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Dr. Patricia Akhimie

Director of the Folger Institute


Dr. Patricia Akhimie (she/her/hers) is Director of the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She also serves as Director of the RaceB4Race Mentoring Network and is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark.  She is the author of Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Race: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World editor of The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Race and co-editor of Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World. Dr. Akhimie is currently working on a new edition of Othello for the Arden Shakespeare, fourth series, and a monograph about race, gender and editing early modern texts.  Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John Carter Brown Library and the Ford Foundation.