December 4, 2013
To the entire Tisch community,
It is with immense sadness that I report that José Muñoz, Ph.D., professor of Performance Studies, passed away suddenly last night.
Nineteen years ago, when I invited José to join the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, he was a doctoral candidate at Duke University. In a very short period of time, Professor Muñoz became an academic superstar and distinguished himself as a brilliant leader for his department and his discipline. In 2000, he was promoted to associate arts professor and served as chair of the department from 2005 to 2011. José earned the rank of full professor in 2009.
José has been a prolific scholar. In addition to several books on a range of topics – punk rock, Latino, and queer performance – José has authored dozens of journal articles, book chapters and co-edited numerous journal volumes.
His reach extended far beyond the Tisch School of the Arts. Throughout his career, José was invited to deliver more than 100 lectures and presentations across the United States, England, Germany, and Spain. He curated performances, panels, and conferences on globalizing youth culture, Latino performance, racial conflict, and masculinity. He was also a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, George Washington University, Williams College and Barnard College.
As accomplished and committed as José was as a scholar, he was a warm, witty and exceptionally caring individual who unerringly steered his students and mentees into top-ranked academic appointments and accolades. Only 46 when he died, José’s accomplishments could fill several lifetimes.
Please join me in extending our deepest sympathy to his family, his colleagues around the world, and to all of his current and former students.
I will miss him deeply.
Mary Schmidt Campbell
Dean, Tisch School of the Arts