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Teaching Philosophy & Experience

“What the educator does in teaching isto make it possible

for the students to become themselves.”

- Paulo Freire, Brazilian philosopher and educator

Teaching Philosophy


My teaching style resonates with the Kikongo proverb "Fu-Kiau Mu kanda, babo longa." As Congolese philosopher Fu-Kiau explains: "within the community everybody has the right to teach and to be taught. Education is a matter of reciprocity. True knowledge is acquired through sharing" (2001: 99-100). I see myself as a a facilitator who creates diverse and inclusive environments that foster collaborative growth and solidarity. The classroom is a space where learners share and refine their intellectual wealth with respect. My teaching philosophy is based on the premise that art students excel at what they care about. I have learned that people put effort into ideas and initiatives that move them, energize them, or resonate with their curiosity. Therefore, my primary goal in teaching is to develop inspiring tasks and activities that ignite their desire to learn. At the same time, I challenge them to participate in the learning process as active thinkers and makers, not as passive consumers.

Workshop Dancing in the Kalunga Line at Kilombo Tenondé,  Brazil.

I have taught undergraduate and graduate studio courses in visual and performing arts, critical dance studies, performance studies, visual arts and culture, and languages for decades. I have designed hybrid courses that combine studio and seminar formats, emphasizing embodied learning, whenever the curriculum allowed. As a woman of colour with a vast experience working on the Global North I am certain that the university’s impact on the wider community depends upon its ability to generate both analytical and creative works, which foster the growth of intellectual wealth originating from diverse geo-political and historical circumstances.


visualising self-compassion (2021)

Online workshop connected to

the project Cognitive Movements    (2023)


Teaching Cognitive Movements 


Below, examples of movement and drawing exercises developed for the  project Cognitive Movements.


Photo with my mentors, Dr. Angela Davis and Dr. Rosangela Araujo, at Chamada de Mulheres, a capoeira event in Brasilia (Brazil, 2010) 

Teaching experience in Higher Education
  • Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil (2021-2023)

  • University of Roehampton - London, UK (2016-2022)

  • Tufts University - Boston,  USA (Fall 2015 / spring 2016)

  • Reed College - Portland, USA (Fall 2014/ Spring 2015)

  • University of California - Riverside, USA (Fall 2013/ Spring 14)

  • Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany (Summer/Fall  2013)

  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA (Spring  2012 and 2023) 

  • Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany (Fall  2012)

  • Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil (Fall 2011)

  • CalArts - Los Angeles, USA (Spring 2011) 

  • UCLA - Los Angeles, USA (Teaching Fellow, 2005 - 2010) 

  • UW-Madison - Madison, USA (Teaching Assistant, 2002 - 2003) 

  • CSU, Chico - Chico, CA, USA (Lecturer 1999 - 2001)   

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