Philip Auslander’s primary research interest is in performance, especially in relation to art, music, media, and technology. He has written on aesthetic and cultural performances as diverse as theatre, film acting, performance art, music, stand-up comedy, robotic performance, and courtroom procedures. He is the author of ten books and editor or co-editor of two collections. His most recently published book is also his first venture into trade publishing: Women Rock! Portraits in Popular Music (2023) is a lavishly illustrated book profiling over 50 women musicians. Earlier in 2023, Auslander published the new third edition of Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture. His other most recent books include In Concert: Performing Musical Persona (2021), Reactivations: Essays on Performance and Its Documentation (2018), and Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (2006).
In addition to his work on performance, Auslander has contributed art criticism to ArtForum and other publications. He has written catalogue essays for museums and galleries in Austria, Norway, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is the editor of The Art Section: An Online Journal of Art and Cultural Commentary. Auslander is also a working screen actor; you can see his credits on the Internet Movie Database. Auslander wrote, produced, and acted in the short film “Dr. Blues” which premiered at the 2019 Peachtree Village International Film Festival in Atlanta. He is married to the visual artist Deanna Sirlin.
Please enjoy this website, which provides an overview of Auslander’s work as a scholar and teacher. You will find essays and syllabi to download and an updated section devoted to interviews, including times Auslander has been interviewed on video, radio, podcasts, and in print, interviews he had conducted with people in the arts, and times he has interviewed the actor Willem Dafoe. To provide feedback or just get in touch; please use the contact information provided.