Zachary Price

Professional Bio 

Zachary Price is currently a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow  at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of African American Studies and will join the Department of Performance Studies as Assistant Professor at Texas A&M beginning in the Fall of 2017. His research is broadly concerned with the relationship between performance, race, gender, and power and the epistemological frameworks that such relations produce. Dr. Price's teaching and research areas include African American theater history and performance practices, film and media studies, AfroAsian cultural encounters, corporeality, and ethnography. He received a Ph.D. in Theater Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was a University of California President’s Dissertation Fellow. Previously, Dr. Price earned a M.F.A. in Theater Studies from the New School University, and a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.

Area of Expertise 

As a scholar and teacher invested in interdisciplinary research, I work on a range of academic disciplines, including African American theater history and performance practices, film and media studies, comparative ethnic studies, corporeality, and ethnography. My article, “Remembering Fred Ho: The Legacy of Afro Asian Futurism,” was published in TDR: A Journal of Performance (June 2016). In addition, I have published an article in Theater Topics (March 2014) and a book review, “Yellow Power Yellow Soul: The Radical Art of Fred Ho,” in Journal of Asian American Studies (February 2014) and have another forthcoming book review in TDR (March 2017). I am co-author of the Bunche Center’s “2014 Hollywood Diversity Report” and my article titled, “Economies of Enjoyment and Terror in Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave,” was published in The Postcolonialist (January 2015). My first book project, “Fists of Freedom: Performing, Asian Martial Arts in the Black Radical Imagination,” is under review at University of Michigan Press. I am currently drafting an article, “Robey Theatre Company and the Continuum of Black Performance,” for Theatre Survey which is based on research for my second book project, tentatively titled, “Black Arts and Black Publics: Performance and Black Possibility.” Thanks to extended multidisciplinary training both at UCSB and as a UCLA Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, my research develops and augments our understanding of varying forms of cultural production, from the most quotidian spaces (such as the street life and martial arts studios) to the proscenium stage and cinema. In order to contest oppressive practices at work today within a highly globalized economy, my investigations unpack several epistemological frameworks that historically marginalized people have generated in response to dominant neoliberal models.

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Professional Title 
Assistant Professor