Dr. Mary Floyd-Wilson is the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1986 and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. She was a professor at Yale University for six years before returning to Carolina to join the faculty in 2002. Her area of expertise is English Renaissance drama, especially Shakespeare. She is the author of English Ethnicity and Race in Early Modern English Drama (2003) and Occult Knowledge, Science, and Gender on the Shakespearean Stage (2013). She is the co-editor of two volumes of essays: Environment and Embodiment in Early Modern England and Reading the Early Modern Passions: A Cultural History of Emotion. She is currently editing a collection of essays on contagion in the period, and she is writing a monograph on the representation of the Protestant devil in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.