Shannon Steen


15-H Dwinelle Hall
Professor; Associate Dean for Programs & Planning, College of Letters & Science

Shannon Steen writes and teaches about a variety of topics, but primarily about performance in its social and political contexts. Her book The Creativity Complex: Art, Tech, and the Seduction of an Idea will be published with the University of Michigan Press in 2023. Prior to that she authored Racial Geometries: The Black Atlantic, Asian Pacific, and American Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; part of the Studies in International Performance Series), and co-edited AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics (New York University Press, 2006). Before joining the faculty at Berkeley, she taught for the M.F.A. acting program at A.C.T. in San Francisco, and in the English Department at Northwestern University.

Education: Ph.D. in Drama and Humanities, Stanford University

Research interests: 

Critical Race and Performance Theory
American Studies
US Histories of Popular Performance
US Urban Development
Globalization Studies