Maura Keefe is a contemporary dance historian. She is a scholar-in-residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, where she writes about, lectures on, and interviews artists from around the world. Based on those interactions with dancers and choreographers, she is working on a collection of essays on contemporary dance forms and cultures. Other research interests include the relationships between dance and sports, with essays published inTaken By Surprise: The Dance Improvisation Reader, When Men Dance: Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders,The Gay and Lesbian Review and Performance Journal. Keefe has given lectures at Princeton University, UCLA, the Goethe Institut, New York Live Arts, the Joyce Theatre, and New York’s City Center. She has served on the board for the Congress on Research on Dance (CORD), as a dance panelist for the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA), and as chair for the Department of Dance at the College at Brockport. She has an MFA in choreography and performance from Smith College and a PhD in dance history and theory from University of California, Riverside. Keefe teaches dance history and theory and choreography.