Anna Jayne Kimmel is a doctoral candidate in Performance Studies at Stanford University, pursing a minor in Anthropology and graduate certificate in African Studies, with an emphasis in dance, memory, and public performance as politics. Her current research intersects critical dance studies and crowd theory, to analyze the resulting representations of race, national identity, and democratic affect, especially as motivated by contemporary Algerian demonstrations. She holds an A.B. in French and Italian from Princeton University, where she also pursued certificates from the Program in African Studies and the Program in Dance.
As a dancer, Anna has performed the works of: Ohad Naharin, Trisha Brown, John Jaspers, Susan Marshall, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Olivier Tarpaga, and Marjani Forte amongst others. She was awarded the Francis LeMoyne Page Dance Award at Princeton University, and was a two-time recipient of Koch Cultural Trust Grant.