Myron M. Beasley

Associate Professor of American Studies


American Studies

Pettengill Hall, Room 223

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Pettengill Hall, Room 223


Myron Beasley, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of American Studies, he also serves on the committee of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bates College. His ethnographic research includes exploring the intersection of cultural politics, material culture and social change. He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and most recently the Ruth Landes Award from the Reed Foundation. His ethnographic writing about Africana Cultural Politics, Contemporary Art, Material Culture and cultural engagement has appeared in many academic journals including Text and Performance Quarterly, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, The Journal of Poverty, Museum & Social Issues, The Journal of Curatorial Studies, Food and Foodways, and Performance Research. His food film/installation ritual/feast (of his ethnography is Brazil) has appeared in UMMI and Paris film festivals. His recent curatorial projects include The Ghetto Biennale (Haiti), CAAR Paris 7 (France), and Dak’art (Senegal).

Recent research projects:

Performance, Art, and Politics in the African Diaspora: Necropolitics and the Black Body. Routledge Press 2023

Beasley, M. (2022 in press) Loving Repeating: Performance, Intimacy and Melancholia in the works of Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger. Catalogue. Hyde Park Art Center: Chicago

Beasley, M. (2021) Nyugen E. Smith: A Lens of the past to envision a futureThe Record. Online art journal of Indigo Arts Alliance.

Beasley, M. (2021) Food is Food!: Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor and Vibration Cooking.  Book Club of California Quarterly.

Beasley, M. (2019) Auspicious Behavior: The work of Chakaia Booker. Catalogue. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum.

Beasley, M. (2019) Memorializing Malaga. In Othered: Displaced from Malaga. Catalogue. University of Southern Maine.

Beasley, M. (2019) Performing the Untold: Re.Past.Malaga, Special Issue Liminalities: The Journal of Performance Studies.15:2.

Beasley, M. (2019) ED. Re.Past.Malaga, Special Issue Liminalities: The Journal of Performance        Studies.15:2.

Beasley, M. (2018) “Ritual Insider/Ritual Outsider: Gina Adams on Art & the Archive” The Chart. Interview, 4:1, Fall 2018.

Beasley, M. (2018) Performing  Zora:  Critical Ethnography, Digital Sound and Not Forgetting. In Soundbox: Between Digital Humanities and Sound Studies. Duke U Press

Beasley, M. (2018) “Tending to the Haints of Malaga Island” The Chart. Interviews, 3:2, Summer 2018.

Performing Zora: Critical Ethnography, Sound and Doing the Techno-Digital Moves. In Digital Sound Studies. Duke U Press:2018

Ritual Insider/Ritual Outsider: Gina Adams on art & the archive, The Chart, Vol 4, No 1: Fall 2018.

Building a community one dinner party at a time, The Maine Trust Project, November 15, 2018.

Bates professor tells story of Malaga Island, including its dark chapter of forced exodus, Portland Press Herald, July 22, 2018

Myron M. Beasley of Bates College is awarded $7000.00 from the Rabkin Foundation to support his research for his forthcoming book Disturbers of the Peace.

Myron M. Beasley engages with other art critics and artists about the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Interviews, Reviews, Vol. 3, No. 2: Spring 2018 .

Print, Protest, Power  curated by Myron M. Beasley, opens at Able Baker Contemporary.

Beasley, M. (2017) “Out of the closet” one Death’s deliverance or “In the foodsteps of Diogene”: Same-Sex Desire,  Archive and (Re)memory in Haiti. Women & Performance: A journal of feminist theory. 27:2. 

Beasley, M. (2017) Performing Refuge/Restoration: The role of libraries in the African American Community: Ferguson,Baltimore, and Dorchester.  Performance Research 22:2.

Beasley, Myron (2016) Editor, On Contemplation, Liminalities: Journal of Performance Studies 12:2.

Beasley, Myron (2016) The Pink Tube & The Incorrigible Disturber of the Peace, Liminalities: Journal of Performance Studies, 12:2

Myron M. Beasley (2016), Installation Virtuelle Myron M. Beasley : The Adodi Project, Archives, and Performance, © 2012 Quaderna, mis en ligne le 25 mars 2016, url permanente

Myron M. Beasley curates Patience on a Monument at the University of Texas, Austin from 2/16-4/16. Photos from the New Gallery opening exhibition.

Grand Rue: Roads as Thoroughfares of Life (Digital Sound Project)

Beasley, M. (2014) The Moment of (Ecstatic) Truth in the Translator’s Dance exhibit in Ethnographic Terminalia—Bureau of Memories: Archives and Ephemera, American Anthropological Association

Beasley, M. (2014) From Haiti: Gounda Gounda, The Ghetoo Biennale and the performance of possibility. EISE: The journal of art, literature and philosophy, 00 (1) 104-111.

Beasley, M. (2014) Food, Community and Performance Course 2014.

Beasley, M. (2014) Editor. Journal of Poverty-Special Issue; Intervention, Instigation, Interruption: Art, Activism and Social Policy, 18 (1).

Beasley, M (2012) Haitian Women, Sabatoj & Underground Food Economies. Gastronamica: Journal of Food and Culture 12 (2) 33-44.