Latin America & The Caribbean
Elizabeth Schwall is a historian of Latin America and the Caribbean, and her research focuses on the physical movements that animated everyday politics and social relations in the twentieth-century. Her current book project examines how Cuban dancers engaged with the state and revolutionary politics from 1930 to 1990. Her broader research interests include political performances in Brazil during the Cold War and the histories of Cuban migration and community building through dance. Her teaching interests include the histories of race, gender and sexuality, popular culture, and migration in Latin America and the Caribbean.
PhD in History, Columbia University
MA in History, Columbia University
AB magna cum laude with high honors in History, Princeton University
Select Awards & Fellowships
Fellow, Center for Ballet and the Arts, New York University, 2018
New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowship, 2018
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies, Northwestern University, 2016-2018
Doris K. Quinn Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2015-2016
"Coordinating Movements: The Politics of Cuban-Mexican Dance Exchanges, 1959-1983," Hispanic American Historical Review (2017), 9 (4): 681-716.
"'Cultures in the Body': Dance and Anthropology in Revolutionary Cuba," History of Anthropology Newsletter 41 (2017).
"A Spectacular Embrace: Dance Dialogues between Cuba and the Soviet Union, 1959-1973," Dance Chronicle (forthcoming November 2018), first place winner of the 2017 Founding Editors' Awards Honoring George Dorris and Jack Anderson.
"Between Espíritu and Conciencia: Cabaret and Ballet Developments in 1960s Cuba," in The Revolution from Within: Cuba, 1959-1980, eds. Michael Bustamante and Jennifer Lambe (Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming March 2019).
"The Footsteps of Nieves Fresneda: Race and Cultural Policy in Revolutionary Cuba," Cuban Studies (forthcoming 2019).
"Sweeping Gestures: Alberto Alonso and the Revolutionary Musical in Cuba," Studies in Musical Theatre (forthcoming 2019).