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Mara Mandradjieff

Associate Editor

Atlanta, GA

Mara Mandradjieff earned her PhD in Dance Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She has taught and choreographed at the University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, Kennesaw State University, and has called Emory University (Atlanta, GA) her home since 2012. Mandradjieff’s research focuses on ballet, gender and sexuality studies, body studies, film and media studies, and posthumanism. She has published scholarship in Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Feminist Media Studies, Text & Performance QuarterlyDance Chronicle, Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Journal of Dance Education, and a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet. Currently, Mandradjieff is developing two monographs. The first employs the ballet Coppélia’s legacy to establish a posthuman theory termed “human performativity” and investigate various forms of objectification. In 2021, the American Society for Theatre Research awarded Mandradjieff the Jessica Berson Dance Research Grant in support of this study, particularly the work’s assessment of racialization practices in ballet. Mandradjieff’s second book critiques ballet body aesthetics of the late twentieth and twenty-first century through a feminist fat studies lens, revealing fatphobia’s entangled relationship with racism, sexism, and ableism in classical ballet. She is excited to join Dance Chronicle’s editorial board as an Associate Editor.

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