Betsy Cooper chairs the Department of Dance at California State University, Long Beach. She directed the University of Washington's dance department from 2001-2013, later serving as Divisional Dean of Arts. Betsy has enjoyed a decades-long performance career with classical and contemporary companies, nationally and abroad. Her scholarship probes the intersections of dance, politics, and censorship of the body in early modern dance and Hollywood musicals, and the uses of embodied and reflective writing to promote engaged learning. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington, and a BA, cum laude, from Yale University.