Laurie Ellinghausen (she/her)

Laurie Ellinghausen (she/her)
Professor, Associate Chair
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
Cockefair Hall 016G
Early Modern English Literature; Class; Labor; Maritime Empire


Dr. Ellinghausen came to UMKC in 2003. She is a scholar of early modern English literature, including Shakespeare, with a specialization in class studies, labor studies, and the literature of early British empire. Her most recent monograph addresses representations of the common seaman and his labor in the imaginative works of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain. She has also published a modernized critical edition of a 1590 Lord Mayor's show for the scholarly database Map of Early Modern London. Ellinghausen also has an interest in Shakespearean pedagogy, having edited a book of essays about teaching Shakespeare's English history plays for the Modern Language Association. When not in the library or the classroom, she teaches yoga and meditation at a local studio and throughout Kansas City.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in English, University of California, Santa Barbara


Shakespeare, Milton, other Renaissance drama and poetry; Anglo-Mediterranean exchange in early modern literature


Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing. University of Toronto Press, 2017.
Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s English History Plays. MLA Publications, 2017.
Labor and Writing in Early Modern England, 1567-1667. Ashgate Publishing, 2008.