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Associate Professor Tricia McElroy completed her D.Phil. in English from the University of Oxford. Before joining the faculty in 2006, she taught for several years at the University of Michigan. McElroy specializes in English Renaissance literature and has special interests in Scottish studies, manuscript and book culture, and early modern political ideas. Her book project, Executing Mary Queen of Scots: Strategies of Representation in Early Modern Scotland, examines the form and strategy of arguments about the Scottish queen, particularly how the debate engages issues of female rule, religious change, popular sovereignty, and versions of national history. McElroy is also working on a new edition of Reformation satire, Scottish Satirical Literature, 1567-1584, which will be published by the Scottish Text Society.


"Imagining the 'Scottis Natioun': Populism and Propaganda in Scottish Satirical Broadsides,"Texas Studies in Literature and Language. 49.4 (2007): 319-39.

"A 'litle parentesis' to history: the Memoirs of Sir James Melville of Halhill," in The Apparelling of Truth: Literature and Literary Culture in the reign of James VI. Edited by Nicola Royan and Kevin McGinley. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

"Politics and Performance in Buchanan's Detectioun," in George Buchanan: Political Thought in Early Modern Europe and the Atlantic World, edited by Roger Mason and Caroline Erskine. Ashgate, St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History, 2012.

"Genre," in The Oxford Handbook to Holinshed's Chronicles, edited by Ian W. Archer, Felicity Heal, and Paulina Kewes. Oxford University Press, December 2012.

"Lives," in A History of the Book in Scotland, Medieval to 1707, edited by Sally Mapstone and Alastair Mann. Forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press.

In Progress

"Satire," in The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Literature, 1400-1650, co-authored with Nicole Meier (Bonn) and edited by Nicola Royan. Forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press.


In the Scottish Historical Review and Reformation.