Carnegie Mellon University

Stephen Wittek

Stephen Wittek

Assistant Professor of English

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Area of Study

Film and Visual Media, Humanities Analytics, Literary and Cultural Studies


My scholarship lies at the intersection of media theory and early modern drama. I am the author of The Media Players: Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and the Idea of News, (University of Michigan Press in 2015), a study of the co-productive relationship between the commercial news industry and the theatrical industry in early modern England. My work has also appeared in journals including Studies in English LiteratureDigital Humanities Quarterly, and Journal of Cognitive History. Current projects of note include a new book on the culture of conversion in Shakespeare's England, a new edition of The Merchant of Venice for Internet Shakespeare Editions (with Janelle Jenstad), and a volume of essays on Conversion, Cities, and Theater for the Conversions series at Edinburgh University Press (with José R. Jouve-Martin). I am also director of the Shakespeare-VR project, co-director of CMU's Center for Print, Networks, and Performance (with Christopher Warren), and co-organizer of the annual TripTech event series (with Ayana Ledford and Richard Purcell).