The Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University has a
thriving Master of Arts program in Performance Studies. We emphasize the
ethnographic study of vernacular culture. Our faculty has strengths in
Africana studies, dance and ritual studies, ethnomusicology, folklore,
performance ethnography, popular music studies, religious studies,
theatre and media studies, and women’s studies.
We believe our program is especially suited to students who want to
increase their understanding of the theories and methods of performance
studies before taking up professional careers or starting top-tier PhD
programs. Our current MA students are presenting papers at national
conferences, working on an NSF-funded project to use performance as
research to interrogate the effects of gender in STEM research and
pedagogy, and conducting ethnographic and archival research in support
of their MA thesis projects.
We have stipends and tuition remission available for qualified
applicants. Applications will be accepted until we reach our stipend
quota; for best consideration, please apply by February 15, 2012.