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
- Gender and sexuality
“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.
The "On Dark Ecologies" issue of Performance Research "explores a wide range of issues relating to performance and ecology."