• Doctor of Philosophy, Univ California Santa Barbara, USA, 2022


Marisa Plasencia is an Artist in Residence in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. She comes to Tufts from Reed College where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance. Marisa's research examines discrete forms of protest at the intersection of postmodern dance, visual art, and intercultural performance practices. She was awarded a 2021-2022 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship to support the completion of her dissertation, which was titled "Black Minimalisms: Subterfuge, Pastiche, and Task in Choreographies of Routine Violence." As an artist-scholar, Marisa's artistic practice explores the complex boundaries between twin bodies. Her work was most recently shown at the Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance in Portland, Oregon. She received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara.