Tami Spry is a Professor of Performance Studies in the Communication
Studies Department at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, USA.
She employs autoethnographic writing and performance as a critical
method of inquiry into culture and communication teaching courses in
beginning and advanced performative autoethnography, performance of
literature, and collaborative writing in performance. Dr. Spry’s
performance work, publications, directing, and pedagogy focuses on the
development of cultural critique that engenders dialogue about difficult
sociocultural issues; specifically, her work engages issues of race,
sexual assault, grief, shamanism, and mental
illness. Dr. Spry has presented performance research across the
country and abroad, most recently University of Bristol, University of
Cambridge, and University of Oxford, UK. She also teaches abroad in
Alnwick, England, and has conducted ethnographic work in Chile and Peru
with Mapuche and Peruvian shaman on the performative dimensions of
healing rituals. Dr. Spry’s publications appear in Text and Performance
Quarterly, Critical Studies↔Critical Methodologies, Qualitative Inquiry,
International Review of Qualitative Research, Women and Language, The
SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research, and various anthologies. Her
latest performance, Call It Swing, embodies jazz as a critical method of
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