DeVaan, Juliana

Field: United States; Advisor: Blake; Year: 2020

Juliana DeVaan is a PhD student in United States history at Columbia, where she studies 20th century cultural and intellectual history, with a focus on dance and performance. She cares deeply about integrating dance into broader narratives of cultural history, showing that movement has meaning which affects how we move through the world. Her research explores how dance was a modality for social movements and political organizing in the late 20th century.

At Columbia, Juliana advises undergraduates in the Center for American Studies and is a proud member of UAW Local 2710, the Student Workers of Columbia. Juliana holds an MA in performance studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (2020) and a BA in dance and ethnicity and race studies  from Columbia (2019). She is also a dancer and choreographer who trains and performs in New York City.