Douglas Lanier

English professor, author

Portsmouth, NH

Professor Douglas Lanier is a widely recognized pioneer in the study of the modern appropriation of Shakespeare in all media.

His book, “Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture” (Oxford University Press, 2002), established the parameters of one of the liveliest fields in Shakespeare studies today. He followed up this work with an annotated catalog of more than 900 Shakespeare spinoff films for Shakespeare after Shakespeare (2005). He has published articles on the adaptation of Shakespeare worldwide in more than 60 journals and collections.

His current work looks at how Shakespeare in performance has been used by various marginalized social groups – prisoners, veterans, refugees, economically disadvantaged students, the disabled, the elderly, and others – to address the traumas they’ve suffered.

Douglas has taught at Duke, UCLA, Allegheny College, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, The University of Milan, and Universidad de Murcia in Spain. He has been teaching at UNH for close to 30 years. He serves on the editorial board of Adaptation, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Shakespeare, and he is a past trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America. He received UNH’s highest recognition for distinction in teaching and scholarship in the liberal arts, the Gary Lindberg Award, in 2009. Doug served as the Fulbright Global Shakespeare Centre Distinguished Chair at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Warwick in 2016, and as a long-term research fellow at the Folger Shakespeare in 2018-2019.