Hentyle Yapp

Assistant Professor

Hentyle Yapp

Hentyle Yapp is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy at NYU. He is also affiliated faculty with Performance Studies, Comparative Literature, the Disability Council, and Asian/Pacific/American Institute. Before joining NYU, 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 and the transnational. He is the co-editor with C. Riley Snorton of Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value (MIT Press), which is on race and the art world. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in American QuarterlyGLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesVerge: Studies in Global AsiaWomen and Performance: A Journal of Feminist TheoryJournal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, and Journal of Visual Culture, amongst other venues. He is also part of the Social Text editorial collective. 

His book, Minor China: Method, Materialisms, and the Aesthetic (Duke University Press), 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 and perform. He was most recently in a reperformance of THEM, a collaborative work by Dennis Cooper, Chris Cochrane, and Ishmael Houston-Jones.


- 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. 

Research & Teaching Interests

- Disability Studies

- Asian and Transnational Asian American Studies

- Law and Culture 

- Critical Race Theory

- Queer of Color Critique 

- Transnational Feminisms 

- Contemporary Chinese Performance and Visual Art 

- Performance and Dance Studies