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Notes on Vermin

How and why modern literature came to love its pests

The Revolution Will Be Improvised

The Intimacy of Cultural Activism

An examination of revolutionary intimacy-making, experimental performance, and art activism during the civil rights movement

Owning My Masters (Mastered)

The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions

Using hip hop to create new theory

Teaching Difficult Topics

Reflections from the Undergraduate Music Classroom

Reflections from college music instructors offering various approaches to inclusive, supportive pedagogy in the classroom.

Geographies of Relation

Diasporas and Borderlands in the Americas

Examines the interrelationships of Black, Latinx, and mestizx people through their literature, film, and performance.

Bateson's Alphabet

The ABC's of Gregory Bateson’s Ecology of Mind

Connecting Bateson’s ecology of mind with the environmental humanities

Pleasure Grounds of Death

The Rural Cemetery in Nineteenth-Century America

Revealing how landscapes dedicated to the perpetual care of the dead mirrored the transformations and conflicts of the nineteenth century in American society

The Bastard Instrument

A Cultural History of the Electric Bass

An alternative history of popular music that centers the electric bass

Corpse Crusaders

The Zombie in American Comics

Uncovering the undead stalking the panels of action/adventure and superhero comics

Disorienting Politics

Chimerican Media and Transpacific Entanglements

Understanding Chimerican entanglements through 21st-century media

Incarceration Games

A History of Role-Play in Psychology, Prisons, and Performance

Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment and other psychological experiments as performance and theater

Sensing Health

Bodies, Data, and Digital Health Technologies

An exploration of the experience of “health” in the age of the smart watch

Stephanie Dinkins

On Love & Data

Art’s power to challenge inequities and build inclusive dialogues

Tracks on the Trail

Popular Music, Race, and the US Presidency

How music defines US presidential campaigns
 

Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way

Mapping Embodied Indigenous Performance

A unique in-depth study of a culture-specific approach to Indigenous dramaturgy that challenges Eurocentric ideologies

Racing the Great White Way

Black Performance, Eugene O’Neill, and the Transformation of Broadway

How artists of color challenged racist stereotypes on the Broadway stage

Lady Dicks and Lesbian Brothers

Staging the Unimaginable at the WOW Café Theatre

Parody, cross-dressing, zany comedy, and unbridled eroticism at a women's theater space in the East Village

Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies

Performance, Race, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance

Gay and lesbians in Harlem nightclubs, speakeasies, rent parties, and on Broadway stages

Living Labor

Fiction, Film, and Precarious Work

Examines new narratives about work and workers in the age of transnational migration and precarious labor

The Taylor Mac Book

Ritual, Realness and Radical Performance

Brings together the voices of scholars, critics, and artists to celebrate the genius of Taylor Mac

In the Lurch

Verbatim Theater and the Crisis of Democratic Deliberation

A spirited examination of the changing cultural climate for a once-lauded theatrical form

Queer Voices in Hip Hop

Cultures, Communities, and Contemporary Performance

Positions queer and trans hip hop artists within a longer tradition of Black queer music

Empire and Environment

Ecological Ruin in the Transpacific

Explores environmental violence and recovery in Indigenous Pacific Islander, Asian North American, and Asian diasporic cultural expressions

Staged Readings

Contesting Class in Popular American Theater and Literature, 1835-75

How popular culture helped to create class in nineteenth-century America