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Dr Elizabeth Ford

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Professional biography

Professional biography


I have been an Associate Lecturer with the Open University since 2012, and I currently tutor on five modules: AA100 The Arts Past and Present, A105 Voices, Texts and Material Culture, A334 Shakespeare to Austen, A335 Texts in Transition and EA300 Children’s Literature.  I have also worked as a Senior Faculty Manager within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Open University and I am currently under contract as an Academic Conduct Officer.


Prior to joining the OU, I worked as Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University and the University of South Wales (2013-15), where I was responsible for developing and teaching undergraduate modules in Renaissance Studies and for setting up the MEMORI (Medieval and Early Modern Research Initiative) research programme.


I obtained my PhD, ‘Enter Will Kemp’: the role of the stage clown in the composition and revision of Shakespeare’s plays (1592-99) from Cardiff University in 2013.  The thesis is currently being edited and is under review for Boydell and Brewer’s Early Modern Research Series.


Research interests


I am interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the English Literature, particularly in relation to Renaissance and Shakespeare studies. 


External/International collaboration

I am currently working on a project with associates at Aarhus University in Denmark on Trust and Risk in early modern literary texts.  The project aims to explore how best to connect the ethical, philosophical and linguistic expertise of literary studies to growing research in ‘Trust Studies’, a topic particularly applicable to my research and evaluations of Shakespeare’s authorship as either literary or theatrical. 


Impact and engagement

I've presented research papers at many national and international conferences, including the Renaissance Society of America International Conference in Venice (2010); the Seventeenth Century International Conference at Durham University (2008, 2010); the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference at the University of Geneva (2011); the British Shakespeare Association Conferences at Kings College, London (2009) and Lancaster University (2012).

Peer-reviewed publications include: Essays on ‘Sonnet 86’, ‘Sonnet 144’, ‘Sonnets 153 and 154’, in Companion to Shakespeare (eds. William Baker and Kenneth Womack (New York: Facts on File, Inc, 2012); ‘Newes from heaven: Will Kemp in Titus Andronicus’, Scintilla (2011); ‘Will Kemp, Shakespeare and the Composition of Romeo and Juliet’, Early Theatre (2010)


I am a member of the British Shakespeare Association and the Renaissance Society of America


Funding and awards


  • The Professor U. R. Q. Enriques Scholarship for contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University, 2010

  • Cardiff University Graduate Schools Award for Renaissance Seminar Series, a series of ten papers given by visiting academics to the School of English, 2009

  • Cardiff University Graduate Schools Award for Sacred Text-Sacred Space, an interdisciplinary research series of 15 speakers including a one-day conference, 2008





Blaenau Gwent REACH Online Exhibition (2021-07-07)
Marsden, Richard and Ford, Elizabeth
The OU in Wales, Cardiff.