Amy Swanson

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Amy Swanson

Assistant Professor of Theater

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Charles Dana Arts Center

Amy Swanson (she/her/hers) is Assistant Professor of Dance at Colgate University. She previously taught at Northwestern University, where she received her M.A. and Ph.D. She holds a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book project examines representations of gender and sexuality in contemporary dance in Senegal. Her writing has appeared in Dance Research Journal, Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies, Theater Journal, Critical African Studies, and Sexualities.

PhD, Interdisciplinary PhD in Theater and Drama, Northwestern University (2019)

MA, Theater and Drama, Northwestern University (2015)

BFA, Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008)

Global contemporary dance, contemporary African dance, queer African studies, postcolonial theory, critical race theory

  • "Ambiguous Masculinities: Gender and Sexual Transgression in Contemporary Dance Works by Senegalese Men," Dance Research Journal (2019)
  • "Codifying African Dance: The Germaine Acogny Technique and Antinomies of Postcolonial Cultural Production," Critical African Studies (2019)
  • "Choreographing the Individual: Andréya Ouamba's Contemporary (African) Dance Approach," Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies (2016)
  • Book and Performance Reviews:
  • Babacar M'Baye and Besi Brillian Mujonja (eds), Gender and Sexuality in Senegalese Societies: Critical Perspectives and Methods in Sexualities (2021)
  • Sabine Sörgel, Contemporary African Dance Theater: Whiteness, Phenomenology, and the Gaze in Dance Research Journal (2020)
  • Dorothée Munyaneza, Samedi Détente, in Theatre Journal (2016)