Anna Jayne Kimmel is a doctoral candidate in Performance Studies at Stanford University, where her research intersects: race, immigration, national identity, and post-colonialism through performance. Specifically, her current work engages Arab and Francophone African dance as a tool for investigating immigrant social and affective infrastructure, cultural memory, and movement practice. 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.