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Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor of African and African American Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Professor in the Program of Dance and Core Graduate Faculty in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures of Computational Media Arts & Culture

Thomas F. DeFrantz
Office Location:  1316 Campus Dr, Rm 243C, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 668-1929
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Teaching (Fall 2021):

  • Iss 397.01, Info, soc & cult research pr Synopsis
    See instru, W 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
  • Iss 795.01, Info, soc & cult research proj Synopsis
    See instru, W 12:00 PM-01:15 PM

  • Ph.D. New York University 1997

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.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  1. DeFrantz, TF. "The talking." Theater 50:3 (November, 2020): 63-67. [doi]
  2. DeFrantz, TF. "Soundz at the back of my head." Theater 50:3 (November, 2020): 69-85. [doi]
  3. Perkins, KA; Richards, SL; Defrantz, TF; Craft, RA. The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance.  Routledge, March, 2020: 426 pages.  [abs]
  4. Defrantz, TF. "White privilege." Theater 48:3 (November, 2018): 23-37. [doi]
  5. DeFrantz, TF; Badejo, P. "Forewords."   (January, 2018): vii-xii. [doi]

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