Buchanan To Serve As Grad Student Representative to the WashU Board of Trustees

Jay Buchanan, a second-year student in the M.A. program in Theater and Performance Studies, will serve as one of two Graduate Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees in 2020-2021.

Buchanan is the first student from the arts to hold the position since its formation in 1996. "I'm excited to bring the perspectives of WashU's scholar-artists and humanities thinkers to the attention of the Board this year," he said.

Buchanan focuses the performative potential of inanimate objects, working in performance theory and art history. He is conducting research under the guidance of Dr. Julia Walker for a Master's Essay on the theatricality of highway infrastructure. He is a Graduate Assistant in the Performing Arts Department, coordinating academic events and managing departmental archives, and Teaching Assistant to Dr. Henry Schvey. He also serves as a Student Educator for the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Managing Director of Idiosynchrony, a podcast and collaborative sonic artwork. 

His co-Representative is Bisiayo Fashemi, a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the School of Medicine whose research in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences has implications for obstetrics and gynecology.  "I look forward to collaborating with Bisi to develop a program that applies interdisciplinary expertise from WU's different schools to problems facing St. Louis," said Buchanan, "Now is not the time for the university to turn inward."