Thomas DeFrantz, Professor of African and African American Studies and Computational Media, Arts & Cultures and Professor in the Program of Dance and Professor of Women's Studies

Thomas DeFrantz
Office Location:  1316 Campus Dr, Rm 243C, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 668-1929
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Ph.D.New York University1997
Research Interests:

Born a Hoosier, my work focuses on theories of African diaspora aesthetics, intersections of dance and technology, and dance historiography. I write articles and essays about black dance in the United States, as they are practiced in the US and in global contexts. My research group, SLIPPAGE, is in residence at Duke, and we work to create innovate interfaces that help us tell alternative histories.


African Americans • Dance • Dancers • Gay rights • History • Performing arts • Sexuality

Recent Publications

  1. Defrantz, TF, White privilege, Theater, vol. 48 no. 3 (November, 2018), pp. 23-37, Duke University Press [doi]
  2. DeFrantz, TF; Badejo, P, Forewords (January, 2018), pp. vii-xii, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 9783319703138 [doi]
  3. DeFrantz, TF, Them: Recombinant aesthetics of restaging experimental performance, in The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory (January, 2018), pp. 268-292, ISBN 9780819577740
  4. DeFrantz, TF, I Am Black: (You have to be willing to not know), Theater, vol. 47 no. 2 (January, 2017), pp. 9-21, Duke University Press [doi]
  5. DeFrantz, TF, Identifying the endgame, Theater, vol. 47 no. 1 (January, 2017), pp. 3-15, Duke University Press [doi]