Urvashi Chakravarty

Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty, Undergraduate Faculty
Humanities Wing, Room 314, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4. Jackman Humanities Building, Room 717, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • 16th and 17th century English literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Critical race studies
  • Queer theory
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • The early modern Atlantic world
  • Histories of slavery


"Race, Natality, and the Biopolitics of Early Modern Political Theology." Special issue on Political Theology, eds. Jason Kerr and Ben LaBreche. Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 18.2 (Spring 2018): 140-166.

"‘I Had Peopled Else': Shakespeare's Queer Natalities and the Reproduction of Race." In Queering Childhood in Early Modern English Drama and Culture, eds. Jennifer Higginbotham and Mark Albert Johnston (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018): 57-78.

"More Than Kin, Less Than Kind: Similitude, Strangeness, and Early Modern English Homonationalisms." Special issue on Shakespeare and Race, eds. Peter Erickson and Kim F. Hall. Shakespeare Quarterly 67.1 (Spring 2016):14-29.

"Livery, Liberty, and Legal Fictions." English Literary Renaissance 42.3 (Autumn 2012): 365-390.

Other Writing 

"The Problem of Civility: A Genealogy." The Rambling Issue 3 (January 2019).

"Bound to Serve: Apprenticeship Indentures at the Folger." The Collation: A Gathering of Scholarship from the Folger Shakespeare Library (January 2018).


BA, Columbia University
PhD, University of Pennsylvania