Patricia Akhimie

Patricia Akhimie


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Office Location

520 Hill Hall

Office Hours


Patricia Akhimie is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, where she teaches Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and early modern women’s travel writing.  She is the author of Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World (Routledge 2018).  She is co-editor, with Bernadette Andrea of Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World (University of Nebraska Press 2019).  Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Ford Foundation, and the John Carter Brown Library.

Courses Taught


Introduction to Renaissance Studies: Race in the Renaissance

Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern English Literature

Drama and the Early Modern Household

Introduction to Archives and Advanced Research



Honors Seminar: Shakespeare and Race

Women in Literature to 1800

Race in the Renaissance

Gender and Genre in the Drama of the 1590s

Women's Travel Writing

Comics and Graphic Novels

Foundations of Literary Study

Shakespeare’s Contemporaries 


The Renaissance in England: Travel Writing in England

Reinventing Literary History: Women & Culture I: Antiquity to 1700

Reinventing Literary History: Women & Culture II: 1700 to Present

Writing the Research Proposal


Early Modern Literature, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare, Early Modern Travel Writing, Conduct Literature, Early Modern Women's Writing, Comics and Graphic Novels, Race, Gender, Colonialism


National Endowment for the Humanities Long-Term Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2018-2019

Hakluyt Society Research Grant, 2018-2019

Chancellor’s Seed Grant, “Digital Storytelling as 21st Century Pedagogy” Digital Humanities Course Series (Principal Investigator: Krista White), Rutgers Newark, 2017-2018

Open Access Textbook Faculty Grant, Open Access Network, Rutgers University Libraries, 2017-2018

OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Program, 2015-2016

Designing Quality Online Courses Grant, Rutgers University, 2014-2015

University Research Council Grant, Rutgers University, 2014-2015

Institute for Reserach on Women and Gender Seminar Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2014-2015

John H. Daniels Fellowship, National Sporting Library, Spring 2011

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, National Research Council, 2009-2010

Grants-in-Aid, Folger Institute, Folger Shakespeare Library, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2009

Engendering Archives Project Fellow, Center for Critical Analysis of Social Difference, 2008-2009

Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, 2006

Benjamin Gilman Fellowship, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2006

Hopwood Award for Poetry, University of Michigan, 2002


Ph.D. English, Columbia University, 2011

Certificates: Feminist Scholarship; Interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Studies

M.A. English, Columbia University, 2003

M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002

B.A. English, Princeton University, 2000


Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World. (Routledge 2018)

Leaving Home: Early Modern Women's Travel (in progress)

Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World. Eds. Patricia Akhimie and Bernadette Andrea. (University of Nebraska Press 2019)

"The Work of Gender in Early Modern Travel Treatises: Richard Lassels’s ‘The Voyage of the Lady Catherine Whetnall from Brussells into Italy’ (1650)," Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World. Eds. Patricia Akhimie and Bernadette Andrea. University of Nebraska Press (forthcoming 2018)

"Galleries and Soft Power: The Gallery in The Winter's Tale." Early Modern Diplomacy, Theatre and Soft Power: The Making of Peace. Ed. Nathalie Rivere de Carles. Palgrave, 2016

"'Bruised with Adversity: Reading Race in The Comedy of Errors.The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race. Ed. Valerie Traub. Oxford University Press, 2016. 

“Strange Episodes: Race in Stage History.” Shakespeare, Race and Performance. Spec. issue of Shakespeare Bulletin 27.3 (Fall 2009): 363-76

“Travel, Drama, and Domesticity: Staging Huswifery in Fletcher and Massinger's The Sea Voyage.” Early Modern Travel Writing. Spec. issue of Studies in Travel Writing. 13.2 (June 2009): 153-66

“‘Fair’ Bianca and ‘Brown’ Kate: Shakespeare and the Mixed-Race Family in José Esquea’s The Taming of the Shrew,” in “Shakespeare and Black America,” eds. Patricia Cahill and Kim Hall, special issue, Journal of American Studies (under review)

Associated Programs

Affiliated Faculty, Women's & Gender Studies Program, Rutgers University, Newark

Affiliated Faculty, Department of African American & African Studies, Rutgers University, Newark