Photograph of Professor Tavares.

Elizabeth E. Tavares, PhD

Assistant Professor
+1 (503) 352-2801
UC Box 
Bates House 10

Office Hours Spring 2018: MW 1:00 - 2:00PM, and by appointment.

Elizabeth E. Tavares (pronouns: she/her) is assistant professor of Arts and Humanities 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, senior drama editor for the literary magazine, Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads, and editor for the International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.

Specializing in early English drama, her research foci include playing companies, theater history, and Shakespeare in performance. 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. 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.


  • The Problem Play Project (Bag&Baggage Productions)
  • Lit in the City: Wordstock Weekend (English Club, 2017)
  • Shakespeare in the Square (Elliott Grant, 2017)
  • Celebrating 400: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Weekend (Elliott Grant, 2016)
  • 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)


Silent Sky

Pacific University Theatre's fall production, Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, runs Oct. 18-21 on the Forest Grove Campus.

Dorianne Laux

Only as the Day Is Long (W.W. Norton, 2019) represents a brilliant, daring body of work from one of our boldest and most accomplished contemporary poets, MFA in Writing faculty member Dorianne Laux.

Ellen Margolis Portrait

Dr. Margolis received her second career Drammy Award for Pericles Wet, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre.