Faculty and Staff

Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD

Jasmine Mahmoud

PhD, Performance Studies

Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership

Phone: 206-296-4995

Building/Room: HUNT 208



Jasmine Mahmoud is an urban ethnographer and performance historian who engages contemporary artistic practices, race, policy, and geography. Her fields and interests include: theater and performance studies, political economy, arts and cultural policy, black aesthetics, theories of the avant-garde, feminist/queer of color critique, and anti-racist, decolonial neighborhood processes beyond gentrification/displacement.

She has writing in Modern DramaPerformance ResearchTDR: The Drama ReviewWomen & Performance, and in the edited collections Postdramatic Theatre and Form and Theater and Cultural Politics for a New World: An Anthology, as well as art criticism in Canadian Art and Hyperallergic. She is completing a book manuscript (revised from her dissertation) investigating the trend of experimental theater practices staged in urban margins in early 21st century New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Seattle; critically, the manuscript chronicles minoritarian artistic practices often excluded from avantgarde archives. She is also co-editing (with Megan Geigner, Northwestern University and Stuart Hecht, Boston College) the collection Makeshift Chicago: Stages: A Century of Theatre and Performance, under contract with Northwestern University Press. An assistant editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, she co-founded The Arts Politic.

At Seattle University, Mahmoud teaches BA and MFA courses in the Arts Leadership program including “Fundamentals of the Arts Sector,” “Public Policy and Advocacy in the Arts,” and “Summary Project,” as well as the “Social Justice” course in the Nonprofit Leadership program. She also co-curates the Arts Leadership Book Club, a quarterly interdisciplinary workshop, tied to an academic or popular book, that expands engagements with professional development, intersectionality, and equity in the arts sector. Prior to joining the SU faculty, Dr. Mahmoud was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in the Program in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was in residence from 2016 to 2018. There, she instructed methods-centered courses including “Urban Ethnography in St. Louis” (for which she received a teaching award), and conducted ethnographic research about contemporary black artists in St. Louis. She also curated Black Lives, Black Arts, which invited black artists/scholars for community-engaged workshops and conversations.

In Seattle, she is an advisor for The Future Ancient, Che Sehyun’s collaborative art project celebrating Seattle’s Asian Pacific Islander community around the 2020 re-opening the Seattle Asian Art Museum. She also works with TeenTix as a Press Corps Teaching Artist and Mentor, and is a 2019-2020 BASE (Building Arts Space Equitably) cohort member with Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture.  From 2014 to 2016, she served on the board of Arts Corps.