Hiie SaumaaLecturer English and Comparative LiteratureEnglish & Comp Literature602 Philosophy Hall
Office Hours:Mon 3:00pm-5:00pm+1 212 854 3215MS 4-3215
Areas of Interest :British and American Modernism; dance history; philosophies of movement; somatics; health studies; imagination; contemplative studies; embodied learning and creative pedagogy
B.A., University of Tartu (2003); M.Ed., Delta State University (2005); M.A., Columbia (2008); Ph.D., Columbia (2014). Hiie Saumaa specializes in early twentieth century British and American culture, with a particular interest in the writings of movement educators and dance luminaries of the period. Her current work explores interconnections between dance writing, somatics, and literary imagination. Her publications are forthcoming from Dance Chronicle andDance Research Journal. She holds certifications in Nia dance, JourneyDance™, and BodyLogos® Active Meditation, and teaches classes and workshops in sensory-based dance modalities, creative movement, expressive arts, and somatic awareness. She is also invested in creative pedagogy: her work focusing on collaboration and imaginative learning in academic classrooms has been featured in Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Spotlight, and a co-authored article on her pedagogical projects is forthcoming from Hybrid Pedagogy. She is currently designing workshops on embodied learning and writing.