About

Dr. McKenna Rose is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she also serves as the Assistant Director for Assessment. Her research focuses on Renaissance literature and the Environmental Humanities. Her peer-reviewed articles have appeared in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture. She also has a chapter forthcoming in the edited collection, Watery Thinking, published by Amsterdam University Press. Her book project Salvage Ecology on the Early Modern Stage, turns to the material history of the Renaissance theater to uncover the relationship between objects and the people they leave behind, while also exploring the environmental implications of a culture obsessed with expressing itself through the accumulation of reclaimed material commodities. Through its framing of the early theater as salvage operation, she argues that the constant cycling and recycling of both material substrates and literary figures not only encodes the history of resource depletion, but also suggest methods to redress the dangers of anthropocentric climate change. Dr. Rose’s research and teaching in the environmental humanities provides a framework for her admirative practice: just as all living organisms in the biosphere are integrated into a mutually dependent body, so too are programmatic elements enmeshed in a recursive whole. At Georgia Tech, Dr. Rose teaches First-Year Writing and Technical Communication courses on sustainability and environmental justice in collaboration with Serve, Learn, Sustain