VK Preston


VK Preston is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance. Her scholarly interests include dance studies, circum-Atlantic performance, gender, and performance studies. Her recent publications include “A Dictionary in the Archives: Translating and transcribing silenced histories in French and Wendat” (2016), in Performance Research, and “How Do I Touch This Text?: Or, the Interdisciplines Between, Dance and Theatre in Early Modern Archives” in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theatre (2015). 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, New France, visual and performing arts, performance, and the history of the book. VK completed postdoctoral research fellowships at McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of the Arts and Ideas, with Alanna Thain and Paul Yachnin, after she earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University’s doctoral program in the Department of Theater and Performance studies, with 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, where she presented “Witch Archives: Feeling, Text, and Embodiment” at the ARC History of the Emotions project at the University of Melbourne. She is currently working towards a book manuscript and working in the collections of the John Carter Brown Library as a 2016-2017 short term Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow.