Doug Risner, PhD, MFA, professor of dance and co-director of the MA in Theatre and Dance Teaching Artistry, conducts research on the sociology of dance training and education, curriculum theory and policy, social foundations of dance pedagogy, gender in dance, and online learning and web-based curriculum design. His publications 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: A Collection of Empirical Research (2016). Risner is editor-in-chief emeritus of Journal of Dance Education and associate editor of the international journal Research in Dance Education. Dr. Risner has choreographed more than 50 works which have been funded in part by the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Iowa Arts Council, North Carolina Department of Education and the George T. and Jutta F. Anderson Foundation. His choreographic work has been honored by the Seven States Choreography Competition, the American College Dance Festival, and his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). He is a recipient of numerous awards and citations including the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award (WSU), the Outstanding Dance Education Researcher Award from the National Dance Education Organization, and the Distinguished Alumni Award (UNCG). The Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Researchers was established in 2016 by Journal of Dance Education to honor Dr. Risner’s commitment to excellence in research and research education.
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.
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.