Lucille Toth

Lucille Toth

Lucille Toth

Assistant Professor of French (Newark campus)

Areas of Expertise

  • Dance Studies
  • French and Francophone culture
  • Medical Humanities
  • Migration Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality


  • PhD, University of Southern California
  • MA, University of Montreal

Lucille Toth is an Assistant Professor of French at OSU-Newark, affiliated with Ohio State Dance department. Trained in contemporary dance in France, her research interests lie at the intersection of dance, literature, medical humanities, gender and migration studies. Her first book Danse et sida (Dance and AIDS) traces the links between AIDS and dance in France in order to challenge contemporary cultural, political and artistic metaphors about contamination. Her new project Moving Bodies, Moving Borders confronts migration and movement with current discourses on purity and identity. In 2015, she co-edited the volume Danse contemporaine et littérature (Paris: Centre National de la Danse, 2015) that focuses on the intersections between postmodern dance and letters in France. Her articles and reviews appear in: Dance Chronicle; Forum for Modern Language Studies; French Cultural Studies; SITES. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies; H-France Review.

In addition to being a scholar, Lucille Toth also gives dance workshops in the US, Canada and Europe on the ways in which movement and writing intertwine and influence each other. As a choreographer, an immigrant and women’s rights advocate, she is the founder and artistic director of On Border(hers), an all-women dance project based on the testimonies of female immigrants. This dance project shows how global mobility is gendered and part of contemporary national and global history. On Board(hers) has been supported by different grants including a Coca Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant, and an Outreach Grant from OSU-Newark, and received good press coverage from NPR, Columbus Alive and WOSU, among others. As part of this project, Lucille Toth also gave a TEDxTalk in 2019 entitled “Yes she has an accent. Why don’t you?”