Dr. Hannah Kosstrin is a dance historian whose work engages dance, Jewish, and gender studies. At The Ohio State University, she is Associate Professor in the Department of Dance and is affiliated faculty with the Melton Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies.
Her 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-1960s in the United States, Mexico, and Israel. 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 and diaspora studies; Laban movement notation and analysis; and digital humanities.
Dr. Kosstrin currently serves on the editorial boards of Studies in Dance History and the Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women, and is a member of the Dance Notation Bureau Professional Advisory Committee. She previously served on the boards of directors of the Dance Studies Association, Congress on Research in Dance, and Society of Dance History Scholars. From 2004-2007 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.