Paul Yachnin

Principal Investigator

Paul Yachnin is Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas. He teaches and publishes on the social creativity of the arts, principally on Shakespeare and other writers of early modern Europe. His books include Stage-Wrights, The Culture of Playgoing in Early Modern England (with Tony Dawson), and Making Publics in Early Modern Europe (with Bronwen Wilson), as well as editions of The Tempest and Richard II. In addition to serving as Director of the Shakespeare and Performance Research Team and President of the Shakespeare Association of America (2009-2010), he founded the Making Publics (MaPs) Project (2005-10), which brought together scholars across the disciplines to rethink the history of early modern Europe by understanding how works of art and intellect created “publics,” new forms of association based on the shared interests, tastes, and desires of individuals.