Nadia Issa

Nadia Issa

Nadia Issa (they/them/theirs) is a second-year Master of Theological Studies student at Harvard Divinity School, focusing on the African and African American Religious Studies Area of Focus, graduating in 2022. At HDS, they continue their work on Spiritual Reparations in Regla de Ocha-Ifá, Candomblé, and other Black Caribbean Diasporic spiritual-religious traditions, and continuing research on Black Cuban Womxn Akpwón/Apwanlás. Nadia spent over three years in Cuba and México pursuing fieldwork and dance study for both research projects that take form as Auto-Ethnographies and dance choreographies expanding reparation politics and politics of being an Akpwón in Cuba and its diaspora. Nadia is a Company Dancer with Jean Appolon Expressions. Nadia recognizes that dance is an embodied tool of ritual and revolution in their research and training. Through dance and ethnographic research, Nadia has been able to navigate and communicate spirit, Blackness, queerness, environmental and religious racism, and sacred landscapes.