Hannah Kosstrin

Hannah Kosstrin

Hannah Kosstrin

Assistant Professor


614 688-2339

310 Sullivant Hall
1813 N. High Street
Columbus, OH

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  • PhD in Dance Studies, The Ohio State University
  • MA in Dance, The Ohio State University
  • BA in Dance, Goucher College (Phi Beta Kappa)

Hannah Kosstrin is a dance historian whose work engages dance, Jewish, and gender studies. Her monograph, Honest Bodies: Revolutionary Modernism in the Dances of Anna Sokolow (forthcoming from Oxford University Press), examines the transnational circulation of American modernism through Anna Sokolow’s choreography among the communist and Jewish currents of the international Left from the 1930s-1960s in the United States, Mexico, and Israel. Kosstrin’s published work appears in Dance Research JournalDance Chronicle, The International Journal of ScreendanceDance on Its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies edited by Melanie Bales and Karen Eliot (Oxford UP), and the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (DeGruyter), with work forthcoming in Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance edited by Clare Croft (Oxford UP), and theRoutledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. She is project director for KineScribe, a Labanotation iPad app supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Reed College, and OSU. Her research and teaching interests include dance histories of the U.S., Israel and the Jewish diaspora, Latin America, Europe, South Asia, and the African diaspora; gender and queer theory; nationalism and diaspora studies; Laban studies; and digital humanities. Kosstrin is Treasurer of the Congress on Research in Dance, and a member of the Society of Dance History Scholars Editorial Board and the Dance Notation Bureau Professional Advisory Committee. From 2004-2007 she worked with Columbus Movement Movement which was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2007. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in dance from Goucher College and OSU, a Ph.D. in Dance Studies with a minor field in women’s history from OSU, and Labanotation Teacher Certification from the Dance Notation Bureau. She joined the OSU faculty in 2014, and previously taught at Reed College, Wittenberg University, and Ohio University Pickerington Center. 

Dr. Kosstrin is also affiliated faculty with the Melton Center for Jewish Studies.