Dr. Queen Zabriskie

Associate Professor of Sociology / MacArthur Chair

MacArthur Professorship 2019-2022


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College Hall 206


Social Science 102


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Sociology | Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies


M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University
B.A., Duke University

Professor Zabriskie’s primary teaching and research interests include race, class, and gender; social inequality; dance sociology/ sociology of dance; sociology of culture; performance theory and practice; black feminist thought; qualitative methodology; and culture, performance and politics in the African/Black Diaspora. She is currently working on a project that examines cultural power, embodied knowledge, and constructions of Africanity within Chicago’s West African Dance and Drum communities. Professor Zabriskie’s artistic and creative work explores issues of identity, community, healing, and empowerment.

Recent Courses

Introduction to Sociology
Social Inequality: Race, Class, Gender, and Power
The Sociology of the Arts and Performance


Young, Harvey and Queen Meccasia Zabriskie. 2013. Black Theatre is Black Life: An Oral History of Chicago Theater and Dance, 1970-2010. Evanston: Northwestern University Press.

Craft, Renee Alexander, Meida McNeal, Mshaï S. Mwangola, and Queen Meccasia Zabriskie. 2008. “The Quilt: Toward a Twenty-First Century Black Feminist Ethnography.” Performance Research 12:3: 55-73.