Jay Zysk received his Ph.D. in English literature from Brown University. His research and teaching focus on early British literature, Shakespeare, early modern drama, and medieval drama. His current work focuses on intersections between theology and drama, as well as between religion and secularity, across the medieval/early modern divide. He is the author of Shadow and Substance: The Eucharist in Medieval and Early Modern Drama (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017), and is co-editor (with Katherine Steele Brokaw) of a collection of essays on Shakespeare and secularization, which is under contract with Northwestern University Press.
In addition, Professor Zysk has published several essays on Shakespeare and early modern drama in Christianity and Literature, English Literary Renaissance, postmedieval, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and a number of edited book collections. In 2014, he received a short-term fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, and in 2016 participated in a yearlong colloquium on “Teaching Medieval Drama” at the Folger. Before arriving at UMass Dartmouth, Professor Zysk taught at the University of South Florida and the University of New Hampshire.