Madeline teaches the physical practice of circus at a variety of institutions. As a circus historian, she incorporates the scholastics of circus into her teachings well as giving public lectures. Her most recent publication in CircusTalk.com speaks to the landscape of circus studies in higher education. 

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Perceived risk and actual risk coexist in live circus shows. For people who are familiar with the physical technique of the work, the perceived risk lessens and the actual risk becomes manageable. Circus studies (the historical and theoretical study of circus akin to performance studies) seems to be laden with perceived risk for people unfamiliar with the field. Once it is introduced to a community, the perceived risk dissolves and the actual risk transforms into prosperity: cross pollination in education, increased visibility and income for universities and rich connections in local communities.

Spending Time With SNL's Sasheer Zamata!