Judith Hamera

2021-2022 Old Dominion Professor in the Humanities Council; Professor of Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts and American Studies

Judith Hamera

During the 2021–2022 academic year, as an Old Dominion Professor in the Humanities Council, Judith Hamera will work on the project “Los Angeles Live Art and Critical Pluralist Imaginaries, 1989–2000.”

She is the author of three books: the award-winning Dancing Communities: Performance, Difference, and Connection in the Global City (2007; 2011), Parlor Ponds: The Cultural Work of the American Home Aquarium, 1850–1970 (2012), and Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization (2017), which received the Oscar G. Brockett Award for Dance Research from the Dance Studies Association, the Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research, and the Book of the Year award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She is the editor of Opening Acts: Performance in/as Communication and Cultural Studies (2006), and co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing (2009) and the Sage Handbook of Performance Studies (2006). Her article, “Rehearsal Problems: Gus Giordano’s The Rehearsal and the Serious Business of Middlebrow Dance,” received the Gertrude Lippincott Award for Best English Language Dance Studies Article from the Dance Studies Association in 2020.

 

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