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Elise Robinson

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PR and Program Coordinator
Adjunct Instructor

Elise Robinson recently completed her PhD in Performance Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Georgia. A committed scholar of feminist activist performance, Dr. Robinson’s research on the British Women’s Suffrage movement demonstrates that the militant suffrage movement was fundamentally a performance movement and must be analyzed as such. Dr. Robinson is currently the PR and Program Coordinator for the Institute for Women's Studies at the University of Georgia, where she also teaches both introductory and upper-level courses. Prior to her arrival at UGA, Dr. Robinson taught Theatre and Performance at the college level for over twenty years, at institutions across the United States. In addition to her scholarly work in theatre and gender studies, Dr. Robinson has also directed over 30 productions and regularly speaks at regional and national conferences on feminist activist performance, neurodiversity, and queering the curriculum. Outside academia, Dr. Robinson is an avid novel reader, gardener, and amateur potter. She lives in Athens with her partner, two daughters, three cats and one overly large dog. 


2023 PhD, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Georgia

2018 Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, University of Georgia

1995 MA, Theatre, The Ohio State University

1993 BA, Theatre (Philosophy Minor), College of St. Benedict

Research Interests:

Feminist activist performance, Feminist history, Queer history, Queer performance practices, Political theatre, Neurodivergence in education, Inclusive classroom practices, Inclusive performance practices, Fat Studies, Disability Studies

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Of note:

2022 Excellence in Teaching Award

2021 Dean’s Award

2021 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

2020 August Staub Graduate Student Award

2020 Summer Doctoral Research Assistantship

2019 Willson Center Graduate Research Award

2016 Graduate School Research Assistantship


Selected Publications:

“Reifying Whiteness in Cicely Hamilton’s A Pageant of Great Women,” in Theatre Symposium 29: Theatre and Race (Fall 2021)

Review of Ellen Margolis and Lissa Tyler-Renaud, The Politics of American Actor Training, in Voice and Speech Review, vol 7 issue 1 (2011): 339-340

“Fluid Families: The Role of Children in Custody Arrangements,” (with James Lindemann Nelson and Hilde Lindemann Nelson) in Feminism and Families, ed. Hilde Lindemann Nelson, New York: Routledge, 1997.

Review of Ann C. Hall, A Kind of Alaska: Women in the Plays of O’Neill, Pinter, and Shepard, in Theatre Studies 40 (1995): 67-69.

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Articles Featuring Elise Robinson

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