Performance Studies 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 theater, communications, and Asian American studies.


Anderson, Patrick

So Much Wasted’: Violence Performed In Anorexia Nervosa, Staged Fasts, and Hunger Striking — Spring 2005

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 — Fall 2011

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 — Summer 2011

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 — Spring 2015

2015 UC Berkeley, Lecturer, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Boucai, Marc

Narrating Normal: Arabs, Queers, Neoliberal Spectatorship — Fall 2013

2014 Theatre Director at AS220, Providence, RI

Boyle, (Michael) Shane

The Ambivalence of Resistance: West German Antiauthoritarian Performance after the Age of Affluence — Fall 2012

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 — Spring 2015

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 — Fall 2006

CSU Channel Islands, Associate Professor, Performing Arts

Cappelli, Renu

Inadmissible Presence: Objecthood, Spectacle, and the Theatricality of Race — Fall 2007

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 — Fall 2005

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 — Fall 2009

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 — Fall 2006

Texas Tech University, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, Fine Arts Doctoral Program

Davis, Reid (passed away June 2019)

Sissy Warriors: Perversity, Performance, and the Unruly Child — Fall 2006

St. Mary’s College, Adjunct Professor, Ethnic Studies and Performing Arts

The Artory Foundation, Artistic Director

Marin Theatre Company, Director of Education

Duffly, Catherine

From Farm to Table to Stage: Performing Food Politics — Fall 2011

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 — Spring 2016

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 — Spring 2010

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 — Spring 2003

Second Evening Arts Publishing

Gold, Thea

Is the Musical Disabled? — Spring 2019

Gough, Kathleen

Bleeding Regions: Performance and Politics in the ‘Backwaters’ of the Atlantic — Fall 2005

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” — Fall 2006

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Lund University, Sweden, and also teaches at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts

University of Gothenburg, Professor

Herrera-Lasso Gonzalez, Martha

Reginalizing NAFTA: Theaters of Translation in Mexico City and Quebec — Summer 2019

Hoetger, Megan

“Rude and Playful Shadows: Collective Performances of Cinema in Cold War Europe” — Spring 2019

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” — Fall 2008

George Mason University, Assistant Professor, English Department

Johung, Jennifer

“Replacements: From the Primordial Hut to the Digital Network” — Spring 2008

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” — Fall 2011

2011 New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Academic Studio: Founding Faculty and Assistant Chair, Integrated Humanities

Levin, Laura

“Performing World” — Spring 2005

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” — Spring 2007

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” — Fall 2006

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” — Spring 2011

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” — Spring 2010

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” — Fall 2010

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” — Spring 2010

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” — Spring 2014

Richards, Kimberly

Crude Stages of the Capitalocene: Performance and Petro-Imperialism — Summer 2019

Fall 2019 Instructor, Department of English, University of the Fraser Valley, BC, Canada

Rivera, Takeo

“Minority Models: Masochism, Masculinity, and the Machine in Asian American Cultural Politics” — Spring 2017

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” — Fall 2011

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” — Spring 2013

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Shanghai Theatre Academy

Shalson, Lara

“Endurance: Arts, Politics, and Performance” — Fall 2008

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” — Fall 2013

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” — Spring 2008

University of San Diego, Assistant Professor, Theatre

Taylor, Joanne Stoddard 

“21st Century Zombies: New Media, Cinema, and Performance” — Fall 2011

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” — Spring 2014

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 — Spring 2017

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 — Summer 2014

2016 New York University, Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department

Yapp, Hentyle

Minor China: Affect, Performance, & Contemporary China in the Global — Spring 2014

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 M.A. Degrees in Performance Studies

Sealy-Thompson, Tonika

Conjuration and Procession: Performing Feminist Politics in the Black Diaspora — Fall 2018

2019 Barbados’ Ambassador to Brazil