My research interests center broadly on the Renaissance and early modern periods, and more specifically on the political culture of Elizabethan and early Stuart England. Some of my publications address key texts of the Renaissance that have proved to be foundational for the entire modern era and its outlook, such as Machiavelli's The Prince and Thomas More's Utopia. My research on English political culture of the period has examined topics such as the role of royal favorites and court factions in the conceptualization and practice of politics at the royal court, and what the rumors about illicit sexual activities on the parts of Elizabeth I and James I, respectively, tell us about gender and politics in early modern England. Finally, in recent years I have devoted a lot of attention to the career and writings of Sir Robert Sidney, a member of the influential Sidney family and the younger brother of the famous poet and courtier Sir Philip Sidney. In particular, I have been working with Robert Sidney's manuscript political commonplace books, transcribing them with the intention of preparing a scholarly edition. Links to .pdf files of some of the articles I have published can be found below.
"Machiavelli and the Medici: Was The Prince a Sugar-Coated Poison Pill?" CCFL Journal no. 13 (1991): 4-10.
"Utopia, Utopia's Neighbors, Utopia, and Europe." The Sixteenth Century Journal 26 (1995): 845-56.
"Court Factions in Early Modern England." Journal of Modern History 64 (1992): 721-45.
"Sexual Rumours in English Politics: The Cases of Elizabeth I and James I." In Desire And Discipline: Sex and Sexuality in the Premodern West, ed. Jacqueline Murray and Konrad Eisenbichler. Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 1996: 101-22.
"Robert Sidney, 1st earl of Leciester (1563-1626)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2004.
"The Sidney Family Correspondence during Robert Sidney's Continental Tour, 1579-1581." Coauthored with Noel Kinnamon. Sidney Journal 25 (2007):43-66.