PROGRAM DIRECTOR - ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CRITICAL DANCE STUDIES
In my research, I analyze the social, cultural, and historical conditions that affect how people move. I’m fascinated by critical theories of the body, and I tend to think about dance as an arena for experimental relations between self and other. These interests are informed by my experience as a dancer – taking class, rehearsing, and performing (most recently for the choreographers Sarah Michelson, Beth Gill and DD Dorvillier). Persistent shuttling between dance practice and academic work – two worlds that I’ve been trying to bridge for as long as I can remember – has shown me that dance and critical theory inform each other in significant ways, revealing much about embodiment, subjectivity, and notions of identity. I hope to make these relations apparent in my classes.
MA and PhD, Performance Studies, New York University
BA, Philosophy, Stanford University
Author of I Want to be Ready: Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom (University of Michigan Press, 2010).
Black Boxes and White Cubes: Relations between Dance and the Visual Arts
Dance and Theories of Community
Debates in Performance Studies
First Year Seminar: Improvisation: Embodied Practices in Art and Everyday Life
Foundations in Dance Studies
New York Dance in the Eighties
Politics of Improvisation
Performance, Politics, and Power
Senior Seminar: Re-imagining the Archive