Anita Gonzalez comes to the University of Michigan after serving as a professor and provost fellow at the University of New York – New Paltz. Her research and publication interests are in the fields of intercultural performance and ethnic studies, particularly the way in which performance reveals histories and identities in the Americas and in transnational contexts. Her books include a co-edited anthology with Tommy DeFrantz (Black Performance Theory, Duke University Press, 2014) that theorizes black performance in the new millennium. Her monograph Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality (2010) is published by the University of Texas Press and is the result of a 2007 post-doctoral research fellowship in “Race, Politics, and Performance” at the John L. Wakefield Center for African and African American Studies (University of Texas at Austin).
Gonzalez is also a director who has staged more than 52 productions during the course of her career. She views theatrical practice as a laboratory for artists and audiences to explore new ways of interacting and considering world issues at a personal level. Her work has appeared on PBS national television and at Dixon Place, The Workshop Theatre, HereArts, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Ballet Hispanico, and other venues. She has been awarded a residency at Rockefeller’s Bellagio Center (2003) and has completed three Senior Scholar Fulbright grants. Gonzalez earned her PhD in theater/performance studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997). Dr. Gonzalez enjoys serving as a destination lecturer for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise lines.