Shakespeare Association of America


All current members of the Shakespeare Association of America are entitled to vote in officer elections.

On 1 January each year, to accompany the release of the January Bulletin, a slate of candidates is announced to fill three open positions on the Board of Trustees. There are at least two candidates for the office of Vice-President and at least four candidates for the two open Trusteeships. The SAA member who is elected Vice-President in one year will succeed to the Presidency the next year.

For more on SAA Officers, see Governance.

  • 2020 Ballot for Officers

    2020 Ballots for SAA Officers

    With thanks to the members of the Association who forwarded suggestions, the Nominating Committee of the Shakespeare Association of America, chaired by Lucy Munro (King’s College London) including Vimala Pasupathi (Hofstra University), Vin Nardizzi (University of British Columbia), and David McInnis (University of Melbourne) presents the following candidates for office in 2020:

    For Vice-President

    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.

    Ellen MacKay is Associate Professor of English and Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago. She is author of Persecution, Plague and Fire: Fugitive Histories of the Stage in Early Modern England (2011), director of the Luminary iPad app of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and she is currently completing a book about the hydrology of early modern theatrical assemblies. Formerly the director of Indiana University’s Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities, she is co-editor of Modern Philology, the Principal Investigator for digital project on common parlance in The Taming of the Shrew, and the Head Scholar for the biennial Folger/NEH Teaching Shakespeare Institute since 2014. For the SAA, she was a speaker on panels in 2007 and 2013, organized panels in 2015 and 2020, and served on the 2013 Nominating Committee and the 2015 Program Committee.

    For Trustees

    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.

    Lara Bovilsky, Associate Professor of English at University of Oregon, is the author of Barbarous Play: Race on the English Renaissance Stage (2008) and the editor of John Webster’s The White Devil (2020). Her website,, introduces students and the general public to the story of how Shakespeare’s works have changed over time and place to place. Her current book project is Almost Human: The Bounds of Personhood in Early Modern England. She led or co-led seminars in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

    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.

    James M. Bromley is Associate Professor of English at Miami University in Ohio. He is the author of Intimacy and Sexuality in the Age of Shakespeare (2012) and several articles on early modern literature and sexuality; he co-edited the collection Sex before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England (2013). He has received long-term fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library and from the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, and he was the 2011 winner of the Martin Stevens Award for the Best New Essay in Early Drama Studies from the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society. For the SAA he has been a roundtable speaker (2013) and has led or co-led seminars in 2009, 2015 and 2019.

    The deadline to vote is 15 February 2020.