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About R. Ari Friedlander

Prior to joining the University of Mississippi, R. Ari Friedlander was an assistant professor of English literature at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. He had previously been Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor in English at University of California, Davis, where he taught undergraduate and graduate classes on Shakespeare, the history and theory of gender and sexuality, and early modern English popular culture. His current book project, entitled Rogue Sexuality: The Erotics of Social Status in Early Modern England, examines the interdependence and instability of sexual and social identity in the Renaissance, and the role of sexual reproduction in the emerging and related concepts of population and political economy. A second project concerns the relationship between Renaissance poor laws and the modern concept of disability.

In September 2014, Friedlander organized an interdisciplinary and international conference at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California, with Melissa Sanchez (English, University of Pennsylvania) and Will Stockton (English, Clemson University) on the theme of "Desiring History and Historicizing Desire: Sexuality in Early Modern England."

• Modern Languages Association
• Shakespeare Association of America
• Renaissance Society of America


2015 Present Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi ‐ Department of English
2015 Present Mellon-Volkswagen Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin
20132015 Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Dayton

Research Interests

Shakespeare, Early Modern Literature, Histories and Theories of Gender and Sexuality, Representations of Poverty, Crime and Social Status, History of Disability, Animal Studies, and Digital Humanities


2011 Ph.D., University of Michigan
2005 M.A., University of Michigan
2003 B.A., Columbia University

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