Abdulhamit Arvas is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching focus on early modern literature and culture, the history of sexuality, queer theory, race studies, cross-cultural encounters, and Islam in the Renaissance.
Dr. Arvas is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled Beautiful Boys of the Global Renaissance: Travelling Sexualities in Anglo-Ottoman Encounters, which concerns early modern sexuality and race in a global context. Specifically, reading English and Ottoman literatures together, his project explores the abduction and circulation of exoticized male adolescents in the transnational Mediterranean space during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
His publications on comparative histories of sexuality and race, cross-cultural encounters in the Renaissance Mediterranean, global Shakespeare, transgender history, and queer sexualities in Turkey have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including English Literary Renaissance, Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, Shakespeare Survey, postmedieval, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and in edited collections such as The Postcolonial World, The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature, England’s Asian Renaissance, Trans Historical: Gender Plurality Before the Modern, and A Companion to Global Shakespeares. Most recently, with Afrodesia McCannon and Kris Trujillo, Dr. Arvas co-edited the tenth anniversary issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, titled Critical Confessions Now (2020).
Dr. Arvas was awarded fellowships and grants from Fulbright, Mellon, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the SSHRC Early Modern Conversions at the University of Cambridge, and The Folger Shakespeare Library.