Lori Anne Ferrell holds a joint appointment in Early Modern History and Literature. Her research concentrates on the effect religious and political change had on early modern texts--theological, literary, theatrical, and practical--in the turbulent century before the outbreak of civil war in Britain.
Professor Ferrell advises the concentration in Early Modern Studies. Her courses include The Shakespeare Seminar, classes on Sidney, Spenser, Donne, Milton, early modern theatre, book and printing history, and the English Bible (for the English Department); Reformation Europe, Tudor-Stuart British History, Historical Fiction, Post-reformation England, and Colonial America (for the History Department). She studied with L.A.'s repertory Shakespeare company, Theatricum Botanicum, and has introduced aspects of that training into her courses on early modern English theater.
Professor Ferrell is the editor of volume 11 of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (forthcoming 2016), funded by a grant from the Humanities Research Council, UK and supported with a residential fellowship at All Souls College Oxford. Her current projects include a co-researched essay (with Lucinda McDade, CGU Botany) on Shakespeare and botany in the Victorian era, initially funded by CGU as a transdisciplinary faculty initiative; a co-authored monograph (with Dympna Callaghan, Syracuse University) on Shakespeare and religious toleration in early modern Britain, initially funded by the Bogliasco Foundation, Liguria, Italy; and a monograph on the Victorian archiving and editing of sixteenth century English religious texts, with initial research funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in concert with the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, USA, and supported with a residential fellowship at Pembroke College Cambridge.
The Bible and the People. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.
The English Sermon Revised: Religion, Literature and History, 1600-1750, ed. by Lori Anne Ferrell and Peter McCullough. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000.
Government by Polemic: James I, the King's Preachers, and the Rhetorics of Conformity, 1603-1625. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998.
Religion and Society in Early Modern England: A Sourcebook, ed. by David Cressy and Lori Anne Ferrell. New York: Routledge, 1996.
Ferrell has co-directed three NEH Summer Institutes for College and University Faculty and has been a seminar director for the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Los Angeles's Theatricum Botanicum and an instructor in their "Academy of the Classics." She was the guest curator for the 2004 Huntington Library exhibit "The Bible and the People" and was subsequently featured in PBS and BBC television documentaries on that subject; she was the guest curator for a second Huntington Library exhibition, "Illuminated Palaces: Extra-illustrated books at the Huntington Library," in 2013.
Professor Ferrell has received grants and fellowships from the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the Whiting Foundation, the British Academy, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Newberry Library. She has been a visiting fellow at All Souls College Oxford and Pembroke College Cambridge, and is a fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge.