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Emily Weissbourd Assistant Professor of English at Lehigh University

Emily Weissbourd

Assistant Professor

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PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2011

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Research Statement

Emily Weissbourd received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the program in comparative literature and literary theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Lehigh, she held an Ahmanson-Getty postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, a critical writing teaching fellowship at University of Pennsylvania, and a visiting assistant professorship at Bryn Mawr College. She specializes in early modern English and Spanish literatures, with research and teaching interests in early modern representations of race, religion, gender and sexuality; Tudor and Stuart drama and the Spanish comedia; transnational studies and translation; and Shakespearean afterlives in popular culture. 

Her first monograph, Bad Blood: Staging Race Between Early Modern England and Spain, was published in 2023 in the RaceB4Race series at the University of Pennsylvania Press. She is also the co-editor (with Barbara Fuchs) of the edited collection Representing Imperial Rivalry in the Early Modern Mediterranean and has published articles in a number of academic journals and edited collections. You can find her public-facing writing on slavery in early modern England on the BBC’s History Extra website, and on Othello and reality television on The Rambling.


Bad Blood: Staging Race Between Early Modern England and Spain. Race B4 Race series, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2023.

Representing Imperial Rivalry in the Early Modern Mediterranean (co-editor and contributor; co-edited with Barbara Fuchs).  University of Toronto Press, 2015.



“Shakespeare from the Bottom: Transnationalism, Unfounded Whiteness, and the First Folio” Shakespeare Quarterly 74 (2023): 204-16.

“Beyond Othello: Juan Latino in Black America.” Journal of American Studies 54 (2020) in special issue on “Shakespeare in Black America,”ed. Patricia Cahill and Kim Hall: 59-65.

“Echoes of the Requerimiento in English Representations of the New World.” published conference proceedings for “The Requerimiento at Five Hundred” in Republics of Letters 5 (2018), n.p.

“Translating Spain: Purity of Blood and Orientalism in Mabbe’s Rogue and Guzmán de AlfaracheModern Philology 114 (2017): 552-72.

“'Those in their Possession: Race, Slavery and Queen Elizabeth's 'Edicts of Expulsion,’” Huntington Library Quarterly 78 (2015): 1-19.

“‘I have done the state some service:’ Reading Slavery in Othello through Juan Latino,” Comparative Drama 47 (2013): 529-51.


Book Chapters

“‘Search this Ulcer Soundly’: Sex as Contagion in The Changeling and Othello." In Contagion on the Shakespearean Stage, ed. Mary Floyd Wilson and Darryl Chalk. (Palgrave Macmillan 2019), 105-25.

“Spain and the Rhetoric of Imperial Rivalry in Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi,” Representing Imperial Rivalry in the Early Modern Mediterranean, ed. Barbara Fuchs and Emily Weissbourd (University of Toronto Press, 2015), 217-32.


ENGL 11, “Old Books, New Problems”
ENGL 90, “Shakespeare’s Teenagers”
ENGL 90, “Imagined Worlds: Utopia and Dystopia in Literature and Film”
ENGL 91, “It’s a Drag: Gender and Performance in Literature and Pop Culture”
ENGL 100, “Working with Texts”
ENGL 125, “Heroes and Weirdos: English Literature to 1800”
ENGL 328, “Why Shakespeare?”
ENGL 328, “Shakespeare: Text to Film”
ENGL 439, “Shakespeare and Literary Theory”
ENGL 441, “Early Modern Race and Empire”
ENGL 482, “Theories of Literature and Social Justice”