Debra H. Sowell is a professor of humanities at Southern Virginia University.
Dr. Sowell joined the faculty in 2011. She also has taught in the Department of Humanities, Classics and Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University—where she earned a prestigious Alcuin Fellowship. She specializes in teaching the arts in western civilization. She belongs to numerous academic associations, including the Society of Dance History Scholars and the Humanities Education and Research Association.
Her book, “The Christensen Brothers: An American Dance Epic,” won two distinguished awards—the 1998 Evans Handcart Award for western biography and the 1999 De la Torre Bueno Prize’s Special Citation from the Dance Perspectives Foundation. In addition to entries in the International Encyclopedia of Dance, she has published articles on dance iconography and the Romantic Ballet in leading journals in her field.
She served with her husband, Dr. Madison U. Sowell, when for three years he presided over the Italy Milan Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They have two children and currently reside in Buena Vista, Va.
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A., Tufts University, 1980; Ph.D., New York University, 1990
Southern Virginia University
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