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faculty photo imageMarisa Plasencia

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance
Dance Department
Division of the Arts

Marisa Plasencia holds a PhD from the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her research examines discreet forms of protest at the intersection of postmodern dance, visual art, and black social dance traditions. She was awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2021-2022 cycle to support her dissertation Black Minimalisms: Subterfuge, Pastiche, and Task in Choreographies of Routine Violence. Prior to her graduate studies, Marisa received a BA in Political Science/International Studies from Trinity University. She then held a Fulbright Student Research Grant to study social movements in Seville, Spain. Marisa is currently working on a series of dance pieces with her twin sister that move across artistic disciplines and explore the complex boundaries between twin bodies.

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