Tiffany Jo Werth (Ph.D. Columbia University) is an Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Davis. Previously, she taught at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Her research interests include Renaissance literature (particularly in its nondramatic forms), Reformation history, print culture, posthumanism, and the environmental humanities. She also offers courses on fantasy literature and utopian thought.
Her work on the thorny relationship of romance to the long English Reformation has appeared in article form in the Shakespearean International Yearbook and English Literary Renaissance and as her first monograph The Fabulous Dark Cloister: Romance in England after the Reformation (Johns Hopkins University Press). Her current book project, entitled The English Lithic Imagination from More to Milton, argues that the mineral (clay, rocks, stones, bezoars, iron) offers an unsettling touchstone for rethinking Renaissance humanism and literary creation. She has published on the more-than-human world as editor of a special issue of The Shakespearean International Yearbook and in articles in The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature, Literature Compass Online, Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, and a special issue of Spenser Studies on "Spenser and the Human." She co-edited a never-before-printed academic drama The Converted Robber or Stonehenge, a Pastoral in English Literary Renaissance and looks forward to Premodern Ecologies in the Modern Literary Imagination, a collection of essays that she has co-edited with Vin Nardizzi (forthcoming from University of Toronto Press 2019).
Recent activities include a year as the Mellon long-term fellow at the Huntington Library (2016-2017) and Visiting Scholar at the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, partnering in an Erasmus + mobility grant (with UC Dublin), and co-organizing "Spenser, Poetry, and Performance, a Research-in-Action two-day workshop at Shakespeare's Globe in London (2017). She has served on the program committee for the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) and is current the President of the International Spenser Society, and co-founder and immediate past Director of Oecologies, a Pacific Coast scholarly research collective. She share living space with a human, a canine, two fish, five plants, and one lithic entity.