Kathryn Vomero Santos, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor , English
Kathryn Vomero Santos specializes in early modern literature and culture, translation and interpreting studies, premodern critical race studies, and gender and sexuality studies. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in English and American Literature from New York University and her B.A. in English and Spanish from Syracuse University. Her cross-historical research explores the intersections of performance with the politics of language, empire, and racial formation in the early modern period and in our contemporary moment.
Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Shakespeare Quarterly, Philological Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, Borrowers and Lenders, Literature Compass, and various edited collections. Santos co-edited Arthur Golding’s A Moral Fabletalk and Other Renaissance Fable Translations with Liza Blake for the MHRA Tudor & Stuart Translations Series. Her public-facing writing has appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly’s web exclusives, The Collation, The Sundial, and CNN Opinion.
With Katherine Gillen and Adrianna M. Santos of Texas A&M University–San Antonio, she co-founded the Borderlands Shakespeare Colectiva, a multi-institutional research initiative that seeks to archive, curate, and circulate works of Shakespearean performance and appropriation in and around the U.S.–Mexico Borderlands. Together, they are editing The Bard in the Borderlands: An Anthology of Shakespeare Appropriations en La Frontera, a two-volume open-access anthology of Borderlands Shakespeare plays under contract with ACMRS Press. The first volume will be published in 2023.
Santos is also completing her first monograph entitled Shakespeare in Tongues, which is under contract with Routledge for their Spotlight on Shakespeare series. She is continuing work on a book about early modern interpreters and is co-editing a collection entitled Shakespeare at the Intersection of Performance and Appropriation with Louise Geddes and Geoffrey Way. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Henry E. Huntington Library, UCLA Special Collections, the Renaissance Society of America, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Santos currently serves as Performance Reviews Editor for Shakespeare Bulletin: The Journal of Early Modern Drama in Performance and Early Modern Section Editor for The Sundial. She was recently selected as an Arden Shakespeare Fourth Series Fellow and was elected to the Executive Committee for the Translation Studies Forum of the Modern Language Association in 2020. In 2021, Santos served on the Program Committee for the Shakespeare Association of America. She regularly contributes to teacher professional development workshops for Humanities Texas and Folger Education.
At Trinity, Santos teaches courses on Shakespeare, early British literature, translation, adaptation/appropriation, critical race studies, and women’s and gender studies. She has mentored students in the Early Book and Manuscript Lab and in the Mellon Initiative Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows program. Since 2020, Santos has served as co-director of the Trinity University Humanities Collective, an organization that promotes, coordinates, and highlights faculty and students’ humanities research, events, and programming on campus and in the San Antonio community.
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