Julia Havard

Academic Appointments

Research Associate and Lecturer

Julia Havard is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Theater and a Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley in Performance Studies for her dissertation entitled “Queer Burlesque’s Histories, Fantasies, and Futures.” Her scholarly and performance work explore sexual culture as a site of world-building, embedded in intersections of race, gender, and disability. She is a disabled white queer femme and practicing dancer, co-founder of the Bay Area Disabled Dance Collective. Her creative work has been recognized by the National Arts and Disability Center with the Arts and Accessibility Grant for her piece “Tiny Glitter Dances,” which explores queer and trans disabled experiences of grief and pleasure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her scholarly work has appeared in the Activist History Review, Radical Teacher Magazine, Women’s Health Issues, and in the edited collections, #identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Nation and Social Movements, Cultural Memory, and Digital Media: Mobilizing Media Remembrance. Her scholarship is forthcoming in the publications Disability Studies Quarterly, Performance Matters, and Periskop.


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HB 6204




  • B.A. Harvard University
  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley