Gay G Cima




Department of English
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Spring 2015: MW 12:45-1:45pm


Gay Gibson Cima, Professor of English, has published widely on nineteenth-century black and white women’s activism and contemporary performance theory and criticism. In 2012 she was granted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women and Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. In 2009 she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the School for Continuing Education. The American Society for Theatre Research awarded her book Early American Women Critics: Performance, Religion, Race (Cambridge University Press 2006) the 2007 Barnard Hewitt Prize for Outstanding Research in Theatre History.

Her books Performing Anti-Slavery: Activist Women on Antebellum Stages (Cambridge University Press May 2014) and Early American Women Critics: Performance, Religion, Race (Cambridge University Press 2006) illuminate African, African American, European, and European American women’s strategies for entering early debates on human rights. Her book Performing Women: Female Characters, Male Playwrights, and the Modern Stage was published by Cornell University Press in 1993.

Founder and Administrator of Georgetown’s Humanities & Human Rights Initiative (2004-2006), Cima also directed the international Bicentennial Poetry Series in 1989. This Poetry Series launched the GU-Lannan Center funding partnership, which undergirds the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown.

Cima’s work appears in major theatre journals as well as in anthologies such as The Sage Handbook of Performance Studies (Sage 2006) and Women and Playwriting in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge 1999). Cima earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University, her M.A. from Northwestern University and B.A. from the University of Nebraska.


  • Ph.D. () Cornell University,
  • M.A. () Northwestern University,
  • B.A. () University of Nebraska,