Robin Bernstein
 
Curriculum Vitae
 
Associate Professor
African and African American Studies and
Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Harvard University
Boylston Hall, Garden Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
rbernst@fas.harvard.edu
http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~rbernst
 

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EDUCATION

Degrees

Ph.D. in American Studies, Yale University, December 2004

M.A. in American Studies, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1999

M.A. in History, Theory, and Criticism of Theatre, University of Maryland--College Park, 1995

B.A. in Creative Writing, Honors in major, Bryn Mawr College, 1991

Diploma, Drama Department of the High School of Performing Arts, New York City, 1987

Certificates

Certificate in Women's Studies, University of Maryland -- College Park, 1999

Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, Columbia University and the YIVO Institute, Summer 1998

EMPLOYMENT

Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University, July 2013-present

Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University, January 2011-June 2013

Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and of History and Literature, Harvard University, July 2006-December 2010

Assistant Director of Studies/Lecturer, Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University, September 2004-June 2006

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, and GRANTS

External Competitions

Book Award, given by the Children's Literature Association in 2013 for Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights.

Grace Abbott Best Book Award, given by the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth in 2012 for Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights.

Outstanding Book Award, given by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in 2012 for Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights. In the 2012 ATHE conference program, the prize committee called Racial Innocence "a historiographic tour de force... a classic."

Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize, given by the New England American Studies Association in 2012 for Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights.

Runner-up, 2012 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, given by the American Studies Association in 2012 for Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights

Honorable Mention, Book Award, given by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers in 2012 for Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights

Harrington Fellowship, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Texas at Austin, 2010-2011. A full-year, non-teaching fellowship that is awarded by nomination only (there is no open application process).

The Outstanding Article Award, given by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education for "scholarship marked by methodological sophistication, complex and critical engagement with dramatic texts and performances, focussed inquiries, and possible directions for future scholarship in a particular area." Awarded in 2010 for "Dances with Things: Material Culture and the Performance of Race" (Social Text 101 [December 2009]).

Vera Mowry Roberts Award for Research and Publication, given by the American Theatre and Drama Society for the best essay published in English. Awarded in 2010 for "Dances with Things: Material Culture and the Performance of Race" (Social Text 101 [December 2009]).

Betsy Beinecke Shirley Fellowship in American Children's Literature, The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, 2008.

Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship for research on American art or visual culture, American Antiquarian Society, 2008

David Keller Travel Grant, American Society for Theatre Research, 2006

Thomas F. Marshall Travel Grant, American Society for Theatre Research, 2004

Mellon Seminar in Writing Performance History, Yale University, 2003

Gene Wise-Warren Susman Prize. Awarded in 2001 for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the annual conference of the American Studies Association

Honorable Mention in Fiction, Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writers Fund Award, 1999

Debut Panels (competitive sessions designed to showcase work of emerging scholars), Conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, San Antonio, TX, August 1998

Lambda Book Report Travel Grant to attend 1997 Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony

Internship, National Yiddish Book Center. Amherst, MA, Summer 1991

Selected Internal Competitions

Voted a "favorite professor" by Harvard College Class of 2012 and invited to publish a letter in the 2012 yearbook

Grantee, Open Gate Funding to bring performance artist Tim Miller to perform and speak at Harvard, November 2009

Grantee, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Tenure-Track Faculty Publication Fund to support inclusion of 60 images in monograph, Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood in Black and White (New York University Press), 2009

Awardee, Clark Fund for Research Support, 2008

Awardee, Gordon Gray Faculty Grant for Writing Pedagogy for committee to create a guide for senior thesis-writers in the Program of Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality, 2007

Grantee, Course Innovation Funds to support roundtable discussion, “Legends in Queer Performance: Can Theater Change the World?,” October 2007.

Faculty Ally of the Year, The Harvard Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters Alliance (now the QSA), Harvard University, 2005

Award, John Perry Miller Fund, Yale University, Summer 2004

Graduate Fellowship, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, Summer 2004 (declined)

University Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University, 2003-2004

Graduate Fellowship, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, Fall 2002

John F. Enders Research Grant, Yale University, Summer 2002

University Fellowship (full tuition plus stipend), Yale University, 1999-2003

Full Scholarship, Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, Columbia University and the YIVO Institute, Summer 1998

Travel Grant to attend the national conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, George Washington University, 1998

Graduate Fellowship (full tuition plus stipend), George Washington University, 1996-1998

University Fellowship (full tuition plus stipend), University of Maryland--College Park, 1993-1995

Dolphin Scholarship (full tuition; Bryn Mawr's only non-need-based grant), Bryn Mawr College, 1987-1991


 
BOOKS

Monograph

Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights, December 2011 (second printing February 2012, third printing January 2013), New York University Press, as part of the series, America and the Long 19th Century

Edited Books

Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theater, The University of Michigan Press, 2006

Generation Q: Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals Born Around 1969's Stonewall Riots Tell Their Stories of Growing Up in the Age of Information. Co-edited with Seth Clark Silberman. Alyson Publications, 1996

  • Finalist, 1997 Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction Anthology
  • Two months on Lambda Book Report's bestseller list
  • Critics' praise for Generation Q
Fiction

Terrible, Terrible! A Jewish Folktale Retold. Kar-Ben Books, 1998, reprinted 2009

  • Chosen by the Grinspoon Foundation as the January 2010 selection for the PJ Library Program (age seven-eight category). This award-winning program sends high-quality Jewish children's books and music to thousands of families across North America. The Grinspoon Foundation produced a Reading Guide to help parents and children discuss this book.


 
ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

"Utopian Movements: Nikki Giovanni and the Convocation Following the Virginia Tech Massacre," African American Review, forthcoming Fall 2012 (special issue on Black Performance)

"Signposts on the Road Less Taken: John Newton Hyde's Anti-Racist Illustrations of African American Children," J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanistsw, forthcoming 2013

"Toward the Integration of Theatre History and Affect Studies: Shame and The Rude Mechs's The Method Gun," Theatre Journal 64.2 (May 2012): 213-230.

"Children's Books, Dolls, and the Performance of Race; Or, The Possibility of Children's Literature," PMLA 126.1 (January 2011): 160-169.

"Dances with Things: Material Culture and the Performance of Race," Social Text 101 (December 2009): 67-94.

"'Never Born': Angelina Weld Grimké's Rachel as Ironic Response to Topsy." The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Volume 19, Number 2 (Spring 2007): 61-75.

"'Too Realistic' and 'Too Distorted': The Attack on Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy and the Gaze of the Queer Child." Critical Matrix: The Princeton Journal of Women, Gender, and Culture, vol. 12, no. 1-2 (Fall 2000 and Spring 2001), 26-47

  • Reprinted in Contemporary Women's Issues (Gale, 2008)

"Rodney King, Shifting Modes of Vision, and Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Vol. 14, no. 2 (Spring 2000), 121-134

  • Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism Volume 241 (Detroit, MI: Thomson Gale)

"Inventing a Fishbowl: White Supremacy and the Critical Reception of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun." Modern Drama, v. 42 (1999), 16-27

  • Excerpt reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism Volume 192 (McGraw-Hill/Gale, 2007)
  • Linked reference on "LITWEB: An Online Companion to The Norton Introduction to Literature"

INVITED BOOK CHAPTERS

"The Queerness of Harriet the Spy," chapter in Kenneth B. Kidd and Michelle A. Abate, eds., Over the Rainbow: Queer Children's and Young Adult Literature, (University of Michigan Press, 2011): 111-120.

"Staging Lesbian and Gay New York," chapter in Bryan Waterman and Cyrus R. K. Patell, eds., The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York City (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES

"In Praise of the Vernacular: Robin Bernstein Interviews Pop Icon Camille Paglia," The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, (subsequently retitled The Gay and Lesbian Review) Spring 1996: 13-15

  • Invited lead article in special issue on popular culture

"Where Women Rule: The World of Lesbian Cartoonists," The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, Summer 1994: 20-23

REVIEW ESSAYS

"Generation Next: Not the Only One: Lesbian and Gay Fiction for Teens edited by Tony Grima and School's Out: The Impact of Gay and Lesbian Issues on America's Schools by Dan Woog," Lambda Book Report, July/August 1995: 28

"A Literature of One's Own: Am I Blue? Coming Out from Silence edited by Marion Dane Bauer and Growing Up Gay: A Literary Anthology edited by Bennett L. Singer," The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, Spring 1994: 23-26

BOOK REVIEWS

Women's Review of Books

  • Lady Dicks and Lesbian Brothers: Staging the Unimaginable at the WOW Cafe Theatre, by Kate Davy, July/August 2011, 6-7.

Southern Cultures

Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth

Theatre Journal

American Studies International

  • Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition, by Rebecca Alpert, vol. 35 (1997)
  • This Mad Masquerade: Stardom and Masculinity in the Jazz Age, by Gaylyn Studlar, vol. 35 (1997)

The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review (subsequently renamed The Gay and Lesbian Review)

  • Stagestruck: Theatre, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America by Sarah Schulman, 1998
  • The Escape Artist, by Judith Katz, Fall 1997: 44-45
  • The Dyke and the Dybbuk, by Ellen Galford, Winter 1995: 38
  • Tilting the Tower: Lesbians Teaching Queer Subjects, edited by Linda Garber, Summer 1995: 37-38
  • Presence and Desire: Essays on Gender, Sexuality, Performance, by Jill Dolan, Fall 1994: 39
  • Alias Olympia, by Eunice Lipton, Spring 1994: 38

The Lesbian Review of Books,

  • The Four Winds, by Gerd Brantenberg, translated by Margaret Hayford O'Leary, Spring 1997: 25
  • She's Always Liked the Girls Best: Lesbian Plays, by Claudia Allen, Summer 1994: 26
  • Elizabeth Bowen: A Reputation, by Renee C. Hoogland, Winter 1994-1995: 24

Belles Lettres

  • Sophia Parnok: The Life and Work of Russia's Sappho, by Diana Lewis Burgin, Spring 1995: 90
  • Out of the Class Closet: Lesbians Speak, edited by Julia Penelope, Spring 1995: 90

ENTRIES IN REFERENCE WORKS

"African American Childhood," essay of 5,000-10,000 words under contract for inclusion in Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies

"Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy," in Censorship: A World Encyclopedia, Derek Jones, ed. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001

"Anti-Semitism," in Encyclopedia of Lesbian Histories and Cultures, Bonnie Zimmerman, ed. Garland Publishing, 1999, pp. 44-46

"Sholem Asch," "Alison Bechdel," and "Marijane Meaker," in Gay and Lesbian Literature, Tom and Sara Pendergast, eds. Full Circle Publishing, 1997

"Robin Bernstein Interviews Roberta Gregory" and "Robin Bernstein Interviews Andrea Natalie," inDyke Strippers: Lesbian Cartoonists A to Z, Roz Warren, ed. Cleis Press, 1995: 116-117, 157-158

"Lesléa Newman," in Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, Denise Knight and Sandra Pollack, eds. Greenwood Press, 1993: 399-404

SYMPOSIUM CURATED

Sole curator and convener, "Performing Lesbian Archives," a symposium plus live performance at the University of Texas at Austin, March 4-5, 2011. This symposium asked, "How can theories and practices of performance reconfigure knowledge of lesbian histories?" Participants include Jennifer DeVere Brody, Charlotte Canning, Ann Cvetkovich, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Meta DuEwa Jones, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Kim Marra, Lisa L. Moore, Deborah Paredez, Q-Roc Ragsdale, Matt Richardson, Harlod Steward, and Julia Wallace. Sponsored by the Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellows Program with generous support from the Department of Theatre and Dance, the LGBTQ Research Cluster, and the Warfield Center.

INVITED LECTURES

Speaker at "Knowledge and Power: The Impact of 'Intelligence' on American Political Life and Culture, Past and Present," University of Massachusetts-Boston American Studies Summer Institute, July 2012

"Future of the Field" symposium on Childhood Studies, Texas A&M University, sponsored by the English Department, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Glasscock Humanities Center, April 2012

"Performing History in Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home," Resoundingly Queer, Cornell University, March 2012

"Critical Conversations: The Archives of Race in the Long Nineteenth Century," with William Gleason, Princeton University, Department of English, co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies and by Gender and Sexuality Studies, March 2012

"The Material Culture of Uncle Tom's Cabin," The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, CT, March 2012

"Psychological Damage or Resistance? Re-Evaluating the Clark Doll Tests through the Lens of Performance Studies," The Robert M. Gay Memorial Lecture at Simmons College, February 2012

"Childhood as Performance," "Spotlight Panel" of Multiple Childhoods/Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Interrogating Normativity in Childhood Studies, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, May 2011

"The Stellar Burdens of Shame," University of Texas at Austin, Department of Theatre and Dance, April 2011

"Psychological Damage or Resistance? Re-Evaluating the Clark Doll Tests," University of Texas at Austin, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies and the Childhood and Youth Research Cluster, April 2011

"The Stellar Burdens of Shame," Yale University, World Performance Project, February 2011

"Inherited Repertoires, Resistant Subjects: Revisiting the Clark Doll Tests as Performance," Brown University, Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, February 2011

"'A Tear is an Intellectual Thing': The Performance of Pain in Kenneth and Mamie Clark's Doll Experiments," University of Connecticut at Storrs, American Studies Program, November 2010

"'A Tear is an Intellectual Thing': The Performance of Pain in Kenneth and Mamie Clark's Doll Experiments," Cornell University, Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance, March 2010

"The Race of Dolls," University of Pittsburgh, Children's Literature Program Speakers Series, Department of English, March 2010

"Black Dolls, Girls, and the Performance of Pain," Williams College, Departments of Theatre, Women’s and Gender Studies, American Studies, and Comparative Literature; the Multicultural Center; and the Sawyer Library, March 2009

"Dances with Things," Yale University, Photographic Memory Workshop, September 2008

"Making White Girls into Mistresses: Slavery, Race, and Raggedy Ann Stories," Columbia University Humanities Seminar, "Women and Society," May 2007.

INVITED PANEL PRESENTATIONS AND FORMAL RESPONSES

“Notable Books of 2011,” panel discussion of winners and runners-up for the Outstanding Book Award, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2012

"Spotlight on New Works," panel sponsored by the Black Theatre Network, American Theatre and Drama Society, and Latino Studies Focus Group, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2012

“Publishing Requirements for Promotion and Tenure: A Roundtable Discussion of Current Problems and Possible Solutions,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2012

Formal respondent, "Foundational Documents: The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution," Performance Studies Focus Group, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, scheduled August 2012

Formal respondent, "Embodiment, Mimicry, Resistance," panel at "'Triumph in my Song': 18th & 19th Century-African Atlantic Culture, History, & Performance," conference of the Society Americanists, University of Maryland, May-June 2012

Formal respondent, "Smudging the Text: Print, Performance and Racial Reciprocity," panel at "'Triumph in my Song': 18th & 19th Century-African Atlantic Culture, History, & Performance," conference of the Society Americanists, University of Maryland, May-June 2012

Panelist, "Response to The Owls, produced by Alexandra Juhasz and directed by Cheryl Dunye," Yale University, sponsored by the Photographic Memory Workshop and the Film Studies Program, January 2012

"Archiving Performance/The Performance as Archive," panel in honor of E. Patrick Johnson's Sweet Tea, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Theatre and Dance, September 2010

"Just Out: New Publications in American Theatre and Drama," panel, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Denver, CO, August 2008

"Photography/Performance," formal response, Photographic Proofs: A Conference on Image, History, and Memory, Yale University, April 2008.

"Can Gender Studies be a Discipline?," formal response to Juliet Mitchell, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and the Women Faculty Forum, Yale University, May 2007

"Intersections of American Studies and Queer Studies," panel, Program in American Studies, Yale University, April 2003

"Lorraine Hansberry's Life and Work," panel accompanying production of The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, The American Century Theater, Washington, DC, January 2001

"Re-Placing Women: Is Identity Politics Dead?" panel, Women and Theatre Conference (in conjunction with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education), Washington, DC, August 2000

WORKING SESSIONS CONVENENED

"Performance and Everyday Life: Histories of the Ordinary, Persistent, and Repeated," a working session co-convened with Kyla Wazana Tompkins (Pomona College), American Society for Theatre Research, scheduled November 2012

Co-organizer, "Performance in Historical Paradigms Working Group," 2008-2010:

  • 2010: with Ioana Szeman (Roehampton University, London), co-curated a series of linked panels and summary discussion at Performance Studies International (PSi), Toronto, Canada
  • 2009: Initiated a second annual meeting to convene at the Performance Studies Focus Group in New York City (previously, the working group had convened only once each year at PSi). With Paige McGinley (Yale University, New Haven, CT) and Sophie Nield (Royal Holloway University of London, UK), curated and moderated "On History and Performance," a double-length panel of senior scholars discussing the "state of the field" of performance studies as it intersects with historical inquiry.
  • 2008: With Ioana Szeman (Roehampton University, London), curated and moderated a series of linked panels and summary discussion at Performance Studies International, Copenhagen, Denmark

    CONFERENCE PAPERS

    "John Newton Hyde's Anti-Racist Illustrations of African American Children," Children's Literature Association, Boston, MA, June 2012

    "A 'We' without a 'They': Nikki Giovanni, the Black Arts Movement, and the Convocation Following the Virginia Tech Massacre," American Society for Theatre Research, November 2011

    "Raggedy Ann and the Racial Scripts of Book-Doll Combination," American Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, October 2011

    "Children's Culture and the Persistence of Blackface Minstrelsy," Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, IL, August 2011

    "How George Aiken Quoted Artist Hammatt Billings--And Why It Matters," Harriet Beecher Stowe at 200: Home, Nation, and Place in the 21st Century, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, June 2011

    "'A 'Wonderful Defense of Slavery'? Joel Chandler Harris's Reading of Uncle Tom's Cabin," Harriet Beecher Stowe at 200: Home, Nation, and Place in the 21st Century, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, June 2011

    "Touching, Feeling, Moving: Performances of Butch Lesbian Affect," "Performing Lesbian Archives: A Symposium," University of Texas at Austin, March 2011.

    "'Stand Up, Dolly: One African American Girl's Resistant School Performance, 1891," Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Los Angeles, CA, August 2010

    "Judith Butler and Jocks: Teaching Performance Studies in a General Education Program," Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Los Angeles, CA, August 2010

    "Black Dolls, Blackface: Children's Domestic Minstrelsy," Performance Studies International, Toronto, Canada, June 2010

    "Children's Reading, Children's Playing: A New Perspective on Blackface Performance," C19: The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists, Pennsylvania State University, May 2010

    "Scriptive Books: E.W. Kemble's A Coon Alphabet," American Literature Association, Boston, MA, May 2009

    "Touching Eva, Touching Tom/Touching Eva Touching Tom," "Home, School, Play, Work: The Visual and Textual Worlds of Children," Conference of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture and the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, November 2008.

    "Joel Chandler Harris's Reconstruction of Uncle Tom's Cabin," American Studies Association, Albuquerque, NM, October 2008.

    "Scriptive Things," Performance Studies International, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2008

    "Harnessing the Dramatic Instinct," American Society for Theatre Research, Phoenix, AZ, November 2007.

    "Surrogation: The Hinge between 'Real Children' and 'The Child.'" Conference of the American Society for Theatre Research, Chicago, IL, November 2006.

    "L is for Longing." Paper in panel, "Photography and Memory: Relearning the Critical Alphabet." Thinking Photography (Again): An International Conference on Photography Studies, University of Durham, UK, July 2005.

    "Raggedy Ann Stories and Children's Performances of the Old South." Performing Childhood: The Conference of the Children's Literature Association, Winnipeg, Canada, June 2005.

    The Literary Management of Reproduction: Raggedy Ann Stories and the Training of Child-Consumers." Conference of the American Literature Association,Boston, MA, May 2005.

    The Continuity between Good and Bad Taste: James Whitcomb Riley as Hawker of Patent Medicine and Nationalist Poetry." American Society for Theatre Research, Las Vegas, NV, November 2004.

    “Storytime: Re-Imagining the Civil War through the Space of the Nursery.” Conference of t he Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Toronto, Canada, July 2004

    "Using Performance Theory to Analyze Racist Collectibles." Conference of the American Studies Association, Hartford, CT, October 2003

    • Organized panel, "Race and Material Culture: Enabling Objects to Speak about Racist Violence"; participants included Kirk Savage (chair), Cheryl Finley, and Adrianne A. Santina

    "Talismans of the Middle Class: Nineteenth-Century Postmortem Daguerreotypes of Children." Conference of the American Studies Association, November 2001

    "Minstrelsy and the Enfreakment of Little Eva." Conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Washington, DC, August 2000

    "Collecting Exotics: Realism, White Supremacy, and the Critical Reception of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun." Conference of the Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, December 1999

    "The White Girl on the Minstrel's Knee: Little Eva, Uncle Tom, and the Cross-'Racial' Embrace." Conference of the American Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, October 1999

    • Organized panel, "Staging Racial Biology: The Negotiation of Essence in Nineteenth Century Popular Performance"; participants included Eric Lott (chair), Rachel Adams, and Benjamin Reiss

    "Performing America: The Merging of American Studies and Performance Studies." Conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Toronto, Canada, July 1999

    "'Too Realistic' and 'Too Distorted': The Attack on Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy and the Gaze of the Queer Child." Conference of the American Literature Association, Baltimore, MD, April 1999

    "'Awakened by her loving touch': A Perverse Reading of Popular Representations of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan." Conference of the Popular Culture Association, San Diego, CA, March 1999

    "A Living Museum of a Dead Race: Edwin Forrest in Metamora." Conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, San Antonio, TX, August 1998

    "Rodney King, Shifting Modes of Vision, and Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992." Conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, San Antonio, TX, 1998

    "Women and Theatrical Cross-Dressing in Spain During the Golden Age." Women's Works, Women's Words, Duke University, Durham, NC, November 1994

    • Paper published in Conference Proceedings, Rosa Proietto, ed., 111-116

    SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

    "'Elvis is Alive--And She's Beautiful!': k.d. lang and the Erotics of Paradox on the Cover of Vanity Fair," Gender and Sexuality Seminar, Harvard Humanities Center, April 2012

    "Psychological Damage or Resistance? Re-Evaluating the Clark Doll Tests through the Lens of Performance Studies," The W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Fall Colloquium Series, November 2011

    "Faculty Reflections on Scholarship and Academic Inquiry," panel presentation, Calendar of Opening Days to welcome the Class of 2015, August 2011

    "Everyone is Impressed": Slavery as a Tender Embrace From Uncle Tom's to Uncle Remus's Cabin," The Gender and Sexuality Seminar of The Humanities Center at Harvard University, February 2009

    Panelist, "Talkback" following production of Adelheid Roosen's The Veiled Monologues, American Repertory Theatre, October 2007

    Featured Guest Speaker, Women in Society Dinner for the Harvard-Radcliffe Women's Leadership Conference, September 2007.

    Panelist, GLBTQ Scholarship in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard, The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus, June 2007.

    "Making White Girls into Mistresses: Slavery, Race, and Raggedy Ann Stories," the Gender and Sexuality Seminar of The Humanities Center at Harvard University May 2006.

    "'Never Born’: Angelina Weld Grimke’s Rachel as Ironic Response to Topsy," Talking Shop: A Conference of the History and Literature Tutorial Board, December 2006.

    "Making White Girls into Mistresses: Slavery, Race, and Raggedy Ann Stories," Humanities Center New Faculty Lunch Series, November 2006.

    Guest Speaker, screening of Mae West's 1933 film, She Done Him Wrong, Radcliffe Institute, October 2006.

    "Introduction to Cultural Studies,” " Against the Grain: Critical Approaches to Gender and Sexuality (WGS 1002), Spring 2005.

    "Performance Theory," Against the Grain: Critical Approaches to Gender and Sexuality (WGS 1002), Spring 2005.

    PRESS

    Radio

    "Uprising Radio" with Sonali Kolhatkar, 15-minute interview, February 2, 2012

    "Women-Stirred Radio" with Merry Gangemi, WGDR, Plainfield, VT, 30-minute live interview, January 12, 2012

    "Voices of Our World" with Kathy Golden, program run by the Maryknoll, a progressive religious community, nationally syndicated to over 100 radio stations, 25 minute taped interview (click "Not So Innocent"), December 12, 2011

    "The Women's Show" with Arly Helm, feminist radio program, KVMR-FM, Grass Valley, CA, 50-minute taped interview, December 12, 2011

    "The Wimmin's Music Program" with Laura Rinaldi, feminist radio program, KKUP, Santa Cruz, 30-minute live interview, December 4, 2011

    "The Bob Salter Show," progressive radio show, WFAN/WXRK, New York City, 30-minute taped interview, December 3, 2011

    "Peace and Social Justice" with Laurel Avalon, KZFR, Chico, CA, 30-minute live interview, December 2, 2011

    "Northern Spirit Radio" with Mark Judkins Helpsmeet, progressive Christian radio program, hour-long taped interview, December 1, 2011

    "Radio with a View" with Marc Stern, progressive radio program WMBR FM, Cambridge, MA, 40-minute live studio interview, November 27, 2011

    "Perspectives" with Richard Baker, Progressive radio show syndicated on 23 NPR stations, 30-minute taped interview, November 21, 2011

    "Late Mornings with Jeff Schechtman," progressive radio show, KVON-AM, Napa, CA, 30-minute taped interview, November 15, 2011

    "Lambda Radio Report" with Charone Pagett, African American LGBT radio show, WRFG-FM, Atlanta, 30-minute live interview, November 15, 2011

    "Culture Shocks" with Barry Lynn, progressive radio show sponsored by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, syndicated to 9 radio stations in New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and California 40-minute taped interview, November 14, 2011,

    "An Evening With Guy Rathbun," progressive radio show, KCBX - FM, (NPR) San Luis Obispo, 20-minute taped interview, November 14, 2011

    "Queer Voices" with Jone Devlin, KPFT (Pacifica), Houston, TX, 15-minute live interview, November 14, 2011

    "LIBRadio" ("Living in Black Radio") with Keidi Obi Awadu, Afrocentric radio show, Black Star Media, Inglewood, CA, Hour-long live interview with callers, November 11, 2011,

    "Feminist Edition with Charlotte Crockford," WUML, Lowell, MA, 30-minute taped interview, November 8, 2011

    "The 8:00 Buzz with Stan Woodard," progressive radio show, WORT-FM, Madison, Wisconsin, 20-minute live interview, November 8, 2011

    "Conversations with Peter Solomon," Progressive radio show, WIP AM and FM, Philadelphia, 30-minute live interview, November 6, 2011

    Print Media

    "Professor Revisits Clark Doll Tests," article in The Harvard Crimson, December 1, 2011.

    "The Invention of Childhood Innocence," interview in The Harvard Gazette, April 29, 2010.

    "Socks Appeal," article about drag kings, Boston Phoenix, 9 July 2008

    "Girl Power," article in Harvard Magazine, January-February 2008

    COURSES TAUGHT

    Courses Taught at Harvard University

    African American Theatre and Performance (African and African American Studies 120x, Fall 2012

    Queer of Color Theory (African and African American Studies 183x), Fall 2012

    Race, Gender, and Performance (General Education Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 26), Fall 2011

    Topics in Advanced Performance Studies: Gender and Sexuality (WGS 1433) Fall 2011

    Dreams of a Common Language: Feminist Conversations across Differences (Program of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality 97), Spring 2010, Spring 2008, Spring 2007, and Fall 2005.

    American Youth Cultures (History and Literature 97; co-taught with Lauren Brandt), Spring 2010

    Gender and Performance (General Education/Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 26, previously Women, Gender, and Sexuality 1133 ), Fall 2009, Fall 2007, Fall 2006

    Performing America (History and Literature 90q), Fall 2009

    Liberties and Limits: Reading and Writing U.S. Experiences, 1776-1876 (History and Literature 97, co-taught with Katherine Stebbins McCaffrey), Spring 2008

    The Nadir of Civil Rights: Race in the U.S. at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (History and Literature 90c), Fall 2007

    The American Century? (History and Literature 97b, co-taught with Amy Kittelstrom), Spring 2007

    Logics and Centers of Gravity in U.S. Culture (History and Literature 97a, co-taught with Amy Kittelstrom), Fall 2006

    Tomboys, Angels, and Dolls: Girls in American Culture (Program of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality 1408), Spring 2006

    Dreams of a Common Language: Feminist Conversations across Differences (Program of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality 97), Fall 2005

    Gender and the Cultures of U.S. Imperialism (Program of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality 1203), Spring 2005

    Introduction to Transnational Feminist Thought (Program of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality 97), Fall 2004

    Courses Taught at Yale University

    Youth Cultures in Twentieth-Century America (American Studies S-429), Summer 2003

    Gender and Performance in American Culture (American Studies 415b), Spring 2003

    Courses Taught at The George Washington University

    Performing America: Gender, Race, and the Spectacle of Bodies (American Studies 198), Spring 1999

    Courses Assistant-Taught:

    The Formation of Modern American Culture, 1920 to the Present (American Studies 191), Yale University, Spring 2002

    Introduction to Women's Studies and Feminist Thought (Women's and Gender Studies 295a), Yale University, Fall 2001

    Themes in US Cultural History (American Civilization 167), George Washington University, Fall 1998

    Contested American Cultures: 1880-1996 (American Civilization 72), George Washington University, Spring 1998

    Inventing Ourselves: American Culture Through 1876 (American Civilization 71) George Washington University, Fall 1997

    Women, Art, and Culture (Women's Studies 250), University of Maryland at College Park, Summer 1995

    SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

    Panel Chair, "Black, White, or Other?: Reading Race, Constructing Childhood in American Popular Culture," American Studies Association, scheduled November 2012

    Grant Reviewer, American Association of University Women (2010-2011), Killam Research Fellowship (2011-2012)

    Member, Editorial Advisory Committee, the New England Theatre Journal, 2011-present

    Judge, 2011 Lambda Literary Awards

    Convener and organizer, Queer Performance Reading Group, a bimonthly forum for faculty and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin, 2010-2011

    Chair, Vera Mowry Roberts Research and Publication Awards Committee, American Theatre and Drama Society, 2010-2011

    Member, Conference Committee, "Destined for Men: Visual Materials for Male Audiences, 1750-1880," conference of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, October 2009

    Member, Awards and Honors Committee, American Theatre and Drama Society, 2009-2010

    Member, Marshall and Keller Travel Award Committee of the American Society for Theatre Research, 2008-2011

    Evaluator, Boston Social Innovation Forum, "Women and Girls” " Division, 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 (member of committee charged with awarding over $70,000 in funding and services to a Boston-based nonprofit that serves women and/or girls)

    Referee, Rutgers University Press, The University of Michigan Press, GLQ, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Theatre Journal, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, The New England Theatre Journal, The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Girlhood Studies, The Lion and the Unicorn, The Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture

    Panel Chair, "The Child and the New Republic," New England Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, February 2009

    Moderator, "Representations: Looking at Imagined Bodies and Identities," panel at the Conference of the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies, March 2007

    Email List Manager, Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers Study Group, 2004-2007

    Member at Large, Women and Theatre Program, 2004-2007

    Member, Nominations Committee, American Theatre and Drama Society, 2005

    Co-Founder and Co-Coordinator, Childhood Studies Working Group, Yale University, 2003-2004

    Co-Coordinator, Photography and Memory Workshop, Yale University, 2002-2004 (Member, 1999-2004)

    Graduate Student Representative, Board of the American Theatre and Drama Society, 1998-2003
    • Conceived, designed, and co-coordinated "First Contacts" program to match graduate students with faculty mentors, 2003
    • Member, Committee to Select Debut Panelists, 2002 and 2003

    Co-Organizer, American Studies Symposium, Yale University, May 2002

    Single-time consultant to Kathleen Hulser, Public Historian, New-York Historical Society, regarding NYHS exhibit on Uncle Tom's Cabin in American culture, November 2000

    Editor, "Report of the Task Force on Achieving Excellence in Undergraduate Education," University of Maryland--College Park, 1996

    Writer, "Adopt-A-Character" fundraiser, Shakespeare on Wheels, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Summer 1994

    • Wrote 40 letters in voices of characters from Hamlet (Donors "adopted" individual characters and received, over the course of the summer, four letters from each adopted character)
    • Created puzzles for the Shakespeare on Wheels 1994 Performance Guide

    Founding Director, Bisexual, Gay, and Lesbian Alliance Center, Bryn Mawr College, 1989-1991

    • Wrote six successful grants
    • Acquired, organized, and maintained over 1,500 books, 150 audio/visual resources, and 20 subscriptions to journals and magazines

    SELECTED SERVICE TO HARVARD UNIVERSITY

    Member, Board of Directors, Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies (Representative of Harvard University), 2009-2010, 2007-2008

    Co-Chair, Gender and Sexuality Seminar, The Humanities Center, 2009-2010 (with Joyce Antler of Brandeis University), 2006-2007 (with Brad Epps of Harvard University), and 2005-2006 (with Afsaneh Najmabadi and Judith Surkis of Harvard University)

    Committee Chair, Eugene R. Cummings Thesis Prize for GLBTQ Studies, 2008

    Co-Chair (with Nancy Cott and Afsaneh Najmabadi), Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Research Workshop, "Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Workshop" for graduate students, 2007-2008

    Organizer of Roundtable discussion, "Legends in Queer Performance: Can Theater Change the World?," October 2007. Roundtable featured founding members of Split Britches Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, plus the Five Lesbian Brothers Ladies Auxiliary including Moe Angelos, Karen "Mal" Malme, Linda Monchik, Brigid O'Connor, and Vanessa Soto, and directors Kate Caffery and Adam Sussman. Created 16-page program for event.

    Faculty Advisor, The Harvard Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters Alliance (now QSA), 2006-2008

    Co-Leader, Curriculum Vitae Workshop for Graduate Students in Gender and Sexuality Studies, April 2006

    Chair, Junior Essay Award Committee, Program of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Spring 2005 and Spring 2006

    Chair, Senior Thesis Award Committee, Program of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Spring 2006

    Co-Organizer, "The Weather in Proust," a series of lectures accompanied by an exhibit of fiber art by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Fall 2005

    Member, Committee to Organize "Turning Points: Celebrating our Past, Present and Future," Program of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, 2004-2005

     

    EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

    Editor, Bridges, a biannual, international journal of Jewish feminist culture and politics, 1996-2000

    Associate Editor/Features, The Washington Blade, nationally distributed weekly of Washington, D.C. 1994-1995

    THEATRICAL PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE

    Directing

    "Raid," performance based on 1923 controversy surrounding Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance, University of Maryland--College Park, March 1994.

    Dramaturgy

    The London Merchantperson, "distorted" by Susan Leonardi and Catherine Schuler from George Lillo's The London Merchant, University of Maryland-College Park, March-April 1995

    God of Vengeance, by Sholem Asch, adapted by Stephen Fife, University of Maryland-College Park, March 1994

    • Initiated and co-ordinated post-performance discussions with guest speakers Stephen Fife and Evelyn Torton Beck

    Brighton Beach Memoirs, by Neil Simon, University of Maryland-College Park, November 1992

    • Wrote program notes in rhymed verse

    Playwriting

    "Good Food Foot" produced as part of Feast or Famine, directed and adapted by Tina Thuerwachter, Live Bait Theatre, Chicago, IL, January-February 1996

    "Selected Shorts" opened evening of one-act plays produced by Avalanche: A Multi-Racial Lesbian and Gay Theatre Troupe, Philadelphia, PA, June 1991  

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    American Studies Association,

    Modern Language Association

    Association for Theatre in Higher Education,

    American Society for Theatre Research

    American Theatre and Drama Society

    Black Theatre Association

    Women and Theatre Program

    National Communications Association

    Society for the Study of American Women Writers

    Society for the History of Childhood and Youth

    Children's Literature Association

    International Research Society for Children's Literature

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