Harvey Young

Dr. Harvey Young’s research on the performance and experience of race has been widely published in academic journals, profiled in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education and cited in The New York Times and The Boston Globe. He has published seven books, including Embodying Black Experience, winner of “Book of the Year” awards from the National Communication Association and the American Society for Theatre Research and, most recently, Black Theater is Black Life: An Oral History of Chicago Theater (coauthored with Mecca Zabriskie). A past President of the Black Theatre Association and former Vice President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Dr. Young has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Theatre Research, the Yale Club of Chicago, and the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. A former Harvard and Stanford fellow, he graduated with honors from Yale and holds a Ph.D. from Cornell.


PhDTheatre, Cornell University
MATheatre, Cornell University
MAMedia Study/Women's Studies, University at Buffalo
BAFilm Studies, Yale University (with Distinction)

Recent Publications

Young, Harvey and Queen Meccasia Zabriskie (2014). Black Theater is Black Life: An Oral History of Chicago Theater and Dance. Northwestern University Press.

Kolin, Philip C. and Harvey Young (2014). Suzan-Lori Parks in Person: Interviews and Commentaries. Routledge.

Young, Harvey (2013). Theatre & Race. Palgrave Macmillan.

Young, Harvey (2012). The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre. Cambridge University Press.

Rugg, Rebecca Ann and Harvey Young (2012). Reimagining A Raisin in the Sun: Four New Plays. Northwestern University Press.

Rivera-Servera, Ramon and Harvey Young (2011). Performance in the Borderlands. Palgrave Macmillan.

Young, Harvey (2010). Embodying Black Experience. University of Michigan Press.

Recent Awards and Honors

2011Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship, American Society for Theatre Research
2011Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship, National Communication Association
2011African American Studies Outstanding Affliate Award
2009Clarence Simon Award for Teaching and Mentoring

Recent Fellowships & Grants

2012Harvard University, Warren Center (American History), Visiting Faculty Fellowship
2007Stanford University, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Visiting Faculty Fellowship
2006Mellon Foundation/Alice B. Kaplan Center for the Humanities (Northwestern) Grant
2005National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend
2001Harvard University, W.E.B. DuBois Institute, Non-Resident Fellowship


503Social Events as Performance
448Theatre & Race
502Research Design & Prospectus Writing


Harvey Young

Associate Chair of Theatre; Associate Professor, Theatre, Performance Studies, African American Studies, Radio/Television/Film; Director, Interdisciplinary PhD program in Theatre and Drama




The Wirtz Center
1949 Campus Drive
Room 215A
Evanston, IL 60208-2430



Graduate Programs:

African American Studies; Performance Studies; Screen Cultures; Theatre and Drama; Writing for the Screen and Stage