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Performance Studies

Tavia Nyong'o

Tavia Nyong'o
Associate Professor, Performance Studies


Office: 721 Broadway 6FL


Ph.D. 2003; M.A. 2002; American Studies, Yale University
B.A. 1995; College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University


Tavia Nyong’o writes, researches and teaches critical black studies, queer studies, cultural theory, and cultural history. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies. Nyong’o has published articles on punk, disco, viral media, the African diaspora, film, and performance art in venues such as Radical History Review, Criticism, TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Women Studies Quarterly, The Nation, and n+1. He is the co-editor of Social Text.

Affiliations: American Studies Association; Modern Language Association; American Society for Theatre Research

Fellowships/Honors: Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship; British Marshall Scholarship; Jacob K. Javits Fellowship; Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship