Harmony Bench

Harmony Bench

Harmony Bench

Associate Professor


614 292-7977

305 Sullivant Hall
1813 North High Street
Columbus, OH

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M 11:30-2:00

Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Theory
  • Media and Performance
  • Ballet


  • PhD in Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA in Performance Studies, New York University
  • BFA in Ballet, University of Utah
  • BA in Women's Studies, University of Utah

Harmony Bench is Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University, where she is also affiliated faculty with Translational Data Analytics, Theatre, Folklore, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research addresses practices, performances, and circulations of dance in the contexts of digital and screen media. She is author of Perpetual Motion: Dance, Digital Cultures, and the Common with University of Minnesota Press in 2020, and is at work on a new book on affect and kinesthesia in screendance spectatorship. She has contributed to The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies, Routledge Dance Studies Reader (3rd ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular ScreenChoreographies of 21st Century War, and Dance on Its Own Terms, as well as Dance Research JournalTheatre Survey, The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital MediaParticipations, and Performance Matters, among others. For several years, Harmony has collaborated with Kate Elswit on bringing the digital humanities and dance history into greater dialogue, most recently with Dunham’s Data: Katherine Dunham and Digital Methods for Dance Historical Inquiry (Ref: AH/R012989/1; www.dunhamsdata.org). From 2014-2019, she was co-editor of The International Journal of Screendance with Simon Ellis, and is excited to be guest editing the special issue This Is Where We Dance Now: COVID-19 and the New and Next in Dance Onscreen.