Lauren Shohet received her Ph. D. from Brown University in 1995 and bachelor's degrees in English, Comparative Literature, and Harpsichord from Oberlin College in 1987. She specializes in early-modern drama and poetry, especially Shakespeare and Milton; the history of the book and related media; and the study of how inherited stories are adapted and retooled in new times and new forms. Recently named the Luckow Family Professor of English at Villanova University, Prof. Shohet has been awarded fellowships and prizes by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Shakespeare Association of America, the Mellon Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Fulbright Foundation, and the German Academic Exchanges Service. Her book Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture was published by Oxford University Press in 2010, and her studies of Shakespeare, Milton, Jonson, and others have been published in such journals as Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Quarterly, Milton Studies, Studies in English Literature, the Journal of Early Modern Popular Culture, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, and Western Humanities Review.