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Paige McGinley is Associate Professor of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where she directs the graduate program in Theater and Performance Studies. She is also Affiliate Faculty with the program of American Culture Studies.

A scholar of twentieth-century theatre and performance history and theory, McGinley is the author of Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism (Duke UP, 2014), which was recognized with the Errol Hill Award and the John W. Frick Book Prize. McGinley is currently researching and writing Rehearsing Civil Rights, the first in-depth examination of rehearsals for nonviolent direct action and self-determination in the mid-century black freedom struggle.

Born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, McGinley is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and received her Ph.D. from Brown University. Prior to her current position, she served on the faculty of Yale University, where she was awarded the Poorvu Family Prize for Interdisciplinary Teaching.