David Roman

Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity

Contact Information
E-mail: davidr@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2821
Office: THH 402B



  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 12/1990

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    Tenure Track Appointments
    • Professor, University of Southern California, 07/31/1995-  
    • Visiting Assistant Professor, Yale University, 07/31/1994-07/30/1995  
    • Assistant Professor, University of Washington-Seattle, 07/30/1991-07/30/1994  
    PostDoctoral Appointments
    • Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 1994-1995   

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Román's research focuses on theatre and performance studies, with an emphasis on contemporary US culture; American studies, with an emphasis on race, sexuality, and the performing arts; Latina/o studies with an emphasis on popular culture; and queer studies with an emphasis on archival practices, subcultural histories, and artistic production, primarily in twentieth century America. He has written and edited books about AIDS and the arts, Latino studies, and contemporary US culture and performance. His current projects include a book on the racial politics of American theatre in the 1940s; a study of the memoirs of pre-Stonewall gay and lesbian activists; and a historical project on AIDS and cultural production in the 1980s and early 1990s.

    Conferences and Other Presentations

    Conference Presentations
    • "Reviving Odets", International Conference on American Theatre, Keynote Lecture, Abstract, Seville, Spain, Univ. of Seville, Univ. of Malaga, Invited, 2012-2013   


    • Roman, D. (2005). Performance in America: Contemporary US Culture and the Performing Arts. Duke University Press.
    • Roman, D. (1998). O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance. New York City: Grove Press.
    • Roman, D. (1998). Acts of Intervention: Performance, Gay Culture, & AIDS. Indiana University Press.

    Honors and Awards

    • Dornsife Faculty Fellow, 2011-2012   
    • School-Wide Mentoring Program Award, 2006-2007   
    • Soul Guardian Award, One Institute, 2004  
    • USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, General Education Teaching Award, 2002  
    • ATHE Award for Outstanding Book of the Year for "Acts of Intervention: Performance, Culture & AIDS", 1999  
    • Lambda Literary Award in Drama for "O Solo Homo", 1999  
    • USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC College Award for Research Excellence, 1997  

    Service to the Profession

    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Editor, Theatre Journal, 1999-2003  

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