Bio

Jasmine Mahmoud is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Inequality and Identity in the Program in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. Mahmoud writes and teaches about artistic performance, race, and urban experience, examining how aesthetic and geographic experiences entangle in the early 21st century city. She also researches and teaches about black aesthetics, acts of activism, and urban ethnography.

Her scholarship has been published in TDR: The Drama Review, The Common Reader, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, and Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts.

Her dissertation, “Avant-Garde Frontiers in the Austere City: Political Economics of Artistic Placemaking in the Post-Millennial United States,” investigated contemporary performance practices (such as experimental theater and performance art) in urban margins. It examined how performance aesthetics interacted with race, policy, and processes of displacement (including gentrification) in New York, Chicago, and Seattle during and after the Great Recession. This study relied upon ethnographic interviews with artists, venue owners, and policymakers; ethnographic observations of artistic practice; and analysis of policy and discourse. A cultural history attentive to aesthetics, race, and urban experiences, the dissertation suggested that artistic performance may not only be considered an aesthetic and economic practice, but also a geographic practice that produces aesthetic and racial meanings of space. This research informs a first book project, Avant-Garde Geographies: Race, Policy, and Experimentation in the Urban Margins. A second book project, Acts of Black Citizenship: Performance and Politics in St. Louis in the era of Black Lives Matters chronicles early 21st century black art and artists engaged with notions of citizenship and belonging.

Jasmine Mahmoud has curated, produced, and performed in projects with an attention to aesthetics, race, and politics. Previously, she worked as a journalist, writing for Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts (2007-2011). In 2009, she co-founded and edited The Arts Politic (2009-2010). She has worked in public policy, at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law (2005-2007), and with Arts Corps (2010), an arts education non-profit organization in Seattle. She served on the board of Arts Corps from 2014 to 2016.

Jasmine Mahmoud received her PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, MA in Arts Politics from the Department of Art and Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and BA in Government from Harvard University, where in 2003, she served as Associate Editorial Chair of The Harvard Crimson.