M.A. 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.

  • Ariana Carter

    Ariana Carter

    Feminist Theory

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    Zac Easterling

    Black Thought, Coloniality of Being, Boxing

  • Allison Hsu

    Allison Hsu

    Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Asian American Studies; Queer Theory; Disability Studies

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    Jhabri Hughes

    Color and its affect on perception and performance

  • Cati Kalinoski

    Cati Kalinoski

    Performance Theory; Theater History; Museum Studies; Decolonial Studies; Queer Theory

  • Manion Kuhn

    Manion Kuhn

    Queer theory; feminist science studies; history of art and architecture

  • Xiao Liu

    Xiao Liu

    performative writing; performance and politics; physical theater; classical reinterpretations

  • Arlesia McGowan

    Arlesia McGowan

    Performance Studies

  • Jabril

    Jabril Muhammad

    Comparative approaches to "diversity" and social justice, Black male post-traumatic identity formation, "quantum performance," multimedia knowledge production, applied thought studies

  • Malavika Nair

    Malavika Nair

    Theater Criticism

  • Greg

    Gregory Ng Yong He

    Tropicality, Food studies, Material culture, Indigeneity & Settler coloniality, Southeast Asia(s), Ornamentalism



    Postcolonial theatre, Trauma, Epic theatre

  • Breanna Taylor

    Breanna Taylor


  • Lukas T. Woodyard

    Lukas T. Woodyard

    Radical writings, thoughts, and acts; deviance; posthumanism/nohumanism; psychoanalysis; discomfort; queer of color critique; visual & performance art

  • Menghang Wu

    Menghang Wu

    Dance Studies; Choreographic Theories; Practice as Research; Body and Politics; Experimental Dance Creation; Ideology and Performance; East Asian Studies; Comparative Studies