Judith Hamera, award-winning dance and performance studies scholar, named next chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts

June 21, 2022

Princeton University has named Professor of Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts and American Studies Judith Hamera, an award-winning dance and performance studies scholar, as next chair of the University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Hamera takes over from Michael Cadden, who served as interim chair for the 2021-22 academic year. Hamera will begin her new duties on July 1, 2022.

“I am so happy that Judith Hamera has agreed to serve as the next chair of the Lewis Center!” said Cadden. “Her work testifies to a lifelong interest in seeing connections among the arts and making connections among people living embodied lives in the worlds of academia and artistic practice — and the many other worlds we each inhabit. The Lewis Center dances on the bridges between those worlds and, as a scholar and teacher, Professor Hamera has surveyed many of them with ingenious results. Her eloquence, vision, and work ethic will serve us well — as will her commitment to an engagement with the entirety of our University, local, national, and international communities.”

Hamera has been a faculty member in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance since 2014 and holds a faculty appointment in the University’s Effron Center for the Study of America, as well as affiliations with the programs in gender and sexuality studies and urban studies.

Hamera’s most recent book, Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization (Oxford University Press, 2017), places economic theory in conversation with performance studies to examine representations of race in American deindustrialization. It received the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the 2017-2018 Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research, and the 2020 Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research awarded to the best dance studies book of the past three years by the Dance Studies Association. Her 2019 article, “Rehearsal Problems: Gus Giordano, The Rehearsal, and the Critical Utility of Forgotten Dance Triumphs,” received the Gertrude Lippincott Award for Best English Language Dance Studies Article, also from the Dance Studies Association.


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