Dr. Ofosuwa Abiola was born and raised in New York City. She founded and served as Artistic Director of an African dance company for 15 years until she decided to pursue her Ph.D. in African history with a specialization on African dance history from Howard University. She is currently Assistant Professor of Dance History, Coordinator of the Dance Program, and Coordinator of the Honors Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Howard University.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Her research interests include the history of Africana (African, African American, and African Diaspora) dance; archival collections of Africana performance; and digital humanities. Professor Abiola's scholarship is driven by a commitment to underscore, document, and thereby preserve underresearched narratives in the history of Africana dance and performance. Through digital humanities platforms, Dr. Abiola's research also focuses on the historical representations of Africana performative phenomena, particularly the performance of ritual, and other non-theatrical depictions of performance in Africana life.