Toni Shapiro-Phim

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Director of Programs, Philadelphia Folklore Project, Dance Scholar, Co-Editor of, Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion

 received a PhD in cultural anthropology from Cornell University. Her dissertation, books and other publications focus on the history and cultural context of dance and music around the world, with a specialization in Cambodia, particularly in relation to violence, migration, conflict resolution and gender concerns. She’s held teaching and research appointments at the University of California-Berkeley, Yale University and Bryn Mawr College, and worked in Cambodian, Lao and Vietnamese refugee camps in Indonesia and Thailand. She’s also conducted years of ethnographic research in Cambodia. Co-editor of Dance, Human Rights and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion, she has also contributed to Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide and The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement, and Neuroscience, among other publications. Her most recent book, Talking Dance: Stories from the South China Sea, was published in 2016. Currently serving as Director of Programs at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, a non-profit arts and social justice organization, she curates exhibitions and produces performances, humanities forums and publications highlighting aspects of diverse cultural traditions. She’s completing a documentary film, Because of the War, about Liberian women singers who harness the power of their art for anti-violence efforts.