Jenna Tamimi’s research works at the intersections of performance studies, gender studies, and queers studies. Her dissertation, Performing the Past: Queer Temporality, Queer Desire, explores minoritarian subjects’ engagements with the past through different embodied practices, looking at queer and black Regency reenactments, race, identification and play with American Girl dolls, and a Colonial themed debutante ball in Laredo, Texas. Her master’s thesis, “Dashing Off with Dickinson: A Queering of Emily Dickinson,” queers Dickinson’s poetry through her use of the dash. Jenna is published in the Thornton Wilder Journal and has presented at multiple conferences including the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the American Studies Association. She directed multiple productions while at UC Santa Cruz including F****** A, Medea, and Vinegar Tom. She also worked at WOW Cafe Theatre in NYC.
PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies with a concentration in Gender Studies, UCLA 2020
MA in Performance Studies, NYU 2013
BA in Theatre and Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz 2012
Jenna is thrilled to join the Lewis and Clark Community! She will be teaching The History and Theory of Modern and Post-Modern Performance and American Theatre, as well as directing The Secretaries as the spring main stage production.