Jisha Menon is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies and, by courtesy, of
Jisha Menon is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies and, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. She serves as the Fisher Family Director of Stanford Global Studies. She is the author of Brutal Beauty: Aesthetics and Aspiration in Urban India (Northwestern UP, 2021,) which considers the city and the self as aesthetic projects that are renovated in the wake of neoliberal economic reforms in India. Her first book, The Performance of Nationalism: India, Pakistan and the Memory of Partition (Cambridge UP, 2013), examines the affective and performative dimensions of nation-making. She is also co-editor of two volumes: Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict (with Patrick Anderson) (Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2009) and Performing the Secular: Religion, Representation, and Politics (with Milija Gluhovic) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.)
Anna Jayne Kimmel is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies pursing minors in Anthropology
Anna Jayne Kimmel is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies pursing minors in Anthropology Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and graduate certificate in African Studies, with an emphasis in dance, memory, and public performance as politics. Her current research intersects critical dance studies and crowd theory, to analyze the resulting representations of race, national identity, and democratic affect, especially as motivated by contemporary Algerian demonstrations. As a dancer, Kimmel has performed the works of: Ohad Naharin, Trisha Brown, John Jasperse, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Olivier Tarpaga, Marjani Forte, Susan Marshall, Loni Landon, and Christopher Ralph, amongst others. She is the graduate coordinator of the Arts and Justice workshop at the Stanford Humanities Center and lecturer at Santa Clara University in the Department of Theatre and Dance in 2021. Kimmel holds an AB from Princeton University in French Studies with certificates in African Studies and Dance. Her writing appears in Performance Research, with reviews published in The Drama Review (TDR) and Dance Research Journal. She currently serves on the Future Advisory Board to Performance Studies international, and as the reviews editor of Performance Research.