Ana Isabel Keilson is a writer and dance-maker who lives in Somerville, MA. She is currently a Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University, where her teaching and research examines the intersection between aesthetics and politics in modern society. In 2017, she completed her PhD in History at Columbia University. Since 2010, she has divided her time between New York, Berlin, and Paris, serving in 2016 - 2017 as a visiting scholar at the Institute for the History of Knowledge (Department of the History of Science, Humboldt University, Berlin) and in 2016 - 2017 as the Columbia University / Sciences Po Doctoral Exchange Fellow. Her historical scholarship on dance has been supported by grants from the Council for European Studies, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the John Anson Kittredge Foundation, the Barnard College Alumnae Association, and the Lillian Karina Foundation (Stockholm).

Since 2009, her dances have been shown in the United States and Europe, supported by venues such as Movement Research, Danspace Project, Daghdha Dance Company (Ireland), Barnard College / Miller Theater,  Roulette, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, Summer Stages Dance Festival, and the Jacob’s Pillow / American Dance Guild Choreographer’s Lab. She currently collaborates with Providence-based filmmaker Julia C. Liu.

Her book manuscript is a history of German modern dance. Her current research examines the relationship of movement to conservative thinking, as well as the concept of “second nature” in social thought and the performing arts.