Catherine M. Cole, Professor of Drama and Dean of the Arts at the University of Washington, is the author of Performing South Africa’s Truth Commission: Stages of Transition (2010) and Ghana’s Concert Party Theatre (2001). She is currently working on her newest book Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice (under contract, Univ. of Michigan Press). Cole has served as the Executive Editor of Theatre Survey, co-edited the book, Africa After Gender? (2007) as well as special journal issues on “African and Afro-Caribbean Performance” with Theatre Survey, and “Routes of Blackface” with TDR. She serves as co-editor with Christopher Balme and Tracy C. Davis on a book series, Transnational Theatre Histories (Palgrave MacMillan). Cole’s disability dance theater piece Five Foot Feat toured North America between 2002 and 2005.
Cole has published over 25 articles in journals such as Africa, Boom: A Journal of California, Critical Inquiry, Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism, Disability Studies Quarterly, Ghana Studies, Research in African Literatures, Theatre, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and TDR and chapters in edited volumes. 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.
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. Key campus-wide projects have included Isla Visa Arts at UCSB and the Fiat Lux Redux project at UC Berkeley. A past Vice President for Publications for the American Society for Theatre Research, Cole has twice served on ASTR's Executive Committee, and she currently serves on the nomination committee for the African Studies Association.