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Elizabeth Schwall

Postdoctoral Fellow in History and the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Ph.D., Columbia, 2016
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  Latin American and Caribbean History

Principal Research Interest(s):  Latin American and Caribbean History; Dance Studies


Elizabeth Schwall (Ph.D. History, Columbia University, 2016) is a Mellon Dance Studies in/and the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, appointed with the Department of History and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching combines History and Dance Studies to shed new light on the physical movements that animated daily life, politics, and intellectual inquiry in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her book manuscript, Political Moves: Dance and Power in Revolutionary Cuba, examines dance as revolutionary politics, labor, and entertainment in Cuba from 1930 to 1990. Her broader research interests include Mexican History, Brazilian History, Latin American performance, Cold War cultural diplomacy, and the histories of migration and community building through art.

Affiliated Programs

Mellon Dance Studies in/and the Humanities

Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Latin American and Caribbean Studies


  • Coordinating Movements: The Politics of Cuban-Mexican Dance Exchanges, 1959-1983,Hispanic American Historical Review 97, no. 4 (Nov. 2017), 681-716.
  • “Dancing with the Revolution: Cabaret and Ballet Developments in 1960s Cuba,” in The Cuban Revolution from Within, eds. Michael Bustamante and Jennifer Lambe (Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming).
  • “A Colorful Gray: Cuban Modern Dancers between Censorship and Agency, 1971-1974,” in The Futures of Dance Studies, eds. Susan Manning, Janice Ross, and Rebecca Schneider (Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming).

Teaching Interests

  • Winter 2018 "Mobilizing Revolution: Dancing Histories of Cuba"
  • Spring 2018 "Dance and History: Archive, Performance, and Memory"
  • Winter 2017 "Hemispheric Moves: Dancing U.S.-Latin American Relations since 1898"
  • Fall 2016 "Dance, Race, and Nation in Latin America"
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