Paula McQuade received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1998.  She has published articles exploring the intersection of religion and gender in early modern drama and on early modern women writers.  Her scholarly edition of archival texts, Early Modern Catechisms written for Mothers, Schoolmistresses and Children was recently published by Ashgate Press as part of its Early Modern English Women Writer’s Series.  Prof. McQuade is currently working on a book, tentatively titled, “The Print of Goodness: Catechisms, Female Literacy, and Maternity in Early Modern England and America.” Prof. McQuade was a recipient of DePaul University’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005.

Prof. McQuade's essay, "A Knowing People: Maternity, Catechisms, and Working Class Community" in Dorothy Burch's The Catechism of the Several Heads of the Christian Religion (1646) was named the best essay published on an early modern women writer in 2010 by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Writers.