Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. in English, Claremont Graduate University, 2005
Teaching and Research Interests
Early Modern English Literature, Reception of Shakespeare, Donne, & Milton, Women Writers, Canon Formation, Humanities, Global Cultural Studies, Digital Pedagogies, Diversity in Higher Education
- “Spectator Advertising, Popular London Theater, and Paradise Lost as English Cultural Identity.” In Spectacle, Sex and Property in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Ed. Julie Chappell and Kamille Stanton. New York: AMS Press, 2016. 3-20.
- “The State of Innocence and Paradise Lost: The Politics of Adaptation.” In Approaches to Teaching the Works of John Dryden. Ed. Lisa Zunshine and Jayne Lewis. New York: MLA Press, 2013. 140-145.
- “‘Chaf’d Muscatts Pores’: The Not-So- Good Mistress in Donne’s ‘The Comparison.’“ ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews 25.3 (2012) 168-174.
- “Paradise Lost for the Pocket: The 1711 Index and the English Canon.” Discoveries: Online Publication of the SCRC 28.1 (2011).
Marketing Milton: Publishers, Politics, and a National Literary Canon, 1641-1776 contributes to both print culture and Milton studies by revealing how Milton’s promoters popularized his works as representing an English national identity with which readers from different social ranks and political affiliations could identify.
Winner of a Board of Regents Awards Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) Grant, Dr. Bobo has published articles on Milton, Dryden, and Donne.
She has presented conference papers on the Jacob Tonson publishing dynasty, Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, the publications of early modern women writers, the first English translation of the Quran, advertising in London newspapers, and book formats (from luxury folios to illustrated pocket books) as tools for marketing, instructing readers, and national canon formation.
As Chair of the Distance Learning Committee, she developed and coordinates the Online Teaching Mentorship Program, through which graduate students gain experience and certification; she has given conference presentations and workshops on digital pedagogies.
She has taught the cultural productions of Latino/a writers and artists, Arabic Muslim writers and artists, and African American writers and artists, as well as composition and humanities. Most recently she developed a unit on the first professional woman playwright, Aphra Behn. She is currently developing courses titled “Spanish & English Renaissance Literature” for Spring 2019 and “Fundamentalism & Reform in Religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity & Islam” for Fall 2019.