Kristen McDermott

About Me

Kristen McDermott is a Professor of English Literature at Central Michigan University, specializing in Early Modern English Studies (particularly Drama and Theater History) and Shakespeare.  Prior to her appointment at CMU, she taught Renaissance Literature and Shakespeare at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the co-author, with Prof. Ari Berk, of The Life and Times of William Shakespeare (Templar Books 2010) and the  editor of Masques of Difference: Four Court Masques by Ben Jonson,  a Revels Student Edition published by Manchester University Press in 2007. She has published articles on Early Modern Drama in the G.K. Hall anthology Critical Essays on Ben Jonson, Early Theatre, Renaissance Papers, Shakespeare Magazine, and The Language Arts Journal of Michigan. She has also written a series of articles on drama and folk traditions for Realms of Fantasy Magazine. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in English and Drama from Furman University in South Carolina.


Outside the classroom, Dr. McDermott studies classical voice and has performed as soprano soloist in choral masterworks around Atlanta.  She lives with her husband, Ari Berk, Professor of Myth, Folklore and Native American Literature at CMU, and her son, Robin, in Michigan.