Raquel Monroe, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary performance scholar/artist/administrator and mother whose research interests include black social dance, queer black feminisms, popular culture, and the efficacy of collaboration to create social change. Monroe’s scholarship appears in journals and anthologies on race, sexuality, dance and popular culture. Her in process monograph Black Girl Werk: Choreographies of Liberation by Black Femme Cultural Producers employs queer Black feminist choreographic praxis to theorize performances and acts of protest by Black femmes in the public sphere, on stage and screen. Monroe is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Academic Affairs and a Professor in Theatre in Dance at UT Austin. She formally served as a professor in Dance and Co-Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Columbia College Chicago where she developed policies and procedures for hiring diverse faculty, created and facilitated pedagogy workshops, offered programming grants, and antiracism training for faculty and staff throughout the institution. Monroe is an award-winning pedagogue and a founding board member of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD).