Dr. Musa Gurnis is a Shakespeare scholar turned theater practitioner. She holds a PhD from Columbia University in early modern English drama. She is the author of Mixed Faith and Shared Feeling: Theater in Post-Reformation London, co-published by the University of Pennsylvania Press and the Folger Shakespeare Library (2018). She is a co-editor of Publicity and the Early Modern Stage (forthcoming from Palgrave). Musa’s articles appear in academic journals such as Shakespeare and Shakespeare Studies, as well as in the Arden Shakespeare’s forthcoming collection The Changeling: State of Play. Her research has been supported by fellowships from Andrew C. Mellon Foundation, the Huntington Library, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. She has taught extensively in her subfield and beyond both while pursuing her doctorate at Columbia and as an Assistant Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Musa loves teaching Shakespeare and his contemporaries beyond all else. She is fascinated by theater and always eager to muck into the challenges and delights of a play with students. She has the kind of deep, expert knowledge of her subfield that makes it easy for beginners to fall in love with difficult text. She also enjoys teaching literature more broadly from the classics to contemporary world fiction. Musa has a particular knack for making literary theory accessible and applicable. She gives practical, concrete revision help on essays that will significantly improve your writing. She has extensive experience mentoring students through the grad school application process and has served on admissions committees selecting incoming grad students.

Education & Qualifications
  • Washington University in St. Louis, Assistant Professor of English (2011-2018)
  • Columbia University, Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature 
  • Trinity College Dublin, BA in English 
  • Creative Writing
  • English & Literature
  • Expository Writing & the Essay
  • Graduate Admissions
  • Medical School Admissions