Tim Raphael is Associate Professor of Theater and Director of the Center for Migration and the Global City. He has devised, directed and produced over fifty theatrical productions at venues that include The Kennedy Center, The Public Theater, Theater For A New Audience and New York Theater Workshop. He has also written extensively about the intersection of politics, popular culture and performance for a wide variety of journals, and in the book The President Electric: Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Performance. He holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and has taught theater, performance studies, and American studies at Ursinus College, Dartmouth College, Wesleyan University, Georgetown University, and the Universidade Aberta in Lisbon, Portugal. He has won several awards for his teaching including The Rutgers Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. His current project, Newest Americans, is a multidisciplinary investigation of immigrant life that will “publish” its findings in numerous documentary and art media. Newest Americans is a collaboration between Rutgers University-Newark faculty and students, VII, a visual documentary collective representing two dozen of the world’s most accomplished photo-journalists and video-makers, and Talking Eyes Media, an award-winning documentary media production company.