Fari Nzinga

Adjunct Professor, Bard Early College, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Fari Nzinga is an adjunct professor at Bard Early College in New Orleans, where she teaches a popular course in Black feminist thought; an adjunct professor of museum studies at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO)-one of only 2 HBCUs to house a master's level museum studies program in the US. Previously she was a project manager for a holistic, community-driven neighborhood revitalization project at NewCorp Inc., a Black-led community and economic development organization She also sits on the editorial team of Createquity, a think tank and online publication platform that investigates the most important issues in the arts and asks what we, collectively and individually, can do about them. She has lived in New Orleans since 2009, where she conducted her dissertation research on Black-led arts organizations and community rebuilding in the post-Katrina historical moment. While conducting fieldwork in post-Katrina New Orleans, she worked for Junebug Productions, a theater production company with organizational roots stretching back to the civil rights movement. Halfway through the second year of fieldwork, she moved into an artist loft and began keeping a diary of vignettes -- these were confessions of an imposter, aspiring to one day fit the bill. After finally writing and defending her dissertation, she made a promise to herself that she would once again pick up the pen for her own artistic pursuits. She continues to nurse her literary aspirations. Fari was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated with a B.A. from Oberlin College in 2005. She earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Duke University.


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