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 YorkerThe 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). 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. He is currently President-elect of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the largest association dedicated to college/university theatre with nearly 2,000 members, and the editor of Theatre Survey, the journal of the American Society for Theatre Research.


PhD Theatre, Cornell University
MA Theatre, Cornell University
MA Media Study/Women's Studies, University at Buffalo
BA Film 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

2014 Excellence in Editing Award (for best edited book), Association for Theatre in Higher Education
2011 Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship, American Society for Theatre Research
2011 Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship, National Communication Association
2011 African American Studies Outstanding Affliate Award
2009 Clarence Simon Award for Teaching and Mentoring

Recent Fellowships & Grants

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


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Harvey Young

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


Radio/Television/Film, Theatre


70 Arts Circle Drive
Room 5-196
Evanston, IL 60208



Graduate Programs:

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