Department Chair

  • Erich Hertz
    Associate Professor of English
    Kiernan Hall 214
    (518) 782-6896

Margaret P. Hannay, Ph.D.


     Margaret P. Hannay, Ph.D.

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Margaret Patterson Hannay, recently retired Professor of English, joined the Siena faculty in 1980.  Her specialty is the literature of early modern England, and she currently teaches Elizabethan Literature, English Renaissance Literature, and Shakespeare, as well as the Honors course Great Books for first year students.  In 2000 she received the first Raymond Kennedy Excellence in Scholarship Award.  At Siena she has served as chair of the core curriculum committee, chair of the committee to establish the Honors program, and chair of the English department, as well as serving on a variety of other committees.  Her publications include more than fifty articles and fifteen books, including biographies of C. S. Lewis, Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, and Lady Mary Wroth, as well as editions of works and correspondence by the Sidney family.  Over the years she has received three fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, and three short-term fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and she has served as national president of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, The International Sidney Society, and the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. 

At the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI, Margaret received The Jean Robertson Lifetime Achievement Award, International Sidney Society, May 2013.  It was just the third award given out in more than 30 years.