woman with glasses standing (head shot)Dr. Hannah Kosstrin is a dance historian and movement analyst who researches Jewish and Israeli dance in global contexts. At The Ohio State University, she is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Dance, Director of the Melton Center for Jewish Studies, and affiliate faculty with the Center for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies.

Her first monograph, Honest Bodies: Revolutionary Modernism in the Dances of Anna Sokolow (Oxford University Press, 2017; Jordan Schnitzer Book Award Finalist), examines the transnational circulation of American modernism through Anna Sokolow’s choreography among the communist and Jewish currents of the international Left from the 1930s to the 1960s in the United States, Mexico, and Israel. Her current book project Kinesthetic Peoplehood: Jewish Diasporic Dance Migrations (under contract in the Studies in Dance Theory Series of Oxford University Press) queries Jewish dance migrations between Israel and the United States between the Cold War and Covid. Her  article “Whose Jewishness? Inbal Dance Theater and Cold War American Spectatorship” (American Jewish History, 2020) was awarded a Gertrude Lippincott Award Honorable Mention from the Dance Studies Association. Kosstrin is project director for KineScribe, a Labanotation iPad app supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Reed College, and OSU, and Faculty Lead for LabanLens, a Laban-based HoloLens augmented reality application supported by OSU. Her research and teaching interests include dance histories of the U.S., Israel and the Jewish diaspora, Latin America, Europe, South Asia, and the African diaspora; gender and queer theory; nationalism, migration, and diaspora studies; Laban movement notation and analysis; and digital humanities.

Dr. Kosstrin served on the editorial boards of Studies in Dance History and the Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women, on the boards of directors of the Dance Studies Association, Congress on Research in Dance, and Society of Dance History Scholars, and as a member of the Dance Notation Bureau Professional Advisory Committee. From 2004 to 2007 she worked with Columbus Movement Movement which was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2007. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in dance from Goucher College and OSU, a Ph.D. in Dance Studies with a minor field in women’s history from OSU, and Labanotation Teacher Certification from the Dance Notation Bureau.

Contact: kosstrin dot 1 at osu dot edu.

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