Soyica Diggs Colbert


Associate Professor
Associate Professor


Department of Performing Arts
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Soyica Colbert is an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance and the Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and editor of the Black Performance special issue of African American Review (2012). Colbert is currently working on a second book project entitled Black Movements: Performance, Politics, and Migration. She has published articles and reviews on James Baldwin, Alice Childress, August Wilson, Lynn Nottage, Katori Hall, and Suzan-Lori Parks in African American Review, Theater Journal, Boundary 2, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Theater Topics and in the collections Contemporary African American Women Playwrights: A Casebook and August Wilson: Completing the Cycle.

Founder of the New England Black Scholars Collective and Co-Founder of RCDC, a mentoring, educational, and coaching services company, Colbert is the recipient of Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship (2010-2011), Stanford Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-2007), Mellon Summer Research Grant (2005), and the Robert W. Woodruff Library Fellowship (2005). Her areas of expertise are Literature and Cultural Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, and Black Studies. Her research interests span the 19th-21st centuries, from William Wells Brown to Beyoncé, and from poetics to performance.


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