Carnegie Mellon University

Stephen Wittek

Stephen Wittek

Assistant Professor of English

  • BH 245 D
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Area of Study

Literary and Cultural Studies


My work lies at the intersection between early modern drama and cultural studies. 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 Literature, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Journal of Cognitive History. I am co-editor of two multi-authored collections: Performing Conversion: Cities, Theatre and Early Modern Transformations (with José R. Jouve-Martín, Edinburgh University Press, 2021) and Shakespeare and Virtual Reality (with David McInnis, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming Fall 2021). Other endeavours of note include a new book project about Shakespeare and the cultural politics of conversion, an edition of The Merchant of Venice for Internet Shakespeare Editions (co-edited with Janelle Jenstad), and the DREaM interface for distant reading early modern texts (co-created with Matthew Milner and Stéfan Sinclair). At CMU, I am director of the virtual reality education project, Shakespeare-VR, and co-director of the Center for Early Modern Print, Networks, and Performance (with Christopher Warren).



  • Performing Race in Early Modernity (ENGL 76329/729)
  • Gender Play in Early Modern Drama (ENGL 76431/831)
  • Literature & Digital Culture (ENGL 76252)
  • Shakespeare on Film (ENGL 76377/ 76777)
  • Literature & Culture in the English Renaissance: Reformation to Revolution (ENGL 76233)
  • Revenge Tragedy (ENGL 76446/846)
  • Politics & Early Modern Drama (ENGL 76429/829)
  • Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances (ENGL 76247)
  • Shakespeare: Tragedies & Histories (ENGL 76245)