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Abdulhamit Arvas Post-doctoral Fellow in Drama

Abdulhamit Arvas is Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Shakespeare in the Department of Drama at Vassar College. He earned his PhD in English with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Michigan State University (2016). Trained in the field of early modern literature and culture, Dr. Arvas specializes in sexuality studies, gender, transcultural studies and global Shakespeare. At Vassar, his teaching focuses on Shakespeare, homoeroticism in early modern drama, theater history, world drama, and queer theory.

Dr. Arvas currently works on his first book project that explores early modern English and Ottoman sexualities with a focus on cross-cultural encounters, abductions, and conversions in the Mediterranean during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. His most recent publications include “Global Shakespeares, Affective Histories, Cultural Memories” (co-au, Shakespeare Survey), “Queers In-Between: Globalizing Sexualities, Local Resistances” (The Postcolonial World), “From The Pervert Back to The Beloved: Homosexuality and Ottoman Literary History, 1453-1923” (The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature), and “Ecoerotic Imaginations in Early Modernity: An Eco-Queer Reading of Margaret Cavendish” (New International Voices in Ecocriticism), as well as book reviews in Renaissance Quarterly, Journal of American Studies in Turkey, and GLQ. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, and the Early Modern Conversions Fellowship at the University of Cambridge; and served as the editorial assistant for academic journals CR: The New Centennial Review and Contagion.

  • BA, Hacettepe University; MA, Eastern Michigan University
  • At Vassar since 2016


  • Phone: 845-437-5250
  • Office: Vogelstein Cntr Drama and Film
  • Hours: Wed., 1:30pm - 3pm, or by appointment (spring 2018)
  • Box: 138

Research and Academic Interests

  • Sexuality Studies
  • Gender
  • Transcultural Studies
  • Global Shakespeare
  • Homoeroticism in Early Modern Drama
  • Theater History
  • World Drama
  • Queer Theory

Departments and Programs


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