell Hospital on the Early Modern Stage"

Curator of Research Services, Kislak Center, Penn Libraries


Alicia Meyer is a Dean’s postdoctoral fellow in Teaching Excellence in the Department of English and Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studie at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her book project, The Bridewell Standard offers a new political history of marginalized women. It reassesses feminist formations of gender and political agency through the history of Bridewell Hospital: a prison and charitable institution dedicated to reforming “masterless women” in early modern England and its colonies. The Bridewell Standard argues that dramatists from Shakespeare to Aphra Behn represent masterless women through constitutive hierarchies of race, gender, and deviant sexuality as part of a political standard in the service of empire. 

Meyer’s research is focused on premodern race studies, feminism and queer theory, legal and political history, and material culture. She regularly teaches courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, British literature and poetry, gender and sexuality, women writers, and political history. She has served as the Graduate Assistant at the Penn Women’s Center. She was the Graduate Associate for Penn’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. And she was the Dissertation Fellow with the Kislak Center for Special Collections in 2020-2021.


Articles and Book Chapters

"Portrait of a Young African Woman" Guest Author. The Collation: Research and Exploration at the Folger (2019)
"Entries for A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, 1500-1650" A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, 1500-1650 (2016)
"Women and Political Power in Early Modern Europe" with Carole Levin. Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (2013)

Courses Taught

spring 2023

ENGL 2321.401 Criminal Sexuality  

fall 2022

spring 2022

ENGL 040.301 British Poetry  
ENGL 240.401 Gender and Popular Culture canceled  

fall 2021

GSWS 003.401 Intro to Queer Studies  

summer 2021

GSWS 002.920 Gender and Society  
ENGL 101.900 Shakespeare  

fall 2020

summer 2020

GSWS 002.001 Gender and Society  
ENGL 101.900 Shakespeare  

summer 2019

ENGL 101.900 Shakespeare  

spring 2019

ENGL 200.305 Gender, Sex, Shakespeare  

fall 2016

ENGL 103.204 Comics and Graphic Novels