Megan Bascom, Dance MFA.

Center for World Performance Studies funds faculty and graduate student research projects that involve thematic support for World Performance Studies, including ethnography and performance as research, through our Faculty Fellows and Graduate Certificate programs. Here are the exciting projects undertaken by this years' faculty and graduate cohorts: 


2018 Graduate Fellows

Megan Bascom
Investigating Empathy within the Creative Process: How design and cultural variations affect performance projects
Hungary, Turkey, Bosnia, Germany

El Chen
What Can Creators Do? A Study into the Impact of Creative Work
Brazil and Detroit

Michelle Chung
Technology and Performance
South Korea

Lenard Foust
Investigating Transnational Street Dance by Comparing Two Hip-Hop Scenes and Exploring the Popularity of Jazz Funk/Street Jazz Styles
China and Los Angeles

Kelly Hirina
Embodied Cognition in Dance Training: Fascia & Flow
Germany, India and the Netherlands

Masimba Hwati
Resistance as negotiating space and engaging the archive
Zimbabwe and Detroit

Traci Lombre
From France to the Jazz Club: Nathaniel Clark Smith and Performing the Saxophone in the American Blues-Based Jazz Tradition
Kansas City and Chicago

Jeffrey Siegfried
Evaluating Music as Performance, Performance as Labor, and Instrumental Saturation as a Case Study
Germany amd Switzerland

Rebecca Selin
Researching the female-dominated Indonesian popular Islamic music genre Qasidah Modern

Kaleigh Wilder
Gender in Performance Practices of West Africa & the Diaspora

Xiaoxi Zhang
Beyond Documentation: Rethinking Cultural Identity through an Inquiry into the “Afro”elements in the works of Li Jinhui, 1916-1938

 2018 CWPS Faculty Fellows

Nachiket Chanchani
Assistant Professor, History of Art / Asian Languages & Cultures
Modern Postural Yoga in an Expanded Field

Priscilla Lindsay
Professor, Theatre & Drama
South African Exchange

Nathan Martin
Assistant Professor, Music Theory
Paris/Beijing: The Sino-French Axis in Eighteenth-Century Music

E.J. Westlake
Professor, English Language and Literature / Theatre & Drama
The Outdoor Dramas of Kermit Hunter, Appalachian Identity, and Ethnicity

Petra Kuppers
Professor, English Language and Literature / Women’s Studies
Queer Spiritual Contact

Naomi André
Associate Professor, Afroamerican and African Studies / Residential College
Collaborative Research Trip to Opera Centers in Cape Town, South Africa