William Kerwin

William Kerwin
Associate Professor
231 Tate Hall

PhD 1996, University of North Carolina

Research and Teaching

Renaissance drama, Irish literature, and literature and medicine

William Kerwin teaches Shakespeare and early British poetry, as well as Irish literature, literature and medicine, world drama, and fiction of immigration to America. His current research projects involve early modern satiric poetry, especially the epigram and the complaint poem, as it relates to different forms of memory.  In 2005 the University of Massachusetts Press published his Beyond the Body: The Boundaries of Medicine and English Renaissance Drama as part of their series Studies in Early Modern Culture. The book considers the two related subjects of medical instability and Renaissance drama.


Kerwin is the Director of the Missouri Prison Outreach Program (or MO-POP), begun in 2020, which is dedicated to providing education programs to incarcerated people in mid-Missouri institutions.  The first services will begin in January of 2022, at Moberly Correctional Center. 



Awards and Honors

Folger Shakespeare Library, Short-Term Fellowship

Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award

Purple Chalk Teaching Award

William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching

Selected Publications

William Kerwin. Beyond the Body: The Boundaries of Medicine and English Renaissance Drama (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005) www.umass.edu

William Kerwin. Brian Friel: A Casebook (New York: Garland Publications, 1997)

Numerous articles on modern Irish literature and early modern English literature.