Ph.D. Alumni

Completed Ph.D. Degrees in Performance Studies

Since inception of the program in 1998

Graduates from the PhD in Performance Studies are hired in a great range of disciplines, from art history and literature to theatre, communications and Asian American studies.

Anderson, Patrick
“So Much Wasted’: Violence Performed In Anorexia Nervosa, Staged Fasts, and Hunger Striking” SP05
UC San Diego, Associate Professor, Communications and Ethnic Studies, Director of Critical Gender Studies

Bayraktar, Nilgun
“Moving Images Against the Current: The Aesthetics and Geopolitics of (Im)mobility in Contemporary Europe” FL11
2011 UC Berkeley, R&C Lectureship
2012 Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, Instructor, Humanities
2015 California College of the Arts, Assistant Professor, Visual Studies

Baron, Michelle (Michelle Martin-Baron)
“Queering US Public Mourning Rituals: Funerals, Performance, and the Construction of Normativity” SU11
2011 Oberlin College,Visiting Assistant Professor
2012 Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies

Belmar, Sima
“Easier Said Than Done: Talking Identity in Late Twentieth-Century American Concert Dance: S15
2015 UC Berkeley, Lecturer, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Boucai, Marc
“Narrating Normal: Arabs, Queers, Neoliberal Spectatorship” FL13
2014-2017 Director of Theater and Dance at AS220, Providence, RI

Boyle, (Michael) Shane
“The Ambivalence of Resistance: West German Antiauthoritarian Performance after the Age of Affluence” FL12
Spring 2013 – Harvard University, Lecturer, College Writing Program
2013 Stanford University, Postdoctoral Lecturer in the Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture Program
2014 Queen Mary, University of London, School of English and Drama, Lecturer in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, Director of MA in Theatre and Performance

Bragin, Naomi
“Black Power of Hip Hop Dance: On Kinesthetic Politics” S15
2015-2016 UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Riverside
2015-current (On leave 2015-16) University of Washington, Bothell, Assistant Professor, Performance Studies

Burriss, Catherine
“Performing Theory: Gendered and Erotic Complications in Cinquecento Italian Comedies, and some English Reverberations” FL06
CSU Channel Islands, Associate Professor, Performing Arts

Cappelli, Renu
“Inadmissible Presence: Objecthood, Spectacle, and the Theatricality of Race” FL07
2008-2011 Stanford University, Post-doctoral Scholar, Introduction to the Humanities
2013 UC San Diego, Lecturer, Critical Gender Studies
San Francisco State University, Lecturer, Women and Gender Studies
California College of the Arts, Senior Lecturer, Critical Studies

Case, Gretchen
“Medical Scarring and the Performance of Memory” FL05
Duke University, University Writing Program Fellow
Northwestern University, Adjunct Lecturer, Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program
2011 University of Utah School of Medicine, Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities

Casey, Carrie Gaiser
“Ballet’s Feminisms: Genealogy and Gender in Twentieth-Century American Ballet History” FL09
St. Mary’s College of California, Adjunct Professor, Liberal Education for Arts Professionals program

Crow, Heather (Heather Warren-Crow)
“POSSESSIONS: Animated Bodies in Mediated Performance” FL06
Texas Tech University, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, Fine Arts Doctoral Program

Davis, Reid (passed away 6/2019)
“Sissy Warriors: Perversity, Performance, and the Unruly Child” FL06
St. Mary’s College, Adjunct Professor, Ethnic Studies and Performing Arts
The Artory Foundation, Artistic Director
The Shotgun Players, Actor, Director

Duffly, Catherine
“From Farm to Table to Stage: Performing Food Politics” FL11
2011 UC Berkeley, R&C Lecturer and California College of the Arts, Lecturer
2012 Reed College, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre

Ferro-Murray, Ashley
“Choreography in the Digital Era: Dancing the Cultural Differences of Technology” SP16
2016 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, Curator of Theater and Dance at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)

Fisek, Emine
“Incorporating Immigrants: Theatrical Aid Work and the Politics of Witnessing in France” SP10
Johns Hopkins University, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Krieger School of Arts and Science, German and Romance Languages and Literatures
2012 Bogazici University, Turkey, Assistant Professor, Department of Western Languages and Literature

Fisher, Margaret
“Recovery of Ezra Pound’s Third Opera Collis O Heliconii: The Transmission of History Through Song” SP03
Second Evening Arts Publishing, Emeryville, CA

Gold, Thea
“Is the Musical Disabled?” SP19

Gough, Kathleen
“Bleeding Regions: Performance and Politics in the ‘Backwaters’ of the Atlantic” FL05
University of Glasgow, Lecturer, Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies and Advisor of Studies, Arts College Academic and Student Administration
2014 University of Vermont, Assistant Professor and Resident Dramaturge,Theatre Department 

Hagstrom-Stahl, Kristina
“Melancholy Traces: Performing the Work of Mourning” FL06
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Lund University, Sweden, and also teaches at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts
University of Gothenburg, Professor

Hoetger, Megan
“Rude and Playful Shadows: Collective Performances of Cinema in Cold War Europe” SP19
Visiting scholar, Centre for Cinema and Media Studies at Ghent University
2019 Research fellowship, Dresden, Germany

Hoffmann, Beth
“Acting without Guarantees: The Politics of Form in Contemporary British Performance” FL08
George Mason University, Assistant Professor, English Department

Johung, Jennifer
“Replacements: From the Primordial Hut to the Digital Network” SP08
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Associate Professor, Department of Art History

Kokontis, Kate
“Performative Returns and the Rememory of History: genealogy and performativity in the American racial state” FL11
2011 New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Academic Studio: Founding Faculty and Assistant Chair, Integrated Humanities

Levin, Laura
“Performing World” SP05
York University, Associate Professor, Theatre Studies and Director, Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies

Lu, Joyce
“Dreaming in Other Languages: On the Performance of Autobiographical Narrative as Decolonizing Pedagogy” SP07
Pomona College, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
2008 Pomona College, Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance

Marshall, Caitlin
“Power in the Tongue’: Staging American Voice” SS16
2016-17 Postdoctoral position in Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland

Mattingly, Kate
“Set in Motion: Dance Criticism and the Choreographic Apparatus ” S17
2017 University of Utah, School of Dance, Assistant Professor

McGonigal, Jane
“This Might be a Game: Ubiquitous Play Performance at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century” FL06
Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, CA, Director of Games Research and Development

McIvor, Charlotte
“The New Interculturalism: Race, Gender and Immigration in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland” SP11
National University of Ireland, Galway, Lecturer Above The Bar, Drama & Theatre Studies

Nguyen, Khai Thu
“Sensing Vietnam: Melodramas of Nation from Colonialism to Market Reform” SP10
University of California, Berkeley, James R. Gray R&C Lecturer, College of Letters and Science
University of California, Berkeley, UC Extension, Special Assistant to the Dean
2016 University of California, Berkeley, Associate Director, Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research

Palacios, Joy Crosby
“Preaching for the Eyes: Priests, Actors, and Ceremonial Splendor in Early Modern France” SU12
2014-17 Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada, Assistant Professor of Literature, Department of French
2017 University of Calgary, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics and Religion

Prieur, Nina Billone
“In the System: Art, Prison, and the Performance of Social Welfare” FL10
2010 Duke University, Assistant Professor, Theatre Studies
Georgetown University, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Performing Arts

Rafferty, Kelly Ann
“Performing ARTs: Technologies of Participation and Reproduction from Body Art to Bio Art” SP10
Arizona State University, Assistant Professor of Performance Studies
2013: Independent artist, educator, and facilitator in Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles

Ramos, Ivan
“Sonic Negations: Sound, Affect, and Unbelonging Between Mexico and the United States” S15
2015-2017 UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Riverside
2017 University of Maryland, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies

Rastovac, Heather
“Performing (Trans)National Iranianness: The Choreographic Cartographies of Diasporic Iranian Dancers and Performance Artists” SS16
2016-2018 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Dance

Ricks, Omar
“On Jubilee: The Performance of Black Leadership in the Afterlife of Slavery” SP14

Rivera, Takeo
“Minority Models: Masochism, Masculinity, and the Machine in Asian American Cultural Politics” SP17
2017 Boston University, Department of English, Assistant Professor

Scott, Ariel Osterweis
“Body Impossible: Dynamics of Race, Sexuality, and Virtuosity in the Dance of Desmond Richardson” FL11
Wayne State University Michigan, Assistant Professor of Dance
2014 Skidmore College, Dance Department, Visiting Scholar/Artist
2016 California Institute of the Arts, Assistant Professor, School of Dance

Seetoo, Chia-Yi
“The Political Kinesthetics of Contemporary Dance: Taiwan in Transnational Perspective” Sp13
Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Shanghai Theatre Academy

Shalson, Lara
“Endurance: Arts, Politics, and Performance” FL08
King’s College London, Lecturer, Theatre and Performance Studies

Shankar, Karin
“Molecular Aesthetics: Contemporary Art and Performance in Delhi ” SS16
2016-17  Andrew W. Mellon Global Postdoctoral Fellow at Creative Time in NYC
2017 Department of Humanities and Media, Pratt Institute, Assistant Professor of Performance Studies

Sherman, Stephanie
“(Dis)Plazas and (Dis)Placed Danzas: Space, Trauma, and Moving Bodies in Mexico City” F16
2017 Visiting Professor, Arts Department, Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico
2018 Fulbright COMEXUS Garcia Robles Postdoctoral Scholar, Universidad Nacional Autónoma Mexicana and Teatro Ciego, Mexico City.

Sizemore-Barber, April
“Prismatic Performances: Queer South African Identity and the Deconstruction of the Rainbow Nation” FL13
2014 Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Visiting Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies
2015 Postdoctoral Scholar Royal Holloway, University
2015 –  Georgetown University, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Stufft, Monica
“Chorus Girl Collective: Early 20th Century American Performance Communities and Urban Networking” SP08
University of San Diego, Assistant Professor, Theatre

Taylor, Joanne Stoddard
“21st Century Zombies: New Media, Cinema, and Performance” FL11
Berkeley City College, Adjunct Faculty, Humanities
Diablo Valley College, Adjunct Faculty, Humanities
San Francisco State University, Adjunct Professor, Business

Wallin, Scott
“Madness in the Making: Psychosocial Disability and Theater” SP14
2014-15 UC Berkeley, Lecturer, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
2015 Stanford University, Postdoctoral Lecturer in the Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture Program
2016 UC Berkeley, Lecturer, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Williams, Joshua
“Don’t Show A Hyena How Well You Can Bite: Performance, Race and the Animal Subaltern in Eastern Africa” SP17
2016 Harvard University, Preceptor of Expository Writing, Harvard College Writing Program
2018 NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow, Drama Department

Woolf, Brandon
“Paradigmatic Stages: Performing Arts Policy in Post-Wall Berlin” SU14
2016 New York University, Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department

Yapp, Hentyle
“Minor China: Affect, Performance, & Contemporary China in the Global” SP14
2014-15 Pomona College, Postdoctoral Appointment
2015 Pomona College, Assistant Professor
2016 New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Assistant Professor, Art and Public Policy

Completed MA Degrees in Performance Studies

Sealy-Thompson, Tonika
“Conjuration and Procession: Performing Feminist Politics in the Black Diaspora” FL18
2019 Barbados’ Ambassador to Brazil