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Amy Cook

Professor, Department of English 
B.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Humanities 2079

Instagram: @amycook5607; Twitter: @ProfAECook

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  • Biography


    Amy Cook is a Professor of English at Stony Brook University, Treasurer of American Society of Theatre Research, Director of The Academy of Civic Life, and recently cycled off as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in SBU’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is committed to helping higher education find innovative ways to grow the arts and humanities, increase diversity on campus, and advance what the Boyer 2030 commission calls the “equity/excellence imperative.” Her scholarship integrates cognitive science into theatre and performance, with particular attention to Shakespeare. She has published Shakespearean Futures: casting the bodies of tomorrow on Shakespeare’s stages today (Cambridge Elements 2020), Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting (Michigan 2018), Shakespearean Neuroplay: Reinvigorating the Study of Dramatic Texts and Performance Through CognitiveScience (Palgrave 2010), and co-edited Theatre, Performanceand Cognition: Languages, Bodies and Ecologies (Methuen 2016). She has published in SubStance, Theatre Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and TDR. She has contributed chapters to many edited volumes, including, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater (2015), The Oxford Handbook of 4E Cognition (2018), The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance, and Cognitive Science, (2018), The Cambridge Companion of Shakespeare’s Language (2019), and The Cambridge Companion to Theatre and Science (2020). She received her Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego and her B.A. from University of Michigan. She is from Berkeley, Ca. For more information and to download selected publications, go to