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.


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 has a chapter in "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. In 2019, her book "The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives" was published by University of Michigan Press.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Honors & Awards


  • 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 and Trans studies; Dance Studies; Performance Studies; Human Rights; Politics of Mass Incarceration; Early Cinema

All Publications


  • 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)