Curriculum Vitae

Roger Stritmatter, PhD
2302 Lyndhurst Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland, 21216
(410) 764-9202

rstritmatter at coppin dot edu
Stritmatter24 at hotmail dot com


2001 PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts at
Amherst, with specialization in English Renaissance Literature.
1988 MA, With Honors, Anthropology, New School for Social Research.
1986 Classical Greek Certificate, Greek Institute, CUNY.
1981 BA, Anthropology & Journalism, Evergreen State College.

Teaching and Administrative Experience

2014-present: Professor of Humanities, Coppin State University.

2008-2014: Associate Professor of Humanities, Coppin State University.
Teach courses on Shakespeare, Internet Journalism, Old Testament as Literature and History, Literary Genres, Critical Writing, Composition, and Introductory Latin.

2006-present: Freshman Composition Coordinator, Coppin State University.
Supervise a dozen adjuncts; chair Freshman Composition Committee; Co-authored $50,000 MHEC Writing for Retention Grant; Introduced online composition curriculum,, to ENG 101 sections; introduced remedial course, ENGL 101A.

2004-2008: Assistant Professor of Humanities, Coppin State University.
Teach courses on Shakespeare, Old Testament as Literature and History, Literary Genres, Critical Writing, Composition, and Introductory Latin.

2003-2004: Instructor, Coppin State College.
Taught composition, Literary Genres, Critical Writing, and composition.

2000-2001: Instructor, Central Texas College for U.S. Navy
Taught English, composition and Anthropology on board US Navy ships.

1998-2000: Instructor, Isenberg School of Management, Umass Amherst.
Taught Business Communication.

1992-1997 : Teaching Associate, Writing Program, Umass Amherst.
Taught Freshman composition and Computer Composition.

1990-1992: Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Comparative Literature, UMass
Taught Spiritual Autobiography, Good and Evil: East and West, and Literature and Ethics.

Professional Activities

2009: Founding Editor, Brief Chronicles.
Editor-in-chief of new peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal of Shakespearean Studies. First issue published Nov. 2009.

2007-2009: reviewer, Choice magazine.
Reviewed up to six books per year for the leading source of book information for academic librarians.

2010-2013 Design Editor, Shakespeare Matters.
Designed 28-32 page quarterly newsletter.

2005-2010: Editor, Shakespeare Matters.

Solicited and edited articles for 28-32 page quarterly journal of the Shakespeare Fellowship: design, layout, editing, production and mailing of newsletter to 300 members.

1992-1995: Consultant, Hampshire Shakespeare Co.
Dramaturge for Comedy of Errors, 1992 Hamlet, 1994 Measure for Measure.


2013 Oxfordian of the Year from the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship
2005 Nominee, Bernheimer Award for the best PhD, Comparative Literature.
2001 Vero Nihil Verius Award for scholarly excellence, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon.
1985 Winner, Dialectical Anthropology undergraduate essay contest.
1977 Invited Participant, Centrum Foundation, Fiction and Collaborative Arts workshops.
1977 Departmental Awards, English and Social Studies, Lake Washington High School.

Professional Memberships, Past and Present

Member, AAUP
Member, MLA
Member, Renaissance Society of America
Vice-President & Trustee, The Shakespeare Fellowship

Selected Professional Publications

“My Name Be Buried Where My Body Is:” The Influence of Ecclesiasticus 41 on Sonnets 71-74,” Notes and Queries 10.1093/notesj/gjv133 (Fall 2015).

“‘Melville’s Billy Budd, the Disguises of Authorship” (with Mark K. Anderson and Elliott Stone), The New England Review 36:1 (Summer 2014), 100-131.

“The Pattern of Parody in Eastward Ho: An Old Inter-text and a New Date for King Lear” (with Lynne Kositsky),  Critical Survey 26:2 (summer 2014), 21-52.

“‘Small Latin and Lesse Greek’: Anatomy of a Misquotation,” forthcoming 2015 in the Proceedings of the University of Massachusetts Renaissance Center’s 2014 International Shakespeare Conference on Shakespeare and Translation.

Shakespeare’s Tempest: A Movable Feast. McFarland, 2013. (with Lynne Kositsky).

“Revelations 14:13 and Hamlet 1.V.91-108: ‘Write, Blessed are the Dead,” Notes and Queries 60:3 (September 2013), 415-418.

“Triangular Numbers in Henry Peacham’s Minerva Britanna: A Study in Jacobean Literary Form,” Brief Chronicles IV (2013), 89-118.

“Shifting the Center of Gravity of the Falstaffiad: The Advantage of an Early Date for Merry Wives of Windsor,” Cahiers Élisabéthains, Fall 2011 (80).

“Spenser’s ‘Perfect Pattern of a Poet’ and the 17th Earl of Oxford.” Cahiers Élisabéthains 77 (Spring 2010), 9-22.

Ball, Gregory R., Danjun Pu, Roger Stritmatter, and Sargur N. Srihari. “Comparison of historical documents for writership,” Proc. SPIE 7534, 75340P (2010).

Ball, Gregory R, Danjun Pu, Roger Stritmatter, and Sargur N. Srihari.  “Writer Verification of Historical Documents among Cohort Writers,”  Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition  (ICFHR), 2010 International Conference on  (16-18 Nov. 2010), 314 – 319.

A Moveable Feast: The Liturgical Symbolism and Design of The Tempest” (with Lynne Kositsky).  The Shakespeare Yearbook,  2010 (XVI: 337-373).

O Brave New World: The Tempest and Peter Martyr’s De Orbe Novo” (with Lynne Kositsky), fall 2009, Critical Survey.

“The Tortured Signifier: Satire, Censorship, and the Textual History of Troilus and Cressida,”  fall 2009, Critical Survey.

“Pale as Death: The Fictionalizing Influence of Erasmus’ ‘Naufragium’ on the Renaissance Travel Narrative” (with Lynne Kositsky), Verité I, fall 2008, 141-151.

Shakespeare’s Ecclesiasticus 28.2-5: A Biblical Source for Ariel’s Doctrine of Mercy,” Notes and Queries, 56:1 (March 2009), 67-70.

“The Spanish Maze and the Date of The Tempest” (with Lynne Kositsky), The Oxfordian, fall 2007, 1-11.

Shakespeare and the Voyagers Revisited” (with Lynne Kositsky), The Review of English Studies, September, 2007 (published online June, 2007), 447-472.

“’Tilting Under Frieries’: Narcissus (1595) and the Affair at Blackfriars,” Cahiers Élisabéthains, fall 2006 (70), 39-41.

“What’s In a Name? Everything, Apparently,” Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature; 60:2 (Fall 2006), 37-49.

“On the Date of Midsummer Night’s Dream,” The Oxfordian, 2006 (IX), 81-90.

“A Law Case In Verse: Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis and the Shakespearean Question,” University of Tennessee Law Review, 72:1 (fall 2004), 171-219.

The Source of Harry of Cornwall’s Theological Doctrine,” Notes and Queries, 246: 3 (September 2001), 280-282.

“’Old’ and ‘New’ Law in Merchant of Venice,” Notes and Queries, 245:1 (March 2000), 70-72.

“By Providence Divine: Shakespeare’s Awareness of Some Geneva Marginal Notes of I Samuel,” Notes and Queries, 245:1 (March 2000), 97-100.

A New Biblical Source for Shakespeare’s Concept of ‘All Seeing Heaven,” Notes and Queries, 244:2 (June 1999), 207-209.

The Heavenly Treasure of Sonnets 48 and 52,” Notes and Queries, 244:2 (June 1999), 226-228.

“The Influence of a Genevan Note from Romans 7.19 on Shake-Speare’s Sonnet 151,” Notes and Queries 242:4 (December 1997), 514-516.

Professional Evaluations

Selected Professional Presentations

“Where in the World? Geography and Irony in Shakespeare’s Tempest, 13th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, Concordia University, April 17-19, 2009.
“Author of Authors: Jonsonus Virbius and the Shakespearean Question,” 12th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, Concordia University, April 3-6, 2008.
“Playing the Dozens on Shakespeare: Eastward Ho, Literary Parody, and the Date of King Lear” Charles Pryor Seminar, Department of Humanities, Coppin State University, March 27, 2008.
“The Tortured Signifier: Satire, Censorship, and the Textual History of Troilus and Cressida,” Presented at the 35th Annual Meetings of the Shakespeare Association of America, April 5-7, 2007, San Diego, CA.
“Herman Melville’s ‘White Jacket’: Race, Identity, and Irony,” Fall 2006 Colloquium, Department of Humanities, Coppin State University.
“The Devil’s Lawyer: Rewriting History in Richard II, Part 1,” Presented at the 34th Annual Meetings of the Shakespeare Association of America, April 15, 2006, in the Seminar “Refiguring Shakespeare: Questions of Canon and Theater in the Apocryphal and Collaborative Plays.”
“Pale As Death: The Fictionalizing Influence of Erasmus’ ‘Naufragium’ on the Renaissance Travel Narrative,” Presented at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, March 23-25, 2006, San Francisco, CA.
“What’s In a Name?” Invited Lecture, the Cosmos Club, Washington DC, Sept. 23, 2006.
“‘I Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Today’: Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Shakespeare, and the Topical Utterance,” September 24, 2005 Colloquium, Department of Humanities, Coppin State University.
Invited Participant, University of Tennessee Law Review Seminar on Shakespearean Authorship.
Invited panelist, Shakespeare and Religion Panel, Boston College, November 12, 1999.
“Shakespeare’s Bible,” invited lecture, The Huntington Library Brown Bag Seminar, January 1993.
“Shakespeare’s Bible,” invited Colloquium, University of Massachusetts Department of English, 1993.

Research Agenda

Primary: Shakespearean texts and contexts, history of the Shakespearean Question, 16th century literary genres, liturgical and religious dimensions of early modern literature, literature and censorship, emblem books, theoretical approaches to authorship, intertextuality, attribution studies,  forensic paleography.
Secondary: Shakespearean film adaptations, cinematic narrative technique, Ben Jonson, chronology of Shakespearean plays, Herman Melville, Old Testament, mythology and culture, digital communications, interdisciplinary dialogue between the humanities and sciences.

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