I received my PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University’s School of Communication in 2015. I completed an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph in 2007 and earned concurrent undergraduate degrees in English and Music (Voice) from Western University in 2006. Prior to joining Laurier, I was an assistant professor at San Francisco State University (2019-2021) and held postdoctoral fellowships at Brown University and Amherst College.
My research and teaching revolve around histories, theories, and practices that approach the human body as a media concept and as a mediating device. I focus, in particular, on the emergence of categories of race, gender, and sexuality as technologies of colonial governance, and the endlessly inventive ways that colonial subjects use expressive culture (e.g. fashion, music, dance, performance) to negotiate their bodies within and beyond these systems. I am currently writing a book about mixed-raced actresses and colonial amnesia in the transnational Americas (1850-1960); my next project investigates contemporary performance and the politics of the senses in maritime Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia).
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of critical media historiography; media arts and activism; race and visual culture; postcolonial/decolonial/anti-colonial history, theory, and methodology; popular entertainment studies; and representations of race, gender, sexuality, and indigeneity in global/transnational contexts. Area studies include Asia and the Americas.
Daniher, Colleen Kim. “The Chinese Lady: US History’s Object Lesson Becomes US History’s Interpreter." TDR: The Drama Review. (2021)
Daniher, Colleen Kim. “Looking at Pauline Johnson: Race, Gender, and Delsartism’s Legible Body.” Theatre Journal. (2020) *awarded ATHE Outstanding Article Award
Daniher, Colleen Kim, Ed. (with Katherine Zien). “Race and Performance in the US-Canada Borderlands.” Special Issue of Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada. (2020)
Daniher, Colleen Kim. “Yella Gal: Eartha Kitt’s Racial Modulations.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. (2018)
Daniher, Colleen Kim. “On Teaching Kim’s Convenience: Asian American Studies, Asian Canadian Studies, and the Politics of Race in Asian Canadian Theatre and Performance Studies.” Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada. (2018)
Daniher, Colleen Kim. “Forgetting Asian Canadian Experimental Performance: Fred Wah and Haruko Okano’s High(bridi)Tea.” Canadian Theatre Review. (2018)
Daniher, Colleen Kim. “The Pose as Interventionist Gesture: Erica Lord and Decolonizing the Proper Subject of Memory.” e-misférica: Performance and Politics in the Americas. (2014)
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