Ethnographer and Performing Artist
She had a revelation in red feathers and sparkling silver heels, her head stone still, shaking her hips at the speed of light samba dancing atop a rolling trio electrico during carnival through the crowded streets of San Francisco. She smiled at all the people waving and smiling and dancing and drinking along the avenues and the world slowed down as she closed her eyes and breathed deeply through her nose with visions vibrating as clearly as you or I cross her mind’s eye. Tones of space and time resonating through her body opening questions of spirit, body memory and a connected collective past flowing through all of us and just like that, at this unexpected crossroads she at once knew the direction her life must take.
These days Jamie is an ethnographer, performing artist, and potter. After completing her B.A. in Philosophy at UC Berkeley, Jamie studied critical theory in the M.A. program in Interdisciplinary Humanities at San Francisco State University. During her second M.A. at UC Santa Cruz she focused on Afro-Latin American and Brazilian Literature. She has taught Interdisciplinary Humanities, Literature, Critical Theory, Philosophy and Intercultural Performance at San Francisco State University, University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of California, Los Angeles. Jamie is practiced in Afro-Brazilian and other dance forms and performed for several years with a San Francisco-based Brazilian dance company. She is currently a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. Her primary area of study includes embodied ritual practices throughout the Black Atlantic. She is currently a Fulbright-Hays Fellow living in Brasil.