Katharine Cleland has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Cleland is one of 27 new tenure-track faculty members at the college this fall. The new hires are part of the college’s ongoing efforts to attract renowned scholars to strengthen and expand its teaching, research, and engagement programs. The college has added more than 100 full-time permanent faculty members in the past four years.

Cleland’s research focuses on English Renaissance literature, particularly on the drama and epic genres, and the topics of gender, sexuality, and the Protestant Reformation. She will teach undergraduate courses in Renaissance literature and a master’s-level introduction to literary research.

Cleland has been published in Studies in Philology and Spenser Studies, and contributed to “Violent Masculinities: Male Aggression in Early Modern Texts and Culture.” Her current book project is “Fictions of Clandestine Marriage in Early Modern England.”

She received her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.