Harvey Young

Dr. Harvey Young’s research on the performance and experience of race has been widely published in academic journals and referenced in leading national publications including the New Yorker, New York Times, Boston Globe, and Vanity Fair among others. He has published seven books, including Embodying Black Experience, winner of “Book of the Year” awards from the National Communication Association and the American Society for Theatre Research. He is the editor of two book series, “Second to None: Chicago Stories” with Northwestern University Press and “Theater/Text/Performance” with the University of Michigan Press. Dr. Young has served on the Board of Directors of the African American Alliance of Chicago, American Society for Theatre Research, Northlight Theatre, and the Yale Club of Chicago. A former Harvard and Stanford fellow, he graduated with honors from Yale and holds a Ph.D. from Cornell. He is the current President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the largest association dedicated to college/university theatre.


PhD Theatre, Cornell University
MA Theatre, Cornell University
MA Media Study/Women's Studies, University at Buffalo
BA Film Studies, Yale University (with Distinction)

Recent Books

Young, Harvey and Queen Meccasia Zabriskie (2014). Black Theater is Black Life: An Oral History of Chicago Theater and Dance. Northwestern University Press.

Kolin, Philip C. and Harvey Young (2014). Suzan-Lori Parks in Person: Interviews and Commentaries. Routledge.

Young, Harvey (2013). Theatre & Race. Palgrave Macmillan.

Young, Harvey (2012). The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre. Cambridge University Press.

Rugg, Rebecca Ann and Harvey Young (2012). Reimagining A Raisin in the Sun: Four New Plays. Northwestern University Press.

Rivera-Servera, Ramon and Harvey Young (2011). Performance in the Borderlands. Palgrave Macmillan.

Young, Harvey (2010). Embodying Black Experience. University of Michigan Press.

Recent Awards and Honors

2016 Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize (for editing), American Society for Theatre Research and Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History (University of Texas-Austin).
2016 Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize (for editing), American Society for Theatre Research
2014 Excellence in Editing Award (for best edited book), Association for Theatre in Higher Education
2011 Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship, American Society for Theatre Research
2011 Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship, National Communication Association
2011 African American Studies Outstanding Affliate Award
2009 Clarence Simon Award for Teaching and Mentoring

Recent Fellowships & Grants

2012 Harvard University, Warren Center (American History), Visiting Faculty Fellowship
2007 Stanford University, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Visiting Faculty Fellowship
2006 Mellon Foundation/Alice B. Kaplan Center for the Humanities (Northwestern) Grant
2005 National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend
2001 Harvard University, W.E.B. DuBois Institute, Non-Resident Fellowship


Harvey Young

Chair of Theatre; Professor, Theatre, Performance Studies, African American Studies, Radio/Television/Film; Director, Interdisciplinary PhD program in Theatre and Drama


Radio/Television/Film, Theatre


70 Arts Circle Drive
Room 5-196
Evanston, IL 60208



Graduate Programs:

African American Studies; IPTD; Performance Studies; Screen Cultures; Writing for the Screen and Stage