Office Hoursfall 2016
WALK INS (in FB 129)
Mon: 1-3 pm
Tue: 1:30-3:30 pm
Wed: 1-3 pm
To make an appointment, please call Loretta Williams at (215) 898-7343
You can also visit Associate Undergraduate Chair Deborah Burnham's office hours for questions relating to our undergraduate program.
Zachary Lesser received his PhD in English Literature from Columbia University and his BA in Renaissance Studies and Religious Studies from Brown University. Before coming to Penn, he taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His teaching and research interests focus on Shakespeare and early modern drama, the history of material texts, bibliography and editing, early modern political and religious debate, and digital humanities.
Prof. Lesser is a general editor of The Arden Shakespeare (fourth series), along with Peter Holland and Tiffany Stern. He is the author of Hamlet after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text (Penn Press, 2015), which won the Elizabeth Dietz Award in 2016, presented annually by SEL: Studies in English Literature to the best book in Renaissance studies; and Renaissance Drama and the Politics of Publication: Readings in the English Book Trade (Cambridge University Press, 2004), which also won the Dietz Award in 2006. With Alan B. Farmer, he is co-creator of DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks, an online resource for studying the printing, publishing, and marketing of Renaissance drama. With Farmer, he is currently working on a revisionist study of print popularity, entitled Print, Plays, and Popularity in Shakespeare's England. In 2016, he held the Astor Visiting Lectureship at Oxford.
You can watch a video of Prof. Lesser discussing Hamlet After Q1 at the Chicago Humanities Festival in November, 2014.
An open-access self-archive of selected publications can be found here.
Prof. Lesser's policy on recommendations can be found here.