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Lisa Gilman

Lisa Gilman

Program Director

Office: 447 PLC
Hours: Wednesdays 10:30-12:30, Thursdays 10:00-11:00, or by appointment
Phone: (541) 346-3967

Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington, 2001

Research Areas:

  • African Studies
  • Dance
  • Gender
  • Music, Dance and War
  • Personal Narratives
  • Performance and Power

Courses Taught:

  • American Folklore
  • Dance and Identity in the United States
  • Dance and World Cultures
  • Folklore and Gender
  • Folklore and Sexuality
  • Folklore in the United States
  • Gender, Performance and Power
  • Introduction to Folklore
  • Voices of African Women
  • Women’s Folklore


  • 2009 The Dance of Politics: Performance, Gender, and Democratization in Malawi. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • 2009 “Complex Genres, Intertextuality, and the Analysis of Performance.” Journal of American Folklore 122 (485): 335-62.
  • 2006 (co-author John Fenn) “Dance, Gender, and Popular Music in Malawi: The Case of Rap and Ragga.” Special issue of Popular Music 25(3): 369-81.
  • 2005 “Dance, Power, and the Creation of National Community in Malawian Politics.” Congress on Research in Dance Spring 2005 Conference proceedings, pp. 100-04. Florida State University. Tallahassee, Florida. Dance & Community.
  • 2004 (co-author Clara Henderson) “Women as Religious and Political Praise Singers within African Institutions: The Case of the CCAP Blantyre Synod and Party Politics in Malawi.” Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture 8: 22-40.
  • 2004 “The Traditionalization of Women’s Dancing, Hegemony, and Politics in Malawi.” Journal of Folklore Research 41(1): 33-60.
  • 2001 “Purchasing Praise: Women, Dancing, and Patronage in Malawi Party Politicking.” Africa Today 48(4): 43-64.

Professional Memberships :

  • American Folklore Society
  • Society for Ethnomusicology
  • International Council for Traditional Music
  • Congress on Research in Dance
  • African Studies Association
  • National Women’s Studies Association

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