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(205) 934-8594

Research and Teaching Interests: Shakespeare, animal studies, sexuality, feminism, masculinity, Harry Potter, theory, Terry Pratchett

Office Hours: By appointment


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Rebecca Ann Bach is Professor of English, specializing in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama. She is the author of Birds and Other Creatures in Renaissance Literature: Shakespeare, Descartes, and Animal Studies (Routledge, 2018; paperback 2020), Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature before Heterosexuality (Palgrave, 2007), and Colonial Transformations: The Cultural Production of the New Atlantic World 1580-1640 (Palgrave, 2000). With Gwynne Kennedy, she co-edited Feminisms and Early Modern Texts: Essays for Phyllis Rackin (Susquehanna University Press, 2010).

Dr. Bach has published many articles on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, animals, sexuality, masculinity, and race. Her most recent essay, “Avian Shakespeare,” was published in The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Animals, edited by Karen Raber and Holly Dugan (Routledge, 2021). “‘Chuck’ in Shakespeare’s Plays” also came out in Notes and Queries 2021.

Dr. Bach has served as the English Department’s Undergraduate Director and Director of Honors. She has won the University’s Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction (2011), Exceptional Innovator’s Award (2011), and Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award (2006). As Associate Dean, she coordinated and ran the College of Arts and Sciences’ 2013 Civil Rights Commemorative celebrations.