Jennifer DeVere Brody graduated with a B.A. in Victorian Studies from Vassar College and did her graduate work in English and American Literature at the University of Pennsylvania which awarded her the Thurgood Marshall Prize for Academics and Community Service. Her scholary essays have appeared in Theatre Journal, Signs, Genders, Callaloo, Screen, Text and Performance Quarterly and in numerous edited volumes. Her books, Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity and Victorian Culture (Duke University Press, 1998) and Punctuation: Art, Politics and Play (Duke University Press, 2008) both discuss relations among and between sexuality, gender, racailization, visual studies and performance. She has served as the President of the Women and Theatre Program, on the board of Women and Performance and has worked with the Ford and Mellon Foundations. She received that Monette-Horwitz Prize for Independent Research Against Homophobia. She co-produced “The Theme is Blackness” festival of black plays in Durham, NC when she taught in African American Studies at Duke University. Her research and teaching focus on performance, aesthetics, politics and subjectivity as well as black feminist theory, black queer studies and contemporary cultural studies. Currently, she with Prof. Nicholas Boggs on the re-publication of James Baldwin’s illustrated book, Little Man, Little Man and is writing a new book about the intersections of sculpture and performance. She held the Weinberg College of Board of Visitors Professorship at Northwestern University and was a member of Duke University's African & African American Studies Dept. for three years.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, Theater and Performance Studies

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Center for the Comparative Study in Race and Ethnicity (2016 - 2021)
  • Chair, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, Stanford University (2012 - 2015)
  • Professor, Department of Drama and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Professor, African and African American Studies, Women's Studies & Theater, Duke University (2008 - 2011)
  • Visiting Professor, African and African American Studies, Duke University (2008 - 2008)
  • Weinberg College Board of Visitors Research and Teaching Professor, Northwestern University (2006 - 2008)
  • Associate Professor of English, Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University (2002 - 2008)
  • Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago (2000 - 2002)
  • Associate Professor of English, The George Washington University (1998 - 2000)
  • Assistant Professor of English, University of California, Riverside (1992 - 1998)

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Fellow, Clayman Center for Research in Gender Studies at Stanford (2012 - 2013)
  • Duke Endowment Teaching Enhancement Award, Duke University (2010)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Duke Center for GLBIT Life (2010)
  • Weinberg College Board of Visitors Research and Teaching Professor, Northwestern University (2005 - 2007)
  • Faculty Affiliate, Kaplan Humanities Center, Northwestern University (2006)
  • Interdisciplinary Course Development Award, Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) (2003)
  • Award for Independent Research Against Homophobia, Manette/Horwitz Trust (2002)
  • Special Citation for Co-Editing "Plum Nelly," in Callaloo, Mondern Language Association (MLA) (2000)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation (1998 - 1999)
  • Notable Book in Language and Literature for Impossible Purities, Choice (1998)
  • Affirmative Action Development Award, University of California Regents (1997)
  • Research Award, Royal Society for Theatre Research, Great Britain (1996)
  • Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh (1994 - 1995)
  • Queer Alliance Faculty Service Award, University of California, Riverside (1994)
  • Fellowship, School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth College (1993)
  • Fellow, Center for Ideas and Society, Postcolonial Studies, University of California-Riverside (1993)
  • Paul Robeson Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership, University of Pennsylvania
  • Whiting Dissertation Fellow, University of Pennsylvania (1991 - 1992)
  • Graduate Fellow, Mellon Minority Undergraduate Program (1990 - 1992)
  • Fontaine Fellow, University of Pennsylvania (1987 - 1988)

Program Affiliations

  • American Studies
  • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Modern Thought and Literature

Professional Education

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, English and American Literature (1992)
  • Certificate, Jesus College, Oxford University, African Studies (1990)
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, English Literature (1989)
  • B.A., Vassar College, Victorian Studies (1987)


  • New Edition of James Baldwin's LITTLE MAN, LITTLE MAN (August 10, 2018 - Present)

    Republication of Baldwin's only book written for children


    New York


    • Nicholas Boggs, Clinical Professor, New York University

2021-22 Courses

Stanford Advisees

All Publications

  • Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance (Book Review) SIGNS Book Review Authored by: Brody, J. 2017; 42 (3): 801–5
  • Wandering: Philosophical Performances of Racial and Sexual Freedom (Book Review) SIGNS Book Review Authored by: Brody, J. 2017; 42 (3): 801–5
  • The Repeating Body: Slavery's Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Book Review) SIGNS Book Review Authored by: Brody, J. 2017; 42 (3): 801–5
  • The Cambridge Companion to African American Theater Theater Review Brody, J. D. 2014
  • Passing Solo: An Interview with Nancy Cheryll Davis Solo black woman Brody, J. D. edited by Johnson, E. P., Rivera-Servera, R. Northwestern University Press. 2013
  • Occupy Your Imagination OCCUPY THE FUTURE Elam, M., Brody, J., Grusky, D. B., McAdam, D., Reich, R., Satz, D. 2013: 209–19
  • Occupy Art Occupy the Future Brody, J. D. edited by Grusky, D., McAdam, D., Reich, R., Satz, D. MIT Press. 2013
  • Everything You Do ... Ntozake Shange's Recipe for Performance Scholar and Feminist On-Line Brody, J. D. 2013
  • Occupy Art Occupy the Future Brody, J. D., Elam, M. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2012
  • Occupy Art The Boston Review Brody, J. D., Elam, M. 2012
  • Representing African Americans in Transatlantic Abolitionism and Blackface Minstrelsy (Book Review) JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN HISTORY Book Review Authored by: Brody, J. D. 2011; 77 (4): 954-955
  • Child of Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History's Black and Indian Subject Women's Review of Books Brody, J. D. 2011; 28 (2)
  • Dangerous Profiling: Recent Media Representations of Black Male Sexuality Brody, J., Tapia, R., McCune, J. edited by Battle, J., Cohen, C. Rutgers Press. 2009
  • Review of It TDR: The Drama Review Brody, J. D. 2009
  • The Returns of Cleopatra Jones Taboo, Not Taboo Brody, J. D. edited by Delgado, D. Cleis Press. 2009
  • The Blackness of Blackness: Reading the Typography of Invisible Man New Critical Views on Ralph Ellison Brody, J. D. edited by Bloom, H. Vintage Press. 2009
  • Punctuation: Art, Politics and Play Brody, J. D. Duke University Press. 2008
  • Performance in America GLQ Brody, J. D. 2007
  • Boyz Do Cry: Screening History's White Lies Queer Screen: The Screen Reader Brody, J. D. edited by Stacey, J., Street, S. Routledge Press. 2007
  • Clare Kendry's 'True' Colors Norton Critical Edition of Nella Larsen's Passing Brody, J. D. edited by Caplan, C. Norton Press. 2007
  • An-Other Case of New England Underwriting: Negotiating Race and Property in the Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Countrv Brody, J. D., Holland, S. edited by Miles, T., Holland, S. Duke University Press. 2006
  • The blackness of blackness ... Reading the typography of invisible man THEATRE JOURNAL Brody, J. D. 2005; 57 (4): 679-?
  • Moving Violations: Globalization and Black Feminism in F. Gary Gray's Set it Off Black Cultural Traffic Brody, J. D. edited by Elam, H., Jackson, K. University of Michigan Press. 2005: 363–378
  • Etiquette in the Electronic Era: The Art and Ethics of Asking for a Letter of Recommendation Lore: An On-Line Journal Brody, J. D. 2003
  • Deforming Island Races Making Humans: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; H.G. Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau Brody, J. D. edited by Wilt, J. Houghton Mifflin Press. 2003: 341–352
  • The Returns of Cleopatra Jones Queer Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader Brody, J. D. edited by Corber, R., Valocchi, S. Blackwell Publishers, UK. 2003: 88–101
  • Queering Racial Reproduction: Grimke's 'The Closing Door' Text and Performance Quarterly Brody, J. D. 2003; 23 (2): 205-223
  • The color of sex: Whiteness, heterosexuality, and the fictions of white-supremacy. (Book Review) JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY Book Review Authored by: Brody, J. D. 2002; 89 (2): 633-634
  • Boyz do cry: Screening history's white lies ('Boys Don't Cry') SCREEN Brody, J. D. 2002; 43 (1): 91-96
  • Victorians and Slave Narrative Victorian Studies Brody, J. D. 2002; 44 (3)
  • Forum on the Tragedy of September 11 Theatre Journal Brody, J. D. 2002; 54 (1): 101-102
  • Black cat fever: Manifestations of Manet's Olympia (Art history, performance studies, and visual culture) THEATRE JOURNAL DeVere Brody, J. 2001; 53 (1): 95-118
  • The black body: Women, colonialism, and space (Book Review) RESEARCH IN AFRICAN LITERATURES Book Review Authored by: Brody, J. D. 2001; 32 (4): 220-221
  • Opening Sequences Dancing Desires Brody, J. D. edited by Desmond, J. University of Wisconsin Press. 2001: 391–401
  • Distance learning classroom using virtual Harlem 7th International Conference on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia (VSMM 2000) Park, K. S., Leigh, J., Johnson, A. E., Carter, B., Brody, J., Sosnoski, J. IEEE COMPUTER SOC. 2001: 489–498
  • Theory in motion: A review of the Black Queer Studies in the Millennium conference (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, April 7-9, 2000) CALLALOO Brody, J. D. 2000; 23 (4): 1274-1277
  • The Yankee Hugging the Creole Creole: The New Orleans Afro-French Brody, J. D. edited by Kein, S. University of Louisiana Press. 2000: 101–116
  • The Returns of Cleopatra Jones The Seventies Brody, J. D. edited by Waldrep, S. Routledge. 2000
  • The returns of Cleopatra Jones SIGNS Brody, J. D. 1999; 25 (1): 91-121
  • Shading Meaning Performing the Body/Performing the Text Brody, J. D. edited by Jones, A., Stephenson, A. Routledge Press. 1999: 89–106
  • Memory's movements: Minstrelsy, miscegenation, and American race studies AMERICAN LITERARY HISTORY Brody, J. D. 1999; 11 (4): 736-744
  • Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity and Victorian Culture Brody, J. D. Duke University Press. 1998
  • New Black Feminist Criticism Signs Brody, J. D. 1998; 69
  • The politics of color in the fiction of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen - McClendon,JY (Book Review) AFRICAN AMERICAN REVIEW Book Review Authored by: Brody, J. D. 1997; 31 (3): 528-529
  • American Anatomies American Literature Brody, J. D. 1997; VI (69): 656-657
  • Gothic Images of Race in Nineteenth-Century Britain Nineteenth-Century Literature Brody, J. D. 1997: 517-519
  • Effaced into Flesh: Black Women's Subjectivity Genders Brody, J. D. 1996; 24: 184-205
  • When White Women Matter: Re-Reading Race and Gender American Quarterly Brody, J. D. 1996; 48 (1): 153-160
  • The Nicholas Brothers The Encyclopedia of African American Literature and Culture Brody, J. D. edited by West, C., Salzberg, J. MacMillan Publishers. 1995
  • Hyphen-Nations Cruising the Performative Brody, J. D. edited by Brett, P., Case, S., Foster, S. University of Indiana Press. 1995: 149–162
  • Clare Kendry's 'True' Colors: Race and Class Conflict in Nella Larsen's Passing Callaloo Brody, J. D. 1992; 15 (4): 1053-1065