Elizabeth Hess earned her BA in English and Dramatic Literature at Westmont College in 1998, focusing the literature of Britain and Ireland. She received her MA in Dramatic Art from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002, where her master’s thesis offered a dramaturgical examination of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, in conjunction with a production of the play.
Elizabeth joined the Brooks Institute faculty in 2011, and teaches in the fields of English and Humanities, specializing in courses in literature and composition. She also works as a dramaturg (a researcher, writer, and production advisor for theater companies).
Elizabeth is especially interested in working closely with students to develop their skills in analytical writing, critical thinking, and close reading of literary texts. Her research interests include Shakespeare, contemporary British and Irish theatre and poetry, and literature as a way of knowing that crosses disciplinary boundaries.