Amelia Jones

Vice Dean of Faculty and Research / Robert A. Day Professor of Art and Design

Amelia Jones


Amelia Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Academics and Research at the Roski School of Art and Design at University of Southern California. A feminist curator and a theorist and historian of art and performance, her recent publications include Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012), Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History (2012), co-edited with Adrian Heathfield, the edited volume Sexuality (2014), and, co-edited with Erin Silver, Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (2016). Her exhibition Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art took place in 2013 in Montreal and she programmed the events Trans-Montréal (2015) in that city, followed by a related publication “On Trans/Performance,” a special issue of Performance Research (2016). Her Live Artists Live performance and conference program took place at USC in 2016. Jones’s retrospective of the work and career of Ron Athey, accompanied by the catalogue Queer Communion: Ron Athey (2020), took place at Participant Inc. and ICA LA in 2021, and her book In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance (2021) presents her new research examining 60 years of theory and practice around queer and the performative. She is currently the Diversity Equity and Inclusion representative for the Roski School and her new project is a book of manifestos addressing the structural racism of the art world and art institutions. 


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Photo: Harry Gamboa, Jr., 2019