Dr. Priya A. Thomas

Assistant Professor

Office: MWS 313
905 688 5550 x4349

Dr. Thomas is a dance/theatre historian, musician, and dancer/choreographer. Her scholarly and creative activities reflect a multidisciplinary critical practice that questions changing historical understandings of the ‘human’ in dance and performance practices. Dr. Thomas’ research on historical configurations of the nonhuman/monster in transatlantic contexts of the long nineteenth century (1750-1913) has been recognized through publications in leading peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, international conferences, and a number of prestigious research awards, grants, and fellowships. She served as assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University, and after relocating to Canada, worked as Research Faculty at McMaster University. Dr. Thomas is Review Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada (University of Toronto Press) and leads the Mindfulness in Motion Lab at York University, an international research consortium, resource centre, and archive dedicated to the study of mindfulness in movement-based modalities.