Professor Farah Karim-Cooper

Professor Farah Karim-Cooper wearing a red blazer, white shirt and colourful necklace.

Farah is Professor of Shakespeare Studies, King’s College London, and Director of Education (Higher Education & Research) at Shakespeare’s Globe, where she has worked for the last 20 years. Farah served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America 2021-2022 after serving 5 years on the Board of Trustees. She is the recipient of the British Shakespeare Association Fellowship Award 2023 for her contribution to Shakespeare Studies and Inclusivity.

She held an Oxford Humanities Cultural Programme Fellowship and was Visiting Fellow of Exeter College Oxford from 2022-2023. Farah served on the Advisory Council for the Warburg Institute for three years, the council of the Society for Renaissance Studies and is currently a Trustee of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. She led the architectural enquiries into early modern theatres at Shakespeare’s Globe as Chair of the former Architecture Research Group, overseeing the research into the design and construction of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and was a co-project leader with the CEO and AD on the playhouse construction.

Farah has published over 40 chapters in books, reviews and articles and is a co-General Editor for Arden’s Shakespeare in the Theatre series and their Critical Intersections Series. She is also co-General Editor for the Folger Shakespeare editions. She has published several books on Shakespeare, theatre, performance and culture, including: Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama (Edinburgh University Press, 2006, revised ed. 2019) and The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch and the Spectacle of Dismemberment (Arden 2016). She co-edited Shakespeare’s Globe: A Theatrical Experiment with Christie Carson (Cambridge University Press, 2008); Shakespeare’s Theatres and Effects of Performance with Tiffany Stern (Arden 2012) and Moving Shakespeare Indoors: Performance and Repertoire in the Jacobean Playhouse with Andrew Gurr (Cambridge University Press, 2014); she edited a collection of essays for Arden, Titus Andronicus: The State of Play (2019) and edited the text of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi for the Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama, collated by Jeremy Lopez (2020). Her most recent book, The Great White Bard: Shakespeare, Race and the Future (2023) was voted top 100 books of 2023 by Time Magazine, NPR and The New Yorker.

In 2018 she founded and curated the Globe’s Shakespeare and Race Festival and conceived and curated the Antiracist Shakespeare Webinar series from 2021-2024. She is an executive board member for RaceB4Race, a consortium of Scholars and institutions that seek racial justice in the field of premodern literary studies. In the UK she founded the first ever Early Modern Scholars of Colour network and is the Globe Director of the Shakespeare Centre London, a major research partnership between Shakespeare’s Globe and King’s College London.