Jay Buchanan is on the MA/PhD track in the department and holds the Lynne Cooper Harvey Fellowship in American Culture Studies. Jay studies the art and material culture of the U.S. and Latin America (1945-present). His work engages performance studies, network aesthetics, queer theory, and critical poetics to interrogate American logics of objecthood. Writing appears or is forthcoming in Chiricú: The Journal of Latina/o Arts, Literatures, and Cultures, Theatre History Studies, Miranda, About Place, and elsewhere.
Before entering the program, Jay worked as a curatorial intern in the Photographs Division of the National Gallery of Art and as a gallery manager in Wake Forest Art Galleries and Collections. Jay completed the MA in Theater and Performance Studies at WashU in 2021. He served as Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees for 2020-2021, becoming the first MA student ever to serve in this role at WashU. He completed a BA in Theater and Politics at Wake Forest University in 2017.