Dr. Fen Kennedy, PhD

Dr. Fen Kennedy, PhD, is an assistant professor of dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Alabama. Their research—theoretical and physical—focuses on how dance can articulate the norms and values of society, and how those norms can be challenged and changed. Their work has been featured in Dance Chronicle, the Journal of Dance Education and The Activist History Review, and is forthcoming in several anthologies. Their latest dance work, Pressure, commissioned in collaboration with Melissa Yes for the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, explores stressors on the lives of young women during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. In their spare time Fen teaches and organizes gender-friendly social partner-dancing around the U.S.