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Joshua Calhoun

Expert on Shakespeare, the history of papermaking, and the environmental history of books

Associate professor, English; Faculty Affiliate, Center for Culture, History, and Environment College of Letters and Science Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies Work: 608-263-3760 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @awayandback


  • Poetry and plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • Archival research and the study of rare books and manuscripts
  • The history of papermaking and how it has enabled the exchange of information
  • The environmental history of books and other media


  • Book: The Nature of the Page: Poetry, Papermaking, & Ecology in Renaissance England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020)
  • Article: "The Word Made Flax: Cheap Bibles, Textual Corruption, and the Poetics of Paper"
  • Founder & Co-Director, Holding History, a mentoring-driven public engagement program
  • Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellow, 2015
  • Institute for Research in the Humanities Fellow, 2016