Jessi Knight is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Pittsboro, N.C. After graduating from Duke University with a self-designed dance degree emphasizing music and education, Jessi embarked on a teaching and choreographing career that has afforded her the opportunity to teach and perform both nationally and internationally. After spending four years in Denver, Colorado as a member of the internationally acclaimed Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, she moved back to her home state of North Carolina where she continues to teach, choreograph, and perform on a project by project basis for her company knightworks dance theater.
Christina Knight earned her Ph.D. in African American Studies with a primary field in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at Haverford College. Before joining the Haverford faculty, she was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Bowdoin College as well as a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow. Knight’s work examines the connection between embodied practices and identity, the relationship between race and the visual field, and the queer imaginary. Her current book project focuses on representations of the Middle Passage in contemporary American visual art and performance.