Faculty Research Areas
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.
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.
- 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.
Professor; Associate Head
- 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.
- American popular music
- Working-class subcultures
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.
- Electroacoustic music composition
- Improvisation and interactive performance
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.
- Music composition
- Contemporary-traditional Japanese music
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
- 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."