Ann Pleiss Morris

Ann Pleiss Morris

Assistant Professor of English, Chair of English Department

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Office: West 203

  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Presentations

Basic Information


  • Ph.D. in English, University of Iowa (2011)
  • M. Litt in Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature in Performance, Mary Baldwin College (2005)
  • B.A. in English & Speech-Drama, Mount Mercy University (2002)

Courses Taught

  • ENG 110: Literature and Composition
  • ENG 175: First Year Seminar: Vice and Virtue
  • ENG/THE 231: Theatre History: Ancient to 1642
  • ENG 230: Literary Criticism
  • CTL 220.1: Saints, Witches, and Queens: Depictions of Medieval Women in Historical Fiction
  • ENG 251: Foundations of English Literature
  • ENG 300: Department Topics: Shakespeare and Pop Culture
  • ENG 300: Department Topics: The Business of Early Modern Theater
  • ENG 340: Major Author: Shakespeare
  • ENG 541: Independent Study: Introduction to Playwriting
  • ENG 400: Senior Seminar: Trauma Studies

Awards & Honors

  • MLK Week "Drum Major Award" for a faculty committed to social justice , 2018
  • Ripon College Faculty Travel Grants, 2012 and 2013
  • Alpha Chi Omega Faculty Staff Person of the Week, 2011 and 2012
  • Action Starts with Conviction Grant, Ripon College Office of Community Engagement, Ripon College, April 2012
  • Elizabeth Dietz Dissertation-Year Fellowship, Department of English, University of Iowa, 2010-2011
  • Sherman Paul / Prairie Lights Research Support Award, Department of English, University of Iowa, 2010
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Council on Teaching, University of Iowa, 2010
  • Fellow, Obermann Week-Long Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy, University of Iowa, 2009
  • Post-Comps Course Release Fellowship, Department of English, University of Iowa, 2008
  • Graduate Fellowship, Mary Baldwin College, 2003


Academic Publications

  • Undergoing Revisions: “‘Frailty thy name is Woman’: Revising Violence Against Women in Contemporary Shakespeare Performance”
  • Review of Nicholas F. Radel’s edition of The Taming of the Shrew (Barnes & Noble Shakespeare), SHAKSPER: The Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference, January 2011.

Conference Presentations and Participation

  • Participant, Shakespeare Prison Practioners’ Conference, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, November 2013
  • “Patient Auditor to Gentle Reader: Transforming the Introduction from Playhouse to Printhouse,” Blackfriars Conference, American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, Virginia, October 2013
  • “ ‘My pain, still smother’d in my grieved breast / Seeks for some ease’: The Printing of Mary Wroth’s Sonnets and Public Perceptions of Miscarriage,” Reception Study Society Conference, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, September 2013
  • “The Page On Stage: Letters in the Stratford Festival’s Merchant of Venice (1984),” Performing the Archives Workshop, Shakespeare Association of America, Toronto, Ontario, March 2013
  • “Revising Daughterhood: Mary Lamb, Matricide, and the Creation of Ideal Daughters in Tales from Shakespeare.” British Women’s Writers Conference, University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, June 2012
  • Shakespeare Behind Bars: Shakespeare, Performance, and the Social Perception of Inmates,” Democracy, Arts and Justice Panel, American Comparative Literature Conference, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, March 2012
  • Participant, ACM Conference on the Past, Present, and Future of the Book, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, February 2012
  • “Mentoring Behind Bars: Teaching Rogerson’s Shakespeare Behind Bars to Introductory Literature Students,” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 2010
  • “Who hadst deserved more than a prison’: Transforming Gallows Marks in Shakespeare Behind Bars,” Shakespeare Association of America Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 2010
  • “Building Modern Communities with Original Practice Performance,”
 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, November 2009
  • “‘What’s Past is Prologue’: Negotiating Original Staging Practices with Contemporary Audiences,” Blackfriars Conference, American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, Virginia, October 2009
  • “A Community of Voices: Using Literature to Explore Trauma,” Jakobsen Graduate Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, March 2009
  • “‘I shall be hiss’d at, on my life now’: Liminality and the Boy in Early Modern Inductions,” Blackfriars Conference, American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, Virginia, October 2007
  • “Liminality and the Boy in Early Modern Inductions,” Graduate Conference,
 Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, June 2007

Invited Lectures, Workshops, and Dramaturgy

  • Dramaturg, “Love’s Labour’s Lost” & “The Taming of the Shrew,” Sweet Tea Shakespeare, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Summer 2014
  • Lecturer, “Shakespearean Introductions,” Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series, Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, February 2014
  • Panelist, “Lauara Bates: Shakespeare in Shackles: The Transformative Power of Literature,” Ted Talks and Tea, Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, December 2013
  • Lecturer, “Austen Cover to Cover: Tracing Austen’s Cultural Meaning through Book Covers,” ENG 340: Major Author: Austen, Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, April 2013
  • Lecturer, “Is Museum a Dirty Word?: Defining the Museum Experience,” ANT 115: Introduction to Museum Studies, Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, April 2013
  • Panelist, Second Year Faculty Panel, New Faculty Orientation, Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, August 2012
  • Lecturer, “ ‘What’s Past is Prologue’: Original Practice Shakespeare Performance and Modern Theatrical Communities,” Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series, Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, April 2012
  • Lecturer, Theater Department’s Lecture Series on The Tempest, Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, October 2011
  • Panelist, Engaged Research and Teaching Panel, Jakobsen Graduate Conference, University of Iowa, March 2010. Panelist, Graduate Student Panel on Engaged Research and Teaching, Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy, University of Iowa, January 2010
  • Lecturer, “Falstaff!,” Brush Up Your Shakespeare Workshops, American Shakespeare Center, Fall 2004

Areas of Interest

    Women and Theatre in Early Modern England

  • Shakespeare
  • Early modern theater performance
  • Contemporary theater performance
  • Trauma studies
  • Book and textual studies


Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • Renaissance Society of America, MLA
  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • Reception Study Society


  • "The Queen’s Masques: Rethinking Jacobean Masques and an English Feminine Theater," Performance, Culture, and the Book: A Conference Honoring the Work of Claire Sponsler, University of Iowa, Iowa City, August 25-26, 2017.
  • "Now, at last, set at liberty to the Readers…to be iug’d": Ben Jonson and the Creation of the Discerning Dramatic Reader,” New Approaches to Ben Jonson, Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 26-29, 2017