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, Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy, which investigates modern dancer Martha Graham’s State Department tours between 1955 and 1987.


Fellowships and Grants 

  • Harriman Institute, Columbia University: Publication Grant, 2017
  • Harriman Institute, Columbia University: Harriman Pepsico Summer Travel Grant, 2016
  • Open Society Archives, Central European University: Budapest Visegrad Scholarship
  • Library of Congress, Performing Arts Division: Fellowship, May-December 2009
  • Japan Society: Business Fellow, June-September 1986 
  • Mitsui Bank, Tokyo, Japan: Summer Associate, Capital Markets Division



Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy
Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2020)
Accepted by the “Studies of the Harriman Institute” book series

“Red Carnations”
American Communist History, (February, 2018): 1-3

“Reflections of a Neo-Liberal: An Interview with John Haynes”
American Communist History (13.2-3, 2014): 85-152

The Routledge Dictionary of American Modernism
Entries on The New Dance Group and Jane Dudley

“Homeowner’s Nation: The International Financial Collapses of the 21st Century”
The CLIO History of Recessions and Depressions

“Martha Graham’s Gilded Cage: The Construction of Blood Memory, An Autobiography”
Dance Research Journal, 45.2 (Aug. 2013): 63-84

“Collaboration Among Icons: The New York City Dance Theatre, 1949”
Ballet Review (Winter, 2011)

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

“All Fall Down: New Dance Group and Capitalism as the ‘Highest Stage’ of Communism, 1932-2009”
American Communist History 9.2 (2010)

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

A Game for Dancers: Performing Modernism in the Postwar Years, 1945-1960 (review)
Dance Research Journal, 41.2 (Winter 2009): 116-119

“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

“Ethel Winter - Biography”
Ethel Winter and Her Choreography, ed. Karin HermesNew York: BoD, 2007

Women in American History: An Encyclopedia (Chelsea House Publishers: Facts on File)
Entries on Löie Fuller, Martha Graham and the New Dance Group

The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press)
Entry on the New Dance Group

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

“So it Goes” (27 July 1987), “My Summer in Tokyo” (21 September 1987), “No Dice” (14 October 1989)
Grant's Interest Rate Observer

EDITORIAL POSITIONS: American Communist History
, 2014-2019, Dance Chronicle, 2019