Profile: Patricia Akhimie

Assistant Professor

Department of English, Program in Women's and Gender Studies
  • Associated Programs

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

  • 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

  • Education

    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

  • Publications

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

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

    (forthcoming) Traveling / Travailing Women: Early Modern England and the Wider World. Eds. Patricia Akhimie and Bernadette Andrea. University of Nebraska Press, 2017.

    (forthcoming) "The Work of Gender in Early Modern Travel Treatises: Richard Lassels’s ‘The Voyage of the Lady Catherine Whetnall from Brussells into Italy’ (1650)," Traveling / Travailing Women: Early Modern England and the Wider World. Eds. Patricia Akhimie and Bernadette Andrea. University of Nebraska Press, 2017.

    "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

    “The Plantain-Eaters.” Culture and Place. Spec. issue of The Kenyon Review 25.3-4 (2003): 205-6

  • Subjects Taught

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

  • Awards

    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