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Yasmeen Chism

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Yasmeen received her B.A. in African American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she studied black feminist theory. She earned her M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies from University of Louisville, where she completed a Master's project that examined, through legal theory, media studies, and literature studies, the constructions and representations of interracial relationships between black women and white men. Yasmeen's current project highlights the interdisciplinary nature of her research and seeks to understand how dreams work as an articulation of desires for minoritarian subjects. 

Why PS @ NYU

Initially, my interest in the Department of Performance Studies was piqued when my undergraduate research on Nicki Minaj was likened to work within the field. As I grew more aware of how useful the theoretical questions being raised by scholars in Performance Studies would be to the background I had in African American and Women’s and Gender Studies, I become more diligent in introducing myself to literature and language associated with the discipline. I also knew that if I wanted to become a scholar, I would need to be a part of a community in which my writing skills and critical engagement abilities would be cultivated and improved upon.  

There are so many faculty members in the department that helped in the founding and development of the field and I wanted the opportunity to work with them on some of my own research questions. Not only was I inspired by the literature the faculty produced, but I was also curious about how they could expose me to new modes of thinking about my own work.  

And finally, living near the energy of New York City provided me with a vast array of resources, outside of the academy, which would be critical to shaping and informing my experiences. 

Degrees Prior to PS @ NYU

  • M.A, Women's and Gender Studies, The University of Louisville, 2015 
  • B.A, African American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, UNC-Greensboro, 2012

"The examples and expectations, which are put forth by the faculty in the Performance Studies program, has and will continue to expand my research to reach it's fullest potential." - Yasmeen Chism