Dr. Daniel B. Coleman, PhD (he & they)
Artist-Scholar. Cultural Worker. Educator. Black Transfeminist
Ordained Priest of Obatala in the Afro-diasporic & Yoruba-centric Lukumí tradition
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
I am an internationally-recognized artist-scholar, cultural worker, educator, and Black healing arts practitioner. I am an Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. I believe in the ongoing decolonization of intellectual and artistic labor as tools to critically engage our worlds. I also strive to nurture paths that gift us the insights of a life of the mind and that ground us in the pedagogical prerogative of naming our world as it is. To understand my intellectual-creative praxis, I recommend reading Dr. Katherine McKittrick's Dear Science and Other Stories and listening to/reading the words/conjure of Dr. Bayo Akomolafe.
I think with my body and I move with my mind, treating all of my work as embodied praxis. The work you will see on this site reflects my knowing that the body is a sacred channel and source of information about the worlds we move in. As a lifelong artist, I never sideline artistic practice and expression but rather, I foreground it as a place from which to know, experience, and offer to the world.
Where I know from: I am a mixed-Black, queer and non-binary transmasculine person.
I center Blackness and the African diaspora in all of my work. Alongside this love/freedom praxis, I also center Indigenous people and people of color. Additionally, I pour love into all that is queer/cuir, in its many cosmologies. Within this vision, I remain an open collaborator on artistic, intellectual and justice projects, primarily in the U.S. South and in Abya Yala (aka Latin America). Of my primary partnerships for collaborative work is Acorn Center for Restoration and Freedom where I am a Co-Chair of the Board.
Languages: I operate fluently in English (native language) and Latin American Spanish (acquired language), and intermediate Brazilian Portuguese.