Tricia McElroy

Dr. Tricia A. McElroy

Associate Professor
Associate Dean, Humanities & Fine Arts


  • DPhil, English, University of Oxford

Research Areas

  • English Renaissance Literature
  • Scottish Renaissance and Reformation Literature


Associate Professor Tricia McElroy completed her DPhil in English from the University of Oxford. McElroy specializes in English Renaissance literature and has special interests in Scottish studies, manuscript and book culture, and early modern political thought. She is working on a new edition of Reformation satire, Scottish Satirical Literature, 1567-1584, which will be published by the Scottish Text Society. She also serves as Associate Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Selected Publications


  • “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, 2010.
  • “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.
  • “A ‘quarrell sett out in metre’: Toward a New Edition of Reformation Satirical Literature.” Contribution to symposium, “Divergent Authenticities: Issues in Editing Scottish Literary Texts,” Studies in Scottish Literature39, summer 2013.
  • “The Uses of Genre and Gender in ‘The Dialogue of the Twa Wyfeis,’” in Premodern Scotland: Literature and Governance 1420-1587, eds. Joanna Martin and Emily Wingfield, 198-210.Oxford University Press, 2017
  • “Satire and Flyting,” Companion to Scottish Literature, co-authored with Nicole Meier (Bonn), ed. Nicola Royan. Forthcoming 2018 from the Association of Scottish Literary Studies.
  • “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

  • Scottish Satirical Literature, 1567-1584. Under contract with the Scottish Text Society.
  • Articles on female complaint in Scottish Reformation satire and on the manuscript diary of John Leslie, Bishop of Ross.


  • In the Scottish Historical Review and Reformation.