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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

  • 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

  • Summer Kim Lee

    Summer Kim Lee

    FEMINIST THEORY; GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES; CRITICAL RACE THEORY; COMPARATIVE RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES; ASIAN AMERICANIST CRITIQUE; AESTHETIC THEORY; QUEER THEORY; MEDIA STUDIES; POPULAR MUSIC AND SOUND STUDIES; VISUAL CULTURE

  • Joshua Lubin-Levy

    Joshua Lubin-Levy

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

  • Ethan Philbrick

    Ethan Philbrick

    race, gender, and sexuality; empire and decolonization; the politics of aesthetics and the aesthetics of politics; post-World War II experimental aesthetics; interdisciplinarity; spectatorship and participation; Marxist critiques of neoliberalism; psychoanalytic accounts of collective experience; affects, moods, and atmospheres; experimental criticism

  • 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