Tina Romanelli is the director of the Meredith College Learning Center and an instructor of English. Dr. Romanelli joined the Meredith faculty in 2015, bringing more than ten years’ teaching experience at the high school, community college, and university levels. She has also worked as a writing tutor, web master, yoga instructor, and restauranteur at various times in her life and loves reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and baking bread.
In the Learning Center, Dr. Romanelli strives to create a warm and welcoming environment by supporting tutors in their efforts to support the larger Meredith College community. She has a long-standing passion for helping students who are struggling to find their confidence as scholars and for transparency in management and assessment. A member of the College Reading and Learning Association and the National College Learning Center Association, Dr. Romanelli trains tutors at least once per semester in the IDS 155: Tutor Training course. Her favorite training modules are on reading comprehension and time management strategies.
Dr. Romanelli’s research focuses on women’s roles, social justice, and the supernatural in early modern literature. Her recent publications and presentations challenge the idea that the medieval and early modern periods were primitive, oppressive times and point out the alternative possibilities to modern problems in historical texts. She is always ready to share a cup of tea and conversation about Shakespeare, studying, or whatever is on her students’ minds!
PhD – University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2014)
MA – Appalachian State University (2008)
BA – Catawba College (2003)
“Pinching and Paddling: Early Modern Punishment of Male Sexual Incontinence.” American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Conference, Staunton, Virginia. October 23-26, 2019.
“Boudica and Bonduca: The Historical Heroine in her Renaissance Play.” American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Conference, Staunton, Virginia. October 23-26, 2019.
“Faustus and an Early Modern Ethics of Social Action.” Sites of Resistance in the Early Modern Theater Seminar. Shakespeare Association of America’s 46th Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California. March 28-31, 2018.
“Quickly the Queen Quean.” Bodies on the Early Modern Stage – Special Staging Situations. Ninth Blackfriars Conference, Staunton, Virginia, October 25-29.
“Quick Thinking Mistress Quickly.” Afterlives of Medieval Drama Seminar. Shakespeare Association of America’s 45th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. April 5-8, 2017.
“The Hunting-Hell Hound and the Harrowing Women in Richard III.” Ritual Shakespeare Seminar. Shakespeare Association of America’s 44th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. March 23-26, 2016.
“Eschatology, Prophecy, and Perception in Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors.” Apocalypse and Form Seminar. Shakespeare Association of America’s 43rd Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia. April 1-4, 2015.
“Paulina Harrows Hell.” Dis-Enchantments/Re-enchantments Seminar. Shakespeare Association of America’s 42nd Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. April 10-12, 2014.
“‘Dear life redeems you’: The Winter’s Tale and the Harrowing of Hell.” SAMLA 85, Atlanta GA. November 8-10, 2013.
“Medieval Marlowe: Faustus and the Harrowing of Hell.” Marlowe Society of America’s Seventh International Conference, American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, VA. June 28, 2013.
“Imagination as Arbiter: Spenser’s Phantastes and the Natural World.” Shakespeare and the Natural World Graduate Student Conference, UNC-Chapel Hill. March 30, 2012.
“Creating Agency through Plagiarism? A Formal Analysis of John Ford’s ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore.” Writing into the Profession Graduate Student Conference, UNCG. September 24, 2011.
“Terrorism as Villainy in Comic and Fantasy Adaptations.” Popular Culture Association Conference, Wilmington, NC. October 1, 2009.
“The Destination of Diversity.” Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference, Armstrong Atlantic State University. February 9, 2008.
Outstanding Dissertation Award Nominee, Department of English, UNCG, 2014-2015
SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) Graduate Student Essay Award, 2014
Shakespeare Association of America Graduate Student Travel Award, 2014
William G. & Kate Hodge Lane Fellowship, Department of English, UNCG, 2011-2014
Lenses Travel Grant, Department of English, UNCG, 2014
Summer Research Assistantship, UNCG, 2013
Cratis D. Williams Outstanding Thesis Award, Appalachian State University, 2009
Mary Montgomery Dunlap Scholarship, Appalachian State University, 2008
“Sour Beer at the Boar’s Head: Salvaging Shakespeare’s Alewife, Mistress Quickly.” Humanities 8.1 (2019): 6. Crossref. Web.
Review of Dobranski, Stephen B. Milton’s Visual Imagination: Imagery in Paradise Lost. (Cambridge, 2015). South Atlantic Review 82.2 (2017): 178-80.
“‘Dear Life Redeems You’: The Winter’s Tale and the Harrowing of Hell.” South Atlantic Review 81.1 (2016): 8-29.
Review of Siegfried, Brandie R. and Lisa T. Sarasohn. Eds. God and Nature in the Thought of Margaret Cavendish. (Ashgate, 2014). This Rough Magic: A Peer-Reviewed, Academic, Online Journal Dedicated to the Teaching of Medieval and Renaissance Literature. June 2015.