CATHERINE COLE, Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University. Cole teaches African Performance, Field Methods, Postcolonial Studies, and Disability Studies. She is the author of Performing South Africa’s Truth Commission: Stages of Transition (2010) as well as Ghana’s Concert Party Theatre (2001). In addition to recently serving as the editor of Theatre Survey, Cole has co-edited the book Africa After Gender? (2007), a special issue of Theatre Survey on African and Afro-Caribbean Performance, and a forthcoming special issue of TDR: The Drama Review entitled “Routes of Blackface.” She is the lead curator on a forthcoming exhibition “Fiat Lux Redux: Ansel Adams and Clark Kerr,” which will open at the Bancroft Library in Fall 2012 and co-convener of the Townsend Humanities Center Working Group “Making UC Futures.” Cole’s dance theater piece Five Foot Feat, created in collaboration with Christopher Pilafian, toured North America in 2002-2005. She has published articles in Africa, Critical Inquiry, Disability Studies Quarterly, Research in African Literatures, Theatre, Theatre Journal, and TDR, as well as numerous chapters in edited volumes. Cole’s research has received funding from the National Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fund for U.S. Artists, American Association of University Women, ELA Foundation, and University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.