Dr. Sabiyha Prince

Artist/anthropologist Sabiyha Prince is a native Washingtonian whose paintings explore memory, personal growth, identity, and African American experiences in the US.  With a doctorate in cultural anthropology and an undergraduate degree in communications arts, Sabiyha relies on her background as a social observer and activist to inform her visually - delving into anti racism, environmental justice and other issues to inform her visual work.

A former faculty member in the department of anthropology at American University, Sabiyha has authored books and journal articles that explore the impacts of urban change and societal stratification on Black populations. She has also directed educational programming and political mobilization campaigns for The Washington Office on Africa, Greenpeace, USA and Black Voices for Peace. 

Her media appearances include MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera English, WYPR in Baltimore and the Pacifica Radio network in Washington, DC. 



Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
City University of New York Graduate School and University
Center, New York, NY

BA Communication Arts
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY


Artist in Residence, Petworth Artists Collaborative
Exhibit: Hanks’s Cocktail Bar
May 4th – July 6th , 2018

Coalesced: Colored Nations,
Exhibit: The Anacostia Arts Center,
May 18th – 22nd, 2018

No Plastic (Crossing Oceans) 36 x 36 Acrylic on canvas
The Hill Center Juried by The Corcoran Art Museum
June 27th – September 22nd , 2018


Coordinator, Membership and Political Education, Empower DC, August 2018 - present (Board membership October 2016-June 2018/member since 2006)

Board President, Empower DC
August 2017-June 2018

Member, Board of Directors, Illuminated Cities, 

Qualitative Researcher, Houses of Worship and the Environment (Wards 7 and 8), Anacostia Community Museum  
September 2014-2015

Humanities Scholar, Greenleaf Gardens History Project,  Washington, DC,
DC Humanities Council grant
Summer 2014

Humanities Scholar, Revisiting Talley’s Corner, Washington, DC,
DC Humanities Council grant
Summer 2014

Adjunct Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Applied Social Sciences, Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD
August-December 2013

Visiting Anthropologist, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Fall 2013

Consultant/Data Analyst, Community Attitudes Toward the Anacostia River
(Wards 7 and 8), Anacostia Community Museum
Summer 2013

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, American University, Washington, DC
August 2003-December 2011

Facilitator, Classlines, The Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Washington, D.C.  
Fall 2009

Director, Oral History Workshop, The Woolly Mammoth Theater Co., Washington, DC
Fall 2006

Humanities Scholar, Capers, One-woman play with Anu Yadav, DC Humanities Council,
Summer 2005

Facilitator, Oral History Project, Woolly Mammoth Theater Co., Washington, DC
Spring 2005    

Coordinator, Greenpeace Celebrity Tour to Cancer Alley
Louisiana Greenpeace, USA, Washington, DC   (Participants: Alice Walker, Mike Farrell, Maxine Waters, Haki Madhabuti, Melanie Campbell)
September 2000-June 2001