Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she chaired the Department of Performance Studies for more than a decade. She teaches courses on the aesthetics of everyday life, world’s fairs, museums, and tourism. Shehas served on advisory committees for six interdepartmental programs, including Museum Studies, American Studies, Liberal Studies, Metropolitan Studies, Religious Studies, and Asian/Pacific/American Studies.Dr. Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is the recipient of many awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities. She was a Getty Scholar at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in 1991-1992, in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Conference and Study Center in 1991, a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar in 1995, a Winston Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1996, a University of Auckland Foundation Visitor in 1998, a fellow at SCASSS (Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences) in Uppsala in 1998, and a resident research fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001.In 2006, she won a National Jewish Book Award.She served as President of the American Folklore Society from 1988 to 1992 and as the AFS delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies, is a Folklore Fellow of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and was designated Distinguished Humanist for 2003 by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at Ohio State University.She serves (or recently served) on boards and advisory committeesfor the following institutions: Getty Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities; Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, Smithsonian Institution; Stanford Humanities Center; Association for Museum History; Museum of Jurassic Technology; the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College; Association for Jewish Studies Executive Board and AJS Women’s Caucus; the American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts; Social Science Research Council; and International Center for Advanced Studies, New York University, among others. She is currently leader of the Core Exhibition Development Team for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Warsaw).