Employment history tufts University / School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 2004 – present

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Hilary J. Binda




Tufts University, PhD English, 2002

Dissertation: Image Conscious: The Reformation of Time in Early Modern English Literature

Advisor & External Reader: Lee Edelman & Linda Gregerson

Tufts University, M.A. English with distinction, 1999

Brown University, B.A. Honors, 1989

Modern Culture and Media / Women's Studies

Honors thesis: Native American Resistance and the Relocation of Identity

New York University, Paris, France: French Literature & Language Studies Summer Institute, 1987

Temple University Inside-Out Prison Exchange, Certificate of Completion, 2017


Tufts University / School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 2004 – present*

* Fall 2014 – Spring 2016 – employed by MFA for same positions


Senior Lecturer, Visual and Critical Studies, 2016 – present

Founding Director, Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College, 2017 – present

Director, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, 2017 – present

Director, SMFA Writing Program and Writing Studio, September 2004 – present

Faculty Fellow, Tisch College, 2017 – 2018


Faculty Fellow, Tisch College, 2016 – 2017

Chair, Visual and Critical Studies Department, 2015-2017

Director, SMFA First Year Humanities Program, 2013 – 2017

Interim Director of Liberal Arts and Sciences at SMFA, September 2015 – 2016

Lecturer, Visual and Critical Studies, 2004-2016

The Evergreen State College, 2001 – 2004

Olympia, Washington

Assistant Professor in English (Culture, Text, and Language Area)
Pine Manor College, 2000 – 2001

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Part-time Instructor in Literature and in Writing
Tufts University, 1997 – 1998

Part-time Faculty Lecturer, Department of Classics


  • Tufts Collaborates Award of $50,000 for Tufts Prison Initiative, May 2017

  • Tufts Innovates Award of $25,000 for Tufts Prison Initiative, April 2017 (declined)

  • Massachusetts Department of Corrections Certificate of Appreciation, April 2017

  • Tisch Faculty Fellowship Award, Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life, 2016-2017

  • Nominated for the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising of Students, Tufts University, Spring 2013

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2012

  • Faculty Enrichment Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2008

  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Teaching from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University, Spring 2000

  • Award for research on Renaissance Scholarship and Electronic Technology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University, Spring 2000

  • Recipient of a Teaching Fellowship from the Writing, Thinking, and Speaking Center, Tufts University, Fall 1999

  • Recipient of a Teaching Fellowship from the English Department, Tufts University, Fall 1999

  • Recipient of the Center for Humanities and Technology Fellowship for the following three academic years: 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000

  • Graduate Student Fellowship, Department of English, 1995-2000

  • Galway Kinnell Poetry Award, Pawtucket Arts Council, Rhode Island

  • Alpha Delta Phi Poetry Award, Brown University

RESEARCH and PUBLICATIONS (all journals peer refereed)

  • Research study in progress: College-in-Prison Impact on Formerly Incarcerated Men, supported by Tufts Collaborates grant; in collaboration with Caroline Rubin and Jill Weinberg

  • Book manuscript in progress: Image Conscious: Iconoclasm and the Reformation of Time in Early Modern English Literature

Chapters on English poetry, drama, rhetoric, and science show that the drive that fueled a prejudice against images produced a "reformation of time," a shift in the mode of time’s apprehension that would become the basis of modern historical consciousness: no longer considered synchronic and uniform, according to a medieval Augustinian paradigm, time would instead be understood as teleological and successive. This project in the history of ideas is thus one that demonstrates the ideological character of temporality and asks that we question its structuring assumptions about identity, sexuality, and normativity inherent therein. In one sense, this project sits squarely within a historicist tradition. It also, however, takes this tradition on as its very subject, collaborating with current efforts to historicize historicism.

  • "'[A]s a sacred symbol it may dwell': Post-secularity, Symbolization, and Sex in The Faerie Queene," essay in progress for Emblematica: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Emblem Studies.


  • "'The gap / That we shall make in time': Emblematics and the Queer Drive of History in Cymbeline,” in Imagining Early Modern Histories, eds. Allison Kavey and Elizabeth Kettner, Ashgate, 2016

  • “’my name engrav’d herein’: Donne’s Sacramental Temporality,” Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory, vol. 23.4, Winter 2011

  • "Hell and Hypertext Have No Limits: Electronic Editing and the Crises in Criticism," Early Modern Literary Studies (EMLS), invited for Special Edition January, 2000

  • "Hell and Hypertext Have No Limits: Electronic Editing and the Crises in Criticism," Text Technology, vol. 9, no. 3, Autumn, 1999


  • Review of Ideas and Images in English and Continental Emblem Books: 1550-1700, by Elana Calogero, Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 63.3, Fall 2010

  • Review of The Heart in the Age of Shakespeare. (Cambridge UP, 2008) by William W. E. Slights in South Atlantic Review, vol. 75.3, Summer 2010

  • Review of Shakespeare and Tolerance (Cambridge UP, 2008) by B. J. Sokol, Sixteenth Century Journal, vol. 41.3, Fall 2010

  • Review of Sacramental Poetics at the Dawn of Secularism (Stanford UP, 2008) by Regina Mara Schwartz, South Central Review, vol. 27.1-2, 2010

  • Review of Gender and Heroism in Early Modern English Literature (U of Chicago P) by Mary Beth Rose, Marlowe Society of America Reviews, vol. 24.2, Fall 2004

Digital Humanities

  • The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe: An Electronic Edition, http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/searchresults?q=binda)

  • Includes my modernized version of Doctor Faustus with original links to sources. Published/edited at the Perseus Project, Tufts University, 1998-2001

  • Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, New Variorum electronic edition, co-editor, Perseus Project / MLA (Modern Language Association) New Variorum Shakespeare Committee, 1998-2000

  • Shakespeare's Richard III, New Variorum electronic edition, co-editor, Perseus Project, 1998.

  • The Julius Caesar Site: Electronic Shakespeare, includes New Variorum edition of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and links to sources, editor, Perseus Project, 1997


  • Textual Image / Visual Text

On view at Museum of Fine Arts's William Morris Hunt Memorial Library March-April, 2013

Websites: http://textual-image-visual-text.info/#1

Reviewed in BigRed&Shiny, March 5, 2013: "Textual Image: Visual Text - Artists' Books from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts," by Anulfo Baez: http://www.bigredandshiny.com/cgi-bin/BRS.cgi?article=2013-02-05-080644342021364694


  • "[A]s a sacred Symbole it may dwell": Post-secularity, Symbolization, and Sex in The Faerie Queene

RSA (Renaissance Society of America), Chicago, April 2017

  • "Writing about your Work"

Invited lecture for SMFA jewelry course taught by Kendall Reiss, Spring 2015

  • "'Spenser's Post-secularity"

RSA (Renaissance Society of America), New York, April 2014

  • "Astonishing Time in Spenser"

RSA (Renaissance Society of America), San Diego, April 2013

  • “Making Sex, Making Sense, Making Art”

Invited lecture for Boston University Masters in Fine Arts program, February 2013

  • "Art as Drag"

Invited lecture for SMFA CORE Program, February 2013

  • "Character, Criticality, and Creativity through Butler and Saussure"

Invited lecture for SMFA CORE Program, October 2012

  • “Emblematics and the Romance of Time in Cymbeline

RSA (Renaissance Society of America), Washington D.C., April 2012

  • “What’s so Queer about Allegory?: Francis Bacon and Temporal Successivity”

ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association), New Orleans, April 2010

  • “Early Modern Emblems and Time”

GEMCS (Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies), Dallas, October 2009

  • “The Erotics of Time in The Faerie Queene

Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University, April 2009

  • “Imagination and Astonishment in Spenser”

GEMCS (Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies), Philadelphia, November 2008

  • “Allegory and Iconoclasm: Sacramental Time and the Erotic in John Donne's Poesis

MLA (Modern Language Association), Washington DC, December 2005

  • “Idol Time: Temporal Vulnerability and the Reformation of Desire in The Winter's Tale

MMLA (Midwest Modern Language Association), Milwaukee, November 2005

  • “Donne's Emblematic Desire: Iconoclasm in ‘The Relic’”

SCMLA (South Central Modern Language Association), New Orleans, November 2004

  • “’The same dead thing alive’: Imogen’s Reformation in Cymbeline

MMLA (Midwest Modern Language Association), Chicago, November 2003

  • “Scientific Generation and the Romance of Time in Cymbeline,” seminar presentation

SAA (Shakespeare Association of America), New Orleans, April 2003

  • “The Shakespearean Literary: Iconoclasm and Idolatry in The Winter’s Tale

SCSA (Sixteenth Century Studies Association), San Antonio, October 2002

  • “’See but his picture in this Tragic Glass’: Figuring Rhetoric in Tamburlaine”

Icons of Change: The Image in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, The Citadel, February 2002

  • “Unseemly Gestures and Lavish Tongues: The Refiguration of Rhetoric in Early Modern Theater”

MLA (Modern Language Association), Marlowe Society of America, New Orleans, 2001

  • “Eve at Milton's Mirror”

Invited Lecture for Pine Manor College, Spring 2000

  • “Earning a place in the story": the New Variorum Antony and Cleopatra On Line”

MLA (Modern Language Association), Chicago, 1999

  • “Shakespeare and the World Wide Web of Antony and Cleopatra”

SAA (Shakespeare Association of America), San Francisco, 1999

  • "Electronic Technologies and Graduate Work in the Humanities"

Annual Institute on Humanities and Technology, Princeton University,1998

  • “Re-Editing the Renaissance Electronically: The Special Case of Doctor Faustus”

Joint session of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies and the Consortium for Computers in the Humanities at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, University of Ottawa, 1998

  • “Riddling Women and Refiguring Loss in All's Well That Ends Well

WVSA (West Virginia Shakespeare Association Annual Conference), Marshall University, 1997

  • “Bi-textuality: Toward Bisexual Theory

CLAGS Queer Studies Conference, CUNY, 1997

  • “’Whoredom is next door to the Magistrates’ in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure”

Tufts University, Fall 1997

  • “Difference Visible: the Battle of the Gazes in Paradise Lost

Peripheral Visions: Tufts University Annual Graduate Student Conference, Fall 1996


Tufts University / The School of the Museum of Fine Arts
• Inside-Out Prison Exchange Courses

Mass Incarceration and the Literature of Confinement

• Critical and Literary Theory: marxism, post-structuralism-deconstruction, psychoanalysis, feminism-queer theory, postcolonial theory

Critical Theory: Self, Sex, and Psychoanalysis

Critical Theory: Theorizing Film and Gender

Critical Theory: The Art of Postmodernism

Queer African American Studies (Independent Study)
• Poetry: hybrid creative writing & literature courses

Poetics of Modernism

Advanced Poetry

Textual Image / Visual Text Art – Creative Writing & Art co-taught with studio art faculty
• Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Art I & II

Shakespeare and Film I & II
• Writing, Rhetoric and Composition

Histories of Sexuality

Queer Writing and Literature

Writing Art

Reading Art

Modernist Literature

Literatures of Modernism
• The SMFA First Year Program:

The Art of Meaning: the history and future of the image

also, with adjustments, titled -

Histories of the Contemporary

Designed structure and curriculum for the required course for all first year Tufts BFA students.

The Evergreen State College

Assistant Professor (Shakespeare and Literature Generalist) teaching Evergreen's intensive "programs" which meet 12 hours a week minimum with the same group of students:


An introduction to Shakespeare using literary and dramatic methodologies. Approximate equivalent of 3 classes in a traditional curriculum. Spring 2004

Queer Looks, Queer Books

A junior-senior literary theory and film course focusing on visual and textual representations of identity and desire, on sexuality and gender, including transgender issues, and on additional axes of difference, including race, nation, and class. This course also examines the pivotal place of post-structuralism in a queer analysis of texts and socio-political structures. Authors include Foucault, Derrida, Hoquenghem, Butler, Sedgwick, Mercer, Miller, Edelman, hooks, Halperin, Bornstein, Hennessey, Namaste, Mulvey, Doane, among others. Approximate equivalent of 3 classes in a traditional curriculum. Fall 2003

Image Conscious: The Emergence of the Self in Early Modern Europe

A junior-senior, interdisciplinary literature, history, art history course on the relation between discourses on visual culture and the construction of identity. With this focus, the course examines the theology of Calvin, theories of emblematics, Sidney’s new poetics, the poetry of Donne, the rise of the public stage in England, Dutch painting, French pardon tales and the essays of Montaigne. Approximate equivalent of 3 classes in a more traditional curriculum. Fall 2002

Performative Shakespeare

An interdisciplinary literature and theater arts course on Shakespeare. In addition to its focus on close textual reading of Shakespeare, this course introduces students to feminist, psychoanalytic, and deconstructive theory through studies in contemporary literary criticism on Shakespeare. While focusing on Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, and As You Like It, students worked collaboratively to create their own dramatic interpretation of Shakespeare by excerpting from and arranging scenes from each of these plays into a piece on early modern gender and desire. Approximate equivalent of 3 classes in a more traditional curriculum. Spring 2002

Advanced Study in Post-structuralist Theory

Independent tutorial on selected writings of Saussure, Brooks, Barthes, Derrida, de Man, and Borges. (Weekly hour-long discussions of the reading material and short paper evaluation, in addition to evaluation of two longer papers.) Spring 2002

Picaros, Peanuts, and Pokemon: Exploring Popular Culture

An interdisciplinary English, Spanish, and Japanese cultural studies program on literature and popular culture. Full responsibility for the literary theory component of this course, which included Frankfurt School Marxists on mass culture and feminist approaches to popular culture. Approximate equivalent of 3 classes in a more traditional curriculum. Fall 2001

Pine Manor College

Part-time Instructor

Advanced Topics in Shakespeare: Gender and Sexuality in Renaissance England

Curriculum for advanced English majors included a mix of genres and authors, Spring 2001

The Mythology of Love and Literature

Texts and authors ranging from the Bible, Milton and Shakespeare to Zora Neale Hurston, Raymond Carver, and Jorie Graham, Fall 2000


For advanced English majors, Spring 2000

Tufts University

Part-time Faculty Lecturer

Editing the Renaissance Electronically

A seminar on electronic editing that focused on Shakespeare's Richard III. Participants included Tufts librarians from a variety of fields, including special collections, cataloguing and multi-media

Spring 1998
Literary Texts on the Web (Classics 183)

Co-taught a graduate and undergraduate seminar with Tufts Professor and Perseus Project Editor-in-Chief Gregory Crane. Responsibilities included: leading discussion, grading all exams and papers, overseeing individual projects, and developing the syllabus. Syllabus included readings from Plato through Shakespeare and contemporary theorizations of hypertext and other current electronic technologies

Fall 1997
Graduate Student Lecturer
English Composition: Love and Sexuality (English 2)

Primary texts: Plato's Symposium, Marlowe's Hero and Leander, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Freud's Dora, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

Spring 1999
English Composition: Parents and Children (English 2)

Primary texts: Hamlet, Dubliners, and Buchi Emechetta's The Joys of Motherhood,

Spring 1997
English Composition: Expository Writing (English 1)

Fall 1996

Section Leader
Shakespeare (English 68)

Led section of 20 students, delivered lecture to entire class of 100+, graded regular weekly assignments and longer projects

Fall 1999


Research Fellow and Electronic Editor at The Perseus Project, Tufts University, directed by Tufts Classics professor, Gregory Crane

Fall 1996 - Spring 2000

Responsibilities and projects included:
Working in conjunction with MLA Shakespeare Variorum Committee to digitize the upcoming print New Variorum print editions of Shakespeare's plays, beginning with Antony and Cleopatra. Also worked on digitizing other old Variorum editions of the plays, in addition to several Shakespearean lexica (Dyce, Schmidt, Onions).
Developed the Web version of The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe: An Electronic Edition (www.perseus.tufts.edu/Texts/Marlowe.html) that currently offers all of Marlowe's texts, both original and modernized, in multiple versions, with evolving links to contextual sources
Developed the Web version of The Julius Caesar Website (www.perseus.tufts.edu/JC) that includes multiple editions of Shakespeare's play, featuring in particular an early Variorum edition with full commentary and links to digitized Classical sources
Developed the Web version of Shakespeare's Richard III, New Variorum edition


  • Judge of poetry and writing submissions for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards,

Winter 2014, Winter 2015

  • Solicited reviewer of full-length manuscript (Ghostbodies) for academic press Intellect Ltd., Fall 2015

  • Co-organized roundtable Teaching Literature and Writing in Art Schools Today, part of the AWP (American Writers Project) annual convention, Boston, March 2013

  • Reviewer of article submissions for Journal of Midwest / Modern Language Association

  • Chair of Shakespeare and Shakespearean Criticism session, chosen topic: Shakespeare and Time, at Midwest Modern Language Association, November 2005

  • Chair of Naturalizations, Graduate student conference with invited visiting faculty keynote Mary Ann Doane (Brown University) at Tufts University, October 1997

  • Chair of Peripheral Visions, Graduate student conference with invited visiting faculty keynote Diana Fuss (Princeton University) at Tufts University, October 1996


Founding Director of Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College (TUPIT)

Responsibilities include three-year pilot program development, research, and funding.

2017 – present
Director of Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program


Director of SMFA Writing Program


Member of the SMFA at Tufts Curriculum Committee

2017 – present

Member of the SMFA Faculty Advisory Committee toward SMFA Acquisition by Tufts

Appointed by the President to work in conjunction with faculty peers, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and SMFA leadership, and representatives of Parthenon, Center on Higher Education Reform, to cultivate a highly productive acquisition of the SMFA by Tufts University.

SMFA, 2014 – December 2015
Interim Director of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Responsibilities include guiding and documenting curriculum, faculty hiring and supervision, budgetary management, visiting lecture series coordination, and long-range planning for all non-studio academic areas at the SMFA. Position title serves as an umbrella that integrates the responsibilities of the following:

1. Chair of Visual and Critical Studies Department, Fall 2015 – 2017

2. Director of the SMFA Writing Program and Writing Studio, Fall 2004 – present

3. Director of First Year Program, Fall 2013 – 2017
Co-Chair of the BFA Task Force charged with designing the new BFA degree program to be developed apart from Tufts University, appointed by the Dean, weekly meetings with Curriculum Consultant Johanna Branson

SMFA, Spring 2014-16

Member of the SMFA Student Care Administrative team

SMFA, 2013-14

Member of the Working Group on Curriculum as part of SMFA Strategic Planning Initiative, appointed by the President

SMFA, Winter 2011-2012

Co-Chair of Curriculum Committee

SMFA, Fall 2011-Spring 2012 and member Fall 2009 – Spring 2012

Member of the Budget Committee

SMFA, Fall 2005-Spring 2008

Faculty Coordinator of the first-year student orientation program, Beginning the Journey, a two-credit course introducing students to independent college life and to the culture of Evergreen.

The Evergreen State College, designed pilot program in Spring 2002 and taught in Fall 2002

Chair of Hiring Committee for African and Black Diaspora Studies position

The Evergreen State College, 2001-02, hired Babacar M'Baye.

Tufts Graduate Student Council, elected representative for English graduate students, also invited service on Health Service Committee

Tufts University, 1998-1999

Tufts University Higher Education Initiative: "Excellence in Scholarship and Research," selected graduate student representative to the faculty/administration planning committee and co-facilitator during workshop

Tufts University, Spring 1998

Community Engagement

  • Middlesex House of Corrections, volunteer teacher for pre-trial and sentenced populations, 2016 – present

  • Massachusetts Correctional Institute, Shirley, volunteer teacher, 2015 – present

  • Petey Greene Program, Boston, board member, 2017 – present

  • Concord Prison Outreach, board member, 2017 – present

English Department Chair/Teacher, School One, Providence, R.I., 1988 - 1995.

Administered high school English Department, hired and supervised full- and part-time faculty members, designed and taught the following literature and writing courses:

Twentieth Century American Literature, Nineteenth Century American Literature, Civil Rights Literature, African American Women's Writing, Native American Literature, American Women Writers, Coming of Age Literature, Literature of the Supernatural, Introduction to Philosophy, British Poetry, Advanced Poetry Writing, Art/English Book Production, Bare Bones: Basic Writing Skills
Independent Video Producer, 1988-1993

Writing, directing, shooting and editing for co-developed/co-owned Meridian Productions. Selection of videos produced:

  • In Our Own Words, a 30-minute documentary for the Anorexia/Bulimia Association of Rhode Island (national distribution through ABARI)

  • Documentary on English as a second language for Brown University's Multifunctional Resource Center for Language and Culture in Education

  • Documentary on urban poverty and community organizing in Providence, Rhode Island, for Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE)

  • There's No Place Like Home, 30-minute documentary on childhood sexual abuse

  • In Other Words: The Struggle Over Language, co-produced with filmmaker Annie Goldson 60-minute program for Deep Dish Television's censorship series on language (presented/showed at New York Museum of Modern Art and aired on New York cable access), 1992


Modern Language Association (MLA)

National Conference for Higher Education in Prison (NCHEP)

Shakespeare Association of America (SAA)

Center for Literary and Cultural Studies (CLCS), Harvard University

The English Institute, Harvard University

Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

Marlowe Society of America (MSA)

Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies (GEMCS)


French, Latin

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