Performance on Dissertation Reviews

We are delighted to welcome our new editor Emily Wilcox, and announce the launch of a new series on Dissertation Reviews which is absolutely fresh and cutting-edge — “Performance Dissertation Reviews.” This series will bring you friendly, non-critical overviews of recently defended, unpublished dissertations on the performing arts around the world. If you are interested in having your dissertation reviewed, please fill out the Review Application Form. If you are interested in helping out in some other way, please contact Our Performance Studies Editor can be reached at


Introducing Our New Field Editor

Emily Wilcox is Field Editor for the new Performance Dissertation Reviews series. Emily is Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (starting Fall 2013) and holds an international postdoctoral research fellowship at the Shanghai Theater Academy. Her research focuses on dance in the People’s Republic of China. Emily received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, her MPhil from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, and her AB from the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. Emily’s doctoral dissertation, titled “The Dialectics of Virtuosity: Dance in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-2009,” is the basis for several publication projects, including a book manuscript on the politics of aesthetics in Chinese national dance. Her English and Chinese-language publications appear in Asian Theater Journal, Body and Society, Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement, Kroeber Anthropology Society Papers, The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Wudao Pinglun (The Dance Review), Yihai (Art), and the edited volume Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche.


Image: Photograph by Emily Wilcox.

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