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David Roman

Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity

Contact Information
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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