Editorial Fellows 2023

DSA is continuing to move forward with more transparency and equity in our labor and compensation practices.  To that end, DSA has formalized publication support through Editorial Fellowship roles. Much of this publication support - administrative and editorial - has been happening informally behind the scenes for years, and we are thrilled to highlight this essential labor and offer year-long contracts with stipends.  


DRJ Ed Fellows

Kathryn Skinner is a Brooklyn-based mover and administrative professional working in the nonprofit sector. Before her current position as Operations Manager with Girls on the Run NYC, Katie worked in artist programming at Baryshnikov Arts Center, managing artist residencies and fall and spring season performances. As a dancer, she has performed and presented work around New York City since 2015. She served as Editorial Assistant for Dance Research Journal, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics and Dancing the World Smaller: Staging Globalism in Mid-Century America under the direction of Dr. Rebekah J. Kowal. Katie received a BFA in Dance and a BA in English from the University of Iowa, along with a certificate in Copyediting through the University of San Diego Extension Program.

Sariel Golomb is a PhD Candidate in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University. She holds a BA in English and Dance with departmental honors from Columbia University. Her research explores corporeality, the politics of representation, and the erotics of the gaze in 20th- and 21st-century theatrical dance. Her writing appears in The Brooklyn RailODC.Dance.StoriesDance Research Journal, TDR (The Drama Review), and The Articulate Body: Dance and Science in the Long-Nineteenth Century, coedited with Lynn Matluck Brooks and Garth Grimball (forthcoming). She is the recipient of two Carl Weber Memorial Fellowships (2021-2023) and a 2022 Selma Jeanne Cohen Award. 

Cody Norling is a PhD candidate in historical musicology at the University of Iowa, where he has taught and assisted courses in Western music history and American popular music. As an archives-based historian, he studies topics related to opera production and reception in the United States and is currently undertaking dissertation research regarding the civic density of operatic cultures in 1920s Chicago. His published work can be found in American Music, The Opera Journal, and a recent volume on Midwestern identity formation from Hastings College Press. Cody has also given papers for the annual conferences of the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, and Midwest History Association. In 2016, he was the recipient of the National Opera Association’s Leland Fox Scholarly Paper Award. Cody is currently Adjunct Instructor of Music Appreciation at Western Technical College, and he serves as Web Manager for the American Musicological Society’s Midwest Chapter.

Ed Fellows

Sanchita Sharma is a performing artist and a dance scholar who works between Los Angeles, Austin, and India. As a PhD candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, Sanchita looks at Indian contemporary dancers’ use of somatics and haptics as a form of anti-spectacle. She has presented her research at the Fourth Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on South Asia at UCLA (2019) and at the Fourth Annual Theater and Dance Symposium at University of California, Santa Barbara (2021). Sanchita has designed a movement workshop entitled, “Perceiving the body: Here and from Here” that aims to dismantle a privileged and exclusionary somatic language. Her current dance film, Engage, deals with questions of attention, visibility, and agency as the body moves through open, closed, and virtual spaces. Engage premiered at Austin Dance Hub Virtual Showcase and has been officially selected in New Wave Short Film Festival (Germany), New York Tri-State International Film Festival, Tanzhoi Fringe Market (Italy), and received the “Best Dance Film” award at Seoul International Short Film Festival. Sanchita has been a resident-performer at Gati Dance Forum (New Delhi), Maya Dance Theatre
(Singapore), and Crashbox, Ruch Mechs (Austin). Other recent collaborations include performances with choreographers Milka Djordjevich and Ligia Lewis (Los Angeles), Mandeep Raikhy (New Delhi), and Preethi Athreya (Chennai).

Ruby MacDougall received her BA in art history from Suny Purchase, her MA in Asian studies (China focus) from the University of Hawaii, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. A life-long dancer, she has performed professionally in both ballet and modern dance in the U.S. and has trained in Jingju (Peking opera) and Chinese dance. Her dissertation examines the legacy of the YWCA and Ginling women’s college on dance practices in China and the U.S. Her published research appears in Asian Theatre Journal. 

Crystal Song is a PhD candidate in performance studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research brings a sustained ethnographic focus to communities of Asian American competitive ballroom dancers.

Each of our three publications require different hourly commitments, and thus the stipend is calculated based on a minimum pay of $21/hour.  After calculating 2022 payments, these stipends reflect an increase in pay across all three publications.

  • Dance Research Journal Editorial Fellow - $2500
  • Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies  Editorial Fellow - $1500
  • Studies in Dance Editorial Fellow - $850

In addition to these three Editorial Fellowships, DRJ and DSA are thrilled to promote Kathryn Skinner as DRJ's Managing Editor.  This a new role that recognizes the invaluable work Kathryn has long been doing without formal title.  DRJ is also grateful to the University of Iowa for creation of a research assistantship for the 2022-2023 school year. 

In 2023 DSA will also offer stipends for First-Time Author Mentors, Conversations editors, Studies in Dance editor and associate editor, as well as continued stipends to DRJ editors.  It is our hope to slowly increase these stipends over time. 

Editorial labor is historically understood as uncompensated service labor, and thus holds up inequitable systems of power that relies on access to capital in order to take on leadership within the field.  As always, we need your help to do this work and ask for your donation in support of DSA's equitable compensation practices. 

Thank you to all of those who support DSA's incredible publications.  You can read about our publications HERE.