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Dance Professor Wins Prestigious Fellowship


By Laila Rashid, CHASS Dean’s Office Student Intern

October 23, 2012

Anthea KrautAnthea Kraut, associate professor of dance, has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship for her research project titled Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance. The ACLS, created in 1919 by representatives of 13 learned societies, is one of the chief private institutions supporting scholars in the humanities and social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.  Part of their mission is to provide opportunities to scholars, like Professor Kraut, who are engaged in producing new knowledge that enhance our understanding of the world. According to the ACLS, the fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing.

The fellowship stipends are awarded based on academic rank (up to 65,000 for full professor, up to 45,000 for associate professor, and up to 35,000 for assistant professor), with approximately 20 available at the associate professor level.  Stipends are also given based on criteria including scholarly work, quality of the proposal, and the potential for their work to improve the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge amongst others.

Professor Kraut’s project examines attempts by choreographers over eight decades to win intellectual property rights for dance. In it, she argues that “copyright has served as an important but complicated site for dancers trying to negotiate their raced, gendered, and artistic status.”  Professor Kraut is a dedicated mentor, educator, and researcher in the field of critical dance studies, and this is the fourth fellowship she has been awarded to date for her work; previously, she was awarded the University of California President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, and a fellowship from the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research. Despite all this, she feels “incredibly fortunate to have won the ACLS fellowship” and eagerly looks forward to the extended opportunity it grants her to write.  In addition to her current research, Professor Kraut’s teaching interests include critical race theory, American and African American dance history, and methods and theories of dance studies. Prior to this current project, she published her first book, Choreographing the Folk: The Dance Stagings of Zora Neale Hurston, and contributed to numerous journals and essays over the years.


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