About Courtney Herber

I am a PhD candidate studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Department of History under the supervision of Dr. Carole Levin. My primary research interests include theatre, performance, queenship & consortship, royal studies, popular culture, and gender studies in early modern England.  I have also presented work on honor plays and Spanish Golden Age theatre as well as on the Werburgh Street Theatre, the first purpose-built theatre in Ireland.  I’ve been described as ‘too focused on literature for history and too focused on history for literature,’ which totally rings true! My methodology is well situated in history but I am an interdisciplinary scholar whose focus on drama, performance, and representation places me a bit outside of ‘traditional’ history.

In addition to my more ‘traditional’ historical research, I’ve been really interested in pop culture and how figures of history are represented within our own contemporary moment. I’ve published a bit about that in Remembering Queens and Kings of Early Modern England and France in my chapter on Marie-Antoinette (“‘Let them eat cake, she says’: Assessing Marie-Antoinette’s Image”) where I examine socio-political issues that arise during moments when Marie-Antoinette appears in major pop culture works like films and TV.

I wanted to do a bit more with that type of work, and make it accessible outside of the academy, so I started working on HistoryPop podcast, where I get to examine these representations a bit more!

Here is my current CV (as of Fall 2019).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, Nebraska)

  • PhD Candidate in History (early modern England)
    • Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
      • Comprehensive Exam Fields:
        • US History (Colonial-Modern)
        • European History (Early Modern)
        • Early Modern Atlantic World
  • MA in History

Northern Michigan University (Marquette, Michigan)

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in History, summa cum laude

Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
    • Minors: History, German, & Asian Studies


  • Let Them Eat Cake, She Says”: Assessing Marie-Antoinette’s Image” in Remembering Queens and Kings in Early Modern England and France: Reputation, Reinterpretation, Reincarnation, edited by Estelle Paranque. (New York: Palgrave, August 2019).
  • “Empire and Resistance: Prelude to the Wars of the Three Kingdoms,” co-authored with Geoff Gimse. OneShot: A Journal of Critical Games and Play, Vol. 1 (Spring 2019).
  • Review of Anna of Denmark and Henrietta Maria: Virgins, Witches, and Catholic Queens by Susan Dunn-Hensley. Royal Studies Journal Volume 5, No. 2 (Winter 2018): 173-174.
  • “En un infierno los dos: Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn in Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Henry VIII and Calderon’s La cisma de Inglaterra” in Shakespeare’s Queens, edited by Kavita Mudan Finn and Valerie Schutte. (New York: Palgrave, 2018): 431-451.
  • “Anne Barne Carleill Walsingham”, p. 185-187; “Eleanor Windsor Brome”, p. 409-410; and “Judith Lydon Smith Barrington”, p. 95 in A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, 15001650, edited by Carole Levin, Anna Riehl Bertolet, and Jo Eldrige Carney. (Routledge, 2016).
  • Review of Queenship and Revolution: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette by Carolyn Harris. Royal Studies Journal Volume 3, No. 1 (Summer 2016): 124-126.

Publications – Accepted/Under Contract

  • “Warrior Queen and Defender of the Faith: Mary I, Hero of the Catholic Chronicles of the Sixteenth Century” in Images of Queen Mary I in Literature and Writing edited by Valerie Schutte and Jessica C. Hower. New York: Palgrave, forthcoming.
  • “Scholar Queen: The Life of Katherine of Aragon” in English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty, Volume 3 (Tudors & Stuarts), edited by Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, Elena Woodacre, Danna Messer, and Joanna Laynesmith. New York: Palgrave, forthcoming.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Present Mothers and Erased Daughters: Motherhood in Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Henry VIII and Calderon’s La Cisma de Inglaterra,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9-12, 2019.
  • “Both Alike in Dignity: Anglo-Spanish Theatre Conversations in the Seventeenth Century,” Britain and the World, Kansas City, MO, April 11-13, 2019.
  • “More Irish than the Irish”: The Geraldine Women of Early Modern Ireland, Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, Canada, March 17-19, 2019, accepted.
  • ‘And Lived Beloved All Her Days’: Katherine of Aragon Reimagined in Seventeenth-Century Ballads and Drama,” Kings and Queens 7, Winchester, UK, July 9-12, 2018.
  • “Cultural Colonialism: The Werburgh Street Theatre and St Patrick for Ireland,” Britain and the World, Exeter, UK, June 21-23, 2018.
  • “En un infierno los dos: Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn in Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Henry VIII and Calderon’s La Cisma de Inglaterra,” Association for Hispanic Classical Theater, El Paso, Texas, April 12-14, 2018.
  • “Queens on the Early Modern Stage,” European Studies Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, October 6-7, 2017.
  • “Not So Weak and Feeble- Tudor and Stewart Queens at War,” South Central Renaissance Conference, Austin, Texas, April 20-22, 2017
  • “Tudor and Fitzgerald: Irish Politics and Friendship in the Tudor Court,” Gloriana Society Conference, London, UK, November 18-20, 2016.
  • “Living in the Queen’s Shadow: How Anna of Denmark and Henrietta Maria of France redefined Queenship in Early Modern England” South Central Renaissance Conference, Saint Louis, Missouri, March 24, 2016.
  • “Kinship and Cultivated Relationships: Queen Consort of England and the Court of Public Opinion,” Newberry Library Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, Illinois, January 28-30, 2016.
  • “Early Stuart Masques: Self-Fashioning and Feminine Power Emanating from the Court Entertainments of Anna of Denmark Kings& Queens 3: Entourage, Winchester, UK, July 11 – 13, 2014.

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant: Dr. Joanne Paul, senior lecturer at University of Sussex, for In the Shadow of the Block
  • Copyeditor/Proof-Reader: Dr. William Keith, professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, for Competing Obligations: Civility and the Fabric of Rhetorical Citizenship
  • Research Assistant: Dr. Carole Levin, professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for Encyclopedia of Elizabeth I
  • Indexer: Dr. Kavita Mudan Finn & Dr. Valerie Schutte, independent researchers, for The Palgrave Handbook of Shakespeare’s Queens
  • Instructor of Record, HIST-231: Revolutions and Misbehaving Monarchs in pre-modern Britain, Fall 2018
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of History, UNL, 2015 – 2019
    • TA Courses:
      • HIST: 110 – US History to 1877 (Dr. Randy Reddekopp)
      • HIST: 121- World Since 1500 (Dr. Bedross Der Matossian)
      • HIST: 209 – Ancient Greece (Dr. Vanessa Gorman)
      • HIST: 210- Ancient Rome (Dr. Vanessa Gorman)
      • HIST: 245- America in the 20th Century (Dr. Patrick Jones)
    • Programming Assistant, Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center, Northern Michigan University, 2013-2014

Awards and Honors

  • UNL Graduate Studies Program, Dean’s Fellowship, 2019 – $5000
  • Paul Olsen Travel Award, UNL Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, 2019 – $200
  • Graduate Student Association Travel Award, 2018 – $600
  • James Arthur Vineyard Fellowship, 2018 – $1000
  • Kings and Queens Conference Student Bursary, 2018 – 100GBP
  • Association for Hispanic Classical Theatre Graduate Student Travel Award, 2018 – $125
  • Awarded President’s Fellowship, 2015-2017
  • Newberry Library Consortium Travel Award, 2016 & 2017 (to attend a workshop)
  • Newberry Library Consortium Travel Award, 2016 (to present at a conference)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program Travel Award, 2016 & 2017
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of History Graduate Student Travel Grant, 2016 & 2017
  • Teaching Online for Graduate Students Travel Award, Fall 2017
  • UNL Graduate Studies Program, Chancellor’s Fellowship, 2015 & 2016, $4000 each year
  • Graduated from Northern Michigan University summa cum laude


  • History Graduate Student Association (UNL)
    • Vice-President 2016 – 2017
    • President 2017-2018
  • James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities Conference
    • Chair 2017
  • Phi Alpha Theta/History Club (NMU)
    • Vice-President 2013
    • President 2013-2014

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