Phillips, Victoria

Lecturer in History


Ph.D.  – Columbia University, 2013
M.A. – New York University, 2006
M.B.A. – Columbia University, 1988
B.A.  – Columbia University, 1985


Interests and Research

Victoria Phillips specializes in cold war history, cultural diplomacy, and international relations. She is completing her book, The Dance of American Diplomacy, which investigates modern dancer Martha Graham’s State Department tours between 1955 and 1987.



  • Library of Congress, Performing Arts Division, Fellowship
  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, Fellowship
  • Japan Society, Business Fellow


Scholarly Articles

“Cold War Cultural Attaché: The International Career of Francis Mason” Ballet Review (Summer, 2011)

“Dancing Diplomacy: Martha Graham, the State Department, and Cold War Cultural Exchange in Asia” Dance Chronicle, 11.4 (2010): 1-35

“Performing Communism in the American Dance: Culture, Politics, and the New Dance Group” American Communist History, 7.1 (2008): 39-65

Dance is a Weapon, Exhibition Catalogue. Pantin, France: Centre National de La Danse, 2008

"An MBA Runs the Gauntlet" New York Times Magazine: The Business World, 12 June 1988