Professor Vitkus is an associate professor at Florida State University. He researches travel literature, Renaissance drama, texts that journey across cultures, and early modern England. Publications include:
- Three Turk Plays from Early Modern England (Columbia UP, 2000), ed.
- Piracy, Slavery and Redemption: Barbary Captivity Narratives from Early Modern England (Columbia UP, 2001), ed.
- Turning Turk: English Theater and the Multicultural Mediterranean, 1570-1630 (Palgrave, 2003).