Dr. Cristina Rosa is an interdisciplinary artist and a scholar in the field of dance studies. Her areas of interest include Afro-Brazilian movement practices (e.g. dance forms and martial arts) and contemporary dance forms. Educated in both the United States and Brazil, Rosa holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA and a graduate certificate in Ethnic and Racial Studies and African Culture from Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador. Rosa is currently a collaborator at Universidade de Brasília’s Centro de Documentação e Pesquisa em Dança – Eros Volúsia. Previously, she taught at California Institute of the Arts, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent research interest focus on the relationship across embodiment, knowledge production, and processes of identification within colonial and post-colonial contexts. Combining historiography with movement analysis, her forthcoming book “Swing Nation: Ginga aesthetic, Brazilian Bodies and their Choreographies of Identification” examines how Afro-Brazilians have employed movement as a form of cultural resistance and how these choreographed enactments were eventually incorporated into the notion of Brazil as an imagined community. Rosa recently completed a 12-month fellowship at Free University of Berlin’s International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures.” She will serve as an FSU School of Dance Visiting Professor in Spring 2013.