Profile: Patricia Akhimie

Assistant Professor

Department of English

Patricia Akhimie is Assistant 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 2018).  Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the John Carter Brown Library, and the National Sporting Library.

  • Associated Programs

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

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of African American & African Studies, 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

    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 2018)

    "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)

  • 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

    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