David Roman

Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity
Email davidr@usc.edu Office THH 402B Office Phone (213) 740-2821
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Professor Román’s publishes books on American theatre and performance, and writes regularly on the literary, visual, and performing arts. His books include the award-winning “Acts of Intervention: AIDS, Performance, Gay Culture, & AIDS,” “O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance,” and “Performance in America: Contemporary US Culture and the Performing Arts,” and various edited anthologies and exhibition catalogues. Currently he is completing “The (Taylor) Mac Book” for the University of Michigan Press.

    His research interests include the role of the arts in the early AIDS years in the US; the history of tragedy and its relationship to the contemporary; 21st century arts, literature, and culture. He specializes in theatre and performance studies; queer and HIV/AIDS histories and cultures; and American studies and the cultural politics of the arts, broadly conceived. He currently holds an appointment with the University of London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he is developing an expertise on contemporary theatre in London.

  • Book

    • 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.
    • Cornell University Messenger Professor, Fall 2015
    • 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
  • Editorships and Editorial Boards

    • Editor, Theatre Journal, 1999 – 2003
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