Wayne State University

Douglas Risner


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Doug Risner, PhD, MFA, is Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Professor of Dance, and Director of Graduate Studies in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. Dr. Risner conducts research in the sociology of dance education and training, foundations of dance pedagogy, gender, masculinity in dance, and online learning and web-based curriculum design. His four books include Stigma & Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance (2009); Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre Arts: A Critical Reader (2014) with Dr. Mary Anderson; Gender, Sexuality and Identity: Critical Issues in Dance Education (2015), and Dance & Gender: An Evidenced-Based Approach (2017); he has published over 200 journal articles and book chapters. Risner is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Journal of Dance Education and Associate Editor of the international journal,Research in Dance Education. Dr. Risner is the recipient of numerous awards including the Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Outstanding Dance Education Researcher Award, and the Visionary Award in Dance from the National Dance Education Organization, and the 2017 School of Dance Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Researchers was established in 2016 by the Journal of Dance Education to honor Dr. Risner’s commitment to excellence in research and research education. His forthcoming book, Case Studies in Dance Education: Ethical Dimensions of Humanizing Pedagogy with Professor Karen Schupp will be published by McFarland in 2018.

Recent Publications

Scholarly Books Published

Risner, D. (2009) Stigma and Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance: An Empirical Study of Male Identities in Western Theatrical Dance Training. Mellen Press, Studies in Dance Series. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, Ltd.

Chapters Published

Risner, D. (2008) When Boys Dance: Cultural Resistance in Dance Education. In S. Shapiro (ed.) Dance in a World of Change: Examining Globalization and Cultural Differences (pp. 93-115). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Risner, D. (2009) What We Know About Boys Who Dance: The Limitations of Contemporary Masculinity & Dance Education. In A. Shay & J. Fisher (eds.) When Men Dance: Choreographing Masculinities across Borders (pp. 57-77). New York: Oxford University Press.

Risner, D. (2010) Focus on Writing: A Summary Paper Approach. In W. Oliver (ed.) Dance Writing Handbook: Journals to Essays (pp. 33-65). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Risner, D. (2010) Dancing Boys’ Lives: A Study of Male Participation in Pre-professional Dance Training & Education in the U.S. In L. Overby & B. Lepczyk (eds.) Dance: Current Selected Research, Volume 7 (pp. 179-204). Brooklyn, NY: AMS Press.

Risner, D. (2012) Gender Problems in Western Theatrical Dance: Little Girls, Big Sissies and the Baryshnikov Complex. In M. Nadel & M. Strauss (eds.) The Dance Experience, 3rd Edition. Hightstown, NJ: Princeton.

Risner, D. (2012) What Matthew Shepard Would Tell Us: Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education—A Decade Later. In H. Shapiro, M. Davis & M. Fitzpatrick (eds.) The Institution of Education. Boston, MA: Pearson.

Journal Articles Published

Risner, D. & Anderson, J. (2008) Digital Dance Literacy: An Integrated Dance Technology Curriculum Pilot Project. Research in Dance Education, 9(2): 111-126.

Risner, D. (2008) Equity in Dance Education: Momentum for Change. Journal of Dance Education, 8(3): 75-78.

Risner, D. (2008) The Politics of Gender in Dance Pedagogy. Journal of Dance Education, 8(3): 94-97.

Risner, D. and Stinson, S. (2010) Moving Social Justice in Dance Pedagogy: Possibilities, Fears and Challenges. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 11(6). Retrieved 4-15-2010 from http://www.ijea.org/v11n6/.

Risner, D. (2010) Dance Education Matters: Rebuilding Postsecondary Dance Education for Twenty-first Century Relevance and Resonance. Arts Education Policy Review, 111(4): 123-135.

Risner, D. (2010). The Rise and Fall of Postsecondary Dance Education: Charting an Expansive Recovery. Journal of Dance Education, 10(4): 97-105.

Anderson, M. and D. Risner. (2012). A Survey of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre: Implications for Preparation, Curriculum and Professional Degree Programs. Arts Education Policy Review, 113(1): 1-16.

Risner, D., and M. Anderson. (2012). The Highly Satisfied Teaching Artist in Dance: A Case Study. Teaching Artist Journal.

Risner, D. (2012). Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artistry: A Survey of Teaching Artists in Dance in the United States. Research in Dance Education.