Situated at the intersection of dance, Jewish, and gender studies, Hannah Kosstrin researches Jewishness and gender in 20th-century concert dance. She teaches courses covering dance histories of the U.S., Israel and the Jewish diaspora, Latin America, Europe, South Asia, and the African diaspora, as well as courses in gender and queer theory, contemporary dance technique, and the movement notation system Labanotation. She has also taught in the first-year Humanities sequence.
Hannah is Treasurer of the Congress on Research in Dance, and a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Dance Notation Bureau. Before coming to Reed, Hannah taught dance and dance studies in Boston, MA and central Ohio. She performed and presented choreography with, and wrote publicity for, Columbus Movement Movement (cm2), an organization that supported independent dance artists in Columbus, OH, that was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2007. She served as the website content editor for Society of Dance History Scholars from 2005-2011.
Hannah's publications appear in Dance Research Journal and Dance on Its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies edited by Karen Eliot and Melanie Bales, with work forthcoming in Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance edited by Clare Croft and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Her monograph, Honest Bodies: The Dances of Anna Sokolow, is under contract with Oxford University Press.
Hannah is the Project Director of Enhancing Dance Literacy: Dance Notation Through Touch Technology, a project that created the dance notation iPad app KineScribe, supported by a National Endowment for the Humanitites Digital Humanities Startup Grant. Learn more about this project at http://www.reed.edu/kinescribe.
Photo credits, left to right: Thaddeus Fortney, Ali Potvin, Tiffany Rhynard