Catherine Cole is thrilled to be appointed as the Divisional Dean of the Arts at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she will also serve as Professor in the School of Drama. With over 20 years of teaching and administrative experience, Cole has held previous positions as Chair of the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies and head of the Graduate Group in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley as well as Associate Director for Special Projects at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and Vice Chair of the Academic Senate at UC Santa Barbara. Cole is the author of Performing South Africa’s Truth Commission: Stages of Transition (2010) as well as Ghana’s Concert Party Theatre (2001). Cole’s disability dance theater piece Five Foot Feat, created in collaboration with Christopher Pilafian, toured North America in 2002-2005. She has published articles in Africa, Boom: A Journal of California, Critical Inquiry, Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism, Disability Studies Quarterly, Research in African Literatures, Theatre, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and TDR, as well as numerous chapters in edited volumes. Cole has served as Executive Editor of Theatre Survey, the flagship journal of the American Society for Theatre Research, an organization for which she has served as Vice President of Publications. Cole has co-edited the book Africa After Gender? (2007), a special issue of Theatre Survey on African and Afro-Caribbean Performance, and a special issue of TDR: The Drama Review entitled “Routes of Blackface.” She is currently co-editing with Christopher Balme and Tracy C. Davis a book series called Transnational Theatre Histories published with Palgrave MacMillan. Cole's research has received funding from sources such as the National Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fund for U.S. Artists, American Association of University Women, ELA Foundation, and University of California Institute for Research in the Arts. Her current research focuses on issues of human rights and performance, with a book in development provisionally titled Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice.