Buck Wanner

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Writing Associate

Buck Wanner studies Dance History and completed his Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance at Columbia University. He performs, choreographs, and writes about experimental dance. Current scholarship focuses on dance in New York in the 1990s, institutional histories of dance, and data visualization and mapping as tools for dance research. He has previously edited artist-run publications including Movement Research Performance Journal, Culturebot, and the American Realness catalog READING. Buck also holds a B.A. in Dance and M.A. in Theatre and Performance, Columbia University and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.