Karen Kohn Bradley is Associate Professor of Dance and Director of Graduate Studies in Dance at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is on the Board of Directors of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies where she is also Director of Research and a core faculty member. She is a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis and has worked in dance therapy, with learning disabled children, and in arts education research and policy. Her book, Rudolf Laban, (Routledge, 2008) establishes Laban as a 20th Century performance practitioner with contributions to dance therapy, business and industry, arts education, and performance practices. Bradley comments regularly in the media on political figures and their body movement, most recently in The New Yorker magazine, for the Washington Post, and has appeared on national and international television. She has led workshops on nonverbal leadership style and has also choreographed, written and directed for theatre in the Baltimore and Washington, DC communities.
Ms. Bradley reviewed the dance studies and wrote the essay on dance for the Arts Education Partnership's Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development, she was a chair of research for the National Dance Education Organization's Research in Dance Education project, and she has written several articles on dance education research.