I am an assistant professor in the school of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at University of Washington Bothell. This year I’m holding a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Riverside, conducting research under the mentorship of Dr. Fred Moten. I earned my PhD from the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley.
I’m most curious to question where dance goes and what makes people move. As an artist-educator I study movement techniques under the umbrella of hip hop and street dance. As a performance ethnographer I research intersections of dance, popular culture, media and black political theory, attending to issues of cultural appropriation and aesthetic politics. I’ve published articles on turf dance and policing in Oakland, California, the kinesthetic politics of race and sexuality in underground disco culture of 1970s Los Angeles, and viral antiblackness in the 2013 Harlem Shake internet memes.
For ten years I taught youth in schools, community centers and transitional facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was a youth activist with artist collectives Underground Railroad and Emma Said. From 2002-2008 I toured DREAM, a street dance company, to schools and universities locally and nationally. I serve as a grant writer for The Mentoring Center, which works with incarcerated youth in Oakland.