My research focuses on the way that people, and things, “perform” outside the walls of traditional theatre, in places of public culture and pedagogy such as tourism attractions or museums. This work is interdisciplinary, mixing the methods and concerns of performance studies, theatre, anthropology, media and cultural studies, and history. My interest is in the politics of performance, that is in analyzing the relationship between the aesthetic, kinaesthetic, relational, affective, and embodied dimensions of performance behaviors, and the broader problems of power and history with which they are entangled, such as indigenous sovereignty, human rights, climate change, colonialism, and global neo-liberalization.

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  • anthropological approaches to performance as social dramatrugy
  • critical race theory
  • cultural politics and performance of ethnicity, nationalism, and trans-nationalism, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region
  • 19th century Euro-American and British colonial popular theatre and entertainment culture
  • performance theory and historiographic method
  • cultural policy and governmentality - tourism, heritage, film
  • critical pedagogy
  • museum studies