Professor Mario DiGangi specializes in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, with an emphasis on gender, sexuality, and embodiment. He is the author of two books, The Homoerotics of Early Modern Drama (Cambridge, 1997) and Sexual Types: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character from Shakespeare to Shirley (Pennsylvania, 2011). He is the editor, with Amanda Bailey, of Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts: Politics, Ecologies, Form (Palgrave, 2017). He has edited three plays of Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale (Bedford), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barnes&Noble) and Romeo and Juliet (Barnes&Noble). His current project explores political agency and affect in English history plays. His recent work (in A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare, 2nd ed. and Women, Sex and Gender in the Early Modern Anglophone World) develops his long-standing commitment to feminist scholarship.
In addition to his work on Shakespeare, he has published widely on early modern writers, including Christopher Marlowe (in Marlowe, History, and Sexuality), Ben Jonson (in Ben Jonson in Context), John Ford (in A Companion to Renaissance Drama), and Richard Barnfield (in The Affectionate Shepherd: Celebrating Richard Barnfield). He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, UCLA, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), the University of Texas (Austin), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the editorial board of the Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia and served as the President of the Shakespeare Association of America in 2016.
Prof. DiGangi has been a member of the Ph.D. Program in English since 2001 and the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program since 2009. At the Graduate Center he has taught courses including “History, Theory, and Early Modern Sexualities,” “Affective Politics in the Elizabethan History Play,” and “Marlowe and His Contemporaries.”