Jaime Shearn Coan


Ph.D. Candidate, Mellon Digital Publics Fellow, Graduate Center Fellow



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Jaime Shearn Coan is a PhD Candidate in English focusing on live performance and writing from the 1980s onward, with an emphasis on queer work that emerged during the early years of the AIDS epidemic. He currently serves as a Mellon Public Humanities Fellow at The Center for the Humanities, where he organizes a community partnership project titled, Building Racial Equity and Expanding Community Engagement in NYC Dance and Performance Networks,

Jaime co-edited the catalogue Lost and Found: Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then and Now (Danspace Project, 2016). His critical writing appears in publications including TDR: The Drama ReviewThe Brooklyn Rail, Jacket2, Drain Magazine, Critical Correspondence, Uncounted: Call and Responseand Women + Performance: a journal of feminist theory, and his poetry chapbook, Turn it Over, was published by Argos Books in 2015.

Jaime has given lectures, organized panels, moderated discussions, and served as a panelist at institutions including: University of Bergen MA in Curatorial Practice (Norway), Bard Graduate Center, The Center for the Humanities, The Kitchen, Movement Research, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, and the American Realness Festival. Recent and forthcoming academic conference presentations include Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), the Dance Studies Association, and the American Studies Association.

Jaime is the recipient of the 2018 Millennium Dissertation Year Fellowship, a 2018 Early Research Initiative Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Research in the Service of Public Knowledge, 2016 ERI Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies, and Lost & Found Archival Research Awards from The Center for the Humanities. He has taught at Hunter College and City College, and he also served as the 2015-2016 Danspace Project Mellon Curatorial Fellow. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York, and a BA in Comparative and World Literature from San Francisco State University.