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, acting, performance art, music, stand-up comedy, robotic performance, and courtroom procedures. He is the author of six books and editor or co-editor of two collections. His most recently published books are Reactivations: Essays on Performance and Its Documentation (2018), Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (2006) and the second edition of Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (2008). Auslander’s newly completed book In Concert: Performing Musical Persona is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press in 2021.
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. 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 a section devoted to interviews, including times Auslander has been interviewed on radio and in print, and times he has interviewed the actor Willem Dafoe. To provide feedback or just get in touch; please use the contact information provided.