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