Felicia McCarren, Professor of French at Tulane University, is a cultural historian and performance theorist. Felicia is the author of four books: Dance Pathologies: Performance, Poetics, Medicine (Stanford University Press, Writing Science Series, 1998); Dancing Machines: Choreographies of the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (Stanford 2003); French Moves; The Cultural Politics of le hip hop (Oxford University Press, 2013), awarded the De la Torre Bueno Prize by the Society of Dance History Scholars, and the Outstanding Publication of the Year 2014 from the Congress on Research in Dance. Her new book, One Dead at the Paris Opera Ballet; La Source 1866-2014 (Oxford, 2020) explores science, sex and race in four historical performances of an Orientalist environmental ballet by the Paris Opera’s first archivist. In 2016-17, Felicia was a Resident Fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and is a member of the Cultural History of Dance Seminar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris where she is collaborating on the project Dis-Orienting Bodies with members of the CRH (History Unit) and the Université Paris-Descartes.
At Tulane, Felicia is the co-founder of the PARIFA international research network (www.parifa.org) and served as the first Teaching Mentor for faculty in the Humanities and Sciences at the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching. She has received numerous grants: Lurcy, Levin, and NEH funding for research on French colonial and Moroccan cinemas, at the French Centre National Cinématographique and the CCM (Centre du Cinéma Marocain, Rabat); and a FACE grant from the French Cultural Services in New York for dramaturge Eva Doumbia’s performance project Autophagies.