Artist| Scientist| Entrepreneur| Educator
Focused on the body, broadly construed, I teach, research, and engage in art-making and creative scholarship at intersections of the arts, health, healing, and activism. Currently an independent scholar collaborating on initiatives based at Shephens Eye Research Institute of Mass Eye and Ear|Harvard Medical School and Columbia University, my past academic affiliations include Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life and the Department of Religion at Columbia University, Affiliated Faculty at the Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College, Visiting Scholar at the The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Cultural Engagement Fellow at the University of Oxford, which facilitated the development of the arts and science performance research project, Transportation Transformation: Migration, Teleportation, and Railways.
My professional performing career includes work with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Forces of Nature, DanceBrazil, Stack Motions Productions, and Urban Bush Women. I hold Master degrees in Religious Studies and Cultures and Development Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies from the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom (UK).
I hold a central interest in the varied ways in which African Diaspora/Black Atlantic women navigate and negotiate intersectional liabilities of identity and belonging and cultivate response, resistance, and dignity in the living out of their lives.
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