Kevin A. Quarmby Assistant Professor of English

Oxford College of Emory University

Kevin Quarmby is editing Henry VI Part 1 for Internet Shakespeare Editions, and is Editor of the Shakespeare performance review journal, Scene.


Kevin Quarmby was awarded a PhD in English (Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama) by King's College London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He won the King's College 'Inglis Prize' and gained full Arts and Humanities Research Council funding for his doctoral research. During his graduate studies, he taught English Renaissance Literature at King's College. Since then, he has offered courses for the University of Notre Dame, St. Lawrence University, NY, and the University of California, for their London study experiences. Other academic roles include Globe Education Lecturer at Shakespeare's Globe London, London Faculty for Florida State University, and Faculty at the Foundation for International Education. As Associate Tutor for the University of Sussex's English and Drama Department, Quarmby workshopped and directed a final year production of Ben Jonson's Masque of Queens. In the Fall of 2011, prior to accepting his position at Emory, Quarmby was Guest Lecturer at the University of Cambridge's Homerton College, teaching Restoration and Long Eighteenth-Century Drama.


Away from the 'physical' classroom, "Dr. Q" (as his students call him) is passionate about digital scholarship and social justice. His Shakespeare classes regularly invite outside participants to join his students, while also interacting with academics and practitioners from around the world. During his three-year tenure as Distinguished Visiting Scholar (2011-2014), Quarmby also received tremendous support from the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, based at Emory University.

Quarmby has published extensively in academic journals, including Shakespeare, Shakespeare Bulletin, ROMARD and Cahiers Elizabethain. In 2011, his article, 'Narrative of Negativity: Whig Historiography and the Spectre of King James in Measure for Measure', appeared in Shakespeare Survey. Quarmby's 2012 book, The Disguised Ruler in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, was shortlisted for the Shakespeare's Globe Book Award 2014, and subsequently reissued in paperback (2016) by Routledge. He is on the Editorial Board of The Map of Early Modern London. Quarmby is also editing William Davenant's Cruel Brother for Digital Renaissance Editions, and co-editing with Brett Greatley-Hirsch (University of Leeds) the anonymous play, Fair Em.


The Disguised Ruler in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries by Kevin A Quarmby


Kevin Quarmby on "Roanoke: Search for the Lost Colony", History. In 2015, Quarmby accepted an invitation to advise the History television network's program about the lost Roanoke colony and the contentious Dare Stone controversy. Aired in October 2015, this program seeks to resituate and (possibly) validate one of the Dare Stones as an artefact of significant US historical importance. Quarmby's asistance with this project, and his surprising re-reading of the first Dare Stone, resulted in his return for a second program, "Return to Roanoke: Search for the Seven", aired in March 2017.


Dr Q at Brenau University GA