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Research Department 

Our current and upcoming research projects include:

Dr Farah Karim-Cooper

Dr Will Tosh

Jen Edwards

Nina Romancikova

Research Assistants




Dr Farah Karim-Cooper

Head of Higher Education and Research

Dr Farah Karim-Cooper oversees the Higher Education programme and leads Research and scholarship at Shakespeare’s Globe. She is Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London and co-convenes the King’s/Globe joint MA in Shakespeare Studies. She was the 2013 Lloyd Davis Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland, a Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America and Chair of the Globe Architecture Research Group that led the research into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She is frequently a keynote speaker and panellist at national and international conferences on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, early modern culture and theatre practice.


Research Interests

Farah’s research and teaching focuses on feminist approaches to Shakespeare, material culture, phenomenology and early modern performance, theatre history and early modern cultural history.


Select Publications


Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama (EUP, 2006, 2012)

The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch and the Spectacle of Dismemberment (Bloomsbury/Arden, 2016)

Shakespeare, Death and the Spectator (forthcoming 2020)

Edited Collections:

Shakespeare’s Globe: A Theatrical Experiment, co-editor Christie Carson (CUP, 2008)

Shakespeare’s Theatres and the Effects of Performance, co-editor Tiffany Stern (Bloomsbury/Arden, 2013)

Moving Shakespeare Indoors: Performance and Repertoire in the Jacobean Playhouse, co-editor Andrew Gurr (CUP, 2014)

Titus Andronicus: The State of Play (Bloomsbury/Arden, 2018)

Play editions:

The Duchess of Malfi, The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama, general editor Jeremy Lopez (forthcoming 2020)

Series Editing:

Shakespeare in the Theatre, co-editors Bridget Escolme and Peter Holland (Bloomsbury/Arden)

Arden Critical Intersections, co-editors Sonia Massai, Gordon McMullan and Lucy Munro (Arden/Bloomsbury)



Dr. Will Tosh


Research Fellow and Lecturer

Will Tosh is Lecturer and Research Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe. He led the Indoor Performance Practice Project (2014-16), which examined playing in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and coordinates Globe Education’s on-going Research in Action series of public workshops.


Research Interests

Will’s research has two strands: he studies the rhetoric and application of Renaissance theories of ‘perfect’ friendship (the focus of his first book, and of his next project on the poet Richard Barnfield), and he develops practices of applied performance research into early modern drama. This second topic has been enabled by his work at Shakespeare’s Globe, and is the subject of his most recent book on the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.




Playing Indoors: Staging Early Modern Drama in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Male Friendship and Testimonies of Love in Shakespeare’s England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)


‘Theatre: Re-staging Shakespeare’, in Sarah Barber and Corinna Peniston-Bird (eds), Historical Sources in Spatial Contexts: Environment, Performance and Artefact (Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources, in production)

‘Taking Cover: 1616 and the Move Indoors’ in Paul Edmondson and Tian Yuan Tan (eds), 1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu's China (Bloomsbury, 2016)

Articles and Reviews:

Review: Will Stockton, Members of his Body: Shakespeare, Paul, and a Theology of Nonmonogamy in Renaissance Quarterly (forthcoming)

Review: Jeffrey Masten, Queer Philologies: Sex, Language, and Affect in Shakespeare’s Time in History Workshop Journal (Spring 2018)

Review: Allison P. Hobgood, Passionate Playgoing in Early Modern England in History Workshop Journal (Spring 2016)

Reviews: J.A. Froude, The Reign of Mary Tudor, introduced and selected by Eamon Duffy; David Loades, The Tudor Queens of England in Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies (April 2013)

Review: Jayne Elisabeth Archer et al (eds), The Intellectual and Cultural Word of the Early Modern Inns of Court in Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies (April 2012)


Jen Edwards


Research Coordinator

Jen Edwards is the Research Coordinator at Shakespeare’s Globe. She manages the research activities of the Globe’s Research Assistants, and leads on-going research projects such as the End of Season Interviews with Globe actors and creatives. She is currently completing a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London.


Research Interests

Jen’s research focuses on altered states of consciousness in early modern literature, science, and philosophy. Her doctoral thesis, Beside Themselves: Shakespeare’s Ecstatic Subjects, considers conceptions and representations of ecstasy and the ecstatic experience in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and has been supported by the AHRC and the Huntington Library, California. Her ongoing research interests include issues of subjectivity, linguistic and semiotic theory, anatomy, and print culture.




‘Metaphorically Speaking: Titus Andronicus and the Limits of Utterance’ in Titus Andronicus: The State of Play (Arden, forthcoming)

Programme notes and online articles:

‘How to Tame a Shrew’, programme note for The Taming of the Shrew, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank (Shakespeare’s Globe)

‘Shakespeare’s Textual Bodies’, Discovering Literature: Shakespeare (British Library)



Nina Romancikova


Research Administrator

Nina Romancikova is the Research Administrator at Shakespeare’s Globe. She oversees the planning and logistics of research events such as academic conferences and festivals. Nina provides administrative support to the Head of Research as well as the Research Fellows.




Research Assistants


The Globe Research Assistantship is a paid fixed term, part time post open to students on postgraduate (MA or PhD) courses in Shakespeare Studies, Renaissance Studies or a similar discipline, or holders of such a degree. Up to three assistants work with the Head of Higher Education and Research, the Research Fellow & Lecturer, and the Research Coordinator to provide dramaturgical assistance to Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse productions and support in-house research projects.

See blog posts by our previous assistants herehere, and here.