The Folger Gets a New Director

By Emily Gold Boutilier

The new director of the Folger Shakespeare Library is a pioneer in the digital analysis of Shakespeare’s texts.

Michael Witmore, 43, a scholar of Shakespeare and early modern literature, joined the Folger—which is administered under the auspices of Amherst College—in July. He succeeds Gail Kern Paster, who retired after nine years.