Ph.D., University of Chicago
Lerud has particular interest in early English literature and drama, including Shakespeare. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago, where he worked with international Shakespeare scholar David Bevington. Lerud teaches seminars and courses in early English literature, including British Literature I, Shakespeare, and Shakespeare’s Contemporaries, as well as drama and writing courses. He also teaches a bidisciplinary course, The Theater and Music Scene in Chicago, as well as numerous study away courses in Oxford, and more recently in Vietnam and Thailand.
Lerud’s main research areas are early English drama, Shakespeare, the English Reformation, and dialectology. His publications include Handbook of the Linguistic Atlas of the Middle and South Atlantic States (Chicago, 1994), “Negotiating the Reformation in the Northwest: The Reinvention of the Chester Cycle” (in REFORMATION 2003), and Memory, Images, and the English Corpus Christi Drama (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) in Oxford, as well as at the University of Chicago. Lerud is currently a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, and a member of the Middlebury-CMRS Academic Board, which meets annually in Oxford.