Director of Faculty Affairs and Human Resources
Sarah Fried-Gintis, PhD, has been involved with the USC Choreographic Institute since its inception in 2014 and now serves as the institute’s staff lead. She supervises the administration and management of the institute and works closely with the faculty lead and artistic advisor to identify new projects and funding sources.
Dr. Fried-Gintis earned a doctorate and master’s degree in history from USC, where she specialized in modern american history, and the history of dance and the performing arts. Her dissertation, “Elevated: Ballet and American Culture, From World War II to the National Endowment for the Arts,” examined the creation of ballet as high art in the United States. Dr. Fried-Gintis presented her research at many conferences, including the American Historical Association, the Berkshire Conference on Women’s Historians, and the Society of Dance History Scholars. She has taught in American Studies at CalState Fullerton.
Prior to joining USC Kaufman, Dr. Fried-Gintis worked with USC faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines as a program manager for the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Program in USC’s Office of the Provost. One of the university’s preeminent and most successful diversity initiatives, the WiSE program represents a groundbreaking effort to increase the representation and success of women in science and engineering at USC through a series of creative programs that enable women to thrive at every stage of their careers. In 2014, Dr. Fried-Gintis and her peers were recognized for their work with WiSE with a Mellon Culture of Mentoring Award.