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  • Visiting Professor of Dance
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Education

  • BA in international business and economics, the University of Massachusetts at Boston
  • MA in gender and cultural studies, Simmons College
  • PhD in performance studies, Northwestern University (ongoing)

Biography

Meiver De la Cruz’s research and teaching interest include dance, theater, and performance studies; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; and critical race and postcolonial studies with a focus on the Arab diaspora in the United States. Her dissertation investigates Arab American movement practices and performance (social, staged, and ritual dances) as well as formal Arab dance pedagogy in the US, to locate dance as a primary site for the creation, and neoliberal circulation of Arab-American identity. As a performance artist, she creates work that address the intersections of globalization, racism, and sexual violence, and bas used dance and performance as part of community organizing and empowerment work. She contributed a chapter along with fellow activist Carol Gomez to "The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities" (South End Press, Cambridge, MA. 2011). She lectures on the history and global context of MENAT dance forms, teaches and performs dance at universities, women's groups, dance conferences, and for community  groups. Bachelors Degree in International Business and Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Professor De La Cruz teaches: Music and the Body (First Year Seminar), Dance and Activism (Dance 275), Feminist Ethnography, and Performance (Dance 375), Movement as Culture: Dances from the Near and Middle East, North Africa and the Diaspora (Dance 267) and Raqs Sharqui Technique-- Level 1 (Dance 112).