- Ph.D., English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
- M.A., English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
- B.A., English and Renaissance Studies, St. Olaf College, 2006
Nancy Simpson-Younger grew up in northern Wisconsin–a place where there could be blizzards on Halloween. After receiving her Ph.D. from UW-Madison, she moved down south to Iowa, where she taught at Luther College for two years. Her research focuses on acts of watching vulnerable bodies in the early modern period, asking what ethical systems informed these acts, and how onlookers might safeguard (or harm) vulnerable figures like sleepers, sick patients, and even corpses. A reader at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Simpson-Younger is also very interested in questions of book history, and she integrates manuscript evidence (including an actual sleeping potion recipe) into many of her classes. Her articles on reading, ethics, and watching the vulnerable appear in The Sidney Journal (2012), the edited collection Staging the Blazon (2013), and Studies in Philology (coming in 2017).