- PhD (Theatre Arts) – University of Pittsburgh
- MA (English) – University at Buffalo SUNY
- BA (Dance, Choreography concentration; English) – St. Olaf College
Ariel Nereson is Assistant Professor of Dance Studies. She is a past recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) Graduate Fellowship, the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize, the ASTR Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Research Fellowship, and a nominee for the Council of Graduate Schools Distinguished Dissertation Award. Nereson’s research is at the intersection of embodiment, identity, historiography, and cognitive studies. Her publications can be found in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Studies in Musical Theatre, and forthcoming in American Quarterly.
Nereson is an active member and regularly presents at the conferences of the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS), the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), ASTR, and ATDS. She is on the editorial board of Theatre Annual: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas and serves on the ATDS John W. Frick Book Award committee.
At UB, Nereson teaches courses in the BFA and BA in Dance programs as well as in the MA and PhD in Theatre & Performance. In spring 2016 she will set a new work on the Zodiaque Dance Ensemble. Her current book project is Democracy Moving: Corporeality and History in Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Lincoln Trilogy.