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Francesca Royster

  • Professor and Chair
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • English
  • Faculty
  • Shakespeare and early modern drama, Popular Culture, especially African American Music, Popular Music,  Performance Studies, Critical Race Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Feminism and Creative Non-Fiction.
  • 773-325-4235
  • Arts and Letters Hall 312-19

Francesca T. Royster is Professor and chair of English at DePaul University, where she teaches courses in Shakespeare Studies, Performance Studies, Critical Race theory, Gender and Queer Theory and African American Literature. She received her PhD in English from University of California, Berkeley in 1995. She is the author of Becoming Cleopatra: The Shifting Image of an Icon (Palgrave/MacMillan in 2003) and Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Outrageous Acts in the Post-Soul Era (University of Michigan, 2013), which won Honorable Mention in the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize for an Outstanding Scholarly Study of African American Literature or Culture. She has also published numerous book chapters and scholarly essays in Biography, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, Text and Performance Studies, Performance Research International and Women in Performance, among others. She is at work on a new book project that looks at Blackness in Country Music.

She has trained and volunteered as a counselor for the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline and has served on non-profit boards such as Women and Girls CAN and Beyondmedia Education, a past organization focusing on grassroots media activism for women and youth. Her other interests include activism through performance and other forms of art, and learning to play jazz on the upright bass.