Bucknell in D.C., spring 2016

Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender

Research Interests

  • dance and performance
  • gender, ethnicity and nationalism
  • religion and ritual
  • South Asia

Professor Reed lived for several years in Sri Lanka, where she conducted field research on dance, religion, and politics. 


  • ANTH/WMST 232 Gender and Sexuality in South Asia
  • ANTH 244 South Asian Culture and Society
  • ANTH/WMST 282 Dance and Culture
  • UNIV 232 Peace and Society
  • WMST 150 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Selected Publications


Dance and the Nation: Performance, Ritual, and Politics in Sri Lanka. University of Wisconsin Press. Book with DVD (2010). http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/4559.htm


"Women and Kandyan Dance: Negotiating Gender and Tradition in Sri Lanka" In Theorizing the Local: Music, Practice and Experience in South Asia and Beyond. Richard Wolf, ed., pp. 29-47. New York: Oxford University Press (2009).

"Buddhism, Sri Lanka" "Kohomba Kankariya," "Ankeliya," "Sri Pada," "Pattini," "Skanda," "Firewalking." South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia, Margaret Mills, Peter Claus, and Sarah Diamond, eds. New York: Routledge (2003).

"Performing Respectability: The Berava, Middle Class Nationalism and the Classicization of Kandyan Dance in Sri Lanka." Cultural Anthropology (May 2002) vol. 17 (2): 246-277.

"The Politics and Poetics of Dance" Annual Review of Anthropology 1998, vol. 27: 503-32. Palo Alto: Annual Reviews (1998).


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