Katie Elizabeth Apsey


MA Concordia University Montreal 2009 (Art History)

BA Central Michigan University 2003 (Photography and Museum Studies)


My dissertation work focuses on Native American/First Nations dance and performance art from the late 19th century until today. I examine the museum/gallery space as a specific framework for Indigenous performance as it relates to history, agency, embodied knowledges, identity articulation, intercultural consumption, and political resistance.

In addition to being a practicing dancer, I currently work in museum education in the New York City area and as Manager of Programs for the College Art Association. Aside form dissertation work, my research interests are far-reaching: curatorial studies and collections management strategies, post-colonial/de-colonizing theory, Capoeira practice and performance, the visual culture of dance, the commercialization of Street art, samba dance and its relation to Candomblé, Ojibway birch bark biting, Indigenous methodologies, World’s Fairs, Wild West shows in the US and Canada, and Québécois film.


Nancy Marie Mithlo (Occidental College)

Henry John Drewal