Ayanna Thompson

Center Director & Regents Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4402
Center Director & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4402

Biography

Ayanna Thompson is a Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University, and the Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (ACMRS). She is the author of Blackface (Bloomsbury, 2021), Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars (Arden Bloomsbury, 2018), Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centred Approach, co-authored with Laura Turchi (Arden Bloomsbury, 2016), Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage (Routledge, 2008). She wrote the new introduction for the revised Arden3 Othello (Arden, 2016), and is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Race (Cambridge University Press, 2021), Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance (Palgrave, 2010), and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (Routledge, 2006). She is currently collaborating with Curtis Perry on the Arden4 edition of Titus Andronicus.

Thompson is a Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at The Public Theater in New York. She currently chairs the Council of Scholars at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn, NY, serves on the Board of Play On Shakespeare, and previously served on the Board for Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington, DC.

She was the 2018-19 President of the Shakespeare Association of America and was one of Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholars for 2017-2018. From 2015-2017, Thompson served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Marshall Scholars.

Education

Ph.D. Harvard University

M.A. University of Sussex

A.B. Columbia University

Courses

Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 632 Adv Studies Med/Ren Lit/Cultur
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 484 Internship
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 598 Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 598 Special Topics
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 484 Internship
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 534 Studies in Renaissance Lit
LAT 598 Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 321 Shakespeare
LAT 598 Special Topics