Kayla Rush is an American Ph.D. candidate in social anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast, where she is currently writing up her thesis on community arts in contemporary Northern Ireland. She also holds an M.A. from Queen’s, where her master’s dissertation was awarded the 2014 John Blacking Prize. Her research interests include performance studies, the senses and the body, pedestrian practices, and the political economy of arts funding. In 2016, she presented a paper on community arts and generosity at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been published in the Irish Journal of Anthropology, and she is a regular contributor to Community Arts Partnership’s online Monthly publication. She is contributing a chapter to a forthcoming volume on ‘the politics and poetics of place-making in Belfast’. She is also a member of the Social Media Team for HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.
When not frantically writing, Kayla enjoys reading, lifting weights, and watching bad television. She plays the French horn is several local ensembles, and she recently took up fencing as a way of distracting herself from her Ph.D. You can follow her on Twitter here: @KaylaRush728.