Raquel Monroe - Columbia College Chicago

Raquel Monroe

Director of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Associate Professor



Raquel Monroe received her Ph.D. from UCLA in Culture and Performance. She is an interdisciplinary performance scholar and artist whose research interests include black social dance, black feminisms, and popular culture. Monroe’s scholarship appears in the Journal of Pan-African Studies, and several anthologies on race, sexuality, dance and popular culture. With Melissa Blanco-Borelli, Monroe co-edited “Screening the Skin: Issues of Race and Nation,”a special issue of the International Journal of Screendance. She is completing a monograph that investigates how black feminist politics emerge through the dancing bodies of black female cultural producers in popular culture. As a maker and performer, Monroe works with the Propelled Animals and the Baker-Taparga Dance Project creating immersive, interdisciplinary performance installations.  She has also worked with choreographers David Roussève, Ana Maria Alvarez, and Marianne Kim. Monroe is the Co-Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and an Associate Professor in Dance at Columbia College Chicago. She is a founding board member of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance.


B.A., Dance and Theatre Arizona State University 1992
M.A., Communication Arizona State University 2001
Ph.D., Culture and Performance University of California, Los Angeles 2006