DR Sarah Balkin

DR Sarah Balkin




  • Sarah Balkin earned her BA (honours, 2004) at the University of California, Los Angeles and her MA (2009) and PhD (2012) at Rutgers University. Grants and fellowships from Rutgers, the Mellon Foundation, and the University of Melbourne have supported her research. She works across theatre studies and literary studies, with particular expertise in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her monograph, Spectral Characters: Genre and Materiality on the Modern Stage, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press (2019). She is currently at work on a project on comedy in the US, UK, and Australia, emphasizing the historical emergence of deadpan and its derivations in contemporary feminist comedy.

    An up to date list of Sarah's publications is available at https://unimelb.academia.edu/SarahBalkin   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Faculty Research Grant, "Character in Literature and Theatre." University of Melbourne, 2013-2014.
    Edward Kassakian Grant. Rutgers University, 2013.
    Mellon Summer Research Grant. Mellon Foundation, 2011.
    Mellon Summer Research Grant. Mellon Foundation, 2010.
    Qualls Fellowship. Rutgers University, 2009-2010.   


Education and training

  • PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 2012
  • MA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 2009
  • BA, University of California - Los Angeles 2004

Awards and honors

  • Dissertation Teaching Award, Rutgers University, 2010


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available for supervision in the following areas: nineteenth and twentieth-century theatre; fin de siecle literature and culture; theatrical and literary modernism; genre; material culture; gender and sexuality; and comedy.