Department of Dance

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows

Back to Our People Tria Blu Wakpa

Tria Blu Wakpa

President’s Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-2018

Tria Blu Wakpa is a 2017-2018 President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dance Department at UC Riverside, where she will work with her faculty mentor, Professor Jacqueline Shea Murphy. Tria will receive her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in May 2017. Her research focuses on the continuities and contradictions among Native American education, incarceration, and performance in educational and carceral facilities. Tria has recently published articles in The American Indian Culture and Research Journal and Dance Research Journal and served as a guest editor for special issue journals that feature writing by people who are imprisoned. She has also taught a wide range of interdisciplinary and community-engaged courses at public, private, tribal, and carceral institutions. Tria is the founder and co-facilitator for the Race and Yoga Working Group and the co-founder and co-facilitator for the Race and Yoga Conference and Race and Yoga journal. She holds an M.A. from UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Diego State University, and has decades of training in martial arts and yoga. Tria is grateful to have received support and recognition from numerous sources for her scholarly and creative work including: the Ford Foundation, Fulbright, and Dancing Earth: Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations. 


Rebecca Chaleff

Rebecca Chaleff

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2018)

Rebecca Chaleff is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside. She holds a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University with a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Rebecca’s research emerges at the intersection of dance studies, queer theory, and critical race theory to focus on the (dis)embodied transmissions of affective histories in performance. Her current project, Choreographic Legacies, analyzes how choreographically embedded legacies of the Western canon circulate across time to uphold and/or contest the sociopolitical imperatives of European imperialism transnationally. Her writing has been published in TDR/The Drama Review and Performance Research and is forthcoming in Dance Research Journal and the Futures of Dance Studies anthology. In 2017, Rebecca was honored to receive the Centennial Teaching Assistant Award at Stanford; she enjoys teaching introductory and advanced courses in dance and performance studies that encourage creative thinking between dance history and critical theories of race, gender, and sexuality. As a dancer, Rebecca has had the pleasure of performing with GERALDCASELDANCE, Pat Catterson, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Repertory Understudy Group, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Molissa Fenley and Company, and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, among others.


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