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Adam Hooks

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Associate Professor
Ph.D. Columbia University, 2009; M.A. Georgetown University, 2003
455 EPB
Curriculum Vitae:

Research Areas:
Book History / Book Studies
Textual Editing and Criticism
Early Modern Poetry and Drama

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). You can learn more at

I curated the exhibition “The Books That Made Shakespeare” here at Iowa. You can learn more and access an online version of the exhibition here:

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:

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: