Carrie Preston has been an Assistant Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Boston University since 2006. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Literature with a Women’s Studies Certification. Her research and teaching interests include women’s literature and performance, modernism/postmodernism, feminist theory, gender studies, and dance. Her book, Modernism’s Mythic Pose: Gender, Genre, Solo Performance, was released in Oxford University Press’s Modernist Literature and Culture Series in 2011. Essays on modernist art and culture have appeared in Modernism/Modernity, Theatre Journal, and Twentieth-Century Literature. She is currently working on a new book project called Learning to Kneel: Noh, Modernism, and the Pedagogies of Transnational Performance, which will examine the influence of noh drama on international modernist theater, poetry, and dance with chapters on W. B. Yeats, Ito Michio, Ezra Pound, Bertolt Brecht, Benjamin Britten, and Samuel Beckett. Her research for the project has been supported by a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Peter Paul Career Development Professorship, which enabled her to study noh performance technique in Tokyo and conduct research in Ireland and England.
Professor Preston teaches Performing Gender: Drama, Dance, Film, and Feminisms, a class that considers women as performers and dramatists and stagings of gender from antiquity to the present. Students have the opportunity to interpret readings in drama and feminist theory through performances of their own. She also teaches Feminist and Gender Theories and Movements and the new WS 101: An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies.