Professor of History; BA, James Madison University; MA, PhD, University of Virginia

Dr. Mary Hill Cole is professor of history and director of the Virginia Program at Oxford. She received her PhD in English history at the University of Virginia. She teaches undergraduate courses in English history, modern European history, and women’s history. In the graduate MLitt/MFA Shakespeare in Performance program, she teaches courses in Tudor-Stuart political, religious, and social history.  She is the recipient of three awards for teaching and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Her book, The Portable Queen: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Ceremony, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press.

Her other publications on Elizabeth progresses include:
Carole Levin, Jo Eldridge Carney and Debra Barrett-Graves, eds., “Elizabeth I: Always Her Own Free Woman” (Ashgate, 2003); Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, and Sarah Knight, eds., “The Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I” (Oxford University Press, 2007); and Josi Barbier, François Chausson, and Sylvain Destephen, eds., “The Travelling Government of Elizabeth I:  Enacting Queenship Through Progresses” (Fayard éditions, forthcoming 2018).  She also focuses on the family of Elizabeth I and has published chapters about them in Donald Stump, Linda Shenk, and Carole Levin, eds., “Maternal Memory: Elizabeth Tudor’s Anne Boleyn” (ACMRS, 2011); and Sarah Duncan and Valerie Schutte, eds., “The Half-Blood Princes:  Mary I, Elizabeth I, and their Strategies of Legitimation” (Palgrave, 2016).

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