Thomas F. DeFrantz

Thomas F. DeFrantz

Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies

External Address: 
1316 Campus Dr, Rm 243C, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
African and African-American S, Box 90252, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-1929

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., New York University 1997

DeFrantz, T. “African American Dance: A Complex History.” Dancing Many Drums, edited by Thomas F. Defrantz, Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2002.

DeFrantz, T. “Ballet In Black: Louis Johnson and Vernacular Humor.” Dancing Bodies, Living Histories, edited by Lisa Doolittle and Anne Flynn, Banff Centre Press, 2000, pp. 178–95.

DeFrantz, T. “To Make Black Bodies Strange: Social Protest in Concert Dance of the Black Arts Movement.” African American Performance: A Sourcebook, edited by A. Bean, Routledge, 1999, pp. 83–93.

DeFrantz, T. “Stoned Soul Picnic: Alvin Ailey and the Struggle to Define Official Black Culture.” Soul: Black Power, Politics, and Pleasure, edited by M. Guillory and R. Green, NYU Press, 1998, pp. 216–27.

DeFrantz, T. “Simmering Passivity: The Black Male Body in Concert Dance.” Moving Words: New Directions in Dance Criticism, edited by G. Morris, Routledge, 1996, pp. 216–27.


DeFrantz, T. “Believe the Hype! Hype Williams and Afro-Futurist Filmmaking.” Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, vol. 4, 2003.

DeFrantz, T. “Blacking Queer Dance.” Dance Research Journal, vol. 34, no. 2, 2002, pp. 102–05.

DeFrantz, T. “Being Savion Glover: Translocation, Black Masculinity, and Hip Hop Tap Dance.” Discourses in Dance, edited by R. Burt and S. L. Foster, 2002, pp. 102–05.

Defrantz, T. F. “IV. Blacking Queer Dance.” Dance Research Journal, vol. 34, no. 2, Jan. 2002, pp. 102–05. Scopus, doi:10.2307/1478465. Full Text

DeFrantz, T. “Black Bodies Dancing Black Culture: Black Atlantic Transformations.” Embodying Liberation: The Black Body in American Dance, vol. 4, 2001, pp. 11–16.