Assistant Professor of Dance
Division of the Arts
Victoria Fortuna is a dance studies scholar and contemporary dance practitioner. Her teaching and research interests include Latin/x American concert and social dance, dance as a mode of political and community organization, collaborative creation methods, and cultural histories of dance in transnational perspective. She founded and directs the Community Dance at Reed project, which brings together members of the Reed and broader Portland communities. Victoria is completing a book that examines the relationship between Buenos Aires based contemporary dance practices and histories of political and economic violence in Argentina from the 1960s to the present. Her second research project considers concert dance as a historic site for negotiating indigenous identities in Latin America. Her articles appear in publications including Dance Research Journal, Performance Research, e-misférica, and Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies. She has received grants and awards from Fulbright, the Society of Dance History Scholars, the American Society for Theatre Research, and the Latin American Studies Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars. Prior to joining Reed’s Dance Department, she completed a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dance at Oberlin College (2013-15), where she taught courses in dance and performance studies. Victoria holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MA and PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.