Dr. Elizabeth Son | Associate Professor

Dr. Elizabeth Son is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University. Her research examines the interplay between histories of gender-based violence and contemporary performance in the United States and South Korea. She teaches courses on theatre and social change; race, gender, and performance; and performance, memory, and violence in U.S. and transnational contexts. Her book Embodied Reckonings: “Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress (2018) examines the political and cultural aspects of contemporary performances in South Korea, Japan, and the United States that have grappled with the history of Japanese military sexual slavery. Son’s work has been recognized with national fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fulbright Program, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She is also the recipient of the Florence Howe Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship from the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, an allied organization of the MLA, and Honorable Mention for the Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research. Son’s teaching has been recognized with the Clarence Simon Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in the School of Communication at Northwestern University.