Syllabus for Race, Performance, and Media Studies


  • Miriam J. Petty
  • Joshua Chambers-Letson Northwestern University


A reflection on the serious work and pressing exigencies of interdisciplinary teaching at the intersection of media studies, performance studies, and race and ethnic studies, this syllabus is both a portrait of pandemic pedagogy and a reflection of the work of friendship and mutual struggle.

Author Biographies

Miriam J. Petty

Miriam Petty is an associate professor of media studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood (University of California Press, 2016), winner of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Best First Book Award for 2016-2017.

Joshua Chambers-Letson, Northwestern University

Joshua Chambers-Letson is a professor of performance studies and Asian American studies at Northwestern University. His most reacent book is After the Party: A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life (New York University Press, 2018), the 2019 winner of both the Association of Theatre in Higher Education’s Outstanding Book Award and the Amercian Society for Theatre Research's Eroll Hill  Award.