» Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner
Assistant Professor

College of Performing Arts
Department of Theatre
Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner
Converse College, Bachelor of Arts
Virginia Commonwealth Univ, Master of Fine Arts
University of Kansas, Ph.D.
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Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre. She comes to Chapman University from the University of Pittsburgh, where she recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Theatre Arts. She teaches theatre history, historiography, dramaturgy, performance studies, and dramatic literature, theory, and criticism in courses for majors and non-majors. She also draws on her experience as a director and dramaturg to mentor the application and integration of students’ research and creative work in productions and independent projects. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from the University of Kansas, an M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a B.A. in Theatre and Economics from Converse College. Prior to her academic career, she worked as an arts administrator specializing in fundraising and event planning.

Dr. Buckner’s research and publications focus on the intersections and representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality in popular performance as well as feminist and African American theatre from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. Her current book project foregrounds the sister act phenomenon in U.S. popular entertainment at the turn of the last century as a representative touchstone of American society’s increasing acceptance of, and complicated relationship to, female subjectivity in public, political, and artistic spheres. Her published and forthcoming articles and performance and book reviews appear in African American Review, American Studies Journal, Ecumenica Journal, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Popular Entertainment Studies, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Journal, and Theatre Survey.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Book Review, Second Skin: Josephine Baker & the Modern Surface by Anne Anlin Cheng. Theatre Survey 54.2 (May 2013): 317-320.
Book Review, A Dangerous Woman: the Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America’s Original Superstar by Michael and Barbara Foster, Theatre Survey 54.2 (May 2013): 317-320.
Performance Review, The Best Man, Schoenfeld Theatre, New York. Ecumenica Journal 64.3 (Fall 2012): 105-106.