Faculty Bio – Kamler
Erin Kamler, Ph.D., 
Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities

  • Wrote Rewriting the Victim: Dramatization as Research in Thailand's Anti-Trafficking Movement (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • Recipient of 2013 USC Graduate Research Enhancement Fellowship
  • Original musicals staged at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, New Dramatists, The Public Theater, Playwright’s Horizons, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Recipient of numerous awards, including the 2009 Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Book, Music, and Lyrics for an Original Musical; 2010 Backstage Garland Award for Best Playwriting; 2010 Backstage Garland Award for Best Musical Score; 2009 Frederick Loewe Award, Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwright’s Festival Award and University of Michigan’s Hopwood Award

Erin Kamler is an acclaimed composer, playwright, and academic researcher. Her work reflects her passion for the intersection of feminist social justice and the arts. Kamler earned her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where her research focused on the trafficking and migration of women in Thailand, and using the arts as a tool for political communication and human rights witnessing.

In the classroom, Kamler encourages students to apply critical and creative thinking to achieve their educational and personal goals. She teaches The Arts and Social Change, as well as Socioeconomic Influences on the Arts and Literature.