Rebecca Rossen (Ph.D., Northwestern) is a dance historian, performance scholar and choreographer. She teaches dance history as well as seminars on identity in dance and interdisciplinary performance. Dr. Rossen is a winner of the 2015 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, and a recipient Teaching Excellence Awards from Theatre and Dance and Women's and Gender Studies. Dr. Rossen is the author of Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance and has published articles in Theatre Journal, TDR: The Drama Review, Feminist Studies, Opera Quarterly, and Dance Teacher Magazine. She leads the Society of Dance History Scholar's Editorial Board and directs SDHS's Studies in Dance History Book Series.
As a dancer, Dr. Rossen performed with numerous companies including Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Hedwig Dances and the Cook County Theatre Department. Her choreography has been presented in venues throughout her hometown of Chicago, as well as in Cleveland, Philadelphia and Israel.
Prior to joining the university's faculty, Dr. Rossen taught at the University of Chicago, George Mason University, the Dance Center of Columbia College and many Chicago-area dance studios. Professor Rossen is a faculty affiliate in Women's and Gender Studies, Jewish Studies and American Studies.