Alisa Solomon

Professor & Director, Arts Concentration at Journalism School

Columbia University

Alisa Solomon directs the Arts & Culture concentration in the M.A. program at the Journalism School. She came to Columbia in 2005 after nearly 20 years as a professor of English/Journalism at Baruch College-CUNY and as a professor in the PhD programs in Theater and in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. In addition to contributing occasionally to The Nation, The Forward, The New York Times, and other publications, she was on staff at The Village Voice for 21 years, where she was a regular theater critic and cultural and political reporter, winning awards for stories on reproductive rights, electoral politics, women's sports, and immigration policy. For radio, she has contributed theater commentaries to WNYC and has served for more than a decade as a contributor to the weekly program "Beyond the Pale: Radical Jewish Culture and Politics" (WBAI).

Solomon's book, "Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender," won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. She is the editor of three anthologies: "Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" (with Tony Kushner); "Theater and Social Change" (Theater, 31:3); and "The Queerest Art: Essays on Lesbian and Gay Theater" (with Framji Minwalla). Most recently, she edited and wrote the Introduction to “The Reverend Billy Project: From Rehearsal Hall to Super Mall with the Church of Life After Shopping,” by Bill Talen and Savitri D. Solomon holds a doctorate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale.  Her new book, "Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof," is due out from Metropolitan Books/Holt in October 2013.