Natalie Loper

Natalie Loper

Senior Instructor
Associate Director, First-Year Writing Program


  • PhD, English, The University of Alabama

Research Areas

  • Renaissance Studies
  • Composition and Rhetoric


Natalie Loper earned her BA in English summa cum laude from Quincy University and her MA and PhD in English from the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at The University of Alabama. Her teaching and research interests include Shakespeare and film, teen films, adaptation and appropriation theory, and pedagogy. Her duties as Assistant Director of the First-year Writing Program include creating and coordinating the 100-level online courses and training graduate student teachers and online instructors.

Selected Publications


  • Shakespeare/Not Shakespeare, co-edited with Christy Desmet and Jim Casey. Reproducing Shakespeare Series, edited by Thomas Cartelli and Katherine Rowe. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.


  • Introduction to Shakespeare/Not Shakespeare, with Christy Desmet and Jim Casey
  • “Finding Shakespeare in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.” In Shakespeare/Not Shakespeare
  • “Ordinary Stardom: The Tragic Duality of Julia Stiles’s Ophelia.” Shakespeare’s Female Icons. Spec. issue of Upstart Crow. 31 (2012): 14-33.
  • “Adapting Composition, Arguing Adaptation: Using Adaptation in the Composition Classroom.” The Pedagogy of Adaptation. Ed. Dennis Cutchins, Laurence Raw, and James M. Welsh. Scarecrow Press, 2010: 35-52.


  • Deny Thy Father, Yet Seek to Please Him?: Subversive Shakespeare and the Authoritative Desire of Shakespearean Teen Films

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Award for Excellence in Service by a Full-Time Instructor, English Department, 2018
  • Innovation Mentor, Innovation Team & College of Continuing Studies, 2018
  • Innovation Scholar in Residence, Innovation Team & College of Continuing Studies, 2017