Toni Shapiro-Phim, Director of Programs

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About Toni: Toni oversees PFP’s public programs, including exhibitions, performances, humanities forums and other collaborative endeavors with community partners. She first worked at PFP from 2001-2007, and has been with us again since 2011. She received her Ph.D from Cornell University in cultural anthropology, exploring the relationship between war, migration and the arts, and worked in refugee camps in Indonesia and Thailand with people who had come from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. She has conducted ethnographic research in Cambodian communities in Southeast Asia and the U.S. She has also designed and implemented public arts, educational and documentation programs in diverse settings, and has held teaching and research appointments at the University of California-Berkeley, San Jose State University, Yale University and Mills College. Toni currently teaches part-time in the anthropology and dance departments at Bryn Mawr College. She’s participated in trainings with the Peacebuilding and the Arts initiative of Brandeis University, and is a founding member of the Cambodia/Southeast Asia Working Group at Rutgers University’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. A dance ethnologist with a particular specialization in the performing arts of Southeast Asia, her dissertation, books and other publications focus on the history and cultural context of dance around the world, particularly in relation to violence, migration, conflict resolution and gender concerns.