Professor and Chair
Ph.D. Stanford University, 1989
Renaissance / 17th-Century British, Theory & Criticism, Gender / Sexuality Studies, literary and political cultures of early modern English Catholicism, early modern prose fiction, Spenser studies, and narrative theory.
Medusa's Gaze: Casuistry and Conscience in the Renaissance (Stanford UP, 1991) and articles on a wide range of topics: Shakespeare, English Catholic devotional culture in the Renaissance, postmodern ethics and hermeneutic theory, and nineteenth-century opera. Recent articles include: “The Sacramental Neuter and the Missing Body in Robert Southwell’s Poetics,” in Go Figure: Energies, Forms, and Institutions in the Renaissance World, ed. Judith H. Anderson and Joan Pong Linton (Fordham UP, 2010); “Imagining Baroque Ethics: John Evelyn and the Case of the Stigmatic ‘Working Wench,’” Religion and Literature (2007); "Faustus's Blood and the (Messianic) Question of Ethics," ELH 73 (2006); "Waiting for Gobbo," in Spiritual Shakespeares, ed. Ewan Fernie (Routledge, 2005); and "Balloons and Guillotines: Francis Poulenc's Ethics of Mutilation," RS-SI: Recherches Semiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry 23 (2003). He is co-editor with Patricia Juliana Smith and Frederick S. Roden of Catholic Figures, Queer Narratives (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006); co-editor with Shankar Raman of Knowing Shakespeare: Senses, Embodiment, and Cognition (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010); and editor of Redrawing the Map of Early Modern English Catholicism (University of Toronto Press, 2012). His most recent publication is an article on the English Catholic “Jesuitress” Mary Ward: “Remembering Lot’s Wife: The Structure of Testimony in the Painted Life of Mary Ward,” in Religious Diversity in Early Modern English Texts: Judaic, Catholic, Feminist and Secular Dimensions, ed. Arthur F. Marotti and Chanita Goodblatt (Wayne State Unversity Press, 2013). He has also written several entries on topics relating to early modern English Catholicism for the Greenwood Shakespeare Encyclopedia (ed. Patricia Parker, forthcoming).
He is currently completing a book on the representational history of the biblical figure of Lot's wife, from patristic exegetical cultures to late modern visual and literary cultures. Professor Gallagher has been a member of the Modern Language Association Shakespeare Division Executive Committee (2002-07) and serves on the Advisory Board of Shakespeare, journal of the British Shakespeare Association. In recent years he has also served on the MLA Spenser Society Executive Committee, and has served as book review editor for Quidditas: Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association. In 2008-09 he organized a year-long interdepartmental faculty study group on “Thinking Religion in a Post-Secular Age,” sponsored by a Mellon Foundation Grant at UCLA. He is a current member of the Faculty Advisory Committee in the Center for the Study of Religion at UCLA.