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Lucille Toth

Lucille Toth

Lucille Toth

Assistant Professor


227 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd.
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Dance Studies
  • French and Francophone culture
  • Medical Humanities
  • Migration Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality


  • PhD, University of Southern California
  • MA, University of Montreal

Lucille Toth is an Assistant Professor of French at OSU-Newark, affiliated with Ohio State Dance department. Trained in contemporary dance in France, her research interests lie at the intersection of dance, literature, medical humanities, gender and migration studies. Her first book Le virus et ses mouvements (The Virus and Its Movements) traces the links between AIDS and dance in France in order to challenge contemporary cultural, political and artistic metaphors about contamination. Her new project Moving Bodies, Moving Borders. Being in Motion in Times of Crisis confronts migration and movement with current discourses on purity and identity. In 2015, she co-edited the volume Danse contemporaine et littérature (Paris: Centre National de la Danse, 2015) that focuses on the intersections between postmodern dance and letters in France. Her articles and reviews appear in: Dance Chronicle; Forum for Modern Language Studies; French Cultural Studies; SITES. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies; H-France Review.

In addition to being a scholar, Lucille Toth also gives dance workshops in the US, in Canada and in Europe on the ways in which movement and writing intertwine and influence each other. As a choreographer, an immigrant and women’s rights advocate, she is currently directing On Border(hers), an all-women dance project based on the testimonies of 15 Ohio-based female immigrants. This project is supported by a Coca Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant and shows how global mobility is gendered and part of contemporary national and global history. Lucille Toth is also the director and performer of Laura Larson’s series of photographs City of Incurable Women, that challenges medical and cultural myths on women and hysteria.

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