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A scholar and artist, Dr. Ioana B. Jucan works across the fields of theatre and performance studies, media studies, and philosophy. Informed by decolonial and feminist thought and practice, her current research follows several intersecting threads: the construction of the synthetic real and mechanisms of knowledge, affect, and value production in the age of "post-truth" and big data; and more just and sustainable alternatives to toxic capitalist models and mindsets as well as creative-critical practices that can help us imagine and enact such alternatives. She leads the Data Fluencies Theatre Project, which is a part of the Mellon-funded Data Fluencies Project. She is the author of Malicious Deceivers: Thinking Machine and Performative Objects (Stanford University Press, 2023), as well as of articles published in journals (Performance Philosophy; TDR: The Drama Review; Performance Paradigm, Theatre Journal; parallax; Revista Caracteres; and others) and edited volumes (Remain; Hello, I'm ELIZA; Adorno and Performance; This and That—Essays in Live Art and Performance Studies). Jucan’s artistic work spans multimedia and devised performance, theatre directing, creative writing, and installation art and has been performed internationally. Several of her plays are collected in her book, Cosmology of Worlds Apart (NY: O Balthazar Press, 2017).


  • Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Since 2019


B.A., Brown University
M.A., Brown University
Ph.D., Brown University

Areas of Expertise

  • Aesthetics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Fake News & Misinformation
  • Feminism
  • Media Studies
  • Theater