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Philip Auslander


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  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
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Dr. Philip Auslander was appointed to the Georgia Tech faculty in 1987 and has been a Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication since 1999. He holds the PhD in Theatre from Cornell University. Dr. Auslander teaches primarily in the area of Performance Studies with particular interests in the performance of music, performance and technology, and the documentation of performance. He is a contributing editor to several journals in theatre or performance studies based in the US or the UK. He contributes regularly to these and other journals and has published six books, including Presence and Resistance: Postmodernism and Cultural Politics in Contemporary American Performance (University of Michigan, 1992), From Acting to Performance: Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism (Routledge, 1997), Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (Routledge, 1999; second edition in 2008), and Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (University of Michigan, 2006). He received the prestigious Callaway Prize for the Best Book in Theatre or Drama for Liveness. He is the editor of Performance: Critical Concepts, a reference collection of 89 essays in four volumes published by Routledge in 2003 and, with Carrie Sandahl, co-editor of Bodies in Commotion: Performance and Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2005), winner of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's Research Award for Outstanding Book in 2006. Dr. Auslander has also worked as a freelance art writer who contributed art criticism to ArtForum International Magazine for ten years and has written catalog essays for museums in the US and Europe. As of the spring of 2013, Dr. Auslander has been active on the Atlanta film scene as an actor, appearing in over 15 projects since then.

  • Ph.D., Theatre and Film, Cornell University, 1983.
  • M.A., Theatre and Film, Hunter College, CUNY, 1980.
  • B.A. cum laude, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1978.
Areas of
  • Glam Rock
  • History Of Rock Music
  • Media Studies
  • Music And Culture
  • Music And Media
  • Music As Performance
  • Performance Art
  • Performance Documentation
  • Radio
  • Robotic Performance


Research Fields:
  • Communication
  • Digital Media
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Gender
  • Human/Machine Interaction
  • Mediatized Culture


  • ENGL-1102: English Composition II
  • LCC-2600: Intro to Perform Studies
  • LCC-3262: Performance Studies
  • LCC-3362: Sci, Tech & Performance
  • LCC-3863: Spec Topics-Performance
  • LCC-4600: Seminar in Performance
  • LCC-8001: Digital Media Studies
  • LMC-2000: Intro-Lit, Media, & Comm
  • LMC-2600: Intro to Perform Studies
  • LMC-3062: Film Acting Workshop
  • LMC-3262: Performance Studies
  • LMC-3263: Music Culture & Society
  • LMC-3863: Spec Topics-Performance
  • LMC-4000: Senior Seminar in LMC
  • LMC-4100: Seminar in STAC
  • LMC-4600: Seminar Perform Studies
  • LMC-4602: Performance Practicum