Jean Young


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Jean Young received her B.S. in Psychology and Education from Bradley University and completed her M.A.L.S. in Liberal Studies at Dartmouth College. Jean earned a second M.A. from Cornell University in Theatre Arts where she held a Visiting Lecturer appointment at the Africana Studies & Research Center (AS&RC). She serves as the New Media Review Editor for Wagadu Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies and her essays have been published in the African American Review as well as in the monograph, Black Theatre: Ritual Performance in the African Diaspora (Temple University 2002). Most recently, Jean Young’s directorial debut, the comedy film short Nice Guy featuring Miguel Nunez (Juwanna Mann) was screened at the Bronze Lens Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, and received a nomination for the “Best Short Film” at the 2013 Atlanta Gala Entertainment Film Awards. Currently, Jean is working as a digital artist on the performance production, Doxology Ring Shout: Praise Dance for the Doxy for the National Black Arts Festival and Spelman College in Atlanta and recently completed the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute at Emory University on the Black Aesthetic and African Centered Cultural Expressions. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Jean’s work and research at UGA focuses on ritual and performance in the African Diaspora, the performativity of mechanical and electronic objects in theatre, feminist and gender studies, film and digital media and the aesthetics of technology.