Edgar Shannon Postdoctoral Fellow
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Class Schedule: MWF 11:00-11:50, 12:00-12:50; MW 5:00-6:15
Kelli Shermeyer is the Edgar F. Shannon Postdoctoral Fellow and a theater director, producer, and dramaturg. Her scholarly and artistic interests include representations of violence; politically committed and ecologically conscious theater; site-specific performance; living history; and speculative fiction. Her current research project explores the intersection of posthuman theory and contemporary tragic drama by considering plays that feature children, animals, natural forces, and machines. She teaches courses on modern and contemporary literature, global drama, and speculative fiction.
A portfolio of Kelli’s creative work can be found at www.kellishermeyer.com.
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2019
Honors B.A. with distinction, University of Delaware, 2012
“Catastrophic Futures: Tragic Children in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman” (Forthcoming in the Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 7.2, fall 2019)
“The Future is Fey: Toward a Posthuman Dramaturgy in Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker” (Forthcoming in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 30.1, winter 2020)
“‘Systems Die Hard’: Resistance and Reanimation in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One,” The Written Dead: The Zombie as a Literary Phenomenon, ed. Kyle William Bishop and Angela Tenga (Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2017); pp. 120-132 (2017).
2019 Thomas J. Griffis Prize, Department of English, University of Virginia
2018 David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
2018 Digital Humanities Fellow, Scholars’ Lab, University of Virginia, 2018-2019, Project: “Digital Skriker”
2018 Buckner W. Clay Summer Research Grant, Institute for the Humanities and Global Culture, University of Virginia
2018 Lab Director and Co-Primary Investigator of “Art in Public” working group, Graduate Student Public Humanities Lab, Institute for the Humanities and Global Culture, University of Virginia, 2018-2019.
2018 UVA Department of English Summer Research Grant, UVA Department of English
2017 Co-Primary Investigator of “Art in Public” Working Group, Graduate Student Public Humanities Lab, Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, University of Virginia, 2017-2018
2017 UVA Department of English Summer Research Grant, UVA Department of English
2016 Power, Violence, and Inequality Collective Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Virginia
2016 Irish Seminar Fellowship, Keough Naughton Institute of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame
2016 UVA Department of English Summer Research Grant, UVA Department of English
2015 Learning Technology Incubator Grant (Participant), University of Virginia, 2015-2016