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Dr. Patricia Akhimie Named Folger Institute Director

Dr. Patricia Akhimie, Director of the RaceB4Race Mentorship Network and Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, has been named Director of the Folger Institute following a national search. She will lead the Folger’s scholarly programs and fellowships, supporting new and established forms of scholarship in the early modern humanities and making new connections with working scholars and the public. She succeeds Dr. Kathleen Lynch.

“Over almost two decades, as a student, scholar, and teacher, I have found in the Folger a scholarly second home. I’ve experienced this place as both welcoming and, in the best ways, challenging. I know the Folger as a place of both camaraderie and rigorous intellectual exchange,” says Dr. Akhimie. “I look forward to the reopening of the Folger’s doors, and to welcoming new and returning students and scholars to the library and the Institute. I am eager and genuinely honored to help hold this space of opportunity, inquiry, and collaboration, where we can ask big questions and confront difficult problems by deepening knowledge of and strengthening connections between our shared past and present.”

Dr. Akhimie begins as the Folger Institute’s Director in summer 2023.

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