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Kristen Wright

Alumni '20


Kristen Wright is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Humanities Scholars Program at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities. She previously earned a PhD and MA in Africana Studies from Cornell University, an MA in African-American Studies from Columbia University, and a BA in Theater Studies and Political Science from Yale University. Her work exists at the intersections of African-American drama (from the 19th century to the present), Black performance studies, and critical theory. She has published articles and reviews in Theatre Topics, Black Perspectives, the Gale Researcher's American Literature volume, and Texas Theatre Journal. Dr. Wright has pieces forthcoming in The Routledge Anthology of Women's Theatre Theory and Dramatic Criticism and Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History.

Dr. Wright has been a Member-at-Large for the Performance Studies Focus Group of the Association for Theatre In Higher Education (ATHE) since 2017, and also served on the American Society For Theatre Research (ASTR) Graduate Student Caucus as the Representative to the Committee on New Paradigms in Graduate Education. She won the 2018 Information Literacy Prize from Cornell's Knight Institute for her teaching, and Dr. Wright's article "'The Killing of My Mother I Claim Myself': Adrienne Kennedy's Electra and Orestes, Aeschylus' Oresteia, and the Question of Justice," won the 2016 Marvin Carlson Award for Best Student Essay in Theatre and Performance from Cornell's Department of Performing and Media Arts. Dr. Wright is also a playwright and dramaturg, and her plays Apple Core, Miss Anne, The Shirt (Civility), and Jamal From Empire were produced as a part of Cornell's 10 Minute Play Festival. Her new play Jodeci For White Girls will be featured in the 10 Minute Play Festival this fall.    



  • Society for the Humanities
  • Africana Studies and Research Center