Uri McMillan

Uri McMillan

Uri McMillan

Associate Professor

Phone: (310) 825-4173

Email: umcmillan@ucla.edu

Office: 210 Kaplan Hall

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Associate ProfessorDepartment of African American Studies and Department of English

Uri McMillan is a cultural historian who researches and writes in the interstices between black cultural studies, performance studies, queer theory, and contemporary art. His first book, Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance (NYU, 2015) is on black performance art, objecthood, and avatars staged by black women artists. He has published articles on performance art, digital media, hip-hop, photography, and nineteenth-century performance cultures in varied arenas such as Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, and e-misferica (all are available for download at urimcmillan.com). In addition, he has lectured at art museums, including MoMA PS1 and the Hammer Museum, and published numerous essays on black contemporary art for the Studio Museum of Harlem. His work has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.


  • Ph.D. Yale University, 2009


  • Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance, (New York University Press, 2015). NYUAmazon Introduction
  • “Nicki-aesthetics: The camp performance of Nicki Minaj,” Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Special Issue: All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip-Hop, Vol. 24, Issue 1, March 2014: 1-9. LINK
  • “Objecthood, Avatars, and the Limits of Human,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Special Issue: Queer Inhumanisms, ed. Mel Y Chen and Dana Luciano (spring 2015)
  • “Mammy-Memory: Staging Joice Heth, or the Current Phenomenon of the ‘Ancient Negress,’ “Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Special Issue: Aging, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2012, 29-46. LINK
  • “Crimes of Performance,” SOULS: A Critical Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Special Issue: Race, Crime, and Capital. Vol 13., Issue 1. 2011: 29-45. LINK
  • “Relics of the Future: The Aesthetic Wanderings of Simone Leigh.” Evidence of Accumulation (exhibition catalogue), New York: The Studio Museum of Harlem, 2011: 6-8. LINK
  • “Ellen Craft’s Radical Techniques of Subversion,” e-misferica: Performance and Politics in the Americas, Issue 5.2, Race and Its Others, 2008. LINK

Awards, Honors, & Fellowships

  • William Sanders Scarborough Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Study of Black American Literature or Culture, Modern Language Association (MLA), 2016.
  • Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History, awarded to the best book in theater history and performance studies, American Society for Theatre Research, (ASTR), 2016.
  • Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship in African American theater, drama, and/or performance studies, American Society for Theatre Research, (ASTR), 2016.