Name: Dr. Richard Grinnell
Title: Professor of English
Office Location: Fontaine 225
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2395
Personal Web Page:
Degrees Held:

B.S. in Biology, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California
M. A. in English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota
Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota


I teach Shakespeare and other early modern literatures, including an annual Shakespeare course that spends two weeks in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon in the UK. I have a particular interest in team-teaching, and have collaborated with faculty from Environmental Science, History, Communications, Media Arts, and English on a variety of courses for the Honors program and our majors. I teach Environmental Literature and have done some work in that area and in the history of the Environmental movement. I am a beekeeper and a canoe camper, and I have twice been chair of the English department.


English Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, and the dramatic literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England, Literature and the Environment, Science Fiction.



Science and Society. Longman Topics Reader. New York: Pearson Longman, 2007.


"Shakespeare's Keeping of Bees." Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (ISLE). 23: 4 (Autumn) 2016. 835-54. Print.

"Teaching Nature Writing and the American Environmental Movement: The Case for Sigurd F. Olson." Modern Language Studies. 45: 2 (Winter) 2016. 40-53. Print.

"'All in Such Rare Disorder': The Witches of Lancashire (1634) in the Undergraduate Classroom." This Rough Magic: A Peer-Reviewed, Academic, Online Journal Dedicated to the Teaching of Medieval and Renaissance Literature. June 2015. Web. 

"Through an Un-weeded Garden: Teaching the Unsustainable Hamlet." Moderna Språk 106: 1 (2012). 97-114. Web.

“Witchcraft, Race, and the Rhetoric of Barbarism in Othello and 1 Henry IV.” The Upstart Crow: a Shakespeare Journal XXIV (2004): 72-80. Print.

"'And Love Thee After': Necrophilia on the Jacobean Stage." Between Anthropology and Literature: Interdisciplinary Discourse. Ed. Rose DeAngelis. Routledge, 2002. 82-98. Print.

"Naming and Social Disintegration in The Witch of Edmonton.Essays in Theatre 16: 2 (May1998) 209-223. Print.

"Witchcraft and the Theater in Richard III." The Upstart Crow: a Shakespeare Journal XVII (1997). 66-77. Print.

"The Witch, the Transvestite, and the Actor: Destabilizing Gender and the Renaissance Stage." Studies in the Humanities 23: 2 (Dec. 1996). 163-184. Print.