- Ayanna Thompson is Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University, where she is also an affiliate faculty in Women & Gender Studies and Film & Media Studies. She specializes in Renaissance drama and focuses on issues of race and performance. She is the author of two books: _Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America_ (forthcoming, Oxford University Press) and _Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage_ (Routledge, 2008), and the editor of two books: _Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance_ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) (co-edited with Scott Newstok) and _Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance_ (Routledge, 2006). In addition, she is the guest editor of two special editions of scholarly journals: “Shakespeare, Race, and Performance,” _Shakespeare Bulletin_ (special issue 27.3, Fall 2009) and “Actors of Color in Shakespeare,” _Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation_ (special issue 4.1, Spring/Summer 2008). Professor Thompson’s essays and reviews have appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Quarterly, Seventeenth-Century News, The Eighteenth Century, The Journal of Popular Culture, Textus, and Arthuriana.
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