ABD, Princeton Univ. Eric M. Glover is a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with a major in English at Princeton University. He is also a candidate for the certificate in African-American studies at Princeton. He expects his degree to be conferred by May 2016.
Glover's dissertation, "New Negro Musical Theater: Race and Representation in Hughes and Hurston, 1931-63," is a case study of black musical theater that casts Langston Hughes, a poet, and Zora Neale Hurston, a folklorist, in the leading roles of movers and shakers during the golden age on the Great White Way. In the future, he would like to conduct research into multiculturalism and neoliberalism in mixed-race musical theater. His article, "'Opening Doors,'" on black performing artists in original and revival Broadway, London, Off-Broadway, and regional stage works of Stephen Sondheim, a composer, appears in the Sondheim Review: Dedicated to the Work of the Musical Theater's Foremost Composer and Lyricist.
Before matriculating at Princeton, Glover worked as an adjunct instructor of dramatic arts at College of Staten Island. In the past, he plied his trade by also working as an America Reads and America Counts tutor, an intern, and a script reader at MCC Theater, New York University, Signature Theater Company, Tectonic Theater Project, Theater Talk Productions, the Village Voice, and Young Playwrights, Inc. After submitting his dissertation, he looks forward to being in service to the profession of English and giving instruction in American musical theater history, dramas of black America, and performance practice and theory.
Glover is a past recipient of honors from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, Phillips Academy, Social Science Research Council, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Photograph by Jennifer D. Loessy