Shelby Richardson received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she focused her studies on European Literature and Art History. She taught at Tulane University and received her Ph.D. with a concentration in Renaissance and Medieval Literature from Tulane in May of 2012. She has presented conference papers on Renaissance drama and film and medieval magic and medicine, and has published in the area of eighteenth century women's literature. A member of the Women's Studies faculty, Dr. Richardson emphasizes the study of both gender and performance in her classroom. She is working to publish excerpts of her dissertation, "Wicked Stage: Witches and Actors in Early Modern Theater" and is currently teaching two courses that explore the role of witchcraft, magic, and illusion in literature, "Metamorphosis in Literature" and "Crafting the Witch". Dr. Richardson was especially delighted to be able to teach in Ireland as part of the Writing Programs Abroad the last two summers. As First-Year Writing Program Chair, she hopes to foster a sense of community between students and faculty, promoting an environment that prioritizes student engagement and academic success.