Abdulhamit Arvas

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Assistant Professor

Office Location

Theater Dance West, Room 1508


Shakespeare | Early Modern Drama | Dramatic Literature

History of Sexuality | Race Studies | Queer Theory


Abdulhamit Arvas joined UCSB as Assistant Professor of Theater after completing Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Vassar College (2016-2018). He earned his PhD in English, with additional specialization 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 the global Renaissance, Shakespeare,dramatic literature, the history of sexuality, queer theory, and  race studies.

Dr. Arvas’s current book project, tentatively titled Beautiful Boys of the Renaissance: Travelling Sexualities and Homoerotics of Difference in Anglo-Ottoman Encounters, 1500-1650, explores early modern English and Ottoman sexualities on and off stage 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-authored, 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 for Renaissance QuarterlyJournal of American Studies in Turkey, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. In addition to Mellon fellowship, he was awarded Fulbright scholarship, the SSHRC Early Modern Conversions Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, and The Folger Shakespeare Library Research Fellowship.

Dr. Arvas is affiliated faculty in the department of English.



THTR 251. Sexuality and Race in Early/Modernity


THTR 188S. Shakespeare on Film and Stage: Othello

THTR 182A. Ancient Theater