Professor Oldenburg specializes in 16th and 17th century British literary and cultural studies. He has published on such things as civic pageantry, early travel narratives, theories of race in the Renaissance, city comedy, and more. His first book, Alien Albion: Literature and Immigration in Early Modern England (U. of Toronto Press, 2014), argues that several literary texts of the period imaginatively address ways of forging multicultural communities in the period. The book offers analyses of texts by English writers like Thomas Deloney, Anne Dowriche, Thomas Middleton, and William Shakespeare alongside religious, and legal discourses on immigration in the early modern period. In addition to several articles, Professor Oldenburg is currently writing a book about artisan poets in sixteenth-century England.
Scott Oldenburg regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, Spenser, British literature survey, and a number of special topics courses in the period including early modern gender studies, early encounters in the New World and Africa, and English and Spanish drama.