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Tamara Underiner

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Associate Dean & Associate Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1003
Associate Dean & Associate Professor
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1003
Associate Dean & Associate Professor
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1003
Associate Dean & Associate Professor
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1003
Associate Dean & Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1003
Biography

Tamara Underiner is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate College, and Associate Professor in the School of Film, Dance and theatre, where she directs the Ph.D. program in Theatre and Performance of the Americas. As Associate Dean, she convenes the University Graduate Council; oversees the Preparing Future Faculty and Scholars program, Postdoctoral Affairs Office, and Distinguished Awards intiative; andsupports the general professional development activities of the Graduate College for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  

Prior to joining the Graduate College, she was Associate Dean for Research at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and maintains an active presence in the Creative Health Collaborations initiative, which brings together faculty from across the health, design, arts, and humanities disciplines to offer innovative, interdisciplinary and integrated approaches to health interventions. 

With colleague Stephani Etheridge Woodson, she is the co-editor of the collected volume, Theatre, Performance and Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).  She is the author of Contemporary Theatre in Mayan Mexico: Death-Defying Acts (University of Texas Press, 2004), and has published essays in Theatre Journal, RISE: The Journal of Applied Theatre, Signs, Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance, TDR, and critical anthologies from academic presses in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. She is active in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Alliance for Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), the American Society for Theatre Research, andthe Board of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, based in New York City.

As director of the doctoral program in Theatre and Performance of the Americas, she works closely with faculty across the Institute to develop individualized curricula, research projects, and funding opportunities for students interested in pursuing research on the relationship between artistic performance, in all its forms, and the ongoing history of the Americas and their peoples.

She earned a B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Dayton in 1980, an M.A. in Theatre from Arizona State University in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Drama from the University of Washington in 1997. She joined the ASU faculty as an assistant professor in 2001 after a faculty appointment at he University of Minnesota School of Theatre and Dance. In 2003 she was named a Faculty Exemplar by ASU President Michael Crow.

 

Research Activity
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 591Seminar
THE 695Continuing Registration
GRD 791Seminar
THE 792Research
THE 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 499Individualized Instruction
THE 592Research
THE 599Thesis
THP 692Research
THE 692Research
THE 695Continuing Registration
GRD 791Seminar
THE 792Research
THE 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 320History of the Theatre I
THP 598Special Topics
THE 695Continuing Registration
THE 792Research
THE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
THF 125Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
THE 499Individualized Instruction
THE 520Theatre History and Literature
THE 592Research
THE 599Thesis
THP 692Research
THE 692Research
THE 695Continuing Registration
THE 792Research
THE 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 695Continuing Registration
THE 792Research
THE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 592Research
THE 599Thesis
THE 691Seminar
THP 692Research
THE 692Research
THE 695Continuing Registration
THE 792Research
THE 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 499Individualized Instruction
THE 590Reading and Conference
THE 592Research
THE 599Thesis
THE 691Seminar
THE 695Continuing Registration
THE 792Research
THE 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 592Research
THE 599Thesis
THP 692Research
THE 692Research
THE 695Continuing Registration
THE 792Research
THE 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 499Individualized Instruction
THE 505Critical Theory & Performance
THE 590Reading and Conference
THE 592Research
THE 599Thesis
THE 695Continuing Registration
THE 792Research
THE 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 499Individualized Instruction
THE 590Reading and Conference
THE 591Seminar
THE 592Research
THE 599Thesis
THP 692Research
THE 692Research
THE 695Continuing Registration
THE 792Research
THE 799Dissertation