Anna Paliy

PhD Student


Anna's personal and professional passions converge at a three-point junction: dance, multilingualism, and pedagogy. Her academic work is rooted in a childhood spent traveling between Ukraine, Hong-Kong, and France as well as a competitive rhythmic gymnastics career with ballet training spanning twelve years and three countries. She completed her BA in Comparative Literature at Western University (London, ON) in 2014 and her MA at the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto in 2015. Anna’s academic and creative non-fiction writing has been published in the journals Kino and The SemiColon (Western University), as well as Transverse (University of Toronto). In 2015, she presented her written work on drag performance in cinematic farce at Playtime: The Institute for Cinema Studies Conference at the University of Toronto and at Trans-and-Trance: The Annual Graduate Student Conference at The Centre for Theory and Criticism at Western University. In 2018, she participated in the Performance History Working Group led by Dr. Stephen Johnson at the annual CATR conference in Kingston, ON. She is currently a PhD student at the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies as well as a member of the Institute for Dance Studies, where her dissertation work focuses upon integrating issues surrounding travel, gender representation, and the historical dancing body to study the material legacies of dissident migrant ballet dancers in France and Russia around the time of the Soviet Revolutions of 1917. 


MA, University of Toronto: Comparative Literature/Book History and Print Culture
Honours BA, Western University: Comparative Literature with international exchange courses in Philology at the National University at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) in Kyiv, Ukraine