Professor Charnes specializes in Shakespeare Studies and early modern culture through the Restoration and long seventeenth century. Her research focuses on the uses of Shakespeare in the arenas of mass culture, literature, film, and contemporary international politics. Her other areas of expertise include Restoration literature, Milton, theoretical approaches to performativity, psychoanalysis and the performance of everyday life, political philosophy from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, and all areas of critical theory.
- Shakespeare and renaissance studies; Shakespeare and postmodernism, critical and cultural theories; feminist cultural studies; early modern transatlantic and restoration literatures; political philosophy and theories of democracy.
- Gender and Sexuality