Kathryn Vomero Santos specializes in early modern literature and culture, translation and interpreting studies, premodern critical race studies, and gender and sexuality studies. 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.

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 funded by the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities 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 co-editing a collection entitled Ethical Appropriations in Shakespearean Performance with Louise Geddes and Geoffrey Way as well as a collection entitled Shakespeare and the Politics of Tradaptation with Katherine Gillen.

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 (2017). Her public-facing writing has appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly’s web exclusivesThe CollationShakespeare and BeyondThe Sundial, and CNN Opinion.

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. She regularly contributes to teacher professional development workshops for Humanities Texas and Folger Education.


Ph.D., English and American Literature, New York University
M.A., English and American Literature, New York University
B.A., English and Spanish, Syracuse University

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