Joan Erdman, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies at Columbia College Chicago.
Dr. Erdman earned her BA in Social Relations from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, and her MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Erdman is an anthropologist and writer who teaches courses that consider India’s cultural policies, artists in particular societies, ethnographic research methods, eastern humanities, and the patronage of the arts in various cultures. Her books include Stages: The Art and Adventures of Zohra Segal (who is one of India's most famed actors); Arts Patronage in India: Methods, Motives and Markets, for which she was the editor and a contributor; and Patrons and Performers in Rajasthan: The Suble Tradition.
Her recent articles focus on dancer and choreographer Uday Shankar, and new dance in India, including Dance Discourses: Rethinking the History of the 'Oriental Dance'. She is working on a book length manuscript on Uday Shankar and his art as a dancer and choreographer.
Contact Dr. Erdman:
Dr. Joan Erdman
Columbia College Chicago
Department of HHSS
600 S. Michigan Ave.