Vanessa I. Corredera

Vanessa I. Corredera

Vanessa I. Corredera

Title: Department Chair, Associate Professor
Office Location: Nethery Hall 120
Phone: (269) 471-3073


BA: Andrews University
Ph.D.: Northwestern University 


After graduating from Andrews University with a B.A. in English and minor in history in 2006, I had the pleasure to return as a professor in 2013 after graduating from Northwestern University with an emphasis in Renaissance literature (2012). My research focuses on the intersection of Shakespeare and race, particularly in contemporary performance and popular culture, but also in early modern literature more broadly. This interests in race and representation manifests across my classes, whether the first-year introductory course, Approaches to English Studies, or in upper-division classes, such as Shakespeare, Race, and Adaptation. I also lend my enthusiasm and expertise to the foundational first-year Honors course, Western Heritage, where I teach the fine arts portions of this interdisciplinary class that looks at diverse voices and philosophical paradigms influential to the Western intellectual and cultural tradition.

I am currently the Chair of the Department of English, and I also serve on the Faculty Senate, Honors Council, and the Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Action Council. Across these various roles, I strive to foster the mentorship and collegial atmosphere so crucial to my own personal and intellectual growth while a student at Andrews.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Select Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

“Lessons for Whiteness: Keith Hamilton Cobb’s American Moor.” Shakespeare, vol. 17, no. 1, 2021, pp. 54-57.

Co-authored with L. Monique Pittman, Karl Bailey, and Kristen Denslow. “‘Were I human’:  Beingness and the Postcolonial Object in Westworld’s Appropriation of The  Tempest.” Variable  Objects. Edited by Louise Geddes and Valerie Fazel.  Edinburgh UP, 2021. pp. 85-107.

“Get Out and the Remediation of Othello's Sunken Place: Beholding White Supremacy's  Coagula.” Borrowers and Lenders 8.1 (2020): n.p.

“‘How dey goin to kill Othello’: Key & Peele, Race, and Shakespearean Universality.” Journal  of American Studies vol. 54 no. 1, 2020, pp. 27-35.

“The Moor Makes a Cameo: Serial, Shakespeare, and the White Racial Frame.” The Routledge Handbook to Shakespeare and Global Appropriation, edited by  Christy Desmet, Sujata Iyengar, and Mariam Jacobson. Routledge, 2019. pp. 359- 369.

“Far More Black than Black: Stereotypes, Masculinity, and Americanization in Tim Blake Nelson’s O.” Literature/Film Quarterly vol. 45 no. 2, 2017,  n.p.

“‘Not a Moor Exactly’: Shakespeare, Serial, and Modern Constructions of Race.” Shakespeare Quarterly vol. 67 no. 1 , 2016, pp. 30-50.


“Speak of me as I am”: Othello in Post-racial America, Edinburgh University Press, under contract.

“When the Master’s Tools Fail: Racial Euphemism in Shakespeare Appropriation, or, the Activist Value of Premodern Critical Race Studies.” Literature Compass. Forthcoming Spring 2021.

“Where are We in the Melody of the New Scholarly Song? A Reflection on the Present and Future of Shakespeare and Race.” Exemplaria. Forthcoming Spring 2021.

Co-Editor, with Geoffrey Way. Rethinking Shakespeare and Appropriation for the Twenty-First Century. In progress.


2021: Daniel S. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award
2020-2021: Andrews University Faculty Teaching Fellow
2018: Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
2018-2021 Research Faculty
2016-2022: Faculty Research Grant