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Dr Farah Karim-Cooper

Dr Farah Karim-Cooper

  • SubjectEnglish MA (1996), PhD (2003)
  • Place of workShakespeare’s Globe
  • PositionHead of Courses and Research

Farah is Head of Courses and Research at the Shakespeare’s Globe. As well as providing the academic voice to the theatre Farah has published several books about Shakespeare’s theatre.

She also convenes an MA course in collaboration with King’s College London and oversees a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with other universities.

I did my undergraduate studies at California State University and I came over for my MA intending to spend a year in the UK. Then I took a year off and I started my PhD. I had fallen in love with the country and the literature and wanted to continue to study.

I enjoyed meeting other PhD students and working with the Head of Department and my PhD supervisor. He would talk to me about conferences and advise me about jobs and was instrumental in my work being published. I collaborated on a book in 2008 called Shakespeare’s Globe: A Theatrical Experiment which has been very successful.

My PhD was on early modern cosmetics and aesthetics and I knew they were doing productions at the Globe that involved material practices from that period. So I contacted them and they brought me in as a consultant.

I taught at Royal Holloway as a visiting lecturer and I got quite a lot of experience teaching on the writing skills course and had a huge number of hours of teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates.

I run an MA course and I have two PhD students through collaborations with a variety of universities. I have a full time academic job within the Globe but at the same time I get to work with and advise actors.

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