Michael Peterson is Associate Professor and Director of Instruction in the Department of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches research methods, performance studies, dramatic literature, feminist theatre, and other subjects both in the PhD program and at the undergraduate level, as well as experimental production and performance art. Peterson's research includes a critical study of Straight White Male Performance Art Monologues (Mississippi UP). a forthcoming book on performance culture in Las Vegas (Michigan UP), and work on animals, food, and objects in performance. His newest work is about performance in and about torture and other forms of cruelty.