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Katya Wesolowski

Lecturing Fellow of Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Box 90019, Durham, NC 27708-0025
Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708



As an anthropologist and dancer, I am interested in the possibilities that embodied practices open up for empathetic ways of being together, constructing and transmitting knowledge, and creating alternative futures. My research and scholarship move through the African Diaspora, from Brazil to Angola, exploring the ways bodies in movement together can create spaces of radical openness and transformative belonging.  My first book, Capoeira Connections: a Memoir in Motion (UPF 2023), is a multi-sited ethnography that weaves together the local and global histories and flows of this Afro-Brazilian combat game with my own thirty-year trajectory as a practitioner, researcher and instructor.  My current project is an interdisciplinary and mixed-method exploration of social and stage dance in the Angolan diaspora.  My courses often blend seminar and studio to create an experiential and dialogic learning environment that blurs the boundary between theory and praxis and emphasizes collective over individual knowledge acquisition and achievement.  For more on my scholarship, teaching and media, and a link to the open access edition of my book visit:

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Lecturing Fellow of Cultural Anthropology · 2022 - Present Cultural Anthropology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Columbia University · 2007 Ph.D.