Year 6 + Ph.D.

PH.D. STUDENT BIOGRAPHIES

Our students are a large part of what makes Performance Studies special. They come from a wide range of academic, cultural, and artistic backgrounds and create a vibrant intellectual environment. Click on the thumbnails below to learn more about them.

  • Sareh Afshar

    Sareh Afshar

    PUBLIC AFFECT & AESTHETICS OF EVERYDAY LIFE; DEATH & DESIRE; CULTURAL PERFORMANCE AS POLITICAL RESISTANCE; PRECARITY & BODY-/BIO-POLITICS; MEMORY & TRAUMA STUDIES; GENDER & SEXUALITY STUDIES; MEDIA STUDIES; PHOTOGRAPHY & VISUAL ART; ORAL NARRATIVES & POETICS; PERFORMING FICTION; TEMPORALITY & RHYTHMANALYSIS; PERFORMANCE & POLITICS IN POSTREVOLUTIONARY IRAN

  • NICHOLAS BAZZANO

    NICHOLAS BAZZANO

    EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, SOUND STUDIES, CRITICAL AND CULTURAL THEORY, AFFECT THEORY, SPECULATION, NEW MATERIALISMS, EXPERIMENTAL ONTOLOGIES/TOPOLOGIES, SONIC CAPITALISM, REMIX STUDIES, QUEER THEORY, COMPARATIVE FUTURISMS, JAZZ, HIP-HOP AND POPULAR MUSIC STUDIES, DELEUZE AND GUATTARI, REZA NEGARESTANI

  • HENRY CASTILLO

    HENRY CASTILLO

    RACE AND ETHNICITY; WOMEN, GENDER AND SEXUALITY; MEMORY AND "INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE" IN THE AMERICAS; BLACKNESS IN LATIN AMERICA; AFRO-COLOMBIAN "HERITAGE" PRACTICES AND PERFORMANCE

  • Samara Davis

    Samara Davis

    Architecture and Critical Spatial Practices; Self and Social Care; Feminist Theory; Performative Writing; Dance Studies; Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism

  • Kara Jesella

    Kara Jesella

    FEMINIST THEORY, PEDAGOGY, PERFORMANCES, AND ARCHIVING; FEMINIST TUMBLR; QUEER THEORY; LABOR, LEISURE, CARE, AND WORK; AESTHETICS; DIGITAL HISTORIOGRAPHY; PERFORMATIVE WRITING

  • Joshua Lubin-Levy

    Joshua Lubin-Levy

    QUEER THEORY, MARXISM, PERFORMANCE STUDIES, DANCE STUDIES, ART THEORY AND CRITICISM, DRAMATURGY AND CURATION

  • Brandon Masterman

    Brandon Masterman

    QUEER THEORY, SOUND STUDIES, AFFECT THEORY, CRITICAL THEORY, NOISE, ABJECTION, MARXISM, PHILOSOPHY AND NEGATIVITY, THEORIES OF DISCOMFORT, ANNIHILATION, DEATH, FREE JAZZ, MUSIC OF THE AVANT-GARDE

  • Daniel Sander

    Daniel Sander

    THE PHILOSOPHY OF DESIRE, THE PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF DEVIANCE, LIBIDINAL MATERIALISM, QUEER NIHILISM

  • Aliza Shvarts

    Aliza Shvarts

    FEMINISM; QUEER THEORY; CRITICAL RACE STUDIES; MARXISM AND REPRODUCTIVE LABOR; CONTRACTS, LEGAL HISTORY, AND CONSENT; SPEECH ACT THEORY, PERFORMATIVITY, POETICS, AND COMMON LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY; MODERN, POSTWAR, CONCEPTUAL, AND CONTEMPORARY ART; SOUND STUDIES, DRONES, AND BLACK METAL

  • Emily Hella Tsaconas

    Emily Hella Tsaconas

    FEMINIST THEORIES OF THE BODY; BIOPOLITICS; SPORT STUDIES; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

  • Tara Aisha Willis

    Tara Aisha Willis

    DANCE STUDIES; BLACK STUDIES; EXPERIMENTAL PERFORMANCE; BLACK FEMINISM; QUEER OF COLOR THEORY