SanSan Kwan

Professor, Department Chair

SanSan’s research interests include dance studies, Asian American studies, and performance studies. Her recent book, Love Dances: Loss and Mourning in Intercultural Collaboration (Oxford UP, 2021), is winner of the 2022 de la Torre Bueno© Award. She is also author of Kinesthetic City: Dance and Movement in Chinese Urban Spaces (Oxford UP, 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 TDR. Her article, “When is Contemporary Dance,” on contended understandings of the term “contemporary” across dance genres and communities, is in the December 2017 issue of Dance Research Journal. Additional articles can be found in RepresentationsPerformance 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