Anna Jayne Kimmel

Anna Kimmel

Anna Jayne Kimmel

Assistant Professor of Dance, Director of Undergraduate Studies; Undergraduate Faculty Advisor; Affiliate Faculty of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service


Building XX 814 20th Street, NW, Office 109 Washington DC 20052


Anna Jayne Kimmel is a performance studies scholar invested in the intersection of legal humanities and dance studies, with particular attention to francophone histories and moments of public assembly. As a dancer, she has performed the works of Ohad Naharin, Trisha Brown, John Jasperse, Francesca Harper, Olivier Tarpaga, and Susan Marshall, amongst others. In addition, Kimmel pursues community-engaged research in carceral studies, fostering collaboration with artists in confinement and serving as a restorative justice facilitator for alternative accountability programs in the DMV area.

Kimmel holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Stanford University and an A.B. from Princeton University. Her scholarship appears in Dance Research Journal, Performance ResearchLateral, The Drama Review (TDR), and The Brooklyn Rail, as well as various edited volumes. Her current book manuscripts, Performing Law (co-edited with Peter Goodrich and Bernadette Meyler) and Legal Moves, are forthcoming. She serves on the board of Performance Studies International and is an Associate Editor for Performance Research.



At George Washington University

  • Trends in Performance Art
  • Understanding Dance
  • Dance Composition II
  • Int./Adv. Modern Technique
  • Senior Honors Thesis, Independent Studies and Internship Credit

Other University Settings

  • Performing Justice or Just Performance?
  • Dancing Theories of Race Studies
  • Intersectionality and the Politics of Ballet
  • Dance Histories
  • Directed Reading: Edward Said, Culture, and Empire


  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • A.B., Princeton University


  • Performance and Dance Studies
  • Law and Humanities
  • Critical Carceral Studies
  • Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
  • Francophone and Maghrebi socio-cultural histories
  • Critical Theory
  • Community Engaged Research and Scholarship

Service Engagement

  • Associate Editor, Performance Research
  • Board Member, Performance Studies international
  • Restorative Justice Facilitator, Northern Virginia Mediation Services