Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies


Leon J. Hilton is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. Before joining the faculty at Brown he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University in 2016 and his BA from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University in 2007.

His research focuses on modern and contemporary theatre and performance (especially experimental and minoritarian traditions), with particular attention to the way these fields overlap with disability studies and neurodiversity, feminist and queer theory, critical race studies, and psychoanalysis. His current book project is entitled Collective Drift: Disability Aesthetics, Performance, and the Politics of Neurological Difference. He also writes on issues of embodiment and mediation in contemporary performance and visual art.

His work has been supported by a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. He has previously taught in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU, the program in Critical Theory and Social Justice at Occidental College, and the Cinema Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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