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Dixon Li

Dixon Li

Fisher-Bennett Hall 331
215-573-7323

Office Hours

spring 2019

M: 4-5PM
F: 11AM-12PM

I am a second-year doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania with training as a cultural critic, poet, dancer, performance maker, and healer (yoga & death doula). I graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a BA in English (summa cum laude, phi beta kappa) and minors in African-American Studies & American Studies. From 2014-2016 I was a Marshall Scholar in London where I completed MA's in Writing in the Modern age at Queen Mary (2015) and an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths (2016). At Penn I am pursuing graduate certificates in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies & Cinema Studies. I am a scholar of the Afro- and Asia- diasporas with primary specialization in the U.S. long 20th century. I work at the theoretical intersections of continental philosophy, critical marxisms, queer & feminist theories, postcolonialism, and psychoanalysis paying particular attention to articulations of race and gender as they emerge in poetics, performance, film, and installation art. 

Most recently I have performed in and/or created performances for: Time Passes (Sharon Hayes & Brooke O'Hara, Philadelphia, 2019), Secret Journey: Rove (Pat Catterson & Yoshiko Chuma, New York, 2019), Delshakes: Much ado about nothing (Bi Jean Ngo, Delaware, 2018), OpenFlr (Elisa Zuppini, Florence, 2016), The Master's Festival Goldsmiths University (London, 2016), Festival Danse Directe Butoh (Normandy, 2015), and  'Essercitazione Ritmiche' in the Venice Biennale (Claudia Castellucci, Venice, 2015). I co-coordinate the English Department's Gender and Sexuality reading group for the 2018-2019 academic year.