Deborah D. Foster
Deborah Foster received her Ph.D. in African Languages and Literature with a minor in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current research interests extend and expand upon her field research in Kenya on Swahili oral narrative performance, as well as focus on contemporary dance performance, choreographic innovations, and movement as a research tool. Before coming to Harvard, she taught in the Department of Folklore at the University of Khartoum in Sudan, and in the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Harvard, she served for many years as the Head Tutor of, and Senior Lecturer on Folklore and Mythology, as well as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Special Concentrations, where for decades students designed their own independent concentrations in the dramatic arts before the advent of Harvard’s Theater, Dance & Media concentration.