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Tracy C. Davis

Ethel M. Barber Professor of Performing Arts; Professor of English and Theatre


Tracy C. Davis, Barber Professor of Performing Arts and Professor of Theatre and English specializes in 19th-century British theatre history, gender and theatre, and performance theory. She regularly teaches courses on 19th-century culture, theatre history, and historiography. Her current work is on mid-19th-century liberalism.

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Teaching and Research posts held at:

University of Cologne, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich) Centre for Advanced Studies, John Rylands Research Institute at the University of Manchester, University of Malta, Harvard University, University of Glasgow, Bristol University, Queen's University (Kingston), University of Calgary, Queen Mary University London.

Series Editor:

  • Theatre and Performance Theory - General Editor, Cambridge University Press.
  • Transnational Theatre Histories - Co-Editor, Palgrave
  • Cultural History of Theatre - General Editor, Bloomsbury UK

Editorial Boards:

  • Associate Editor, Theatre Journal
  • Editorial Board, Theatre Research in Canada
  • Editorial Board, Theatre Survey
  • Contributing Editor, TDR: The Drama Review
  • Honorary Advisory Editor, New Theatre Quarterly

Selected Academic Awards, Honors, and Research Grants:

  • 1990-91
    • Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship, Harvard University
  • 1994-95
    • American Philosophical Society Research Grant
  • 1995
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship
  • 2000
    • George Freedley Memorial Award (Theatre Library Association) representing excellence in writing on live theatre
  • 2004
    • Clarence Ver Steeg Graduate Faculty Award (Northwestern University)
  • 2005
    • Distinguished Scholar's Prize (American Society for Theatre Research)
  • 2007
    • Lane Humanities Institute Teaching Professor
  • 2007-08
    • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library
  • 2008-09
    • Stanley J. Kahrl Fellowship in Theatre History, Houghton Library
  • 2016-18
    • Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, University of Cologne


Victorian, Gender Studies, Theatre & Drama


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)

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