Before joining NYU's Department of Art and Public Policy, Hentyle Yapp was an Assistant Professor and Mellon-Chau Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender and Women's Studies at Pomona College and lectured at San Francisco State University. His research broadly engages the theoretical and methodological implications of queer, feminist, disability, and critical race studies for questions regarding the state. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, and other venues.
His current book project examines a site commonly over determined by state discourse: China. By attending to cross-medial art practices and the global art market, Yapp traces how contemporary China circulates in transnational discourse to produce more nuanced understandings of the role of the state.
His next project analyzes how disability has been understood not only within the law, but also across the arts and humanities. In addition to his academic work, Yapp is an artist. Having danced professionally for experimental and contemporary companies in New York and Taipei, he continues to choreograph for companies and other art spaces.
- BA, Brown University, French Literature
- JD, UCLA School of Law, specializations in Critical Race Theory and Public Interest Law
- PhD, UC Berkeley, Performance Studies with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality.