I am an Assistant Professor of English at DePaul University, where I teach courses on early modern literature, book and media history, poetry and poetics, and Shakespeare. Working with DePaul's English students is consistently a joy. Teaching helps me remember the vital ethics of representing the cultural past in our current moment. 

My research focuses on the intersection of imaginative writing, especially lyric poetry, and textual practices in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. I am currently at work on two books. The first, Delight in Disorder: Making the Poetry Miscellany in Early Modern England, is about the formal poetics of books that have long been understood as disorganized, chaotic, and even damaging to their contents. I am also in the early stages of a new project, Resilient Books: Archival Science in an Age of Precarity, which is about the institutional and human history of caring for rare books. You can read about the origins of this new work in my post “Histories and Communities of Books," for The Collation: A Gathering of Scholarship from the Folger Shakespeare Library. 

My articles and reviews have appeared in Shakespeare QuarterlyModern Language Quarterly, and Modern Philology. My work has been supported by multiple competitive grants. In 2016-2017, I was the Mowat Mellon Long-term Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library. I have also received short-term funding from the Folger, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Mellon Foundation, as well as internal grants from DePaul and the University of Chicago.  

Contact: megan [dot] heffernan [at] depaul [dot] edu