RaceB4Race First Book Institute

There is a glaring need to support early career premodern critical race scholars through the process of publishing their first book, a critical juncture in an academic career. Premodern critical race studies remains under-acknowledged and underrepresented in scholarly publishing. In order to ensure that this vital scholarship is made available, the RaceB4Race First Book Institute will provide early career scholars with the opportunity to focus on their monograph project with a group of invested scholars and an expert institute leader. 

Participants will meet twice monthly to discuss and workshop their writing, and will participate in professional development opportunities organized by the institute leader.  

The RaceB4Race First and Second Book Institutes are part of the fully virtual RaceB4Race Mentoring Network, a Mellon-funded initiative based at Rutgers University-Newark and directed by Professor Patricia Akhimie.  

2022 First Book Institute

This year’s First Book Institute leader is Joyce Green MacDonald. 

Joyce Green MacDonald is Professor of English at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of two books—Women and Race in Early Modern Texts (2002), and Shakespearean Adaptation, Race, and Memory in the New World (2020)—and the editor of Race, Ethnicity and Power in the Renaissance (1996). She has published several articles on race in sixteenth and seventeenth century literature and on women’s writing in the period, as well as on Shakespearean adaptation and performance. A former trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, she is currently editing Aphra Behn’s Abdelazer for the University of Toronto Press and Antony and Cleopatra for Cambridge Shakespeare Editions.


  • The First Book Institute runs from February through June each year. 
  • All participation in the First Book Institute will be virtual via Zoom. 
  • Scholars working in premodern critical race studies who hold a PhD and are in the process of writing their first book (whether a revised and expanded dissertation or other project) are invited to apply, regardless of what stage in the project they are in. 

How to apply

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  • Please use the application platform to submit a description of your book project of 500 words or less, a sample chapter, and a brief letter describing the progress you have made on the project to date. 
  • Please feel free to contact raceb4race@asu.edu with any questions.