Kristen Rudisill – Wikipedia

American academic

Kristen Rudisill (born September 17, 1975) is a tenured Associate Professor[3] of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University,[2] Research Associate in the South Asia Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies.[4] and a Fulbright Fellow.[5] Her main research areas are dance, competitions, popular culture, India and Disney.[6] She is working on books about Chennai’s contemporary theatre and Indian dance competitions.[7]


Kristen Rudisill completed her B.A. in Religion at Bryn Mawr College[2] in 1997.[8] She got her A.M. in the History of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School.[2] She completed her Ph.D. in Asian Cultures and Languages at the University of Texas at Austin[1][2] in 2007–2008.[9]
Kristen Rudisill studied Tamil with Dr S Bharathi in Madurai, India[1] and with Martha Selby at the University of Texas at Austin.[1][10]


In 2002, Kristen Rudisill helped in writing a guide to learning Tamil.[11] She was editor of South Asia Graduate Research Journal for 2002 to 2003.[12] In 2003, she was carrying out research in Chennai, India on Tamil contemporary comedy theatrical dramas.[1] In 2005, Kristen Rudisill was a faculty assistant at The South Asia Summer Language Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison for the Intermediate Tamil Class.[13] In 2006, Kristen Rudisill presented “Performance of Culture, Performance of Self: the Perfect Tamil Brahmin Marriage” at the 22nd Annual South Asia Conference at the University of California at Berkeley[14] and “Comedic Exclusions: Tamil Political Satire and Serious Indian Drama” presented at the 35th Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.[14]
On 22–25 March 2007, Kristen Rudisill was the organiser and chair of “Sabhas: Changing the Landscape of Chennai’s Music, Dance, and Drama” and presented “Sabha Comedy: Content, Aesthetics, and Patronage” at South Asia Session 10 part of the AAS Annual Meeting at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.[15] In 2007, she received the Graduate Student Professional Development Award from University of Texas in Austin Liberal Arts department.[16] She also began research in modern Tamil theatre and twentieth century dance history.[17]


In September 2010, Kristen Rudisill along with Professor Daniel Shoemaker made keynote presentations at a workshop and conference at Hyderabad, India.[18]
In 2012, Kristen Rudisill was undertaking research in India as part of her Fulbright Fellowship at L. V. Prasad Film Institute in Chennai,[5][19][20][21] She gave lectures as part of her Fulbright at the Department of English of Adikavi Nannaya University, Andhra Pradesh.[22] She was also a guest dancer on season 7 of Maanada Mayilada. Kristen Rudisill was involved in protests to stop the demolition of Popular Culture building at Bowling Green State University.[23] In 2013, Kristen Rudisill presented a paper on “Reality Television and the Business of Dance in Chennai, India” at the Labour, Livelihood and Culture: Crafts and Music in the Middle East, South and Central Asia conference at Senate House, London.[24] She helped in the formation of the book Posthumanism.[25]
In 2014, Kristen was promoted to Associate Professor and received tenure.[3]

Honors and awards[edit]

Kristen Rudisill won a prize for her thesis “From Darkness into Light: Illuminating the Relationship of Agni and Sita in the Ramakatha” in 1997.[26] She won the Emerging Scholar award from the Association for Asian Performance in 2011.[27] She also received the University Continuing Bruton Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006.[28]


  1. ^ a b c d e “There some, here a lot”. Kungumam. No. 19 December 2003. December 2003. pp. 8–9.
  2. ^ a b c d e “Kristen Rudisill – Department of Popular Culture – BGSU”. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b “Scholarship, Achievement Recognized with Tenure/Promotion”. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ “Dr Kristen Rudisill – Staff – SOAS, University of London”. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b Rajamundry (March 14, 2012). “Knowledge of culture must for transliteration”. The Hindu. India. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  6. ^ Who’s Who in Research: Performing Arts. Intellect. 2013. ISBN 978-1841504940.
  7. ^ Who’s Who in Research: Performing Arts. Intellect. 2011. ISBN 9781841504940.
  8. ^ Turner, John D. (1997). The Nag Hammadi Library After Fifty Years: Proceedings of the 1995 Society of Biblical Literature Commemoration. Philadelphia: Brill. pp. XIV. ISBN 9004108246.
  9. ^ Olivelle, Patrick; Martha Selby (2008). “The individual in the nation: locating identity at the transition from didactic nationalism to the lyrical in early twentieth-century Hindi poetry”.
  10. ^ Selby, Martha Ann (2011). Tamil Love Poetry: The Five Hundred Short Poems of the Ainkurunuru (Translations from the Asian Classics). Columbia University Press. pp. XII. ISBN 978-0231150651.
  11. ^ Radhakrishnan, Sankaran (2002). Tamil script book: learners manual. Dept. of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin. pp. I.
  12. ^ “SAGAR Volume 10, 2003” (PDF). Spring 2003. p. 1.
  13. ^ “SASLI Faculty”. Archived from the original on 22 August 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  14. ^ a b “UT Graduate Students Present Research at Conferences” (PDF). South Asia Institute University of Austin at Texas Newsletter. 2006. p. 21.
  15. ^ “South Asia Session 10”. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  16. ^ “Graduate Students Receive Fellowships and Awards”. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  17. ^ Soneji, Davesh (2011). Unfinished Gestures. University of Chicago Press. pp. 25, 224, 308. ISBN 978-0226768113.
  18. ^ Wallach, Jeremy (March 2011). “Popular Culture Faculty” (PDF). Department of Popular Culture Newsletter. Ohio, USA. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  19. ^ “United States India Educational Foundation”. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  20. ^ “Toledo Legal News – News BGSU professor studying Indian film dance as Fulbright scholar”. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  21. ^ “Dr. Kristen Rudisill Receives Fulbright Award” (PDF). Department of Popular Culture Newsletter. March 2011. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  22. ^ “Lectures by Fulbright Fellow at AKNU”. The Hindu. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  23. ^ Shor, Jessie (July 31, 2012). “BGSU leaders not swayed by protests, petitions”. Toledo Blade. Ohio, USA. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  24. ^ Labour, Livelihood and Culture: Crafts and Music in the Middle East, South and Central Asia. Chancellor Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU: Senate House. May 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2014.{{cite conference}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  25. ^ Nayar, Pramod K. (2013). Posthumanism (PTLC – Polity Themes in 20th and 21st Century Literature). Polity Press. pp. VII. ISBN 978-0745662411.
  26. ^ “Haverford College: Library : Prize-Winning Theses”. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  27. ^ Foley, Kathy (Spring 2012). “From the Editor”. Asian Theatre Journal. 29 (1): v. doi:10.1353/atj.2012.0030. S2CID 201760543.
  28. ^ McClish, Mark (2006). “Graduate Students Receive Funding for Study and Research of South Asia” (PDF). South Asia Institute University of Austin at Texas Newsletter. p. 20.