Dr. Leighton’s Education/ Research (Highlights)


  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, Louisiana State University
    •  Areas of Concentration: Performance Studies, Rhetoric, Qualitative Methods
      •                Dissertation: “Strutting Through History: A Performance Genealogy of the Philadelphia Mummers Parade”
  • M.A., Communication Studies, California State University, Los Angeles
    •        Areas of Concentration: Rhetoric, Performance Studies
      •                 Thesis: “The Jester’s Pub: Performing Community, Sexuality, Gender and Race(ism)”
  • B.A., Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University       
    •             Upper Division Concentration: Communication Studies, Queer Theory


  • Leighton, Cora. “Real Girl Dances in Mummer Throng: A Performative Historiography of Gender in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade.”  Text and Performance Quarterly. 32 (2012): 38-58.
  • Leighton, Cora. “Book Review: American Aloha: Cultural Tourism and the Negotiation of Tradition” Liminalities 5(2). http://liminalities.net/5-2/rev-aloha.html.
  • Leighton, Corey. “Finding Space through Cooperation: Space and Community in a Strip Club.”  Loudmouth Magazine Summer (2005): 24.
  • Leighton, Corey. “The Jester’s Pub: A Study of Competition and Cooperation.” Colloquy 6 (2005): 61-72.

Academic Performances        

  • “Spectaculum! Women’s Health and Communication” 2010 Solo Performance Resident; 1812 Productions, Philadelphia, PA, July 5-12, 2010.
  • “The Castle Plan: Queer Memoir and Addiction” Queer Memoir: Sober, New York, NY, July 2010.
  • “Both Forks: Dichotomy Inside of Me” Feature Performer at People’s Improv Theatre, New York, NY, May 2010.
  • “Pieces of Me: Tattoos and Transplants, Communication and Representation” Feature Performer in So-Low Performance Festival, Philadelphia, PA, May 2010.
  • “That Kidney: Kidney Transplants and Health Communication ” Feature Performer at Rowan Day, Glassboro, NJ, April 2010.
  • “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and… Sexual Assault and Representation” Performance Resident, Rowan University, Dept of Fine Arts, Glassboro, NJ, April 2010.
  • “I Turned Thirty; and I Like it.” Performance in Women in the Arts Showcase, Louisiana State University, 2008.
  •  Performer in “Lawn Balls: A Love Story” Graduate Student Performance Showcase, Louisiana State University, 2007.
  • Director, Producer and Performer in “If Our Desks Could Talk: Gender and Academia” Performed at the HopKins Black Box Theatre, Louisiana State University, 2007.
  • Performer in “She looked like Mary Queen of Scots.” Performed at the HopKins Black Box Theatre, Louisiana State University, 2006.
  • “Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Performance of Hegemonic Femininity of Shoes.” Performance in Women in the Arts showcase, Louisiana State University, 2006.
  •  Performer in “Spectacular: The Speculum and the Male Gaze” Graduate Student Performance Showcase, Louisiana State University,  2005.
  • “The Jester’s Pub: Community in a Strip Club.” MA Thesis Performance at California State University, Los Angeles, 2005.