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Dr. Margo Kolenda-Mason is an Assistant Professor of English at Hendrix College, where she teaches poetry, Shakespeare, and writing.

Before coming to Hendrix, she earned her M.A. and PhD in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. She received a B.A. at Brandeis University where she triple-majored in English, Hispanic Studies, and Comparative Literature.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of economics and literature and research issues of exchange, labor, and value, as well as methodological questions surrounding periodization and genre.

Her current project, Fruitless Labor, thinks about the literary and  rhetorical use of work that isn’t working (invisible, impossible, botched, and fruitless labor) across medieval and early modern English literature.

She has presented work at the Shakespeare Association of America, Renaissance Society of America, The International Congress on Medieval Studies, and The International Medieval Congress, as well as through other conferences and in forums at various levels.

In addition to her experience teaching in writing and literature classrooms, she has worked as an academic advisor and a writing center respondent.