Tracy C. Davis

Tracy C. Davis is a specialist in performance theory, theatre historiography, and research methodology. She is Director of the Graduate School's Excellence in Mentoring Initiative. She edits the book series “Cambridge Studies in Theatre and Performance Theory” and co-edits the book series “Transnational Theatre Histories” for Palgrave. Since 2013, she has been co-director of the Summer Institute in Cologne, an international summary school for graduate students at the Theatrewissenschaftlichte Samlung. She has served as President of the American Society for Theatre Research and on the Board of Directors for Performance Studies international.

Curriculum Vita [pdf]

Mentoring Philosophy [pdf]

Education

PhD Theatre Studies, University of Warwick
BFA Drama, University of Calgary


Recent Publications

Davis' most recent books are  Uncle Tom’s Cabins: The Transnational Histories of America’s Most Mutable Book (University of Michigan Press, 2018), the six-volume Cultural History of Theatre (Bloomsbury UK, 2017), The Broadview Anthology of Nineteenth-Century British Performance (Broadview, 2012), The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Stages of Emergency: Cold War Nuclear Civil Defense (Duke), The Performing Society: Nineteenth-Century Theatre's History (co-edited with Peter Holland, Palgrave), and Considering Calamity: Methods for Performance Research (co-edited with Linda Ben-Zvi, Assaph) all in 2007. She has also authored Actresses as Working Women: Their Society Identity in Victorian Culture (1991), George Bernard Shaw and the Socialist Theatre (1994), The Economics of the British Stage (2000), and co-edited Women and Playwrighting in Nineteenth-Century Britain (with Ellen Donkin, 1999), and Theatricality (with Thomas Postlewait, 2004). Forthcoming Book: The Broadview Anthology of Nineteenth-Century British Performance (Broadview Press, 2011).

Work in Progress

(Author) Studies in Liberal Subjectivity
(Co-editor) Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance Historiography
(Series editor) Cambridge Studies in Theatre and Performance Theory (Cambridge UP)
(Series co-editor) Transnational Theatre Histories (Palgrave)

Recent Awards and Honors

1990-91

Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship, Harvard University

1994-95

Kathleen Barker Research Award, Society for Theatre Research

1994-95

American Philosophical Society Research Grant

1995

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship

1997

Folger Library Short-Term Fellowship

2001

George Freedley Memorial Award (Theatre Library Association)

2003

Eisenhower Presidential Foundation Travel Grant

2004

Clarence Ver Steeg Graduate Faculty Award (Northwestern University)

2004

White House Historical Foundation Grant

2005

Distinguished Scholar's Prize (American Society for Theatre Research)

2007

Lane Humanities Institute Teaching Professor

2008

Stanley J. Kahrl Fellowship in Theatre History, Houghton Library (Harvard)

2009

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library

2016-18

Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, Köln Univerität


Recent Grants

2008-09 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library
2008-09 Stanley J. Kahrl Fellowship in Theatre History, Houghton Library

Editorial Boards

Associate Editor, Theatre Journal
Editorial Board, Theatre Research in Canada
Editorial Board, Theatre Survey
Contributing Editor, TDR: The Drama Review
Honorary Advisory Editor, New Theatre Quarterly

Research Boards (selected)

Social Science Research Council, University Advisory Committee, Dissertation Proposal Development
Advisory Board, Shanghai Theatre Academy
Advisory Board, Gate Theatre Research Network

Courses

Recent graduate courses:

  • Cultural History of Theatre
  • Historical Ethnography
  • Nineteenth-Century Repertoire
  • The 1850s
  • Theatre Research Methodology
  • Victorian Liberalism

Recent undergraduate courses:

  • Caryl Churchill
  • Museums and Exhibiting
  • Nineteenth-Century Repertoire
  • Strategic Blackface
  • Transnational Histories of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Women Characters and Characterizations in Contemporary Drama

Tracy C. Davis

Professor, Ethel M. Barber Professor in Performing Arts

Department:

Theatre

Office:

70 Arts Circle Drive
Room 5-173
Evanston, IL 60208

Phone:

847-491-3138

Graduate Programs:

English; IPTD; Performance Studies; Rhetoric and Public Culture