Meghan Quinlan

MeghanDr. Meghan Quinlan (Lecturer)

Ph.D., Critical Dance Studies, University of California
B.A., Dance and English, Marymount Manhattan College

Meghan Ruth Quinlan completed her Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside and holds a BA in Dance and English from Marymount Manhattan College. Her dissertation employed a case study of Gaga, the movement language developed by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, to explore the politics of technique, nationalism, and neoliberalism in relation to the practice and circulation of contemporary concert dance training. During her ethnographic research for this project, Quinlan attended Gaga classes and intensives throughout the United States as well as in Israel and Germany with the assistance of several grants from the University of California, Riverside. In 2015, Quinlan was an invited fellow at the Mellon Dance Studies Summer Seminar held at Northwestern University.  In addition to presenting her research at dance and performance studies conferences internationally, she assisted with the planning of the 2013 CORD/SDHS conference held in Riverside, CA as well as co-chaired the 2012 Dance Under Construction (DUC) Conference held at the University of California, Riverside. Her current research interests include Israel/Palestine studies, gender and sexuality, nationalism, neoliberalism, and technique.


Quinlan, Meghan. 2016. “Gaga as Politics: A Case Study of Contemporary Dance Training.” PhD. Diss. University of California, Riverside.

---. 2016. “Abstractions of Whiteness in Downtown Los Angeles: Ate9’s Kelev Lavan.” The Drama Review.  60.3: 171-177.

---. Forthcoming. “Freedom to Compete: Neoliberal Contradictions in Gaga Intensives.” In Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition, edited by Sherril Dodds. Oxford University Press.