Nadine George-Graves’ work is situated at the intersections of African American studies, critical gender studies, performance studies, theatre history, and dance history. She is the author of The Royalty of Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters and the Negotiation of Race, Gender, and Class in African American Theater, 1900-1940 and Urban Bush Women: Twenty Years of Dance Theater, Community Engagement and Working it Out as well as numerous articles on African American performance. She is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, a collection of border-crossing scholarship on embodiment and theatricality. She has also written on primitivity, ragtime dance, tap dance legend Jeni LeGon, identity politics and performance, competition, social change, early African American theatre, and the future of performance in the academy. She has given talks, led community engagement projects, and served on many boards and committees. She is the executive co-editor of Dance Research Journal (DRJ).  

George-Graves is also an artist, and her creative work is part and parcel of her research. She is an adapter, director, and dance theatre maker. Her recent creative projects include directing and choreographing The White Witch of Rose Hall and working as a dramaturg for The Black Grandmother in the Closet.


Nadine George-Graves is the Naomi Willie Pollard Professor at Northwestern University where she has a joint appointment in the Department of Theatre and the Department of Performance Studies. George-Graves chairs the Northwestern Department of Performance Studies after teaching for over 20 years at The Ohio State University, the University of California, San Diego, and Yale.