Hawk, Emily

Field: United States; Advisor: Blake; Year: 2017

Emily is a Ph.D. candidate in United States history (ABD) at Columbia University. Her research focuses on mid-20th century dance and intellectual history, and her dissertation examines political commentary and community engagement in the work of postwar concert dance choreographers. Her other research interests include the history of teaching dance in higher education, New York City history, and cultural history of the U.S. presidency. Emily is also rapporteur of the Studies in Dance University Seminar at Columbia. 

In summer 2017, Emily completed an M.A., with distinction, in dance history from the University of Roehampton in London, U.K. In 2016, Emily received her B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in dance and history at Franklin & Marshall College. 

Emily would be happy to speak with prospective history applicants or anyone interested in her work and can be reached at eah2201@columbia.edu.


Hawk, Emily. “The Choreographer as Intellectual: Alvin Ailey’s Ideas about Black Modern Dance,” Journal of American Culture 44, no. 3 (September 2021).

“Stages, Streets, and Screens: The Geography of NYC Dance in the 1960s-1970s ‘Dance Boom,’” Gotham, Gotham Center for New York City History (October 2020). Available at: https://tinyurl.com/y9hr6rau