Tracy C. Davis Barber Professor of Performing Arts; Professor of English and Theatre

Tracy C. Davis is a specialist in performance theory, theatre historiography, and research methodology. She edits the book series Cambridge Studies in Theatre and Performance Theory. She is Director of the Graduate School's Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring initiative and Chair of Northwestern University Press's Editorial Board. She is Immediate Past-President of the American Society for Theatre Research and a member of the Board of Directors for Performance Studies International.

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Teaching and Research posts held at:

Harvard University, University of Glasgow, Bristol University, Queen's University (Kingston), University of Calgary, Queen Mary University London, and Northwestern University (since 1991).

Series Editor:

Theatre and Performance Theory - General Editor, Cambridge University Press.

Editorial Boards:

Contributing Editor - TDR: The Drama Review
Honorary Advisory Editor - New Theatre Quarterly
Advisory Board - Assaph
Editorial Board - Nineteenth Century Studies
Editorial Board - Performance Studies book series, Museum Tusculanum Press
Series Editor (monographs) - Global Theatre Histories (in development)

Selected Academic Awards, Honors, and Research Grants:

Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship, Harvard University

American Philosophical Society Research Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship

George Freedley Memorial Award (Theatre Library Association) representing excellence in writing on live theatre

Clarence Ver Steeg Graduate Faculty Award (Northwestern University)

Distinguished Scholar's Prize (American Society for Theatre Research)

Lane Humanities Institute Teaching Professor

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library

Stanley J. Kahrl Fellowship in Theatre History, Houghton Library

Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Queen Mary University of London

Visiting Fellow, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich) Centre for Advanced Studies


The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies
The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Theatricality (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
The Economics of the British Stage, 1800-1914
The Economics of the British Stage, 1800-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Playwriting and Nineteenth-Century British Women
Playwriting and Nineteenth-Century British Women (Cambridge University Press, 1999)