Nikki Yeboah (PhD, Northwestern University) is an ethnographer, oral historian, storyteller, and educator. She is an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at San Jose State University, where her work builds a bridge between institutions of higher education and the communities they serve through direct engagement with the practical problems that frame their lives. Her research interests include oral history performance, black feminism, and the ethics and politics of conducting qualitative research in marginalized communities. Her creative work explores black feminist performance aesthetics, and her workshops mobilize storytelling to inspire personal and community growth. Her most recent performances have been staged at The Soraya (Los Angeles), New College of Florida (Sarasota) The Hammer Theatre (San José), The Marsh (San Francisco), Links Hall (Chicago) & the Chicago Cultural Center. Nikki is currently a board member of Storycenter, a non-profit organization that uses storytelling for social justice.