Board of Directors and Volunteer Leadership

Officers. Current officers of the Society of Dance History Scholars are:

  • Thomas F. DeFrantz (Duke University), president
  • Rebekah J. Kowal (University of Iowa), vice-president
  • Rosemary Candelario (Texas Woman’s University), recording secretary
  • Jill Nunes Jensen (Loyola Marymount University), corresponding secretary
  • Hanna Järvinen (University of the Arts, Helsinki), treasurer

Board of Directors. In addition to the officers of the society, members of the board of directors are:

  • Melissa Blanco Borelli (University of Surrey)
  • Grisha Coleman (Arizona State University)
  • Kate Cornell (Director, Canadian Society for Dance Studies)
  • Lisa Doolittle (University of Lethbridge)
  • Colleen Dunagan (California State University-Long Beach)
  • Kathrina Farrugia (Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance)
  • Colleen Hooper (Temple University)
  • Gabriele Klein (University of Hamburg)
  • Diyah Larasati (University of Minnesota)
  • Yatin Lin (Taipei National University of the Arts)
  • Elliot Mercer (Northwestern University)
  • Raquel Monroe (Columbia College Chicago)
  • Cynthia Oliver (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Ariel Osterweis (Wayne State University)
  • Clare Parfitt-Brown (University of Chichester)
  • Ken Pierce (Longy School of Music of Bard College)
  • Ramón H Rivera-Servera (Northwestern University)
  • Constance Valis Hill (Hampshire College)
  • Arlene Yu (New York Public Library for the Performing Arts)

The Graduate Student Representatives are Elliot Mercer and Colleen Hooper.

SDHS Editorial Board. The SDHS editorial board governs the publishing program of the society. Sarah Davies Cordova is the Editorial Board Chair; Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt is the Managing Editor of Conversations across the Field of Dance Studies.

  • Sarah Davies Cordova (University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee), Editorial Board Chair
  • Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt (York University), Managing Editor, Conversations across the Field of Dance Studies
  • Susan Cook (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Sherrill Dodds (University of Surrey)
  • Jens Richard Giersdorf (Marymount Manhattan College)
  • Ellen Graff (New School University)
  • Vida Midgelow (University College Northampton)
  • Gay Morris (independent dance scholar)
  • Ramón H Rivera-Servera (Northwestern University)
  • Rebecca Rossen Pavkovic (University of Texas — Austin)
  • Yutian Wong (San Francisco State University)

The president, corresponding secretary, and the treasurer of SDHS are ex officio members of the editorial board.

Committees. Current standing committees of the society are titled: Electronic Communications and Membership, Working Groups and Outreach, Academic Affairs, Conference Committee, and Advocacy. Ad hoc committees are formed to plan programs for annual conferences, to judge submissions for annual awards, and to perform various tasks in the interests of SDHS.

Working Group Chairs. Susan Lynn Wiesner is chair of the Dance and Technology Working Group; Tricia Henry Young (Florida State University) is chair of the Dance History Teachers Working Group; Debra Sowell (South Virginia University) is chair of the Dancing the Long Nineteenth Century Working Group; Jane Peck (independent artist-scholar) is chair of the Early Dance Working Group; Lester Tomé (Smith College) is chair of the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Dance Studies Working Group; Jo Hall (Kingston University) is Chair of the Popular, Social and Vernacular Dance Working Group; Vida Midgelow (University College Northampton) is chair of the Practice-as-Research Working Group; and Elliot Mercer (Northwestern University) is chair of the Students in SDHS Working Group.

Website. Ken Pierce serves as Website Content Editor.

SDHS publications

Studies in Dance History SDHS’s monograph series, published by University of Wisconsin Press, answers a growing demand for works that provide fresh analytical perspectives on dancing, dancers, and dances in a global context. Read more...

[cover of 2012 Conversations] Issued yearly in early spring generally, Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies reflects the dynamic and diverse membership of SDHS. We seek to bring you themes and debates current in the field of dance studies and the profession, alongside news from the international community of scholars in dance and related disciplines. Read more...


Conference 2014: Writing Dancing/Dancing Writing
A Joint Conference of The Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and The Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)
13–16 November 2014
Hosted by the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa

Conference 2015 will be held in Athens, Greece. Dates and other details will be available later this Spring.


The SDHS Board of Directors election takes place during the final two weeks of February. All SDHS members may vote. Please log in and then click here to view candidates’ biographies. Ballots will be available beginning on Feb. 15.

SDHS announces the November 2013 awards, including de la Torre Bueno Prize® Special Citations.

Proceedings of the 2013 joint NOFOD/SDHS conference are now available.

Proceedings of the Special Topics Conference 2013: “Sacre Celebration: Revisiting, Reflecting, Revisioning” are now available.

Call for proposals for contributions to Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies: Network of Pointes (Guest Editors: Drs. Kathrina Farrugia and Jill Nunes Jensen). Note that the deadline has been extended to May 15, 2014.

Updated 3 April: Conference announcements and calls for papers

Updated 3 April: Job postings and opportunities for students

Updated 24 February: News and announcements from SDHS members: “The American Society for Theatre Research is now seeking nominations for the Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize....”

SDHS endorses MLA statement on learning another language

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