Rhonda Garelick writes on fashion, performance, literature, visual art, and politics. She is the author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History (Random House, 2014); Electric Salome: Loie Fuller’s Performance of Modernism (Princeton University Press, 2007); Rising Star: Dandyism, Gender, and Performance in the Fin de Siècle (Princeton University Press, 1998); and as co-editor, Fabulous Harlequin: ORLAN and the Patchwork Self (University of Nebraska Press, 2010). Her cultural criticism has appeared in venues such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Brooklyn Rail, and Salon.
Garelick is a Guggenheim fellow and has also received awards from the NEA, the NEH, the Getty Research Institute, the Dedalus Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Whiting Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is Professor of Performing Arts and English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is the founder and director of the Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium. She has also taught at NYU/Gallatin, Princeton University (as the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Visiting Professor of Distinguished Teaching in Comparative Literature), the CUNY Graduate Center, Connecticut College, Columbia University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Yale. Garelick received her B.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature and French from Yale University, and is an ancienne pensionnaire étrangère of the Ecole Normale Superiéure. She also has extensive experience as a consultant for the worlds of media, fashion, and journalism, as well as the not-for-profit sector.