Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud is a curator, arts advocate, and historian of art and performance. She is Assistant Professor of Theatre History and Performance Studies at the School of Washington with an affiliate appointment in Art History. Her research and teaching engage performance studies, theater history, Black aesthetics, visual culture, aesthetic experimentation, race, feminist and queer of color critique, cultural policy, urbanism, and geography. She previously was faculty Seattle University, where she taught classes including “Public Policy and Advocacy in the Arts,” and “Black Lives Matter: Art Leadership, Theory, and Practice,” and at Washington University in St. Louis, where her courses included “Urban Ethnography in St. Louis.”
An essayist, scholar, and arts journalist, her writing and interviews appear in Modern Drama, Performance Research, TDR: The Drama Review, Women & Performance, as well as in Art Forum, ASAP/J Online, Canadian Art Review, Common Reader, Howlround, Hyperallergic, LitHub, and the South Seattle Emerald, where she writes regularly writes articles centering BIPOC artists. In 2019, along with graduate students in her “Public Policy and Advocacy in the Arts” class, she founded the Seattle Arts Voter Guide. Committed to arts advocacy, she currently serves as a Governor Inslee appointed Washington State Arts Commissioner and Vice President of the Board of On the Boards.