Theatre and Performance Studies; Historiography; Postcolonial Theory; Black Performance; African & Caribbean Performance; Performance in/from the Global South
Kellen Hoxworth (he/they) is Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. His academic interests focus on the formations of race and coloniality, particularly in the transhistorical performance networks of the global south. His book project, Transoceanic Blackface: Empire, Race, Performance (currently under review with Northwestern University Press), traces the transnational circulations of blackface minstrelsy and related forms of racialized performance from the prerevolutionary circum-Atlantic world through the nineteenth-century Anglophone imperium. His writing has been published in American Quarterly, Contemporary Theatre Review, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Modern Drama, Performance Research, TDR/The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and in several edited volumes. In 2018, his essay "The Many Racial Effigies of Sara Baartman" was selected by the American Society for Theatre Research as the recipient of the Errol Hill Award for outstanding scholarship in African American theatre, drama, and/or performance studies. At UB, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on performance history and theory, including specialized courses on his research specializations.
Monograph in Progress
Transoceanic Blackface: Empire, Race Performance
“Performative Correctness; or, the Subject of Performance and Politics,” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, vol. 36, no. 1 (2021): 107-12; special section on “#PerformativeX."
“The Jim Crow Global South,” Theatre Journal, vol. 72, no. 4 (2020): 443-67; special issue on “Africa and the Global South.”
“Football Fantasies: Neoliberal Habitus, Racial Governmentality, and National Spectacle,” American Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1 (2020): 155-79.
“Minstrel Scandals; or, The Restorative White Properties of Blackface,” TDR, vol. 63, no. 3 (2019): 8-19.
“Strains of the Enlightenment: Making Belief in American Secularism and African Difference in The Book of Mormon,” Modern Drama, vol. 60, no. 3 (2017): 364-86; special issue on “Affect.”
“The Many Racial Effigies of Sara Baartman,” Theatre Survey, vol. 58, no. 3 (2017): 275-99.
* Recipient of the 2018 American Society for Theatre Research Errol Hill Award
“Fin-de-siècle Black Minstrelsy, Itinerancy, and the Anglophone Imperial Circuit.” The Palgrave Macmillan Handbook on Theatre and Migration, eds. Yana Meerzon and S.E. Wilmer. Palgrave Macmillan; expected 2022.
“Racial Impressions, Capital Characters: Dave Carson Brownfaces the Empire.” Mimetic Desires: Impersonation and Guising across South Asia, eds. Harshita Mruthinti Kamath and Pamela Lothspeich. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2022. 42-64.
"The Invented Choreographies of the Tomahawk Chop." Dance in US Popular Culture, ed. Jen Atkins. Routledge; expected 2023.
“Mĩcere Gĩthae Mũgo." The Routledge Anthology of Women’s Theatre Theory and Dramatic Criticism, eds. Catherine Burroughs and J. Ellen Gainor. Routledge: expected 2023.
“Mojisola Adebayo." The Routledge Anthology of Women’s Theatre Theory and Dramatic Criticism, eds. Catherine Burroughs and J. Ellen Gainor. Routledge: expected 2023.
Review of Laura L. Mielke, Provocative Eloquence: Theater, Violence, and Antislavery Speech in the Antebellum United States, TDR, vol. 65, no. 1 (2021): 195-96.
Review of Christian DuComb, Haunted City: Three Centuries of Racial Impersonation in Philadelphia, Modern Drama, vol. 61, no. 4 (2018): 591-94.
Review of Faedra Chatard Carpenter, Coloring Whiteness: Acts of Critique in Black Performance, Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 28, no. 1 (2018): 137-38.
Review of Stephen Johnson (ed.), Burnt Cork: Traditions and Legacies of Blackface Minstrelsy, Theater Survey, vol. 56, no. 2 (2015): 236-38.
Review of Jon McKenzie and Ralo Mayer, "Disastronautics: How to Do Things with Worlds," Performance Research, vol. 19, no. 3 (2014): 112-13.
RECENT FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Arts & Humanities Program Enhancement Grant in support of "Global Blackface, Global Minstrelsy" Symposium, Florida State University, 2021-22
First Year Assistant Professor Grant, Florida State University, 2020
Small Grants Program Project Completion Grant, Florida State University, 2019-20
Errol Hill Award, American Society for Theatre Research, 2018
Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin, 2018