New Performer on Dissertation Reviews


A little while ago, we announced the launch of “Performance Dissertation Reviews,” which will bring you friendly, non-critical overviews of recently defended, unpublished dissertations on the performing arts around the world. We are delighted that “Performance Dissertation Reviews” has just become a “duumvirate,” and we welcome our new editor Ronald Gilliam from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. 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 Editors can be reached at and


Our Performance Dissertation Reviews Field Editors

Ronald Gilliam is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he focuses on the history and development of Uyghur drama in Chinese Central Asia. He previously received his MA in Performance Studies at New York University and his BAs in Theatre / Chinese Language & Culture from Butler University. His dissertation, “Towards an Ethical Theatre: The History and Development of Uyghur Dramatic Art in Chinese Central Asia,” examines the creation of professional Uyghur staged drama and how these new dramatic works generated a collective Uyghur identity based on ethical themes. Ronald has published in e-misférica Asian Theatre Journal and maintains active roles in the International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT/IFTR) and the Association for Asian Performance (AAP). In addition to his academic career, Ronald continues to professionally direct theatre performances in Honolulu, the mainland USA, and abroad.


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: “A.” performed by NoExit, directed by Ronald Gilliam. Photography by Robert Evans III.

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