SanSan Kwan

Associate Professor, Department Vice Chair

SanSan Kwan's research interests include dance studies, Asian American studies, theories of space and kinesthesia, and interculturalism. Her new book is titled Love Dances: Loss and Mourning in Intercultural Collaboration (Oxford University Press, 2021). She is also author ofKinesthetic City: Dance and Movement in Chinese Urban Spaces (Oxford University Press, 2013) and co-editor, with Kenneth Speirs, of Mixing It Up: Multiracial Subjects (University of Texas Press, 2004). Her article 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 TDRDance Research Journal has published her research on contended understandings of the term “contemporary” across dance genres and communities. Additional articles can be found inRepresentationsPerformance Research, and other journals and anthologies. SanSan remains active as a professional dancer and is currently performing with Lenora Lee Dance.

Education: Ph.D. in Performance Studies, New York University

Research interests: 

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