Dr. Kristin M. S. Bezio
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Dr. Kristin M. S. Bezio integrates the study of literature into the leadership studies curriculum. Her areas of specialization include leadership in literature and film, leadership in performance, and cultural and political history in Early Modern England.

Her teaching and research focuses on the ways in which literature, drama, film, and video games have influenced society and the way people think about issues of leadership and followership.

Her interests include 16- and 17th- century literature, women’s literature, comparative literature, drama and performance, directing, acting, rhetoric and composition, and new media.

Dr. Bezio has received several grants and awards for her teaching and research. As part of the Jepson School’s curriculum, she teaches required courses such as Leadership and the Humanities and Critical Thinking, and electives such as Leadership on Stage and Screen.

She is the author of Staging Power in Tudor and Stuart English History Plays: History, Political Thought, and the Redefinition of Sovereignty. She also serves on the Board of Directors for The Unorthodox Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports and cultivates unconventional art and performance.

Selected Publications

Staging Power in Tudor and Stuart English History Plays: History, Political Thought, and the Redefinition of Sovereignty. Burlington, VT: Asghate, 2015.


“Bringing Down the Island: Rebellion, Colonial Hierarchy, and Individualized Leadership in Nuñez’s novel Prospero’s Daughter” in Journal of Leadership, Accountability, and Ethics 11(3), 2014. 126-140.

Bezio, Kristin M. S. “Maker’s Breath. Religion, Magic, and the ‘Godless’ World of BioWare’s Dragon Age II (2011).” Online - Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet 5.0 (2014): n. pag. archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de. Web. 14 Feb. 2014.

“Personating Leadership: Shakespeare’s Henry V and Performative Negotiation” in Leadership and the Humanities, 1.1 (2013): 43-58. (Peer reviewed)
“‘Sudden Deaths’: Regicide, Theatricality, and Anti-Absolutism in Beaumont and Fletcher’s The Maid’s Tragedy,” special volume on Shakespeare and Performance, Early Modern Studies Journal (formerly Early English Studies) 5 (2013): 57-76. (Peer reviewed)
“Drama & Demigods: Kingship and Charisma in Shakespeare’s England,” Special Issue of Religions: Charisma, Medieval and Modern 4.1 (2013): 30-50. Edited by Gary Dickson and Peter Iver Kaufman. (Peer reviewed)
“Politics and Play: The National Stage and the Player King in Shakespeare’s Henry V and Macbeth” in Quidditas 31 (2010): 10-21.
“Martial Maids and Murdering Mothers: Women, Witchcraft, and Motherly Transgression in Henry VI and Richard III” in Shakespeare: A Journal 3.2 (2007): 143-160. (As Kristin M. Smith)

“Friends & Rivals: Loyalty, Ethics, and Leadership in Dragon Age II” in Identity and Leadership in Virtual Communities: Establishing Credibility and Influence, edited by Joe Essid & Dona Hickey for IGI Global (2014).

“Subject, Servant, & Sovereign: Servant Leadership and Elizabethan Government in Shakespeare’s King John” in Leadership and Elizabethan Culture, Jepson Studies in Leadership, edited by Peter Iver Kaufman New York: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2013. 191-211.
“Staged Magic: Performing Witchcraft in Macbeth” in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, ROMAN Critical Contexts, edited by Boris Drenkov. London: ROMAN Books, 2013. 90-100.

Ph.D., Boston University 2012
English Literature
M.A., Boston University 2003
English Literature
B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison 2002
English Literature
Contact Information
(804) 287-6045
(804) 287-6802 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Leadership in Literature & Film
Leadership in Performance
Cultural & Political History (Early Modern England)
New Media and Gaming