San Jose State University :: Faculty & Staff Web Pages: Shannon Rose Riley's Home Page


Shannon Rose  Riley

Riley, Shannon Rose

Associate Professor,  Humanities
Coordinator, Creative Arts Program

Additional Contact Information

Phone Number(s)
(408) 924-4481
(408) 924-1365

Office Hours
NO OFFICE HOURS DURING SUMMER. If you need assistance, please see the Chair of the Dept. of Humanities, Prof. Chris Jochim.


  • Doctor of Philosophy. Univ Of Cal-Davis, 2006
  • Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art and Critical Theory
    School Of The Museum Of Fine A, Massachusetts, United States, 1998
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture
    Maine College of Art, Maine, United States, 1995


Shannon Rose Riley is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar. She is Associate Professor of Humanities and Coordinator of the Creative Arts Program at San José State University, where she teaches courses in Humanities, Creative Arts, and American Studies. She also serves as a dissertation and individual study advisor at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She has a PhD in Performance Studies and Critical Theory from the University of California, Davis (2006), an MFA in Studio Art (Performance, Video, Installation) from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1998), and a BFA in Sculpture and Art History from Maine College of Art (1995). She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1978-82), the University of Colorado, Boulder (1976-78), and the University of Notre Dame (1974-75). Before coming to SJSU in 2008, Prof. Riley completed a two-year-long postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Women's InterCultural Leadership at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, where she had joint appointment to the Department of Communication and Performance Studies and the Intercultural Studies Program.

Shannon Rose Riley’s essays have been published in Theatre Topics, English Language Notes, Performing Arts Resources, and Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance as well as in edited collections, such as Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances (Palgrave, 2013), Kathy Acker and Transnationalism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), and Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies (Palgrave, 2009), which she co-edited with Lynette Hunter. Her review of Marial Utset's A Cultural History of Cuba During the US Occupation, 1898-1902 (U North Carolina Press, 2011) appears in The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Professor Riley’s visual and performance works have been exhibited/staged internationally at numerous venues, including the ICA (Portland ME), Mobius (Boston), Randolph Street Gallery and Artemisia Gallery (Chicago), the Cushwa-Leighton Library (Notre Dame IN), Performance Studies International (PSi) in Mainz Germany (2001) and Stanford (2013), the Festival Nacional de Pequeño Formato (Santa Clara Cuba, 2006) and Month of Performance Art-Berlin (2013). She also continues to perform and record with the Chicago-based band, ONO. Most recent works include original soundtrack material for the 2010 film, Alice in Wonderland, by James Fotopoulos and the albums, Albino, (Moniker Records, 2012) and Diegesis, (Moniker Records, 2014).

She is currently completing a manuscript titled Performing Race and Erasure: Cuba and Haiti in US Culture, 1898-1940, which examines the ways that Cuba and Haiti--both as signs and as sites--were crucial to the imaginative rethinking of race and nationhood in the US at the turn of the 20th century. She has presented on this project at numerous conferences, most recently at the 2012 American Society of Theatre Research (ASTR) conference. Riley has also begun research for a second book project, titled Crossing the Windward Passage: Race, Geography, Performance, and Resistance. She has presented papers on this work at the 2008 UC Berkeley conference on African and Afro-Caribbean Performance, the 2008 ASTR conference, the Black Geographies Panel at the 2010 Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference, the 2010 American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) conference, and most recently on a panel on resistance in the Caribbean at the 32nd Festival del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba (July 2012). Dr. Riley was awarded a San José State University RSCA Summer Pair Grant for 2012 and a sabbatical in spring 2014 to further develop this project.