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Anida Yoeu Ali 

Anida Yoeu Ali is an artist whose works span performance, installation, new media, public encounters, and political agitation. As Senior Artist-in-Residence at UW Bothell, she teaches courses in creative writing, performance and collaborative media making. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. No stranger to controversy, Ali’s artworks have agitated the White House (My Asian Americana, 2012), been attacked by anonymous vandals (1700% Project, 2010), and censored by Vietnam’s “culture” police (Pushing Thru Borders, 2003). From The Buddhist Bug (2009-2015) series to her anti-deportation work with Studio Revolt, her interest with otherness and displacement continue to inform her art and praxis. Ali has performed and exhibited at the Haus der Kunst, Palais de Tokyo, Musée d’art Contemporain Lyon, Jogja National Museum, Malay Heritage Centre, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, The Smithsonian, and Queensland Art Gallery. Her newest performance series The Red Chador embodies how the mere existence of a Muslim woman can be misinterpreted in an era of heightened Islamophobia. Her artistic works have been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller, Ford Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts and the Art Matters Foundation. Ali’s pioneering poetry work with the critically acclaimed performance group I Was Born With Two Tongues (1998-2003) is archived with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Ali holds an MFA from School of the Art Institute Chicago (2010) and a BFA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1996). Ali spends much of her time traveling, teaching and exhibiting between the Asia-Pacific region and the US!

Faculty Profile  •  anidaali.com

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Naomi Macalalad Bragin

Naomi Macalalad Bragin is an artist whose work explores the language of performance as a critical mode of social engagement and cultural transformation. She is assistant professor at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell, where she teaches classes in dance, performance art and cultural theory. She frequently collaborates with Milvia Pacheco Salvatierra, Director of Movimiento AfroLatino Seattle. Their current project Little Brown Language reinterprets colonial histories connecting Venezuela and the Philippines through cultural syncretisms, conversions and translations of ritual, movement and voice. Her book Black Power of Hip Hop Dance: On Kinethic Politics (forthcoming with the Dance Studies Association’s Studies in Dance series, University of Michigan Press) documents the cultural and aesthetic contributions of youth living in 1960s and ‘70s California, who have shaped global contemporary dance. The book tells a hidden history of black vernacular dances emerging in underground Funk and Disco cultures which rarely receive attention in academic scholarship. Her book is funded by Simpson Center for Humanities, UW Royalty Research Fund, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship and National Endowment of Humanities, and her writing has won top awards from The Drama Review, Congress on Research in Dance and American Society for Theater Research. Before joining IAS, she was a New York City Hip Hop Theater Festival Future Aesthetics Artist and founder of DREAM, an Oakland-based hip hop/streetdance company which she toured nationally, funded by Creative Work Fund, Rennie Harris PureMovement, City of Oakland and Zellerbach Foundation. They collaborated with Cuban dancer-folklorist José Francisco Barroso on the piece Full Circle, nominated for the Bay Area Isadora Duncan Dance Award in Choreography.

Faculty Profile  •  naomibragin.com

Faculty Research Group

Anida Yoeu Ali, Co-Director
Naomi Macalalad Bragin, Co-Director
Carrie Bodle
Ching-In Chen
Raissa Desmet
Gavin Doyle
Diana Garcia-Snyder
Deborah Hathaway
Minda Martin
Jed Murr (Curator 2019)
Jade Power Sotomayor (Co-Director 2017, 2018)
Georgia Roberts
Masahiro Sugano
Thea Quiray Tagle

Thank you to our funders:

IAS Dean’s Fund • iDISCO Research Interest Group Initiative • IAS Diversity Committee • UW Bothell Diversity Center • American Ethnic Studies Curricular Area • Working Group • UW Bothell • UW Tacoma • Cascadia College • Mobius Gallery • BEST Grant • Tacoma Art Museum • UW Tacoma Center for Equity and Inclusion • UW Tacoma Social and Historical Studies