Department Chair:
Ann Cooper Albright

Phone: 440 7758152
Fax: 440 7758340

Warner Center 100
30 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Ann Cooper Albright

Ann Cooper Albright

Professor, Department Chair

Ann Cooper Albright

Some of Professor Albright's choreography.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Bryn Mawr College, 1981
  • Master of Fine Arts, Temple University, 1983
  • Doctor of Philosophy, New York University, 1991

A dancer and scholar, Ann Cooper Albright is Professor of Dance, and Chair of the Department of Dance at Oberlin College.  Combining her interests in dancing and cultural theory, she is involved in teaching a variety of dance, performance studies and gender studies courses that seek to engage students in both practices and theories of the body.  She is the author of Engaging Bodies:  the Politics and Poetics of Corporeality (2013); Modern Gestures:  Abraham Walkowitz Draws Isadora Duncan Dancing (2010); Traces of Light:  Absence and Presence in the Work of Loie Fuller (2007); Choreographing Difference:  the Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance (1997) and co-editor of Moving History/Dancing Cultures (2001) and Taken By Surprise:  Improvisation in Dance and Mind (2003).  The book, Encounters with Contact Improvisation (2010), is the product of one of her adventures in writing and dancing and dancing and writing with others.  Ann is founder and director of Girls in Motion, an award winning afterschool program at Langston Middle School now in its tenth year, and co-director of Accelerated Motion: Towards a New Dance Literacy, a National Endowment for the Arts-funded digital collection of materials about dance.  Currently, Ann is working on an interdisciplinary book entitled Gravity Matters:  Finding Ground in an Unstable World