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Alexandra E. LaGrand

Ph.D. Program
  • LAAH 523
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M. Litt, Mary Baldwin University, 2021

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018


Alexandra E. LaGrand (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D student studying English with certificates in Digital Humanities and Women’s and Gender Studies. She specializes in Shakespearean drama as performed in the British Romantic period. She is particularly interested in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American actresses and performance prompt books. She currently serves as a graduate student representative on the Faculty Advisory Board for the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and as a co-convener of the Digital Humanities Working Group.

Research Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Theatre History
  • Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Textual Studies
  • Digital Humanities


Journal Articles

Digital Humanities Projects 


  • Early Modern Dramatic Paratexts Doctoral Student Research Fellowship, 2022-2023
  • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Short-Term Research Fellowship, 2022-2023
  • World Shakespeare Bibliography Online Doctoral Fellowship, 2022-2023
  • Texas A&M Association of Former Students / College of Liberal Arts University Merit Fellowship, 2021

Awards (Selected)

  • Dr. William Barzak Memorial Award for Best Essay in 16th- or 17th-Century Literature, 2023
  • Dr. Stanley L. Archer Memorial Award for Best Essay in Renaissance of Early Modern Literature, 2023
  • Gordone Creative Writing Award (Poetry), 2023
  • Finalist, Best Graduate Student Essay Award, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, 2023
  • First Place Scholarly Debut Award, Texas Educational Theatre Association Higher Education Research Conference, 2022
  • Mary Baldwin University Andrew J. Gurr Award for Outstanding Thesis, 2021
  • Young Scholars Award, Southeastern Theatre Conference, 2021

Conference Presentations (Selected)

  • “‘And in a dungeon kept’: Gendered Imprisonments in Joanna Baillie’s The Family Legend.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, 2023
  • “Queen Victoria, William Charles Macready, and the Performance of Resentment in Cymbeline.” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, 2022
  • “Sexualizing Peg as Polly in The Beggar’s Opera.” TxETA Higher Education Research Conference, 2022
  • “Staging Turkey on English Stages: Representational Stage Directions in A Mogul Tale and A Day in Turkey.” British Women Writers Association Conference, 2022
  • “‘In his old lines again’: John Moore’s Prompt Books of The Merry Wives of Windsor.” All The World’s A Stage Conference, 2022
  • “Reconstructing Shakespeare: The Prompt Books of John Moore.” C19: Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists Conference, 2022
  • “Queering Shakespearean Performance History: The Case of Charlotte Cushman.” Shakespeare Association of America Symposium, 2022
  • “‘One of Shakespeare’s Queens, and one of our own’: Charlotte Cushman as Queen Katharine in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.” British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, 2021