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Dr. Patricia Akhimie

Director of the Folger Institute


Dr. Patricia Akhimie (she/her/hers) is currently an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, where she has been on the faculty since 2011. She is the editor of the Arden Othello (fourth series), a landmark edition and play within Shakespeare studies, and is actively involved with RaceB4Race as a board member, presenter, and conference organizer. She is also program director of the RaceB4Race Mentorship Network. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Race: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World (Routledge 2018) and co-editor, with Bernadette Andrea, of Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World (University of Nebraska Press 2019). Dr. Akhimie’s public facing work includes working with, the St Louis Shakespeare Festival, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Public Theatre, and the PBS series Great Performances. Her research areas include Early Modern Critical Race Studies, Early Modern Literature, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare, Textual Editing, Early Modern Travel Writing, Conduct Literature, Comics and Graphic Novels, Gender, and Colonialism.  Dr. Akhimie holds a Ph.D., a M. Phil., and a M.A. in English from Columbia University, as well as an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in English from Princeton University.