Olivia Michiko Gagnon is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC, where she is Affiliated Faculty in Asian Canadian and Asian Migration (ACAM) Studies and Faculty Associate at The Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ). Her research and teaching live at the intersections of performance studies, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist and queer theory, and critical Indigenous studies. She is currently completing her first monograph Closeness: Archives, Performance, and Forms of Relation, which theorizes closeness as a minoritarian aesthetic method of doing history otherwise – with and beyond the archive. Her writing has appeared in ASAP/Journal, Performance Quarterly, Syndicate and Women Performance: a journal of feminist theory, where she is co-editor (with Dr. James McMaster) of a special issue titled “The Between: Couple Forms, Performing Together.” She has also written exhibition catalogue essays for major museums and galleries in Canada and the US. Gagnon received her PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at NYU in 2019.