Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D.
Professor of Humanities
A Michigan native, Professor Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer has taught college courses since 1988. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Hope College, his master’s degree in English and creative writing from Western Michigan University and his doctorate in English from Michigan State University. While earning his doctorate, Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer studied sixteenth and seventeenth century English literature and drama, as well as film and television criticism and theory, and developed the first film and TV comprehensive reading list in the English department. He was also a member of the first Shakespeare on Film seminar at the Folger Library in Washington, D.C.
Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer has presented papers at numerous regional, national and international conferences. He has also led a workshop on the effective presentation of one-hour talks and lectures at a national meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America. His research focuses on film, TV, theatrical and non-dramatic performance, and classroom pedagogy and methodology. His paper on presentations of Juliet in one-hour TV dramatic series is forthcoming in The Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference. He is currently working on an article on Juliet on Facebook for a themed issue of the journal Borrowers & Lenders. He has also done consulting work with ProQuest, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer has mentored student presentations at the Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters; the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium; and the 2012 Nature in Words Fellow, Carrie Jacob ’13, at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.
He teaches courses in the Global Citizens Honors Program, which he helped create. Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer also teaches Shakespeare through performance, introduction to film, British literature, poetry writing and writing and rhetoric.