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Jacqueline Murphy
Jacqueline Murphy

Jacqueline Shea Murphy

Associate Professor
Ph.D. in English, UC Berkeley
Phone for the Dance Department (951) 827-3944
Office: ARTS 205

Jacqueline Shea Murphy teaches courses in critical dance studies in UCR's Dance department. 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), co-editor of the collection Bodies of the Text: Dance as Theory, Literature as Dance (Rutgers University Press, 1995), and has published in journals including Biography, Discourses in Dance, American Literary History, Theatre Research International, Interventions, and several anthologies. She was the 2009 recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Aotearoa New Zealand, and is writing a new book about ways that contemporary Indigenous choreographers in the U.S., Canada, and Aotearoa are inhabiting Indigenous epistemologies and thereby reframing colonizing institutions in their dancing and dance making. Professor Shea Murphy coordinates annual "Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside" events that have been bringing Indigenous dance artists, and discussion around contemporary Indigenous dance, to the UCR campus regularly since 2004.

Professor Shea Murphy regularly teaches courses such as: "Dance: Cultures and Contexts" (including the online version of this course); "Introduction to Dance Studies;" "Dance, Gender, Sexualities;" "Yoga for Dancers;" and "Rhetorical Approaches to Dance Studies."She 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 San Francisco State University (American Indian Studies) and Mills College (English).  She has a background in modern dance, and is a longtime practitioner and certified instructor of Iyengar yoga.

Book: The People Have Never Stopped Dancing Book: Bodies of the Text Book: Dancing Bodies, Living Histories Book: American Literary History
Selected Publications


  • "The People Have Never Stopped Dancing": Native American Modern Dance Histories. University of Minnesota Press. Fall 2007. Winner of the 2008 de la Torre Bueno Prize® for outstanding book of the year in Dance Studies by the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS).
  • 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.


  • 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.. 2012.
  • "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
  • "Singing the Unsung: Indigenous Interweavings in the Life/work of José Limón," in The Limón Centennial Collection, ed. Ann Vachon, Limon Center Press, 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, Literary Studies East and West, Vol. 16, 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).
  • "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.
Selected Awards and Service
  • Chair, Department of Dance, July 2012-present
  • 2012 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
  • 2010 Committee on Research (COR) Research Fellowship, UC Riverside
  • 2009 Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Award, New Zealand
  • 2009 University of Auckland, New Zealand, Honorary Research Fellow, Maori Studies.
  • 2007 De la Torre Bueno prize for Outstanding Book of the year in Dance Studies, awarded by the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS).
  • 1999-2000,2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2005-2006 Regents Faculty Fellowships, UC Riverside
  • 1998-2007 Academic Senate Research Awards, UC Riverside
  • 2002-2003 UC President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities
  • 2000 W.M. Keck Foundation and Mayers Fellow, Huntington Library
  • Editorial Board member, Congress on Research in Dance, 2011-present
  • Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Dance, UC Riverside August 2010-July 2011.
  • Acting Chair, Department of Dance, UC Riverside August-December, 2007
  • Board of Directors member, Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS), 2003-2009.
  • Academic Affairs Committee Chair, Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS), 2005-2207.
  • Program Chair, 2006 Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) annual conference "Grounding Moves: Landscapes for Dance," Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta Canada.
  • Program member, 2007 Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) annual conference "Re-thinking Practice and Theory/Repenser Pratique et Théorie," Paris, France.
  • Co-P.I. and organizer (with Prof. Michelle Raheja), Red Rhythms: Contemporary Methodologies in American Indian Dance showcase and conference, May 5-7, 2004, at UC Riverside. Supported by a major grant from the Ford Foundation.
  • Executive Committee member, Ford Foundation Grant for Excellence and Diversity in the Arts, UC Riverside, 2000-2002
  • Graduate Advisor, Department of Dance, U C Riverside, July 1998- Jan. 2000; Jan.- July 2004
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) evaluator in music, film, and dance, 1999

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