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Emily Wilcox

Affiliate Faculty in the Dept of Dance, School of Music, Theatre and Dance; Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies (LSA)
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Emily Wilcox is a historian, theorist, and ethnographer of dance in Asia and Asian diasporas. Her first book, Revolutionary Bodies: Chinese Dance and the Socialist Legacy, published by the University of California Press, won the 2019 de la Torre Bueno Prize® from the Dance Studies Association. Her co-edited anthology, Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia, will be published by the University of Michigan Press in 2020 as part of the Studies in Dance History series. Wilcox is the author of more than fifteen articles and essays on dance and performance and has served as past President of the Association for Asian Performance, as well as a past Board Member of the Society of Dance History Scholars. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dance Studies Association and also sits on editorial boards of dance publications based in China and South Korea. Wilcox has produced a number of international residencies at the University of Michigan by guest artists from China, and she has a strong commitment to expanding visibility and support for Asian dance forms at UM and in the wider community. Wilcox’s research has been funded by national grants from the Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright Program. Her scholarship is informed by physical training in a range of dance styles, particularly competitive ballroom dance and Chinese dance (including both classical and folk styles). Wilcox is a fluent speaker and reader of Chinese and was a visiting student for nearly two years at the Beijing Dance Academy. For more information, including Wilcox’s C.V., publications, and courses, visit her website.

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