Takiyah Nur Amin (Ph.D., Temple University) is a dance scholar, educator and consultant. Her research focuses on 20th century American concert dance, African diaspora dance performance and aesthetics and pedagogical issues in dance studies. She is currently completing a book length project (under contract with University of Illinois Press) that explores the work of Black women choreographers during the height of the US-based Black Power and Black Arts Movements. Her scholarship has appeared in several critical journals including The Black Scholar, Dance Chronicle, Dance Research Journal, the Western Journal of Black Studies and the Journal of Pan-African Studies. Her book chapters have been published or are forthcoming in the edited volumes Jazz Dance: A History of Its Roots and Branches, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, Rethinking Dance History and Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the 21st Century. She is a twice-elected board member of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD,) co-founder of CORD's Diversity Working Group, a founding member of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) and a host on the New Book Network's Dance Channel. An "interdisciplinary humanist," Dr. Amin teaches courses in dance history, Black aesthetics and the sociocultural role of dance in human society. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College. Takiyah Nur Amin, Ph.D. is a proud native of Buffalo, NY and is the eldest daughter of Karima and the late Abdul Jalil Amin.