I teach courses on Shakespeare, early modern drama and poetry, book history, and the theory and practice of working with material texts. I have a joint appointment with the UI Center for the Book.
I have earned BUILD certification through the Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity program, which aims to foster an enhanced attention and commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
I am the author of Selling Shakespeare: Biography, Bibliography, and the Book Trade (Cambridge University Press, 2016). I also curated the exhibition “The Books That Made Shakespeare” here at Iowa. You can learn more and access an online version of the exhibition at shakespeare.lib.uiowa.edu.
My current research projects include a new edition of Shakespeare’s Poems, a book that will provide a new critical history of Shakespearean authenticity and forgery, and a book that will tell new stories about the afterlives of Shakespeare’s death.
I am also the co-director on a digital humanities project which provides a new census of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century copies of Shakespeare’s works: shakespearecensus.org.
You can read more about my teaching and research at my website Anchora — which includes several online essays, as well as some of the amazing resources, materials, and activities in book studies taking place here at Iowa: adamghooks.net.
Book History / Book Studies
Textual Editing and Criticism
Early Modern Poetry and Drama