Kevin A. Quarmby PhD

Associate Professor of English | The College of St. Scholastica

Editor of the Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama Performance Review Journal

Scene: Reviews of Early Modern Drama


Kevin A Quarmby, Photograph by Olli Tumelius

Kevin A. 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, followed by courses for the University of Notre Dame, St. Lawrence University, and University of California, all for their London study-abroad experiences.

Quarmby began teaching at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre London as a Globe Education Lecturer, followed by London Faculty positions for Florida State University and the Foundation for International Education, serving institutions such as Drexel and Temple University, again teaching their study-abroad Shakespeare courses.

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 an assistant professorship at Oxford College of Emory University, Quarmby was Guest Lecturer at the University of Cambridge's Homerton College, teaching Restoration and Long Eighteenth-Century Drama. In 2017, Quarmby joined the School of Arts and Letters faculty at The College of St. Scholastica, first as Assistant Professor and in 2020 Associate Professor of English.

Away from the 'physical' classroom, Quarmby 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 is editing Henry VI Part 1 for Internet Shakespeare Editions. 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