Shaina Trapedo is a lecturer in English at Stern College and a resident scholar at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. She received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College and her PhD in English from UC Irvine where she specialized in early modern literature and religious studies. Her current book project, From Scripture to Script: The Hebrew Bible on the Early Modern Stage considers Shakespeare and his contemporaries' indebtedness to Judaism and its exegetical traditions. In her teaching and scholarship, she continues to explore the connections between literacy, cultural identity, and social engagement.