Performance Studies Alumni Leon Hilton (M.A. '10, Ph.D. '16) has been named a 2022 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader.
Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Awards support junior faculty whose research focuses on contemporary American history, politics, culture, and society, and who are committed to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars. The MEFL Award seeks to free the time of junior faculty working toward tenure—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support for systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive.
Leon Hilton is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and a faculty affiliate with the Gender and Sexuality Studies and Science and Technology Studies programs. Before joining the faculty at Brown he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University in 2016 and his BA from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University in 2007. His research focuses on modern and contemporary theatre and performance, with particular attention to the way these fields overlap with disability studies and neurodiversity, feminist and queer theory, critical race studies, and psychoanalysis.