Stephen Spiess is a Thinking Matters Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. His work has appeared in Shakespeare Survey, Renaissance Quarterly, and The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, and Race, with additional publications forthcoming in Blinds Spots of Knowledge in Shakespeare and His World, Conversion Machines in Early Modern Europe: Apparatus, Artifice, Body, and The Review of English Studies. His current book project, Shakespeare and the Making of English Whoredom (under review at Oxford University Press), examines the immense cultural labor necessary to produce and sustain the fiction of the “whore” as a fixed, stable, and legible object of knowledge in early modern England. His new book project, tentatively entitled Becoming Undone in the English Renaissance: Disembodiment, Social Death, and Valuable Life, explores how, where, and in whom early moderns imagined life after conversion, abjection, or social death. Stephen completed his PhD in English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan (2013), where he also received the David & Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching English Composition (2010).