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Natasha Korda

Professor of English

285 Court Street, 304

Director, Center for the Humanities

95 Pearl Street, 102

Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



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BA Columbia University
PHD Johns Hopkins University

Natasha Korda

Natasha Korda (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1995) is Director of the Center for the Humanities, Professor of English, and on the core faculty of the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Wesleyan. Her research interests include early modern English dramatic literature and culture, theater history, women’s social, economic and legal history, and material and visual culture studies. She is author of Labors Lost: Women’s Work and the Early Modern English Stage (2011) and Shakespeare’s Domestic Economies: Gender and Property in Early Modern England (2002), and co-editor of two anthologies, Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama (2011) and Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama (2002). She is currently editing the Norton Critical Edition of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and working on a new project on feminist counter-archives and early modern theater historiography. In 2015 she was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Association of America, was appointed Chair of its 2016 Program Committee, and elected in 2019 to be its Vice-President; she will become the President of the SAA in 2020-2021. Her research has been supported by Wesleyan's Center for the Humanities, an International Research Fellowship at Oxford Brookes University, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library, a Charles S. Singleton Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University’s Villa Spelman, and fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She has served on the editorial boards of Renaissance Quarterly, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal and The Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia, and on executive committees of the Modern Language Association and the Renaissance Society of America. She is on the steering committee of the international Theater Without Borders research collaborative, which convened for its 20th anniversary conference at Wesleyan in June 2019.

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Fall 2021: Tuesday, 2-4pm, or by appointment.

Office: Center for the Humanities, 95 Pearl St, #102


Spring 2023
CHUM 348 - 01
Plague and Care-Work

CHUM 381 - 01
Student Fellowship

Fall 2023
CHUM 381 - 01
Student Fellowship

ENGL 349 - 01
Historicizing Sexualities