Heather Nathans is Professor and Chair of the Department of Drama and Dance at Tufts University. Her publications include: Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas Jefferson (2003); Slavery and Sentiment on the American Stage, 1787-1861 (2009); Shakespearean Educations: Power, Citizenship, and Performance,co-editor and contributing author (2011); co-editor and contributing author, The Oxford Handbook of American Drama (2014); and Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage (under contract to the University of Michigan Press), as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. Nathans is the Past President of the American Society for Theatre Research. She is also the Editor of the Studies in Theatre History and Culture series from the University of Iowa Press. She has received over 25 grants and fellowships, including, most recently, ones from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Jewish Archives.