About the Journal

About Us
Women & Performance was founded in 1983 by graduate students in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After self-publishing for 23 years, Women & Performance was acquired by Routledge/Taylor & Francis. Since its inception the journal has operated as a feminist collective. For us, being a feminist collective entails a fair and ethical distribution of labor, a nonhierarchical and collaborative editorial structure, and a review process that hopes to diverge from what is extractive and transactional in traditional academic publishing.

Aims and Scope
Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory publishes scholarly essays from interdisciplinary feminist perspectives. For us, “women” and “performance” denote not simply what we study but how we study it—that is, not preconceived objects of analysis, but rather an open assembly of political, ethical, and aesthetic orientations, feminism chief among them. We encourage dialogues among various fields of performance scholarship, including theater and performance studies, dance studies, music history and criticism, ethnography, new and digital media, cinema studies, and cultural studies; as well as queer, critical race, and post- and decolonial theory. Working with/in this disciplinary hybridity, we explore critiques of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, dis/ability, technology, nation, and capitalism.

The journal is a peer-reviewed, triannual publication with guest-edited special issues. We encourage general submissions that foreground questions of gender and performance, as well as proposals for special issues that address specific topics within feminism and performance studies. Included in our journal is a section titled “&,” which features performative writing, poetry, artist’s statements, manifestos, feminist and queer takes on current events, and other modes of intellectual production and critical engagement that perform feminist theory in alternative forms. The journal also includes reviews of recent performances and scholarly books.



Managing Editor:
Olivia Michiko Gagnon — New York University

Editorial Assistant:
Yarden Stern — New York University

Book Reviews Editor:
James McMaster — New York University

Performance Reviews Editor:
Tara Aisha Willis — New York University / Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Ampersand Editor:
Trista E. Mallory Arts Research Cooperative

Online Editor:
Taylor Black — New York University

Public Programs Coordinator:
Christina Yang — New York University


Advisory Board:


Patrick Anderson — University of California, San Diego
Alicia Arrizón — University of California, Riverside
Sara Jane BailesUniversity of Sussex
Kate BornsteinPerformance Artist and Author
Rizvana BradleyYale University
Lydia BrawnerPerforma
Jennifer BrodyStanford University
Sarah Jane CervenakUniversity of North Carolina, Greensboro
Catherine Ceniza ChoyUniversity of California, Berkeley
Joshua Chambers-LetsonNorthwestern University
Rey ChowDuke University
Kandice ChuhCUNY Graduate Center
Sophia ClearyArtist
Jennifer DoyleUniversity of California, Riverside
Karen FinleyNew York University
Saidiya V. HartmanColumbia University
John L. JacksonUniversity of Pennsylvania
Janet JakobsenBarnard College
Kara Jesella —  New York University
Liz KinnamonUniversity of Arizona
Jill LaneNew York University
Joshua Lubin-LevyNew York University
Debra Levine  — New York University, Abu Dhabi
Ricardo MontezThe New School for Public Engagement
Fred MotenNew York University
José Esteban Muñoz , in perpetuity.
Amber Jamilla MusserWashington University in St. Louis
Sianne NgaiStanford University
Tavia Nyong’oYale University
Cynthia OliverUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Peggy PhelanStanford University
Alex PittmanBarnard College
Alan RuizArtist
Juana María RodríguezUniversity of California, Berkeley
Rebecca SchneiderBrown University
Aliza ShvartsNew York University
Alina TroyanoPerformance Artist
Jeanne VaccaroIndiana University
Alexandra T. VazquezNew York University

Editorial Collective:

Chelsea Adewunmi Princeton University
Taylor Black — New York University
Marissa Brostoff City University of New York
Barbara Browning — New York University
Andrea Long Chu — New York University
Samara Davis — New York University
Cynthia Delgado New York University 
Amalle Dublon — Duke University
Olivia Michiko Gagnon New York University
Benjamin Haber City University of New York
Summer Kim Lee — New York University
Elizabeth Kurkjian — New York University
Fabiana Lopes New York University
Trista E. Mallory Arts Research Cooperative
James McMaster  New York University
Neal MedlynArtist
Lakshmi Padmanabhan Brown University
Ethan PhilbrickNew York University
Sarah RichterNew York University
Yarden Stern New York University
Elizabeth StinsonNew York University
E. Hella TsaconasNew York University
Tara Aisha WillisNew York University
Maya Winfrey — New York University
Christina Yang New York University