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Harmony Bench

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Harmony Bench

Associate Professor


305 Sullivant Hall
1813 North High Street
Columbus, OH

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Office Hours

M 2:00-5:00

Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Theory
  • Dance, Media, and Performance Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • 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, Film and Media Arts; 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 (University of Minnesota Press, 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. From 2014-2019, she co-edited The International Journal of Screendance with Simon Ellis, and in 2021, she guest-edited the special issue This Is Where We Dance Now: COVID-19 and the New and Next in Dance Onscreen with Alexandra Harlig. For nearly a decade, she has collaborated with Kate Elswit to bring the digital humanities and dance history into greater dialogue through computational analysis and data visualization with projects such as Dunham’s Data: Katherine Dunham and Digital Methods for Dance Historical Inquiry (Ref: AH/R012989/1; www.dunhamsdata.org; winner of the 2021 ATHE/ASTR Award for Excellence in Digital Scholarship), and Visceral Histories/Visual Arguments: Dance-Based Approaches to Data. For 2022-23, she is a Fellow with the Global Arts + Humanities at The Ohio State University.