AboutVictoria Phillips is the author of Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy, which explores the international political life of Martha Graham to promote the United States on in over thirty nations for every presidential administration from Franklin D. Roosevelt through George H.W. Bush. She has begun her next work, a political biography of Eleanor Lansing Dulles in divided Cold War Europe, 1945-1961. Through Columbia University’s Cultural Initiative at the European Institute, Victoria runs the Cold War Archival Research Project (CWAR) and takes advanced students from Columbia, the London School of Economics, and West Point Military Academy to archives in the US and Europe to conduct primary research on Cold War power, and the intersection of soft and hard. She was a Lecturer in History at the European Institute and Department of History, Associated Faculty at the Harriman Institute, visiting professor at the Institute of International Relations at Corvinus University of Budapest and a Distinguished Fellow at its Institute for Advanced Studies, and will continue in 2020 as a Visiting Fellow in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics.
Her articles have appeared in such varied publications as the New York Times, American Communist History, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, Dance Chronicle, Ballet News, and Dance Research Journal. She has curated several public exhibitions in the United States and Europe, and has lectured at renowned universities, colleges, high schools, arts academies, and international institutes. At present she serves on the boards of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the European Institute at Columbia University, The British Academy of Dance Scholars, and the Historic Dance Theatre. She is on the editorial boards of American Communist History and Dance Chronicle. Her primary research is held at the Library of Congress as the Victoria Phillips Collection. She is the Chair of the SHAFR Task Force on Remote Research in response to the current COVID crisis.
Education2006-2013 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY – GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Department of History, Ph.D., May 2013; M.A. October 2007; M.Phil. May, 2009
2003-2006 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY – GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCE
M.A. – Gallatin Division
United States Cultural, Intellectual and Dance History
1991-1995 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY – GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCE
M.F.A. – English & Creative Writing/Fiction
1987-1988 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY – SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
M.B.A. – Finance, Fellow, International Fellows Program, School of International and Public Affairs, 1987-1988
1979-1985 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY – SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES
B.A. – Literature & Writing, Maintained matriculation while working as a dancer.
PublicationsMartha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy
Oxford University Press, 2020
Studies of the Harriman Institute Book Series
American Communist History, (February, 2018): 1-3
“Reflections of a Neo-Liberal: An Interview with John Haynes”
American Communist History (13.2-3, 2014): 85-152
The Routledge Dictionary of American Modernism
Entries on The New Dance Group and Jane Dudley
“Homeowner’s Nation: The International Financial Collapses of the 21st Century”
The CLIO History of Recessions and Depressions
“Martha Graham’s Gilded Cage: The Construction of Blood Memory, An Autobiography”
Dance Research Journal, 45.2 (Aug. 2013): 63-84.
“Cold War Cultural Attaché: The International Career of Francis Mason”
Ballet Review (Summer, 2011)
“Collaboration Among Icons: The New York City Dance Theatre, 1949”
Ballet Review (Winter, 2011)
“All Fall Down: New Dance Group and Capitalism as the ‘Highest Stage’ of Communism, 1932-2009”
American Communist History 9.2 (2010)
“Dancing Diplomacy: Martha Graham, the State Department, and Cold War Cultural Exchange in Asia”
Dance Chronicle, 11.4 (2010): 1-35
Review, “A Game For Dancers,” Dance Research Journal, 41.2 (Winter 2009): 116-119
“Performing Communism in the American Dance: Culture, Politics, and the New Dance Group,”
American Communist History, 7.1 (2008)
Dance is a Weapon.
Pantin, France: Centre National de La Danse, 2008
“Ethel Winter – Biography”
Ethel Winter and Her Choreography, ed. Karin Hermes, New York: BoD, 2007
Women in American History: An Encyclopedia (Chelsea House Publishers: Facts on File)
Entries on Löie Fuller, Martha Graham and the New Dance Group
The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press)
Entry on the New Dance Group
“An MBA Runs the Gauntlet”
New York Times Magazine: The Business World, 12 June 1988
“So it Goes” (27 July 1987), “My Summer in Tokyo” (21 September 1987), “No Dice” (14 October 1989), Grant’s Interest Rate Observer
ProjectsEleanor Lansing’s Cold Wars in Divided Europe: The Dulles Legacy Revisited, 1945-1961, Working Manuscript represented by Jane Dystel
Upcoming Talks and ConferencesCFP: Workshop and Volume on Cold War Liberalism in the North Atlantic, participant, 2020
The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, The American Historical Association, conference panels and papers accepted for 2021.
MARTHA GRAHAM’S COLD WAR: THE DANCE OF AMERICAN DIPLOMACY, Book tour including universities, museums, bookstores and schools in Asia, Europe, United Kingdom, and the United States. Post-COVID locations include a return to these areas, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Russia.