Abdulhamit Arvas is a Visiting Fellow for Hilary and Trinity Term 2024.
He is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and a scholar of early modern literature and culture, comparative histories of sexuality and race, queer studies, trans history, cross-cultural encounters, and Islam in the Renaissance. He has published widely in these fields, and is currently working on a monograph under contract with Duke University Press. His book project Abducted Boys: The Homoerotics of Race and Empire in Early Modernity will read across English and Ottoman literature to explore the abduction and circulation of male adolescents in the transnational Mediterranean space during the sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries. Prior to his current appointment at Penn, Professor Arvas was Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of California Santa Barbara.