Laurie Woodard began her professional life as a dancer with the Dance Theater of Harlem. She completed her BA in History at Columbia University and her Ph. D in History and African American Studies at Yale University. Her teaching interests include identity formation and representation, cultural studies, gender studies, and African American history, literature, and culture. She has taught classes at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, The New School, Wesleyan University, and Yale University. This fall she will be teaching the Transfer Student Research Seminar: Identity and the Cultural Construction of Race and Ethnicity and Race, Ethnicity, and Popular Media. Her research focuses upon the intersection between the cultural and political realms and employs interdisciplinary methodologies, drawing from history, performance studies, critical race theory, and women and gender studies. She was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship (2008) and the Sylvia Arden Boone Prize (2007). She is currently completing a manuscript on the life and work of performing artist and civil rights activist Fredi Washington.