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Jane Desmond is a Professor in Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies, and Co-founder and current Director of the International Forum for U.S. Studies, a center in International Programs. Her primary areas of interest focus of issues of embodiment, display, and social identity, as well as the transnational dimensions of U.S. Studies. Her areas of expertise include performance studies, critical theory, visual culture (including museum studies and tourism studies), the critical analysis of the U.S. in global perspectives, and, most recently, the political economy of human/animal relations. She has previously worked as a modern dancer and choreographer, and in film, video, and the academy.
- 1993: Ph.D., Yale University, American Studies
- 1991, M.Phil., Yale University, American Studies
- 1973: B.A., Brown University, Music and Dance
- 1975: M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College
Distinctions / Awards
- 2009-2010 Humanities Research Institute Faculty Scholar at UIUC
- 2007-2011 President, International American Studies Association
- 2010-2011 Appointment as annual Faculty Associate-in-Residence: UIUC Center for Advanced Studies, leading the initiative: “Knowing Animals: Histories, Strategies and Futures in Human-Animal Relations”
- “Eminent World Scholar” appointment, one month residency, Beijing Foreign Studies University, May, 2009, American Studies Program
- Hewlitt Foundation
- The Ford Foundation
- The Rockefeller Foundation
- Senior Seminar in Gender and Women's Studies
- Museums and the Politics of Representation
- Dance in America
- Performing America Queerly
- The Arts in American Culture
- Gender on Stage and Off
- The Culture of Nature
- Graduate Courses
- Performance Studies
- The Craft of Research
- The Arts, Identity and Cultural Politics
- Theory and Practice in American Studies
- Crossing Borders: Foreign Scholarship on the U.S.
- Knowing Animals: Histories, Strategies and Frontiers in Human/Animal Relations