Katya Wesolowski

Katya Wesolowski

Lecturing Fellow of Cultural Anthroplogy

External address: Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: Box 90019, Durham, NC 27708-0025
Phone: (919) 660-7087


As an anthropologist and dancer, I am interested in the interrelationship between bodies, cultural practices and politics.  My research focuses on Brazil and the African Diaspora; expressive culture and globalization; the intersection of play, sport and dance; learning communities, social inequalities and identities.  I am also concerned with the methodological and pedagogical challenges of researching, writing and teaching about creativity, embodied knowledge and ethnography.  My current work centers on the Afro-Brazilian game/dance/fight of capoeira, which I have also practiced and taught for over twenty years.  Recent publications include “Professionalizing Capoeira: the politics of play in Twenty-first-Century Brazil”,“From ‘Moral Disease’ to ‘National Sport’: Race, Nation and Capoeira in Brazil,” and forthcoming, “Imagining Brazil in Africa: capoeira’s transatlantic roots and routes" and "Baile Funk and Kuduro: embodied (dis)articulations of national belonging in Brazil and Angola."

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Columbia University 2007