Robin Bates, PhD

Associate Professor of English

Dr. Robin Bates


Carnegie 234


  • PhD, English – Auburn University, 2005
  • MEd, English – Georgia Southwestern State University
  • BA Theatre Arts – Appalachian State University


  • Assistant Professor of English, Seton Hall University, 2007-2008
  • Instructor, Auburn University, 2005-2007
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Auburn University 2000-2005
  • Director, Sumter Players JESTERS Shakespeare Group, 1997-2000

Professional/Research Interests

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern English Literature
  • Irish Studies
  • Cultural Materialism and Post-colonial Theory
  • Religion and politics in literature
  • Rebellion and sectarian conflict in literature
  • Early Modern religious writing
  • Textual Scholarship

Teaching Areas

  • Shakespeare 1 and 2
  • Literature of the Tudor Dynasty
  • The Golden Age
  • Literary Criticism
  • Literary Theory
  • Transnationalism/Postcolonial Theory
  • Special topics in early Modern British Literature
  • Literature and Culture
  • Composition

Publications, Presentations and Research

  • Cymbeline and Cymbeline Refinished: G. B. Shaw and the Unresolved Empire,” in Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers, eds. Willy Maley and Rory Loughnane. Ashgate, 2013.
  • Shakespeare and the Cultural Colonization of Ireland, Routledge, 2008.
  • “‘The Queene is defrauded of the intent of the law’: Spenser’s Advocation of Civil Law in A View of the State of Ireland,” Papers on Language and Literature, May 2005
  • “Doctor Faustus at the Blackfriars,” review for Marlowe Society of America Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 2, Spring 2010
  • Richard II, Irish Exiles, and the Breath of Kings,” reprinted from Shakespeare and the Cultural Colonization of Ireland in Shakespeare Criticism, Vol. 127, February 2010
  • “‘This earth shall have a feeling’: the King, the Land, and Reciprocal Nurturing in Richard II,” Shakespeare Association of America, St. Louis, April 2014
  • “‘no good husbandry’: Spenser’s View and the Reclaiming of Ireland,” Shakespeare Association of America, Toronto, ON, March 2013
  • “This England: Topography and Englishness in 1 Henry IV,” Shakespeare Association of America, Seattle, April 2011
  • “Place and Nature in Richard II and Edward II,” Shakespeare Association of America, Chicago, April 2010
  • “Brewing Rebellion: The Alehouse and Religious Dissent in Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare Association of America, Washington, D. C., April 2009
  • “‘What’s to come is still unsure’: carpe diem and Feste’s urging of festival in Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare Association of America, San Diego, 2007
  • “Percys and Northern Rebellion,” Shakespeare Association of America, Philadelphia, 2006
  • Richard II, Irish Exiles, and the Breath of Kings,” Shakespeare Association of America, Bermuda, March 2005
  • “‘Ungodly Diversity’: Private Dissent in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer,” Shakespeare Association of America, New Orleans, April 2004
  • “Veiled Threats: Cloistering as an Act Against the State in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure,” Sixteenth Century Studies, San Antonio, October 2002
  • In progress: Pastoral Imperialism: Land Use and Colonialism in Early Modern English Literature