Jake Nussbaum

Doctoral Student




Jake Nussbaum is an interdisciplinary artist, activist, and cultural anthropologists. His academic research engages a question central to the fields of cultural anthropology, Black Studies, and performance: How do creative practices such as music and dance transform political life and contribute to a more just social world? His PhD research looks at the ways abolitionist social movements in Philadelphia use experimental Afro-Diasporic performance practices to build durable alternatives to police, prisons, and private property. As an ethnographer, he uses multimodal and experimental arts to build reparative and collaborative knowledge with his community. In addition to academic publication, he creates experimental films, zines, participatory installations, audio documentaries, and other multimodal forms that advocate for social justice. He is affiliated with the Center for Experimental Ethnography (CEE).



Graduate Status