About Laura Quinton

New York, New York

Laura Quinton (CBA ’22) is a historian of dance and modern Europe. She received her PhD in History from NYU in September 2021. Her current book project, Ballet Imperial: Dance and the New British Empire, explores the unexpected entanglements of ballet and British politics over the course of the twentieth century. Her work has been supported by Fellowships from the NYU Center for the Humanities, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Alumnae Association of Barnard College. Her writing has appeared in The Historical Journal, Twentieth Century British History, and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Ballet Imperial: Dance and the New British Empire
At CBA, Quinton worked on her first book, Ballet Imperial: Dance and the New British Empire. Focusing her research on British ballet in the late twentieth century, she explored how neoliberalism, immigration and globalization, as well as Commonwealth and European Union partnerships re-shaped this national art.


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