A Lecturer in History at the European Institute and Department of History at Columbia University in the City of New York, Dr. Phillips is also Associated Faculty at the Harriman Institute, director of the Cold War Archival Research project (CWAR), and Visiting Fellow in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics. She developed CWAR as a cooperative research group and bi-annually accompanies advanced students to international archives to explore Cold War cultural projects. Dr. Phillips’ articles have appeared in such varied publications as the New York Times, American Communist History, Dance Chronicle, Ballet News, and Dance Research Journal. She has curated several public exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Phillips has lectured at renowned universities, colleges, high schools and international institutes. Although she typically appears in the role of speaker or classroom instructor, she also combines historical talks with live dance performance, technique and improvisation classes, to offer audiences an experiential format.
Dr. Phillips has served on the boards of the Joyce Theater and American Ballet Theatre. At present, she serves on the boards of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the European Institute at Columbia University, and chairs the board of Historic Dance Theatre, pairing scholars with dancers to offer lecture-demonstrations on varied topics. You can learn more about Historic Dance Theatre by clicking here. She is on the editorial boards of American Communist History and Dance Chronicle. Her primary research is held at the Library of Congress as the Victoria Phillips Collection.
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Victoria Phillips, Ph.D. is the author of Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy (20 December 2019; UK 2020). The book explores Martha Graham’s international political life as she and her company promoted the United States in over thirty nations for every presidential administration from Franklin D. Roosevelt through George H.W. Bush.