Texas Tech University

Heather Warren-Crow

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts in the College of Visual & Performing Arts

Heather Warren-Crow, associate professor of interdisciplinary arts and affiliated faculty in women's studies, is a media theorist and performance artist. Dr. Warren-Crow's scholarship investigates the ways in which the aesthetics of audio-visual media model conceptions of personhood, agency, and embodiment. Her first book, Girlhood and the Plastic Image, was published by Dartmouth College Press. It argues that fundamental qualities of the digital image—namely, mutability, scalability, and shareability—are associated with girlishness, with the power and vulnerability of girls as they are discursively understood. She is currently completing another book, with TTU French literature professor Andrea Jonsson, that explores the impact of Tiqqun's theory of the Young-Girl on the arts and popular culture.

As an artist, Dr. Warren-Crow creates live and prerecorded performances that deal with the function of language, gesture, and the sound of the voice in structuring modes of public address. She often messes with conventionalized formats of oral communication—from academic lectures to guided meditations, from audio tours to celebrity confessions—to expose the tension between the scripted and the unrehearsed. Her interest in the dialectic between the prearranged and the spontaneous has led to a new line of creative inquiry: popular understandings of DNA as a predetermined genetic code and epigenetics as a mechanism for change. She is currently artist-in-residence at the lab of biophysicist Sy Redding.

Dr. Warren-Crow has exhibited creative work at galleries, performance spaces, and festivals around the world, including the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, World Stage Design in Taipei, Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival in Norway, the Museum of Performance + Design in San Francisco, and Glasshouse ArtLifeLab in Brooklyn. She has published articles in such academic journals as Feminist Media Studies, Screen Bodies, Performance Research, and Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She is also the recipient of a Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award (the TTU system's most prestigious award for scholarly achievement), a Dean's Advancing Creative Scholarship Award (TTU), a Scholarship Catalyst Program Grant (TTU), a Humanities Center Fellowship (TTU), and an Eisner Award (the University of California at Berkeley's highest graduate student award for the arts). 

Dr. Warren-Crow teaches courses in interdisciplinary, theory/practice, and multimodal methodologies for arts research for TTU's innovative Fine Arts Doctoral Program, which brings together students studying theatre, music, and visual art. Her teaching areas include cinema and media studies, performance studies, gender studies, technology and the arts, sound studies, and practices of performance art, sound art, and puppetry. Previously, she taught at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and UC Berkeley, where she received an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. She has a PhD in Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.

Please visit the website: www.heatherwarren-crow.com/ 

Heather Warren-Crow

Warren-Crow Honored for Research Excellence

In honor of her career of achievement, Heather Warren-Crow has been awarded the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award, the most prestigious honor given to faculty members throughout the Texas Tech University System. Read the full story. 

Contact Information:

Email: Heather.warren-crow@ttu.edu
Phone: 806-834-3022