Office: Robinson 303B
Office: Robinson 303B
As a prominent emerging scholar in dance studies, Takiyah Nur Amin, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte, where she teaches courses in dance history and theory in the liberal studies curriculum, Department of Dance, and College of Arts + Architecture Honors Program. Her research and teaching interests include Black performance and aesthetics, Black feminist thought and activism, 20th-century American concert dance, and pedagogical issues in dance studies. Dr. Amin is affiliate faculty at UNC Charlotte in the Department of Africana Studies.
As a Future Faculty Fellow, Takiyah earned a Ph.D. in Dance with a concentration in Cultural Studies, Certificate in Women’s Studies and Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education from Temple University. She is a recipient of the Edrie Ferdun Scholarly Achievement Award for excellence in dance studies from the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance and a former Riley Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado College.
Dr. Amin has been published in Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies, Dance Research Journal, Dance Chronicle, the Western Journal of Black Studies, and the Journal of Pan-African Studies. She has presented her research nationally and internationally at scholarly conferences including the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), The Manning Marable Memorial Conference, Congress on Research in Dance Annual Meeting, Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting, Society of Dance History Scholars Conference, American College Dance Festival, the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, the African Heritage Studies Association Annual Conference, and the International Colloquium for Vernacular, Hispanic, Historical, American and Folklore Studies in Puebla, Mexico.
She has recently contributed to two books about dance. “The African Origins of an American Art Form” appears in the University Press of Florida book Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches (2014). “Girl Power, Real Politics: Dis/Respectability, Post-Raciality and the Politics of Inclusion” appears in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, published by Oxford University Press (2014).
In service to the dance field, Dr. Amin is a member of the Board of Directors for the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD,) co-founder (with Dr. Nyama McCarthy Brown) of CORD’s Diversity Working Group and co-convener (with Dr. Thomas DeFrantz) of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD.) She has served as peer reviewer for both Dance Research Journal and Dance Chronicle and is the host of the Dance Channel on the New Books Network, a consortium of podcasts dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing serious authors to serious audiences.
Beyond the academy, Dr. Amin is COO and Administrative Director of Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble, a Philadelphia-based, multicultural, contemporary modern dance company. Her community-based memberships include the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, National Association of University Women, and Sisters of the Academy (SOTA,) an international organization that promotes collaborative scholarship among Black women in higher education. In her leisure time, Takiyah enjoys volunteering, traveling, reading contemporary fiction, attending arts and cultural events, and pageantry, having earned nine titles to date.
Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin is a proud native of Buffalo, NY and is the eldest daughter of Karima and the late Abdul Jalil Amin.