Professor - History, Theory and Literature
Ph.D. Indiana University, 1984
M.A. University of Alabama, 1976
B.A., Samford University, 1970
Appointed to IU in 1995
Ronald Wainscott’s specialization is American theatre. He is an NEH Fellow and multiple grant recipient, author of four books, Theatre: Collaborative Acts, Allyn & Bacon, 2003 and 2007 (co-written with Kathy Fletcher) and currently in its third edition; Plays Onstage: An Anthology, Allyn & Bacon (co-edited with Kathy Fletcher); The Emergence of the Modern American Theater, 1914-1929, Yale University Press, 1997; and Staging O’Neill: The Experimental Years, 1920-1934, Yale University Press, 1988. He is currently writing articles and a new book on theatrical and dramatic struggles with decorum, immodesty, and censorship.
He is the author of numerous chapters, articles, reviews, and entries appearing in The Cambridge History of American Theatre, The Cambridge Companion to Eugene O’Neill, The American Stage: Social and Economic Issues from the Colonial Period to the Present; The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre, Art, Glitter and Glitz: American Theatre in the 1920s; Notable Women in the American Theatre; Women’s Studies Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of American Studies, Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, Theatre Survey, Theatre Topics, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre History Studies, The Eugene O’Neill Review, Theatre Research International, The American Historical Review, and Theatre Journal. He has served on numerous executive boards, editorial boards, and committees for the American Theatre and Drama Society, American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Eugene O’Neill Society.