VK Preston


VK Preston is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. Her scholarly interests include dance research, circum-Atlantic performance, gender and performance studies. VK recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of the Arts and Ideas after she earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University’s doctoral program in the Department of Theater and Performance studies, including a Ph.D. minor from the Department of History. VK is the recipient of an early career fellowship from Australian Research Council’s History of Emotions project. Her most recent publication, “How Do I Touch This Text?: Or, the Interdisciplines Between, Dance and Theatre in Early Modern Archives” appears in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theatre (2015), and she has previously published in TDR / The Drama Review, the Canadian Theatre Review, TheatreForum, and History, Memory, Performance. Her research entangles dance, theatre, visual art and performance historiography, writing on the witches’ Sabbath in the early modern Atlantic World, the colonial invasion of the Americas, visual and performing arts, and the history of the book. She is currently working towards a book manuscript and working in archives at the John Carter Brown Library.