Dr. Donna Young

Assistant Professor of English
Office Location Owens Hall, 204
Phone (Office) 405.585.4245
OBU Mailbox # 61307
Email donna.young@okbu.edu


Dr. Young is originally from Oklahoma, but spent ten years in the US Air Force before completing graduate studies at The University of Oklahoma. Her particular scholarly interests lie in modern adaptation and appropriation of Shakespearian drama. She came to OBU in 2009 as an adjunct instructor and became full-time faculty in 2013.

She is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee where she plays the bass clarinet, and serves on the Shawnee Salvation Army Advisory Board. Outside interests include raising and training English Springer Spaniels, and a variety of crafts.


  • A.S. in Logistics, October 1994, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • B.A. magna cum laude, December 1994, Utica College of Syracuse University, Utica, NY
  • M.A. in English (Early English and Composition/Rhetoric/Literacy), May 2002, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • Ph.D. in English (Early English and Modernity & Theory concentrations) December 2007,
  • The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • Dissertation: Hamlet in the Cinema: A Palimpsest of Performance

Courses Taught

  • ENGL1153: English Composition: Exposition and Argument
  • ENGL1163: English Composition and Classical Literature
  • ENGL2043: Literature of the Western World I
  • ENGL2053: Literature of the Western World II
  • ENGL2013: Western Civilization: Literature I
  • ENGL2023: Western Civilization: Literature II
  • ENGL3113: Early British Literature
  • ENGL3213: Shakespeare
  • ENGL3273: Chaucer

Publications and Presentations

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park” (Review) Shakespeare Bulletin Spring 2005, 151-3.

“Women’s History: Spinsters Burned as Witches, Wives Owned by Husbands” Mohawk Flyer March 15, 1991, 4.


“To Read of Not to Read: Literacy and Visual Representation in Michael Amereyda’s Adaptation of Hamlet” Reading Traditions, Appropriating Cultures: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference in Rhetorical, Literary, and Cultural Studies, The University of Oklahoma, April 2006

“Cultural Significance in Modern Adaptations of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew” The Wooden O Symposium, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, August 2004

“The Body Unchained: Shakespeare’s Voice in Ideological Transition” English Department Colloquium, The University of Oklahoma, May 2002


  • Modern Languages Association
  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • The Conference on Christianity & Literature

Additional Information

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”

― Francis Bacon