SanSan Kwan

Job title: 
Associate Professor, Department Vice Chair

Ph.D. in Performance Studies, New York University

SanSan’s research interests include dance studies, Asian American studies, theories of space and kinesthesia, and interculturalism. She is author of Kinesthetic City: Dance and Movement in Chinese Urban Spaces (Oxford UP, 2013), as well as co-editor, with Kenneth Speirs, of the anthology, Mixing It Up: Multiracial Subjects (University of Texas Press, 2004). Her article on the varied and contended understandings of the “contemporary” in contemporary dance is published in the December 2017 issue of Dance Research Journal. Her work on dance artists Jérôme Bel and Pichet Klunchun and the ethics and politics of interculturalism is published in Theatre Survey. Her research on cartographies of race and the Chop Suey circuit, a group of Asian American cabaret entertainers who toured the nation during the World War II era, is published in TDR. Additional articles can be found in Representations, Performance Research, and other journals and anthologies.  Her current book, Love Dances: Loss and Mourning in Intercultural Collaboration is forthcoming with Oxford UP. SanSan danced professionally in New York with Joanna Mendl Shaw, Jonathon Appels, Maura Nguyen Donohue, HT Chen, and others. She remains active as a professional dancer and is currently performing with Lenora Lee Dance.

Research interests: 

Critical Dance Studies
Transnational Asian American Studies
Theories of Space and Kinesthesia