Associate Professor, Dance Department
“I want students to be intelligent artists and scholars who approach their work with the knowledge of cultural traditions and the fire for thoughtful innovation.”
Raquel Monroe received her PhD from UCLA in Culture and Performance. She is an interdisciplinary performance scholar and artist whose research interests include black social dance, black feminisms, and popular culture. Monroe’s scholarship appears in the Journal of Pan-African Studies, the edited volumes Queer Dance, solo/black/woman: Performing Black Feminisms, and The Oxford Handbook: Dance and the Popular Screen. She is completing a manuscript that investigates how black feminist politics emerge through the dancing bodies of black female cultural producers in popular culture.
Dis/Unity: A Service, Monroe’s current performance collaboration with the Baker-Tarparga Project and artists across mediums, best articulates her desire to address issues of systemic oppression with diverse audiences. The performance installation is an immersive experience of sight, sound, and dance that supports the collective healing systemic oppression necessitates. She has also performed with choreographers David Roussève, Ana Maria Alvarez, and Marianne Kim.
In 2015, Monroe received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Columbia College Chicago, where she also serves as the president of the Faculty Senate. She serves her field and community on the board of directors for the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, the Society of Dance History Scholars, and the Chicago Free School.
Inspired by Yogic philosophy, her children’s book How I Became We best surmises how she strives to walk through the world.