JACQUELINE SHEA MURPHY (She/Her/Hers)
Jacqueline Shea Murphy is professor in the dance department at UC Riverside, where she teaches courses in critical dance studies and in Iyengar yoga. She is author of “The People Have Never Stopped Dancing”: Native American Modern Dance Histories (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), awarded the 2008 de la Torre Bueno Prize® for outstanding book of the year in Dance Studies by the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS). Her new book, Choreographing Relationality: Resurge-instances of Indigenous Dance, is forthcoming in 2022 (University of Minnesota Press). This book emerges out of relationships Shea Murphy has been part of building over two decades, while she has been engaging with Native American and Indigenous dance in the U.S., Canada, and Aotearoa (New Zealand), traveling to witness Indigenous dance events, visiting with Indigenous dance artists, inviting Indigenous dance artists to visit at UCR, and in various other ways supporting ways this dance work articulates alternatives beyond the ongoing coloniality that constitutes what are today called the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, and that has long constituted Euro-American modernity.
Drawing on this research and the relationships that have built around it, she has published in anthologies including the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics and in journals including Discourses in Dance, Theatre Research International, Interventions, Biography, and in a special issue of Dance Research Journal she guest edited on “Indigenous Dance Today” (April, 2016). She has helped bring Indigenous dance studies into visibility to dance scholars and to the public through this and other writing, in her lectures and teaching, and also by organizing and producing numerous showcases, panels, and symposia on Indigenous choreography at dance studies conferences, and at regular “Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside” gatherings (icr.ucr.edu). For this work, she was awarded the 2016 Dixie Durr Award for Outstanding Service to Dance Research by the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD). She is currently working on an anthology of Critical Scholarship in Indigenous Dance, co-edited with Karyn Recollet and UCR dance colleague María Firmino-Castillo.
Shea Murphy is a 3rd to 10th generation settler to this continent, born in Brooklyn (Lenapehoking), raised in rural New England (Mohegan and Abenaki territories), with ancestors from Ireland, French Canada, Wales, England, and what is now Germany. She has a background in literary studies, with a focus on ethnicity and gender and in creative writing, and is co-editor of the collection Bodies of the Text: Dance as Theory, Literature as Dance (1995). She also has a background in modern dance, is a longtime practitioner and certified instructor of Iyengar yoga, and has spoken about and facilitated discussions around yoga and racism.
Professor Shea Murphy regularly teaches courses such as: “Dance: Cultures and Contexts” (online); “Introduction to Dance Studies;” “Dance, Gender, Sexualities;” “Dance, Space, Time,” ”Yoga for Dancers;” “Political Approaches to Dance Studies” and “Rhetorical Approaches to Dance Studies.” She has been a recipient of a UC President’s Fellowship in the Humanities (2002-3), a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Aotearoa (New Zealand) (2009), and a research fellowship at the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at the Freie Universität Berlin (2015-16). Together with UCR Ethnic Studies professor Gerald Clarke, as co-recipients of the Teresa and Byron Pollitt Endowed Term Chair for Interdisciplinary Research and Learning in the Humanities & Social Sciences, she is helping lead a project to “IndigenizeUCR.” For this, UCR students and Native community members are collaborating to install Native language art-signage around campus and to create an app with which campus visitors can walk the campus and register its vibrant ongoing Native presence. She also serves as Vice President for Conferences for the Dance Studies Association (DSA).
Shea Murphy holds a Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley, a Master’s in fiction writing from The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Program, and a BA from Barnard College of Columbia University. She has previously taught at UC Berkeley (English), San Francisco State University (American Indian Studies), Mills College (English), and as Professeur Invitée at the Université de Nice in France.
Books and Edited Volumes
Choreographing Relationality: Resurge-instances of Indigenous Dance (book manuscript, under review)
Moving in the Midst: Critical Indigenous Dance Studies, anthology co-edited with María Regina Firmino-Castillo and Karyn Recollet, (anthology manuscript, in preparation).
Indigenous Dance Today, guest-edited special issue of Dance Research Journal, Volume 48, April 2016.https://dancestudiesassociation.org/publications/dance-research-journal/dance-research-journal-april-2016
“The People Have Never Stopped Dancing”: Native American Modern Dance Histories. University of Minnesota Press. 2007.
Bodies of the Text: Dance as Theory, Literature as Dance. Edited and with an introduction by Ellen Goellner and Jacqueline Shea Murphy. Rutgers University Press, March 1995.
Articles and Essays
“Foreword,” The Indian on the Moon, And Other Short Stories of Native American Indian Survival on the Neo Colonial Frontier, Dr. T. Weighill and Jason Eaglespeaker, 2019.
“Hashtag Mitimiti: Choreographies of Indigenized Dance,” The Movements of Interweaving, eds. Gabriele Brandstetter, Gerko Egert, Holger Hartung. Routledge. 2018.
“Have They a Right?: Nineteenth Century Indian Dance Practices and Federal Policy,” edited version of chapter from “The People Have Never Stopped Dancing,” for The Routledge Dance Studies Reader, 3rd edition, eds. Yutian Wong and Jens Richard Giersdorf. 2018
“Dancing in the Here and Now: Indigenous Presence and the Contemporary Choreography of Emily Johnson/Catalyst and DANCING EARTH,” Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics, eds. Rebekah Kowal and Gerald Siegmund. 2017.
“Actions and Iterations of An Indigenous Female-Led Future,” Stance on Dance, August 3, 2017. http://stanceondance.com/2017/08/03/actions-and-iterations-of-an-indigenous-female-led-future/
“Doing Indigenous Dance Today,” DRJ (Dance Research Journal) Introduction to special issue on “Indigenous Dance Today,” guest editor Jacqueline Shea Murphy (April 2016).
“The Art of Native American Dance,” in Jane Dini, ed., Dance: American Art, 1830-1960. Yale University Press/Detroit Museum of Art. 2016: 64-85.
“Manaakitanga in Motion: Indigenous Choreographies of Possibility,” by Jacqueline Shea Murphy and Jack Gray, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, special issue on “Baleful Postcoloniality,” editors David Álvarez and Salah D. Hassan. 2013.
“Clearing the Path: Contemporary Dance, Indigenous Methodologies, and Michelle Olson’s “Evening in Paris,”” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, special issue on Indigenous performance, editor Helen Gilbert. 2013.
“Eredità haka” (“Haka Heritages”) in RicorDANZE. Memoria in movimento e coreografie della storia, edited by Susanne Franco and Marina Nordera, Utet Libreria, Torino, Italy, 2010.
“Gathering From Within”: Indigenous Nationalism and Tanya Lukin Linklater’s Women and Water,” Theatre Research International, 2010.
“Mobilizing (in) the Archive: Santee Smith’s Kaha:wi,” Worlding Dance, ed. Susan Leigh Foster, Palgrave/Macmillan Studies in International Performance series. 2009. Translated to Korean, 2015.
“Dancing, Regulation of,” Encyclopedia of U.S. Indian Policy and Law, CQ Press, December 2008.
“Policing Authenticity: Native American Dance and the “Western” Stage,” Discourses in Dance, Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 2003.
“Lessons in Dance (as) History: Aboriginal Land Claims and Aboriginal Dance, circa 1999,” Dancing Bodies Living Histories: New Writings about Dance and Culture, ed. Anne Flynn and Lisa Doolittle, Banff Centre Press, 2000.
“Performing Locally: “The Foreigner” in Jewett,” in Re-Placing America: Intercultural Conversations and Contestations, eds. Cynthia Franklin, Ruth Hsu, Suzanne Kosanke, U of Hawaii Press, fall 1999.
“Replacing Regionalism: Abenaki Tales and ‘Jewett’s’ Coastal Maine,” American Literary History, Winter 1998 (10.4).
“Getting Jewett: A Response to Sandra A. Zagarell’s “Troubling Regionalism: Rural Life and the Cosmopolitan Eye in Jewett’s Deephaven,” American Literary History, Winter 1998 (10.4).
“Paula Gunn Allen, 1939,” with Lauren Muller, Critical bibliographic entry for American Writers Supplement ˆ√, edited by A. Walton Litz, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1996, pp. 319-340.
“Unrest and Uncle Tom: Political Movement in Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land.” In Bodies of the Text: 81-105.
““Words Like Bones”: Narrative, Performance, and the Reinscribing of Violence in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller,” Journal of Narrative and Life History 3:2 & 3 (1993): 223-238.
2018-2022, “Indigenize UCR,” co-director with Gerald Clarke. Pollitt Grant student-focused project building an Indigenous campus walking tour and creating Indigenous language art signage on the UCR campus.
May, 2019, “Queer-y-ing Indigenous Dance,” Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Gathering, Co-directed with María Regina Firmino-Castillo. Featuring performances by Javier Stell-Frésquez, Fabiola Torralba, Lukas Avendaño, Will Madrigal, Jr./Cahuilla Birdsingers and Dancers.
May, 2018, “Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Gathering,” Co-directed with María Regina Firmino-Castillo. Featuring performances by Grupo Sotz’il, Louise Potiki Bryant, Sam Aros Mitchell, Rulan Tangen , Ni’Ja Whitson, Jack Gray, Lukas Avendaño, Will Madrigal, Jr./Cahuilla Birdsingers and Dancers.
Nov. 2016, “Indigenous Contemporary Dance in Concert,” Pomona College, Pomona, CA. Featuring works by Rulan Tangen, Dancing Earth, and DAYSTAR/Rosalie Jones.
Nov. 2016, “Evening of Indigenous Choreography”, Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Gathering Culver Center of the Arts, Riverside, CA. Featuring new works by DAYSTAR/Rosalie Jones and Rosy Simas Danse.
May, 2015, “Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Gathering,” Culver Center of the Arts, featuring works by Emily Johnson and Tanya Lukin Linklater.
May, 2014, “Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Gathering,” Culver Center of the Arts, featuring performances by Rosy Simas, Rulan Tangen, Daystar/Rosalie Jones, Jack Gray.
May, 2013, Contemporary Indigenous Dance Showcase, UC Riverside, featuring performances by Rosy Simas, Sarita McGowan, Kim Marcus.
May, 2012, “Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Gathering,” Culver Center of the Arts, Riverside CA, featuring work by Jack Gray, Rulan Tangen, Tanya Lukin Linklater.
April, 2011, Dancing Earth on Campus, workshop and main stage University Theater performance of OF BODIES OF ELEMENTS.
May 2004, Red Rhythms: Co-P.I. and organizer (with Michelle Raheja), Red Rhythms: Contemporary Methodologies in American Indian Dance showcase and conference, UC Riverside. Supported by a major grant from the Ford Foundation.
Fellow, “Interweaving Performance Cultures” International Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin, 2015-2016
Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Award, New Zealand and Honorary Research Fellow, Māori Studies, University of Auckland, 2009
University of California President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities, 2002-2003
W.M. Keck Foundation and Mayers Fellow, Huntington Library, 2000
SELECTED AWARDS AND SERVICE
UCHRI Collaborative Research Residency, “Editor’s Residency: Moving in the Midst: Critical Indigenous Dance Studies,” with María Regina Firmino-Castillo and Karyn Recollet, 2020
Co-recipient, Teresa and Byron Pollitt Endowed Term Chair for Interdisciplinary Research and Learning in the Humanities & Social Sciences, “Indigenize UCR” project. With Gerald Clarke, 2018-2022
Vice President for Conferences and Board of Directors Member, Dance Studies Association (DSA), 2018-2022
Partner Investigator, Australian Research Council Discovery Project, “Reclaiming performance under Assimilation in southeast Australia, 1935-75.” 2018-2020
Dixie Durr Award for Outstanding Service to Dance Research by the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), 2016
Co-PI, UCHRI Multi-Campus Faculty Working Group, “Indigenous Dance and the Academy,” 2016-2017
Awardee, Center for Ideas and Society HIP (Humanities Initiative Program), 2016
C.A.R.L. Residency, “Indigenous Choreography,” Culver Center for the Arts, Riverside, 2012
Chancellor’s Strategic Investment Fund Initiative Grant, UC Riverside, 2012
Professeur Invitée, Université de Nice, Section Danse, Nice, France, 2011
Committee on Research (COR) Research Fellowship, UC Riverside, 2010
De la Torre Bueno prize for Outstanding Book of the year in Dance Studies, awarded by the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS), 2007
Academic Senate Research Awards, UC Riverside 1999-2000,2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2005-2006 Regents Faculty Fellowships, UC Riverside, 1998-2019
Editorial Board member, Congress on Research in Dance, 2011-2016
Board of Directors member, Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS), 2003-2009; SDHS Academic Affairs Committee Chair, 2005-2007.
Program member, 2007 Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) annual conference “Re-thinking Practice and Theory/Repenser Pratique et Théorie,” Paris, France.
Program Chair, 2006 Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) annual conference “Grounding Moves: Landscapes for Dance,” Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta Canada.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) evaluator in music, film, and dance, 1999