Lisa Feder is a cultural anthropologist with twenty years of experience in the field, mostly concentrated in the Kayapo indigenous area in Pará Brasil and with Manding West African jeli musicians. She is the founder of Manding Grooves, LLC, a company that supports jeli musicians in New York, Paris, and elsewhere to promote their culture and music. 

Lisa explains, "In my doctorate program at Cornell University, I studied jeliya, a musical profession of oral-historians and spiritual leaders of the Manding people in West Africa. Through embodied practice, I learned and practiced what Manding people value in both bodily and mental composure and as a result, I learned previously inconceivable ways of experiencing reality for me." Lisa experiments with essays, audio, film, as well as academic writing to represent her ethnographic experiences.  


At the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Lisa teaches students the art of integrating into a culture through an embodied practice, and guides them in representing their experiences in creative ways. In 2015 she founded and co-developed a pilot ethnographic field school hosted by the University of Alberta, which is still running in Belgrade, Serbia. She continues to work with study abroad companies and universities to develop field programs using Transformative Ethnography


Lisa has lived with host families in France, Costa Rica, Brazil, the Gambia, Guinea, Israel, and in the Brazilian Amazon with the Kayapo indigenous community of A'Ukre village. She speaks English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese and smatterings of other languages. She currently resides in Marseille, France.



Lisa Feder, Ph.D in cultural anthropology.