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Tanya Boucicaut

Assistant Professor

Harris Hall 5178

Office hours: Tuesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hip hop

pedagogy, technology

race and oppression

wellness, Black Liberation and Womanist theologies

festival studies

writing studies


media production


Tanya Boucicaut began teaching in the Department of Focused Inquiry in 2014. Her current doctoral studies focus on the intersection of technology and race, African American culture (with the nexus between Hip Hop and the Black Church) in the quest for liberation through festive events. Her background includes founding a youth theatre organization as a graduate student, for a brief time and with the dean of the school of theology, creating a graduate writing program at Virginia Union University School of Theology, and co-imagining and co-creating new realms of infinite possibilities of balance, wellness, and confidence as she walks alongside young people. Her publications include TED-ED’s “Can love and independence coexist?” about Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and co-guest editor of the Journal of American Folklore’s African American Expressive Culture, Protest, Imagination, and Dreams of Blackness.


  • M.F.A.- Theatre Pedagogy, Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • M.Div.- Theology, Virginia Union University
  • B.A., English, College of William and Mary


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