Abdulhamit Arvas joined UCSB as Assistant Professor of Theater after completing Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Vassar College (2016-2018). He earned his PhD in English, with additional specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies, from Michigan State University (2016). Trained in the field of early modern literature and culture, Dr. Arvas specializes in the global Renaissance, Shakespeare,dramatic literature, the history of sexuality, queer theory, and race studies.
Dr. Arvas’s current book project, tentatively titled Beautiful Boys of the Renaissance: Travelling Sexualities and Homoerotics of Difference in Anglo-Ottoman Encounters, 1500-1650, explores early modern English and Ottoman sexualities on and off stage with a focus on cross-cultural encounters, abductions, and conversions in the Mediterranean during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. His most recent publications include “Global Shakespeares, Affective Histories, Cultural Memories” (co-authored, Shakespeare Survey), “Queers In-Between: Globalizing Sexualities, Local Resistances” (The Postcolonial World), “From The Pervert Back to The Beloved: Homosexuality and Ottoman Literary History, 1453-1923” (The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature), and “Ecoerotic Imaginations in Early Modernity: An Eco-Queer Reading of Margaret Cavendish” (New International Voices in Ecocriticism), as well as book reviews for Renaissance Quarterly, Journal of American Studies in Turkey, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. In addition to Mellon fellowship, he was awarded Fulbright scholarship, the SSHRC Early Modern Conversions Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, and The Folger Shakespeare Library Research Fellowship.
Dr. Arvas is affiliated faculty in the department of English.