Dr Bonnie Lander-Johnson

BA, MA, DPhil

Director of Studies & Bye-Fellow

College Jobs

  • Director of Studies, English (Prelims and Part I, Part II (Michaelmas 2019)


Telephone: 01223 335719

Email: bcl24@cam.ac.uk


Dr Bonnie Lander-Johnson is a Shakespeare scholar with a particular interest in the Elizabethan botanical renaissance. 

Dr Bonnie Lander-Johnson received her BA and MA from Sydney and Melbourne Universities before coming to Oxford on a Clarendon Scholarship for her DPhil. Since then she has held Lectureships in Cambridge, at Selwyn College and the English Faculty.

In 2018 she moved to Newnham College, where she is Director of Studies in Part I. She teach Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at Part I of the English Tripos I and in Part II, she teaches Tragedy, Material Renaissance and Early Modern Drama. She also supervises dissertations across these subjects.

Research Interests

Dr Bonnie Lander-Johnson is currently researching the Elizabethan botanical renaissance: a movement that involved a wide range of popular practices from domestic decorative arts to pedagogy, gardens and food, printed herbals, and the Shakespearean theatre itself.

Her first monographChastity in Early Stuart Literature and Culture, traced the medical, theological, literary, and revolutionary uses of chastity from The Winter’s Tale to the death of Charlies I. It argued, among other things, that court ‘performances’, including royal birthing ceremonies, need to be considered part of the same debate as political and theological pamphlets. Her subsequent project was Blood Matters, a collection of interdisciplinary essays as part of the Wellcome-Trust funded Blood Project

Her research covers Shakespeare; Ford; Webster; Milton; gender; genre; early modern medical, theological, and political history; gardens; domestic arts; birth and midwifery; court masques; Tudor and Stuart Petrarchism; material cultures; environmental humanities; medical humanities; and English performance of all kinds.