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Faculty Research Areas

James R. Ball III

Assistant Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies

  • Politics of spectatorship
  • Diplomacy, law, and performance
  • Interactive, immersive, and participatory performance

Recent publication: Theater of State: a Dramaturgy of the United Nations (Northwestern University Press), where Ball investigates global political spectatorship and the theatricality of international institutions.

Leonardo Cardoso

Assistant Professor; Director of Graduate Studies

  • Sound, law, and the modern state
  • Latin American history
  • Performance and technology

Recent publication: Sound-Politics in São Paulo (Oxford University Press). In this book, Cardoso examines why environmental noise is such a sticky issue for local governments, taking as a case study São Paulo -- the most populous city in the Americas.

David Donkor

Associate Professor

  • Africana theater
  • Globalization and neoliberalism
  • Folklore and popular culture

Recent publication: Spiders of the Market: Ghanaian Trickster Performance in a Web of Neoliberalism (Indiana University Press), which identifies social performance as a way to understand trickster behavior within the shifting process of political legitimization in Ghana.

Donnalee Dox


  • Religion and the human body
  • Embodied Practices
  • Medieval intellectual history

Recent publication: Reckoning with Spirit in the Paradigm of Performance (University of Michigan Press). The book asks how the sensibilities of religious experience, which many people call spirituality, shape people's performance.

Daniel Humphrey

Associate Professor; Associate Head; Film Studies Coordinator

  • Film Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Cinematic Modernism

Recent publication: Archaic Modernism: Queer Poetics in the Cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini (Wayne State University Press). The book examines the mythological films of the Marxist, Italian filmmaker, particularly those films' elucidation of the queer roots of Western civilization.

Kim Kattari

Assistant Professor

  • American popular music
  • Working-class subcultures
  • Nostalgia

Recent publication: Psychobilly: Subcultural Survival (Temple University Press). In this book, Kattari shows how the Psychobilly subculture furnishes an outlet for members to resist normative expectations and survive.

Jeff Morris

Associate Professor

  • Electroacoustic music composition
  • Improvisation and interactive performance
  • Intermedia

Recent publication: Hearing Voices: Human Sounds, Digital Ears (Ravello Records). In this album, Morris explores the expressive power of digital glitches, sonic manipulation, and the human voice.

Martin Regan

Associate Professor

  • Music composition
  • Contemporary-traditional Japanese music
  • Globalization

Recent publication: Splash of Indigo (Navona Records). Known for his music for traditional Japanese instruments, this album is Regan’s first release featuring his works for Western orchestral instruments and voice, representing a cross-section of his music over an eighteen-year period

Angenette Spalink

Assistant Professor

  • Performance and ecology
  • "Natural" elements in performance
  • Dance, movement, and choreography

Recent publications: “Taphonomic Historiography: Excavating and Exhuming the Past in Suzan-Lori Parks’s The America Play” (Modern Drama). The article examines Suzan-Lori Parks’s The America Play from an ecocritical perspective, analyzing the play’s use of soil and its somatic, social, ecological, and historical significance.

She recently co-edited the "On Dark Ecologies" issue of Performance Research which "explores a wide range of issues relating to performance and ecology."