Photo of Kantara Souffrant ’08
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of the Arts of Africa and the Black Atlantic


  • BA in Africana studies (Highest Honors), comparative American studies, and studio art (Honors), Oberlin College, 2008
  • MA in performance studies, New York University
  • PhD in performance studies, Northwestern University


Kantara Souffrant is an artist-scholar, museum educator, and independent curator. She has presented her scholarly-artistic work on Yoruba, Haitian and KiKongo aesthetics and African cosmologies at numerous venues including: The Whitney Biennale under the Dance Diaspora Collective; the American Studies Association; The Association for Theatre in Higher Education; and the 3rd Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Souffrant holds a PhD in performance studies from Northwestern University with certificates in critical theory, African and Diaspora studies, and teaching. Her written work is featured in the anthology Vodou in the Haitian Experience; the art project Correspondence between NYC & PaPProspect.3: Notes for Now; and Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory.

While at Oberlin, Souffrant will teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses on: sensorium and orature in the Black Atlantic; ritual and performance in the Haitian Dyaspora (Diaspora); Black feminist aesthetics; and diasporic curatorial and museum practices.


Creating Space, In Oberlin

November 28, 2018
Alumni panelists who participated in Creating Space: Curating Black Art Now, a symposium hosted by the Allen Memorial Art Museum, reflect on the museum and their experiences as students.