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Melissa Templeton

Melissa Templeton

Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies, UCR

Dr. Melissa Templeton is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of California, Riverside, where she teaches classes in dance history and theory. Her current research combines her interests in postcolonial theory, race, and dance studies. In particular, her work focuses on African Diaspora dance practices in Montreal and their connections to Canadian colonialism, multicultural policy, Québec nationalism, and racial construction in Canada. Dr. Templeton’s work has been published in Dance Collection Danse Magazine and she has several forthcoming dance-related entries in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Additionally, Dr. Templeton has presented her research regularly across the U.S., Canada, and in Europe. Prior to working in the Dance Department at UCR, Dr. Templeton was Lecturer of Dance at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas A&M International University, where she taught Limon-based dance technique courses, choreography, and dance history. Dr. Melissa Templeton completed her Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies at UCR in 2012, and her research received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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