Jo Palazuelos-Krukowski

Graduate Student


Jo Palazuelos-Krukowski is a doctoral precandidate and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a Bachelors in Anthropology from Grinnell College and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was an Advanced Opportunity Fellow and winner of a Mellon Foundation International Studies Grant.

Jo decided to pursue her doctorate after founding an expatriate theatre troupe in South Korea, where she has regularly presented her work as an actor and playwright. She has worked as an assistant director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and as a consultant for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her research has been published by the RSC and by Bloomsbury.

Jo's doctoral work centers on spectrality, folklore, and cross-cultural theatre. Her Masters thesis “Ghosts of the Other” looks at the performance of the supernatural in nineteenth century Japan as a vehicle for ideations of social justice on the late Edo kabuki stage. Her dissertation focuses on constructions of the ghost in relation to national discourses about mobility and displacement within Australian, American, and British horror radio. She is also interested in acting pedagogy (particularly the educational philosophies of Sanford Meisner and Viola Spolin) and the fostering of social ties and civic engagement through community performance. She teaches Introduction to Acting at UC-Santa Barbara and is currently assistant directing for the university’s production of Tartuffe under Julie Fishell.

Jo's work on ghost performance as a prism for articulating cultural fears and aspirations was awarded the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace in 2017. She is nominated for the Academic Senate’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award this year, and she was awarded UC-Santa Barbara’s Graduate Student Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019.