Patricia Akhimie is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. She teaches Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and travel writing and her research explores race in the early modern period. 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 (U of Nebraska 2019). She is editing the play Othello for the Arden Shakespeare Fourth Series.

Her recent essay, “‘Bruised with Adversity’: Reading Race in The Comedy of Errors,” in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, and Race, traces the production of class racism and racialized bodies through the stigmatization of bodily marks—bruises—born by subservient figures in the play. Her new project, Leaving Home: Early Modern Women’s Travel, strives to retell the story of women’s travel in the “Age of Discovery” by drawing attention to women’s unseen, unwritten, and illicit travels, and by connecting the history of women’s voluntary travel for pleasure and education with the history of women’s involuntary travel as captives, slaves, exiles, and refugees.

Prof. Akhimie teaches the courses "Shakespeare and Race” and “Race in the Renaissance” in which students examine the ways in which literary works participate in the production of new beliefs about differences between people. In these courses, students ask how and why early modern people began to make distinctions based on differences in skin color, religion, nation and region of origin, and language.
Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, 2011
M.F.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002
B.A., Princeton University, Princeton, 2000
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, race, gender, class, conduct, conduct literature, travel, travel writing, performance, stage history