Bryson Chair: Ania Loomba
Ania Loomba, professor of English,
has been appointed to the Catherine
Bryson Professorship, SAS Dean Samuel
H. Preston announced.
semester Dr. Loomba came to Penn from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
where she was a professor of English.
In addition, she has held faculty appointments
at Jawaharlal Nehru University and
the University of Tulsa. Her research
focuses on Renaissance literature and
history, which she examines through
the lenses of gender studies and colonial
and post-colonial studies. She holds
a Ph.D. in English from the University
of Sussex and has been awarded fellowships
by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and the Center for Advanced Study,
University of Illinois.
first book, Gender, Race, Renaissance
Drama, has been widely excerpted
in subsequent collections. Her 1998
was recently translated into Italian,
Turkish, Korean, and Japanese. Her
latest book, Shakespeare, Race,
and Colonialism, has just been
published by Oxford University Press.
At present, Dr. Loomba is co-editing
the Documentary Companion to the
Study of Race in the Early Modern Period with
Jonathan Burton and is working on a
book manuscript: Of Queens and Spices:
Renaissance Literature and Travel to
the East Indies.
endowed professorship was established
in 1989 by Natalie I. Koether, Esq.,
CW 61, L '65, a long-standing
University Charter Trustee, founding
member of the Trustees' Council of
Penn Women, and chair emerita of
the SAS Board of Overseers. The chair
honors her high school English teacher,
Catherine Bryson, ED '22, G '47.