Rebecca Rossen

Rebecca Rossen (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is a dance historian, performance scholar and choreographer whose research interests include modern and postmodern dance, staging of identity in physical performance, and the relationship between research and practice. She teaches courses in dance history as well as undergraduate and graduate seminars that focus on identity in dance and interdisciplinary performance. Dr. Rossen is a winner of the 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2013, she was honored with two additional teaching awards— the Department of Theatre and Dance's Teaching Excellence Award and the Lucia, Jack, and Melissa Gilbert Women’s and Gender Studies Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Rossen is the author of Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance (Oxford University Press, 2014), and has published articles in Theatre Journal, TDR: The Drama Review, Feminist Studies, Opera Quarterly, and Dance Teacher Magazine. As a dancer, Rebecca performed with numerous companies and choreographers including the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Hedwig Dances, the Cook County Theatre Department, Loop Troop, XSight! Performance Group, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Audio Gruppe (Germany), Annat Shamgar (Israel), and Baldanza (Italy). Her own choreography has been presented in venues throughout her hometown of Chicago, as well as in Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Israel. She has been the recipient of choreography grants from the City of Chicago and Illinois Arts Council, an artist's residency from the Arad Arts Project in Israel, and most recently, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Grant. Prior to joining UT's faculty, Rebecca taught performance history and dance at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, George Mason University, and the Dance Center of Columbia College, as well as at numerous Chicago-area dance studios.

Professor Rossen is a faculty affiliate in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, and the American Studies Department. She is also the director of the editorial board of the Society of Dance History Scholars. 

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Areas of Expertise: dance history; performance studies; physical performance, theatrical representations of identity, gender studies, Jewish studies

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