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Tracy C. Davis

School of Communication, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Ethel M. Barber Professor of Performing Arts

About

Areas of Focus

  • 19th century British theater history
  • Historiography
  • Economics and business history of theater
  • Performance theory
  • Gender and theater
  • Research methodology
  • Museum studies
  • Cold War civil defense

Work/Research

  • Focusing on the perpetuation and evaluation of performance in late-Georgian and Victorian London as an explicit practice carried out to improve oral communication, the efficacy of political lobbying and ultimately shaping legislation and foreign policy.
  • Writing and editing numerous books, articles and reviews about theatre and theatre history. Her books include “Uncle Tom's Cabins: The Transnational History of America's Most Mutable Book” (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2018) and “The Economics of the British Stage, 1800-1914” (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
  • Consulting on historical matters for theater, film and television.