Meet Dr. Mary Nelson

Professor of English and Leadership
Director of the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies

Dr. Mary Nelson
Office: Nation Hall
(214) 333-5396

Educational Background

  • B.A., Baylor University
  • M.A., Southern Methodist University
  • M.A., Ph.D., Rice University

Dr. Mary Nelson's Background

Mary Nelson, two-time recipient of DBU’s Piper Outstanding Professor of the Year award (2010, 2019), is a Professor of English and Leadership and Director of the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies.

A Shakespeare scholar, Dr. Nelson has presented papers nationally and internationally in such forums as the Shakespeare Association of America (Denver, Washington D.C., British Columbia, Minneapolis), the University of Cambridge, and Regent’s Park College (Oxford University). In connection with Global Studies at DBU, she also offers English classes overseas, most often in England and, more recently, in Italy and Greece.

Among her many publications, Dr. Nelson has also placed articles in such scholarly journals as Shakespearean CriticismEarly English Studies, and Disability Studies Quarterly. She also contributed a chapter for Performing Maternity in Early Modern England

Although most of Dr. Nelson’s classes now are housed through the Ph.D. in Leadership program, she developed many English courses for DBU, including Revenge Narratives, Love Poetry, Modern Drama: Ibsen to the Present, Global Drama, and Online World Literature I (English 2301N), a course which she continues to teach regularly for the English department.

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