Misa is a writer, filmmaker, educator, and cultural anthropologist. Her research includes exploring how art spaces and visual culture in Berlin are used to foster discussions about contemporary racial, cultural, and national identity formations in Germany. More broadly, she focuses on the relationship between space, place, race, memory, and social justice, which she popularly writes about in such publications as The Little Book of Big Visions: How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World (Edition Assemblage), and in the art magazine, Contemporary And. Misa holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. in African American and Film Studies from Wesleyan University. She is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation German Chancellor Fellowship; the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship; and the German Academic Exchange Service German Studies Research Grant.