She received her B.A from Kalamazoo College and her Ph.D. from Boston College. She joined the faculty of the University of Montevallo in 2016.
Dr. Atwood specializes in Early Modern British Literature and Culture. At Montevallo, she teaches courses in Shakespeare, Early Modern Drama, Renaissance Women and Gender, Utopian Literature, Homer, Pedagogy, and Composition. She has published articles and reviews with JSTOR Daily; Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation; Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal; Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England; the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Comparative Drama; The Map of Early Modern London; This Rough Magic; Shakespeare Bulletin; and Early Theatre. She is co-editing a critical digital edition of a 17th century cookbook, The Court & Kitchin of Elizabeth, commonly called Joan Cromwell. Her co-edited book Teaching Shakespeare Beyond the Major is forthcoming with Palgrave MacMillan.
Dr. Atwood has presented papers at the Stratford Theatre Festival in Ontario, Canada; the Durham Early Modern Studies Conference in Durham, England; the Shakespeare Association of America; the Renaissance Society of America; the Modern Language Association; the Harvard Humanities Center; the Hudson Strode Center for Renaissance Studies; and the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. She is the recipient of a travel fellowship from the Attingham Summer School and a fellowship from the Mellon School of Theatre and Performance Research.