Shakespeare Institute academic and research staff

Professor Ewan Fernie in a seminar

Professor Michael Dobson

Professor Michael Dobson

Director of the Shakespeare Institute; Professor of Shakespeare Studies

Like his own Falstaff, Shakespeare is not only witty in himself but is the cause that wit is in others. My career as a teacher of and writer about Shakespeare’s plays and poems has been devoted not just to examining these extraordinary writings in their sixteenth- and seventeenth-century contexts, but to exploring how they have stimulated and enabled the creativity of other people, ...

Professor Ewan Fernie

Professor Ewan Fernie

Chair of Shakespeare Studies and Fellow

As a critic, I'm about opening up and analysing the life there is in Shakespeare and other literature. This involves thinking about the ways verbal and dramatic art constitute sensuous, ethical and even spiritual experience. I'm also interested in the way standard critical forms such as the essay and approved styles of critical prose reveal but ...

Professor John Jowett

Professor John Jowett

Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Deputy Director of The Shakespeare Institute

My teaching and research focuses mainly on Shakespeare and early modern drama, with particular reference to editing and all areas of textual study.

Dr Chris Laoutaris

Dr Chris Laoutaris

Lecturer in Shakespeare

I am a Shakespeare scholar, biographer, and historian whose specialisms include the history of Shakespeare’s theatres, women’s history, Renaissance politics, the early modern body and medicine, and the history of death, burial and commemoration. I recently signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins’ oldest imprint, William Collins, and a two-book deal with Pegasus publishers in ...

Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall

Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall

Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare and Theatre

I joined the Shakespeare Institute in 2013, having been lecturing at Cambridge University for 7 years. I began my career as a professional actor, training at LAMDA and working quite extensively in theatre. Since deciding to move into academia my main research interests have been in the field of Shakespeare in performance, in particular verse speaking, adaptation and theatre history.  I ...

Dr Simon Smith

Dr Simon Smith

Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

I’m an early modernist with particular interests in drama, music, playhouse culture, and historical sense-scapes. My most recent book is Musical Response in the Early Modern Playhouse, 1603-1625 (CUP, 2017; pbk edn 2018). 

Professor Tiffany Stern, FBA

Professor Tiffany Stern, FBA

Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

My work combines literary criticism, theatre and book history and editing from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. I’m fascinated by the theatrical contexts that brought about plays by Shakespeare and others; several of my books and articles are on the theatrical documents put together by authors and theatrical personnel in the process of writing and learning a play: actors’ ...

Dr Erin Sullivan

Dr Erin Sullivan

Senior Lecturer

I am a cultural historian and literary scholar interested in the nature of emotional experience and its relation to art - in particular Shakespeare’s. My research splits into two distinct but nonetheless related strands: the cultural history of the emotions, especially sadness, and the performance of Shakespeare today.

Dr Martin Wiggins

Dr Martin Wiggins

My research interests cover the full corpus of dramatic works written in the British Isles between the English Reformation and the English Revolution, including both commercial and literary plays, masques and entertainments, and drama in Latin, Greek, Cornish, and Welsh.

Honorary Fellows

Associated members of the Department of English

Associated members of the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

  • Russell Jackson, Emeritus Allardyce Nicoll Chair in Drama and Theatre Arts

Associated members of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

  • Robert Bearman, Retired Head of Archives and Local Studies, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust