Shakespeare Association of America
 

Governance

The SAA is governed by a board of nine Trustees who fulfill rotating terms of three years each. Every year, three members of the board retire and three are voted in by the membership. One of these three is elected as Vice-President, to serve as President during the second year of his or her term.

Voting for SAA officers begins on 1 January and closes on 15 February each year. A link to the ballot is posted on the SAA website during this period.

Trustees are responsible for setting Association policy, for planning conference programs, and for financial oversight. They also head the selection processes for grants, awards, prizes, and paper competitions. The Trustees appoint the organization’s Executive Director, who works with its Assistant Director, Programs Manager, and Programs Associate.

The SAA is committed to democratic and transparent governance and to the advancement of knowledge about Shakespeare, his works, and his life and times.

Officers of the SAA

President

Natasha Korda, Wesleyan University

Natasha Korda is Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University, where she is past chair of the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She is author of Labors Lost: Women's Work and the Early Modern English Stage (2011), Shakespeare's Domestic Economies: Gender and Property in Early Modern England (2002), and over 30 scholarly essays; she is coeditor of Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama (2011) and Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama (2002). She has received multiple grants for her scholarship and teaching and has served on the editorial boards of several journals. At the SAA, she directed a seminar in 1998; was a plenary panel presenter in 2008; and served a three-year term as Trustee in 2015-18, chairing the 2016 Program Committee that introduced the Shakespearean Futures initiative.

Vice-President

Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare’s Globe

Farah Karim-Cooper is Head of Higher Education and Research at Shakespeare’s Globe and Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London. She was the 2013 Lloyd Davis Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland, and Chair of the Globe Architecture Research Group that led the research into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She is an editorial Board Member for the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and an executive board member of RaceB4Race. Her books include Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama (2006; rev. 2019), The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage (2016) and is editor of Titus Andronicus: The State of Play (2019). For the SAA, she has served as Trustee from 2017-20, served on the 2017 Program Committee, chaired the 2018 Travel Awards and 2019 Nominations Committees, and co-chairs the 2020 Program and Digital Exhibits Committees.

Immediate Past President

Katherine Rowe, College of William and Mary

Katherine Rowe is President of the College of William and Mary; she served previously as Provost and Dean of the Faculty and Sophia Smith Professor of English at Smith College. Her books include the co-authored New Wave Shakespeare on Screen (2007) and co-edited Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays in the Cultural History of Emotion (2004). She is Associate General Editor of The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (2016) and editor of The Tragedy of Macbeth for the Evans Shakespeare (2011). Co-creator of the Folger Luminary Shakespeare iPad app series, she has received many fellowships and grants, including Andrew W. Mellon Foundation support for her work in the digital humanities. She directed an SAA seminar in 2005, and, as an SAA Trustee from 2014 to 2016, she served as Program Planning Chair for the 2015 conference in Vancouver.

Trustee

Patricia Akhimie, Rutgers University, Newark

Patricia Akhimie is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark; she is the author of Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World (2018) and co-editor of Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World (2019). She is currently working on a book about early modern women’s travel as well as a new edition of Othello. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Ford Foundation, and the John Carter Brown Library. She was a roundtable speaker in 2013, a panel speaker in 2019, co-led a seminar in 2016 and served on the 2016 Ad Hoc Sexual Harassment Committee and 2019 Nominating Committee.

Trustee

Dennis Britton, University of New Hampshire

Dennis Austin Britton is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of Becoming Christian: Race, Reformation, and Early Modern English Romance (2014), and coeditor of Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study: Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies (2018). He is currently coediting a special issue of Spenser Studies on "Spenser and Race" and working on two monographs, Shakespeare and Pity: Feeling Human Difference on the Early Modern Stage and Reforming Ethiopia: African-Anglo Relations in Protestant England. At the SAA, he has presented on a 2017 roundtable and served on the Program Committee for the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Trustee

Ruben Espinosa, University of Texas, El Paso

Ruben Espinosa is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas, El Paso. He is author of Masculinity and Marian Efficacy in Shakespeare's England (2011) and co-editor of Shakespeare and Immigration (2014). His current book project, Shakespeare on the Border: Legitimacy, Legacy, and La Frontera, explores intersections of Shakespeare, legitimacy, and Latinx culture. He led SAA seminars in 2010 and 2017, served on the Nominating Committee for 2017, and is on the Program Planning Committee for the 2019 SAA.

Trustee

Joyce Green MacDonald, University of Kentucky

Joyce Grreen MacDonald is Associate Professor and member of the Executive Committee of the Department of English at the University of Kentucky. Her Shakespearean Adaptation, Race, and Memory in the New World is under contract at Palgrave. She has also written Women and Race in Early Modern Texts (2002) and has edited Race, Ethnicity, and Power in the Renaissance (1996). She led SAA seminars in 1993, 2000, and 2015, and she spoke on the "Color of Membership" plenary in 2017.

Trustee

Lucy Munro, King’s College London

Lucy Munro is Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at King's College London. Her books include Archaic Style in English Literature, 1590-1674 (2013) and Children of the Queen's Revels: A Jacobean Theatre Repertory (2005), as well as scholarly editions of The Witch of Edmonton, The Tamer Tamed, The Fleer, and Pericles among others. She is currently preparing Shakespeare in the Theatre: The King's Men for publication while working on editions of plays by Marston and Shirley. She serves as secretary for the Marlowe Society of America, Publicity Officer for the Malone Society, and has been awarded a number of grants and fellowships for her work. For the SAA she served on the Program Committee in 2016, was a panel speaker in 2011, and co-led seminars in 2007 and 2014.

Trustee

Jyotsna G. Singh, Michigan State University

Jyotsna Singh is Professor of English at Michigan State University. Her books include Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: "Discoveries" of India in the Language of Colonialism (1996) and Shakespeare and Postcolonial Theory (2019). She edited A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion (2009), and coedited The Postcolonial World (2016), and Travel Knowledge: European "Discoveries" in the Early Modern Period (2001). She is series co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan's "Transculturalisms 1400-1700," and is currently writing a book on early modern Muslim and Christian identities. She presented on SAA panels in 2012 and 2017, and co-directed a seminar in 2009.

Staff of the SAA

Executive Director

Karen Raber, University of Mississippi

Karen Raber is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. She is author of Shakespeare and Posthumanist Theory (2018), Animal Bodies, Renaissance Culture (2013) and Dramatic Difference: Gender, Class and Genre in the Early Modern Closet Drama (2001). She has edited or coedited seven collections, including Performing Animals: History, Agency, Theater (2017), The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Animals (2020), and an edition of Measure for Measure; and has written over 30 articles and book chapters, as well as serving on the editorial board of several presses and journals and editing a book series for Routledge Press. For the SAA she organized and presented on a 2017 plenary panel and led a seminar in 2015.

Assistant Director

Bi-qi Beatrice Lei, National Taiwan University

Bi-qi Beatrice Lei has been the SAA’s Assistant Director since 2016; prior to that, she facilitated a live performance in 2012, led a seminar in 2013, and exhibited a digital project in 2014. Lei founded the Asian Shakespeare Association and the Taiwan Shakespeare Database, and co-edited Shakespeare in Culture (2012) and Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel (2017). She is currently co-editing the Bloomsbury book series “Global Shakespeare Inverted” and guest-editing a special issue of Early Modern Digital Review. She serves as Chair of the Asian Shakespeare Association and Trustee of the International Shakespeare Association, and is co-organizing the eleventh World Shakespeare Congress to be held in Singapore, 2021.

Program Associate

Donna Even-Kesef, Stanford University

Donna Even-Kesef started with the SAA when it arrived at Georgetown University in 2007. She has been actively involved in all facets of SAA operations over the years. Currently, she works with the Executive Director in the area of finance, with the LAC on fundraising, with vendors and exhibitors, and of course the annual conference. Donna's fulltime role is with Stanford University as the Finance/Research Administrator in the Department of Anthropology.

Project Coordinator

Ginny McCarley, University of Mississippi

Ginny McCarley has been with the SAA since 2018, after completing her M.A. in English at the University of Mississippi. She is responsible for managing the SAA’s social media accounts, organizing the annual conference, and answering questions from members. Before joining the SAA, Ginny was a local reporter covering everything from national elections to giant tomato plants and has written for publications including Invitation Oxford, Oxford Magazine, Birmingham Parent, and Shelby Living magazine.

  • Constitution

    Governance

    The SAA is governed by a board of nine Trustees who fulfill rotating terms of three years each. Every year, three members of the board retire and three are voted in by the membership. One of these three is elected as Vice-President, to serve as President during the second year of his or her term.

    Voting for SAA officers begins on 1 January and closes on 15 February each year. A link to the ballot is posted on the SAA website during this period.

    Trustees are responsible for setting Association policy, for planning conference programs, and for financial oversight. They also head the selection processes for grants, awards, prizes, and paper competitions. The Trustees appoint the organization’s Executive Director, who works with its Assistant Director, Programs Manager, and Programs Associate.

    The SAA is committed to democratic and transparent governance and to the advancement of knowledge about Shakespeare, his works, and his life and times.

    Officers of the SAA

    President

    Natasha Korda, Wesleyan University

    Natasha Korda is Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University, where she is past chair of the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She is author of Labors Lost: Women's Work and the Early Modern English Stage (2011), Shakespeare's Domestic Economies: Gender and Property in Early Modern England (2002), and over 30 scholarly essays; she is coeditor of Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama (2011) and Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama (2002). She has received multiple grants for her scholarship and teaching and has served on the editorial boards of several journals. At the SAA, she directed a seminar in 1998; was a plenary panel presenter in 2008; and served a three-year term as Trustee in 2015-18, chairing the 2016 Program Committee that introduced the Shakespearean Futures initiative.

    Vice-President

    Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare’s Globe

    Farah Karim-Cooper is Head of Higher Education and Research at Shakespeare’s Globe and Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London. She was the 2013 Lloyd Davis Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland, and Chair of the Globe Architecture Research Group that led the research into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She is an editorial Board Member for the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and an executive board member of RaceB4Race. Her books include Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama (2006; rev. 2019), The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage (2016) and is editor of Titus Andronicus: The State of Play (2019). For the SAA, she has served as Trustee from 2017-20, served on the 2017 Program Committee, chaired the 2018 Travel Awards and 2019 Nominations Committees, and co-chairs the 2020 Program and Digital Exhibits Committees.

    Immediate Past President

    Katherine Rowe, College of William and Mary

    Katherine Rowe is President of the College of William and Mary; she served previously as Provost and Dean of the Faculty and Sophia Smith Professor of English at Smith College. Her books include the co-authored New Wave Shakespeare on Screen (2007) and co-edited Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays in the Cultural History of Emotion (2004). She is Associate General Editor of The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (2016) and editor of The Tragedy of Macbeth for the Evans Shakespeare (2011). Co-creator of the Folger Luminary Shakespeare iPad app series, she has received many fellowships and grants, including Andrew W. Mellon Foundation support for her work in the digital humanities. She directed an SAA seminar in 2005, and, as an SAA Trustee from 2014 to 2016, she served as Program Planning Chair for the 2015 conference in Vancouver.

    Trustee

    Patricia Akhimie, Rutgers University, Newark

    Patricia Akhimie is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark; she is the author of Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World (2018) and co-editor of Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World (2019). She is currently working on a book about early modern women’s travel as well as a new edition of Othello. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Ford Foundation, and the John Carter Brown Library. She was a roundtable speaker in 2013, a panel speaker in 2019, co-led a seminar in 2016 and served on the 2016 Ad Hoc Sexual Harassment Committee and 2019 Nominating Committee.

    Trustee

    Dennis Britton, University of New Hampshire

    Dennis Austin Britton is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of Becoming Christian: Race, Reformation, and Early Modern English Romance (2014), and coeditor of Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study: Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies (2018). He is currently coediting a special issue of Spenser Studies on "Spenser and Race" and working on two monographs, Shakespeare and Pity: Feeling Human Difference on the Early Modern Stage and Reforming Ethiopia: African-Anglo Relations in Protestant England. At the SAA, he has presented on a 2017 roundtable and served on the Program Committee for the 2020 Annual Meeting.

    Trustee

    Ruben Espinosa, University of Texas, El Paso

    Ruben Espinosa is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas, El Paso. He is author of Masculinity and Marian Efficacy in Shakespeare's England (2011) and co-editor of Shakespeare and Immigration (2014). His current book project, Shakespeare on the Border: Legitimacy, Legacy, and La Frontera, explores intersections of Shakespeare, legitimacy, and Latinx culture. He led SAA seminars in 2010 and 2017, served on the Nominating Committee for 2017, and is on the Program Planning Committee for the 2019 SAA.

    Trustee

    Joyce Green MacDonald, University of Kentucky

    Joyce Grreen MacDonald is Associate Professor and member of the Executive Committee of the Department of English at the University of Kentucky. Her Shakespearean Adaptation, Race, and Memory in the New World is under contract at Palgrave. She has also written Women and Race in Early Modern Texts (2002) and has edited Race, Ethnicity, and Power in the Renaissance (1996). She led SAA seminars in 1993, 2000, and 2015, and she spoke on the "Color of Membership" plenary in 2017.

    Trustee

    Lucy Munro, King’s College London

    Lucy Munro is Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at King's College London. Her books include Archaic Style in English Literature, 1590-1674 (2013) and Children of the Queen's Revels: A Jacobean Theatre Repertory (2005), as well as scholarly editions of The Witch of Edmonton, The Tamer Tamed, The Fleer, and Pericles among others. She is currently preparing Shakespeare in the Theatre: The King's Men for publication while working on editions of plays by Marston and Shirley. She serves as secretary for the Marlowe Society of America, Publicity Officer for the Malone Society, and has been awarded a number of grants and fellowships for her work. For the SAA she served on the Program Committee in 2016, was a panel speaker in 2011, and co-led seminars in 2007 and 2014.

    Trustee

    Jyotsna G. Singh, Michigan State University

    Jyotsna Singh is Professor of English at Michigan State University. Her books include Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: "Discoveries" of India in the Language of Colonialism (1996) and Shakespeare and Postcolonial Theory (2019). She edited A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion (2009), and coedited The Postcolonial World (2016), and Travel Knowledge: European "Discoveries" in the Early Modern Period (2001). She is series co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan's "Transculturalisms 1400-1700," and is currently writing a book on early modern Muslim and Christian identities. She presented on SAA panels in 2012 and 2017, and co-directed a seminar in 2009.

    Staff of the SAA

    Executive Director

    Karen Raber, University of Mississippi

    Karen Raber is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. She is author of Shakespeare and Posthumanist Theory (2018), Animal Bodies, Renaissance Culture (2013) and Dramatic Difference: Gender, Class and Genre in the Early Modern Closet Drama (2001). She has edited or coedited seven collections, including Performing Animals: History, Agency, Theater (2017), The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Animals (2020), and an edition of Measure for Measure; and has written over 30 articles and book chapters, as well as serving on the editorial board of several presses and journals and editing a book series for Routledge Press. For the SAA she organized and presented on a 2017 plenary panel and led a seminar in 2015.

    Assistant Director

    Bi-qi Beatrice Lei, National Taiwan University

    Bi-qi Beatrice Lei has been the SAA’s Assistant Director since 2016; prior to that, she facilitated a live performance in 2012, led a seminar in 2013, and exhibited a digital project in 2014. Lei founded the Asian Shakespeare Association and the Taiwan Shakespeare Database, and co-edited Shakespeare in Culture (2012) and Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel (2017). She is currently co-editing the Bloomsbury book series “Global Shakespeare Inverted” and guest-editing a special issue of Early Modern Digital Review. She serves as Chair of the Asian Shakespeare Association and Trustee of the International Shakespeare Association, and is co-organizing the eleventh World Shakespeare Congress to be held in Singapore, 2021.

    Program Associate

    Donna Even-Kesef, Stanford University

    Donna Even-Kesef started with the SAA when it arrived at Georgetown University in 2007. She has been actively involved in all facets of SAA operations over the years. Currently, she works with the Executive Director in the area of finance, with the LAC on fundraising, with vendors and exhibitors, and of course the annual conference. Donna's fulltime role is with Stanford University as the Finance/Research Administrator in the Department of Anthropology.

    Project Coordinator

    Ginny McCarley, University of Mississippi

    Ginny McCarley has been with the SAA since 2018, after completing her M.A. in English at the University of Mississippi. She is responsible for managing the SAA’s social media accounts, organizing the annual conference, and answering questions from members. Before joining the SAA, Ginny was a local reporter covering everything from national elections to giant tomato plants and has written for publications including Invitation Oxford, Oxford Magazine, Birmingham Parent, and Shelby Living magazine.

  • ByLaws Committee

    Governance

    The SAA is governed by a board of nine Trustees who fulfill rotating terms of three years each. Every year, three members of the board retire and three are voted in by the membership. One of these three is elected as Vice-President, to serve as President during the second year of his or her term.

    Voting for SAA officers begins on 1 January and closes on 15 February each year. A link to the ballot is posted on the SAA website during this period.

    Trustees are responsible for setting Association policy, for planning conference programs, and for financial oversight. They also head the selection processes for grants, awards, prizes, and paper competitions. The Trustees appoint the organization’s Executive Director, who works with its Assistant Director, Programs Manager, and Programs Associate.

    The SAA is committed to democratic and transparent governance and to the advancement of knowledge about Shakespeare, his works, and his life and times.

    Officers of the SAA

    President

    Natasha Korda, Wesleyan University

    Natasha Korda is Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University, where she is past chair of the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She is author of Labors Lost: Women's Work and the Early Modern English Stage (2011), Shakespeare's Domestic Economies: Gender and Property in Early Modern England (2002), and over 30 scholarly essays; she is coeditor of Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama (2011) and Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama (2002). She has received multiple grants for her scholarship and teaching and has served on the editorial boards of several journals. At the SAA, she directed a seminar in 1998; was a plenary panel presenter in 2008; and served a three-year term as Trustee in 2015-18, chairing the 2016 Program Committee that introduced the Shakespearean Futures initiative.

    Vice-President

    Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare’s Globe

    Farah Karim-Cooper is Head of Higher Education and Research at Shakespeare’s Globe and Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London. She was the 2013 Lloyd Davis Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland, and Chair of the Globe Architecture Research Group that led the research into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She is an editorial Board Member for the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and an executive board member of RaceB4Race. Her books include Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama (2006; rev. 2019), The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage (2016) and is editor of Titus Andronicus: The State of Play (2019). For the SAA, she has served as Trustee from 2017-20, served on the 2017 Program Committee, chaired the 2018 Travel Awards and 2019 Nominations Committees, and co-chairs the 2020 Program and Digital Exhibits Committees.

    Immediate Past President

    Katherine Rowe, College of William and Mary

    Katherine Rowe is President of the College of William and Mary; she served previously as Provost and Dean of the Faculty and Sophia Smith Professor of English at Smith College. Her books include the co-authored New Wave Shakespeare on Screen (2007) and co-edited Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays in the Cultural History of Emotion (2004). She is Associate General Editor of The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (2016) and editor of The Tragedy of Macbeth for the Evans Shakespeare (2011). Co-creator of the Folger Luminary Shakespeare iPad app series, she has received many fellowships and grants, including Andrew W. Mellon Foundation support for her work in the digital humanities. She directed an SAA seminar in 2005, and, as an SAA Trustee from 2014 to 2016, she served as Program Planning Chair for the 2015 conference in Vancouver.

    Trustee

    Patricia Akhimie, Rutgers University, Newark

    Patricia Akhimie is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark; she is the author of Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World (2018) and co-editor of Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World (2019). She is currently working on a book about early modern women’s travel as well as a new edition of Othello. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Ford Foundation, and the John Carter Brown Library. She was a roundtable speaker in 2013, a panel speaker in 2019, co-led a seminar in 2016 and served on the 2016 Ad Hoc Sexual Harassment Committee and 2019 Nominating Committee.

    Trustee

    Dennis Britton, University of New Hampshire

    Dennis Austin Britton is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of Becoming Christian: Race, Reformation, and Early Modern English Romance (2014), and coeditor of Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study: Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies (2018). He is currently coediting a special issue of Spenser Studies on "Spenser and Race" and working on two monographs, Shakespeare and Pity: Feeling Human Difference on the Early Modern Stage and Reforming Ethiopia: African-Anglo Relations in Protestant England. At the SAA, he has presented on a 2017 roundtable and served on the Program Committee for the 2020 Annual Meeting.

    Trustee

    Ruben Espinosa, University of Texas, El Paso

    Ruben Espinosa is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas, El Paso. He is author of Masculinity and Marian Efficacy in Shakespeare's England (2011) and co-editor of Shakespeare and Immigration (2014). His current book project, Shakespeare on the Border: Legitimacy, Legacy, and La Frontera, explores intersections of Shakespeare, legitimacy, and Latinx culture. He led SAA seminars in 2010 and 2017, served on the Nominating Committee for 2017, and is on the Program Planning Committee for the 2019 SAA.

    Trustee

    Joyce Green MacDonald, University of Kentucky

    Joyce Grreen MacDonald is Associate Professor and member of the Executive Committee of the Department of English at the University of Kentucky. Her Shakespearean Adaptation, Race, and Memory in the New World is under contract at Palgrave. She has also written Women and Race in Early Modern Texts (2002) and has edited Race, Ethnicity, and Power in the Renaissance (1996). She led SAA seminars in 1993, 2000, and 2015, and she spoke on the "Color of Membership" plenary in 2017.

    Trustee

    Lucy Munro, King’s College London

    Lucy Munro is Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at King's College London. Her books include Archaic Style in English Literature, 1590-1674 (2013) and Children of the Queen's Revels: A Jacobean Theatre Repertory (2005), as well as scholarly editions of The Witch of Edmonton, The Tamer Tamed, The Fleer, and Pericles among others. She is currently preparing Shakespeare in the Theatre: The King's Men for publication while working on editions of plays by Marston and Shirley. She serves as secretary for the Marlowe Society of America, Publicity Officer for the Malone Society, and has been awarded a number of grants and fellowships for her work. For the SAA she served on the Program Committee in 2016, was a panel speaker in 2011, and co-led seminars in 2007 and 2014.

    Trustee

    Jyotsna G. Singh, Michigan State University

    Jyotsna Singh is Professor of English at Michigan State University. Her books include Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: "Discoveries" of India in the Language of Colonialism (1996) and Shakespeare and Postcolonial Theory (2019). She edited A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion (2009), and coedited The Postcolonial World (2016), and Travel Knowledge: European "Discoveries" in the Early Modern Period (2001). She is series co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan's "Transculturalisms 1400-1700," and is currently writing a book on early modern Muslim and Christian identities. She presented on SAA panels in 2012 and 2017, and co-directed a seminar in 2009.

    Staff of the SAA

    Executive Director

    Karen Raber, University of Mississippi

    Karen Raber is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. She is author of Shakespeare and Posthumanist Theory (2018), Animal Bodies, Renaissance Culture (2013) and Dramatic Difference: Gender, Class and Genre in the Early Modern Closet Drama (2001). She has edited or coedited seven collections, including Performing Animals: History, Agency, Theater (2017), The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Animals (2020), and an edition of Measure for Measure; and has written over 30 articles and book chapters, as well as serving on the editorial board of several presses and journals and editing a book series for Routledge Press. For the SAA she organized and presented on a 2017 plenary panel and led a seminar in 2015.

    Assistant Director

    Bi-qi Beatrice Lei, National Taiwan University

    Bi-qi Beatrice Lei has been the SAA’s Assistant Director since 2016; prior to that, she facilitated a live performance in 2012, led a seminar in 2013, and exhibited a digital project in 2014. Lei founded the Asian Shakespeare Association and the Taiwan Shakespeare Database, and co-edited Shakespeare in Culture (2012) and Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel (2017). She is currently co-editing the Bloomsbury book series “Global Shakespeare Inverted” and guest-editing a special issue of Early Modern Digital Review. She serves as Chair of the Asian Shakespeare Association and Trustee of the International Shakespeare Association, and is co-organizing the eleventh World Shakespeare Congress to be held in Singapore, 2021.

    Program Associate

    Donna Even-Kesef, Stanford University

    Donna Even-Kesef started with the SAA when it arrived at Georgetown University in 2007. She has been actively involved in all facets of SAA operations over the years. Currently, she works with the Executive Director in the area of finance, with the LAC on fundraising, with vendors and exhibitors, and of course the annual conference. Donna's fulltime role is with Stanford University as the Finance/Research Administrator in the Department of Anthropology.

    Project Coordinator

    Ginny McCarley, University of Mississippi

    Ginny McCarley has been with the SAA since 2018, after completing her M.A. in English at the University of Mississippi. She is responsible for managing the SAA’s social media accounts, organizing the annual conference, and answering questions from members. Before joining the SAA, Ginny was a local reporter covering everything from national elections to giant tomato plants and has written for publications including Invitation Oxford, Oxford Magazine, Birmingham Parent, and Shelby Living magazine.

 
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