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Elizabeth E. Tavares, PhD

Assistant Professor
+1 (503) 352-2801
UC Box 
Bates House 15

Office Hours Fall 2018: Mondays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., and by appointment.

Elizabeth E. Tavares (pronouns: she/her) is assistant professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature at Pacific University, where she teaches courses in British literature, drama, first-year compositions, and upper-level research writing. Tavares currently serves as Scholar-in-Residence with the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, Humanities editor for the International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, and senior drama editor for the literary magazine, Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads.

Specializing in early English drama, her research foci include Shakespeare, playing companies, theater history, and the performance of race. This research has won prizes from the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and has been supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation, Harvard University, and McGill University, among others. Currently at work on a book project, "Playing the Stock Market: The Repertory System before Shakespeare," Tavares’ scholarship and reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Bulletin, and The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, among others. She has also contributed to numerous theater blogs, Digital Humanities projects, and edited collections in Television Studies, as well as regularly gives lectures at museums and other public venues in the Portland area.


  • Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Inquiry (URSCI) Humanities Leadership Team (2018-19)
  • The Problem Play Project (Bag&Baggage Productions 2016-19)
  • Shakespeare on the Silk Road (Elliott Grant, 2017)
  • Lit in the City: Wordstock Weekend (English Club, 2017, 2018)
  • Shakespeare in the Square (Elliott Grant, 2017, 2018)
  • Celebrating 400: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Weekend (Elliott Grant, 2016, 2018)
  • Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Alpha Chi Omega chapter

Editorial Commitments


ENGL 227 World Literature and Magical Realisms
ENGL 232 In Albion’s Wake; or, British Literature (Survey)
ENGL 323 Shakespeare, Text, Performance
ENGL 337 Vikings, Vulgates, and the Making of Medieval English Literature (Survey)
ENGL 338 Reform, Rebirth, and Rediscovery in English Renaissance Literature (Survey)
ENGL 340 Estrangéd Woods: Theatre and the Environment (Studies in Drama)
ENGW 201 Writing and Research (First-Year Composition)
ENGW 305 Research Methods in English (Junior Seminar)
HUM 100 #OthelloSyllabus: Cyprus, Ferguson, Forest Grove (First-Year Seminar)
HUM 100 Word Limits: The Life and Times of the Essay (First-Year Seminar)


January 2019 Author Reading series, Molly Gloss

The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will once again host readings by some of the world’s finest contemporary writers during its 10-day residency in Seaside, Oregon.

Patrica K. Meyer, Bonnie Nadell, R.O. Kwon

Guest speakers for the January 2019 residency include: 


Silk Road Review

The editorial team of Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads is pleased to announce the official web launch of issue twenty, a celebration of over ten years and three hundred works published from around the world.