Thomas F DeFrantz
  • Thomas F DeFrantz

  • Professor and Chair and Professor of Women's Studies
  • African & African American Studies
  • 1316 Campus Dr, Rm 243C, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90252
  • Phone: (919) 668-1929
  • Homepage
  • Research Description

    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.
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • New York University,
      • 1997
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • de la Torre Bueno Prize,
      • Society of Dance Scholars,
      • 0 2005
      • Errol Hill Award,
      • American Society for Theatre Research,
      • 0 2003
  • Recent Publications

      • T DeFrantz.
      • (2014).
      • Hip Hop in Hollywood: Encounter, Community, Resistance.
      • manual
      • MB Borelli (Eds.),
      • The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen
      • ,
      • 476 pages.
      • Oxford University Press.
      • T DeFrantz.
      • (2014).
      • Hip Hop Habitus v.2.0.
      • manual
      • TF DeFrantz and A Gonzalez (Eds.),
      • Black Performance Theory: An Anthology of Critical Readings
      • ,
      • 223-242.
      • Duke University Press.
      Publication Description

      This collection of new essays by some of its pioneering thinkers—many of whom are performers—demonstrates the breadth, depth, innovation, and critical value of black performance theory.

      • (2014).
      • Black Performance Theory.
      • Duke University Press.
      Publication Description

      This collection of new essays by some of its pioneering thinkers—many of whom are performers—demonstrates the breadth, depth, innovation, and critical value of black performance theory.

      • T DeFrantz.
      • (August, 2012).
      • Unchecked Popularity: Neoliberal Circulations of Black Social Dance.
      • manual
      • L Nielson and P Ybarra (Eds.),
      • Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations
      • ,
      • 128-140.
      • Palgrave Macmillan.
      • T DeFrantz.
      • (2012).
      • Unchecked Popularity: Neoliberal Circulations of Black Social Dance.
      • manual
      • LD Nielsen and P Ybarra (Eds.),
      • Neoliberalism and Global Theatres
      • ,
      • 328 pages.
      • Palgrave Macmillan.
      Publication Description

      Given the economic violence so clearly present in our contemporary moment throughout the globe, this volume provides crucial analysis of how we got here, looking at performances from the 18th century to the present.

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  • Teaching

    • DANCE 308.01
      • PERFORMANCE AND TECHNOLOGY
      • Hull St 105
      • TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    • AAAS 320.01
      • BLACK DANCE
      • Carr 114
      • Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
    • DANCE 443.01
      • REPERTORY: TAP DANCE
      • Hull St 105
      • TuTh 03:05 PM-05:05 PM
    • DANCE 472.01
      • REPERTORY: DANCE THEATER
      • Hull St 105
      • TuTh 03:05 PM-05:05 PM