Graduate Student

Max Abner

B.S. in Performance Studies, Northwestern University

Max's work lies at the intersection of Indigenous studies, thing theory, and literary Frontier studies. His project begins with the belief that the canon of American naturalist literature can be viewed as the curated archive and script for an ongoing series of "back to nature" cultural performances, and these performances often feature things in an active, dialogic relationship with human subjects. Drawing on aesthetic theory, theories of Ideology, and the posthumanities, Max's research aims to examine the limits of these things's...

Miyuki Baker

B.A. in Studio Arts, Asian Studies, Swarthmore College

Miyuki Baker is a non-binary Zainichi artist, scholar, and parent living in the Fruitvale District on Ohlone Land committed to Beautiful Scholarship for our collective liberation. Their dissertation looks at solidarity as everyday performances, following the leadership of Poverty and BIPOC feminist scholars on how people with race, class, and academic privilege can agitate and transform our own communities in service of our collective liberation.

Bélgica L. del Río

B.A. in Dance and English, University of California, Riverside

Bélgica's current research blends dance studies, Indigenous studies, and new media to witness how Indigenous performativities (such as dancing, singing, sewing, or coding) attend to relationships within and across human and more-than-human bodies. At large Bélgica considers settler colonialism's embodied implications, Indigenous bodies, performance, media, and Indigenous knowledge systems. She writes from the position of a de-Indigenized person whose family comes—to the best of her current knowledge—La Cienega de Chapala...

Talia Dixon

B.F.A. in Modern Dance, minor in Native American Studies, University of Utah

Talia is an enrolled member of the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians. She aspires to research and document the performance of her peoples' culture and identity within both historic and contemporary contexts. Her research interests are informed by her years of practice as a movement artist, as well as the connection to place her family has maintained for millennia in the coastal mountain region of San Diego County California. She graduated cum laude with an Honors B.F.A. in Modern Dance and minor in Native...

Jess Dorrance

M.A. in Art History, emphasis in Gender and Women’s Studies, McGill University; B.A. in Art History, English Literature, McGill University

Jess is a writer, curator, and Ph.D. student. She writes about the intersections between art, performance, and queer, feminist, and anti-racist politics. She is the co-editor, with Antke Engel, of Bossing Images: The Power of Images, Queer Art, and Politics (NGBK, 2012), which grew out of an...

Randi Evans

B.F.A. in Dance, Cornish College of the Arts; M.A. in Cultural Studies, University of Washington; Certificate in Curatorial Practice in Performance, Wesleyan University

Randi's work and research explores the intersections of dance studies, cultural studies, curatorial practice, and social and community-based practices. In addition to her academic background she has worked in community-based organizations in arts administration and as a teaching artist. Most recently she has been teaching courses on contemporary performance practices to first year students at the University of...

Juliana Fadil-Luchkiw

B.A. Eugene Lang College, The New School; B.F.A. Parsons School of Design, The New School; M.A. Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University

Juliana's research deals with how dreams and fantasy are embodied in sociopolitical life under imperialism, in order to examine how performance generates the fractal and intertwined relationship between bodies and their environments. Juliana is also an interdisciplinary artist and performer who has presented work throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Patricia Gomes

B.A. in Art History, Global Gender Studies, University at Buffalo; M.A. in Performance Studies, NYU

Patricia is a first-generation American from a Brazilian family who largely grew-up in upstate New York. Her research explores cultural geographies and performance theory for the interrelationship between identity and place, something she considers a “geo-corporeality.” In order to do this, she turns to the artistic practice of black and brown women of the Americas, primarily in Brazil. Their use of performance, place-making, and relationship to everyday geographies of racial and...

Cati Kalinoski

B.F.A. in Drama, M.A. in Performance Studies, New York University

Cati Kalinoski is an academic and theater maker whose work examines the ways in which we theatricalize nature, particularly plants and extinction, and how we co-navigate survival, existence, and presence. With particular attention to museum exhibitions of plants and wildlife displays, she utilizes theories of futurity and blends her view alongside her interdisciplinary history in theater and the arts world. Cati has received her BFA cum laude in Drama and her MA in Performance Studies at NYU, and was the recipient of...

Zihan Loo

M.F.A. in Studio Practice, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; M.A. in Performance Studies, New York University

Zihan is a queer artist from Singapore with a research focus on distended and pragmatic gestures of resistance under illiberal regimes. His work strives to reconcile the tension between the flesh of the body and the bone of the archive, while interrogating the fetish of materiality in our orientation towards a post-human world. He emphasizes the malleability of memory through various representational strategies that includes performance re-enactments and essay films....