Nnaemeka (Emeka) Ekwelum is a transnational, multidisciplinary researcher, educator, artist, and curator from Boston, MA. He currently lives in Chicago, IL, pursuing a Ph.D. in African American Studies at Northwestern University. Ekwelum’s scholarly and creative interests converge at the intersection of history, critical theory, creative expression, comparative ethnography, and curatorial practice. His current research project examines the role of wonderment in contemporary and craft art collaborations between and amongst Black creatives. Prior to beginning his doctorate program, Ekwelum held a professional career as an educator in his home state of Massachusetts, formally and informally working with youth and adult learners across a range of cultural contexts in the Boston/Greater Boston Area. His teaching philosophy is a reflection of his training in Comparative Ethnic Studies (Columbia University, B.A.) and Arts in Education (Harvard University, Ed.M.), drawing on theories of Black feminist and political thought to interrogate ideas of power, privilege, and personhood through art and artmaking.