Bio


Selby Wynn Schwartz holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and has been happily teaching writing for more than a decade. While on faculty in Columbia University’s Undergraduate Writing Program, she helped to shape new writing curriculum around human rights, gender and sexuality, social justice issues, and the arts. At Stanford, she teaches in PWR and co-directs the campus chapter of Prison Renaissance with Emile DeWeaver.

Bringing together dance studies, gender & queer studies, and performance history, Selby's work explores the politics of embodiment. She received the Lippincott Award from the Society of Dance History Scholars in 2011, and her writing has been published in academic journals such as Women and Performance, Dance Research Journal, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and PAJ. She contributed a chapter to "The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies," edited by Douglas Rosenberg, which was awarded the 2018 Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research by the Dance Studies Association. With Maxe Crandall, Selby has co-written a number of articles on trans performance. Her first book, "The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives" (University of Michigan Press, 2019), was a Finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction, and won the Sally Banes Publication Prize from the American Society of Theatre Research.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Writing and Rhetoric Studies

Honors & Awards


  • Sally Banes Prize for Publication, American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) (2020)
  • Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction, Lambda Literary (2020)
  • Gertrude Lippincott Award for Best English-Language Article in Dance Studies, Society for History of Dance Scholars (2011)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


SPECIALIZATION: Gender Studies; Queer & Trans studies; Dance Studies; Performance Studies; Carceral Justice; Early Cinema; Italian Transfeminism; Public Art

All Publications


  • Una donna (1906) Schwartz, S. W. Speculative Nonfiction. 2020 ; Speculative Nonfiction (Issue #3):
  • Very Queer Friends: Alba De Céspedes’ 'Dalla Parte Di Lei' and Elena Ferrante’s 'La Vita Bugiarda Degli Adulti' altrelettere Schwartz, S. W. 2020

    View details for DOI 10.5903/al_uzh-45

  • PolySensorium Tells Your Fortune An Action Art Object TSQ-TRANSGENDER STUDIES QUARTERLY Carter, J., George, D., Crandall, M., Schwartz, S., Ozma, Z. 2018; 5 (1): 143–47
  • Moving Transgender Histories: Sean Dorsey's Trans Archival Practice TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly Schwartz, S. W., Crandall, M. 2015; 2 (4)

    View details for DOI 10.1215/23289252-3151493

  • Bad Language: Transpostions in Mark Morris's "Dido and Aeneas" Dance Research Journal Schwartz, S. W. 2012; 44 (2)
  • Martha@Martha: A séance with Richard Move Women and Performance Schwartz, S. W. 2010; 20 (1)