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Jennifer DeVere Brody

Jennifer DeVere Brody

CCSRE Director | Professor of Theater and Performance Studies
Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
Certificate in African Studies, Jesus College, Oxford, 1991
B.A. Victorian Studies, Vassar College, 1987

Jennifer DeVere Brody 's scholarly essays have appeared in Theatre Journal, Signs, Callaloo, Screen, Text and Performance Quarterly and in numerous edited volumes. Her books Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity and Victorian Culture (Duke University Press, 1998) and Punctuation: Art, Politics and Play (Duke University Press, 2008) both discuss relations among and between sexuality, gender, racialization, visual studies and performance. She has served as the President of the Women and Theatre Program, on the board of Women and Performance and has worked with the Ford and Mellon Foundations. She received that Monette-Horwitz Prize for Independent Research Against Homophobia. She co-produced “The Theme is Blackness” festival of black plays in Durham, NC when she taught in African American Studies at Duke University. Her research and teaching focus on performance, aesthetics, politics and subjectivity as well as feminist theory, queer studies and contemporary cultural studies.  She worked with Nicholas Boggs on the re-publication of James Baldwin’s illustrated book, Little Man, Little Manand is writing a new book about the race, sculpture and performance. She held the Weinberg College of Board of Visitors Professorship at Northwestern University.