Herman Jiesamfoek is Associate Professor at Brooklyn College, City University New York. He earned his doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a Fine Arts painter and has danced professionally in various European ballet companies. From 2003 to 2007, he was Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and from 2004 to 2007, Education Officer for the Arts at the New York City Department of Education. After completing a Master’s degree in Dance Education and during his doctoral studies of Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University he carried out fieldwork among the Bush Negro people of Suriname. His research continues to center on the artistic practices and traditions of the Bush Negro people of Suriname and social justice in art education.