Lizzie Leopold is a Chicago-based artist/scholar and the Executive Director of the Dance Studies Association (DSA), an 900+ member international organization of dance scholars, artists, and pedagogues. In addition to national and international conference gatherings, DSA publishes Dance Research Journal, Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies, and Studies in Dance book series. As an independent researcher, Leopold is currently co-editing a two volume anthology entitled Dancing on the Third Coast: Chicago Dance Histories. Under contract with the University of Illinois Press, Leopold and co-editor Susan Manning are organizing 48 essays spanning from the Chicago World's Fair to the present moment, across genres and geographies. She received an interdisciplinary PhD in Theater and Drama from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the political economy of choreographic production and circulation, asking questions about the intersection of cultural and financial value. Her essays have been published in Perspectives on American Dance (University Press of Florida), Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare and Dance (Oxford University Press), and forthcoming Futures of Dance Studies (University of Wisconsin Press, Studies in Dance History series). Leopold is also a choreographer and the director of the Leopold Group, a 2018 Links Hall Co-Mission Resident Artist.