Marianna Torgovnick is a Professor of English and the Arts of the Moving Image with wide interests in literature, publishing, painting, sculpture, performance art, photography, dance, opera and film.
She has published acclaimed books including Gone Primitive and Crossing Ocean Parkway. A graduate of NYU and Columbia as well as a Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Lecturer, she knows New York well and loves to share her enthusiasm for the city.
Jane Bradley, our NYC-based Program & Teaching Assistant, is an actor and writer with a postgraduate degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). Jane runs program logistics, supports the professors in both core classes, and advises the students in both academic and personal matters. Jane also brings her own background in the arts and her knowledge of the city to enhance and guide the experience of the students, and to expand the internship network by connecting in person with arts and media organizations.
Professor Torgovnick brings a second Duke faculty member with her to New York - typically from Theatre, Visual and Media Studies, Music, Literature, Dance or English.
Also providing support from Duke's Global Education Office:
Louise Meintjes is an Associate Professor of Music and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and the principle consultant and voice of Afropop Worldwide’s “The Zulu Factor.” She has authored “Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio” (Duke U. Press, 2003) and, most recently, "Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid" (Duke U. Press, 2017). Meintjes is a National Humanities Center Fellow.
Tsitsi Jaji is an Associate Professor of English at Duke University with expertise in African and African American literary and cultural studies, with special interests in music, poetry, and black feminisms. Her book, Africa in Stereo: Music, Modernism and Pan-African Solidarity (Oxford), won the African Literature Association’s First Book Prize. Jaji is now at work on two new projects: Cassava Westerns, a study of how global Black writers and artists reimagine the American frontier myth and Classic Black, a study of poetry set to music by black concert music composers.
Taylor Black is a Assistant Professor of English at Duke University. He has published on twentieth century American literature, popular music, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, ontology and theories of becoming and, above all, the subject and practices of style in Women’s Studies Quarterly, American Quarterly, Discourse and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. Black is co-editor of the Spring 2016 issue of WSQ, "Survival".
Jeff Storer is a Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies at Duke and co-founder and Artistic Director of Manbites Dog Theater, a professional company founded in 1986. He is co-author of Indecent Materials, Tune of Tommy, Hotline and an adaptation of Allan Guganus' Plays Well With Others. He has directed in New York City; Portland, Oregon; Boston; Winter Park, Florida and Dallas.
Jocelyn Olcott works on feminist history, principally in modern Mexico. Her first book, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico, explores questions of gender and citizenship in the 1930s. She is currently completing a history of the 1975 UN International Women's Year Conference, the first of the UN’s women’s conferences, and has returned to a long-standing biography of the activist and folksinger Concha Michel, who performed at MoMA soon after it opened and provided the musical soundtrack for Mexico’s postrevolutionary cultural left.
Anthony Kelley joined the Duke University music faculty in 2000 after serving as Composer-in-Residence with the Richmond Symphony for three years under a grant from Meet the Composer. He received his B.A. and A.M. from Duke University in 1991. His recent work, such as his soundtracks to the H. Lee Waters/Tom Whiteside film "Conjuring Bearden"  and Dante James's film, "The Doll" , explores music as linked with other media, arts, and sociological phenomena.
Anne-Maria Makhulu is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African & African American Studies at Duke. Her research interests cover: Africa and more specifically South Africa, cities, space, globalization, political economy, occult economies, neoliberalism, Marxism, anthropology of finance, as well as questions of aesthetics, including the literature and cinema of South Africa.