Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor of African and African American Studies and Theater Studies and Professor in the Program of Dance and Professor of Women's Studies and Core Graduate Faculty in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures of Computational Media Arts & Culture

Thomas F. DeFrantz
Office Location:  1316 Campus Dr, Rm 243C
Office Phone:  (919) 668-1929
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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.


Ph.D.New York University1997
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Defrantz, TF, Intermediality and queer African American improvisation: Dianne mcintyre, sounds in motion, Theatre Research International, vol. 46 no. 2 (July, 2021), pp. 115-127 [doi]  [abs].
  2. DeFrantz, TF, The race of contemporary ballet: Interpellations of africanist aesthetics, in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet (January, 2021), pp. 562-580 [doi]  [abs].
  3. DeFrantz, TF, The talking, Theater, vol. 50 no. 3 (November, 2020), pp. 63-67 [doi] .
  4. DeFrantz, TF, Soundz at the back of my head, Theater, vol. 50 no. 3 (November, 2020), pp. 69-85 [doi] .
  5. Defrantz, TF, Training Beyond: ‘Curating the End of the World’ (Part I and Part II) by New York Live ArtsGoogle Arts & Culture, 2020 1, Organized by Reynaldo Anderson, Tiffany E. Barber and Stacey Robinson with the Black Speculative Arts Movement, Performance Research, vol. 25 no. 8 (January, 2020), pp. 176-177 [doi] .


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