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
(919) 660-7087


As an anthropologist and dancer, my teaching and research interests center on Brazil, Latin America and the Africa Diaspora. My work focuses on expressive culture and globalization; bodies and embodiment; the intersections of dance and sport; race, gender and social inequalities; violence and social justice. I am also concerned with the methodological and pedagogical challenges of researching, writing and teaching about ephemeral expressive practices and embodied knowledge such as dance. My current research and publications focus on the many facets of the Afro-Brazilian game/dance/fight of capoeira, which I have also been practicing and teaching for over twenty years. 

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Columbia University 2007

Wesolowski, K. "From “moral disease” to “national sport”: Race, nation, and capoeira In Brazil." Sports Culture in Latin American History. January 1, 2015. 161-182.

Wesolowski, K. "Professionalizing Capoeira The Politics of Play in Twenty-first-Century Brazil." LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES 39.2 (March 2012): 82-92. Full Text

Wesolowski, K. "Native and National in Brazil: Indigeneity after Independence." LATIN AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURES JOURNAL 28.2 (2012): 181-183.

Wesolowski, K. "Review of Stephanie Springgay and Debra Freedman (eds), Curriculum and the Cultural Body." Teachers College Record (December 2007). (Academic Article)

Wesolowski, K. ""A Diasporic Practice Goes Back to Africa"." Anthropology News 47.5 (May 2006): 27-28. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Wesolowski, K. "Review of Daryle Williams, Culture Wars In Brazil: The First Vargas Regime, 1930-1945." Luso-Brazilian Review. 39 (2002). (Review)

Wesolowski, K. "Review of Robert M. Levine, The History of Brazil." Luso-Brazilian Review - Special Issue, 500 Years of Brazil: Global and Cultural Perspectives 38 (2001). (Review)