Emily Canosa

Adjunct Faculty
MA, BA, University of Michigan


View some of Emily Canosa‘s work

Emily Canosa completed her Master of the Arts at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan in 2011. During that time she worked with the Curator of Asian Art at UMMA (the University of Michigan Museum of Art). Her thesis entitled “Growing Together: Creating Vital Collaborative Histories” explored sustainable food movements in the Kanto region of Japan with a focus on emergence.

Her research interests include art as a tool for social change, narratives and identity, systems thinking, natural systems, sustainable food, intersectionality, privilege and oppression, community and social movements.

Professional Experience

  • College for Creative Studies Adjunct Faculty, 2011-present
  • University of Michigan Sustainable Living Experience Assistant Director, 2016-present
  • University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies Affiliate 2010-present
  • University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program Manager, 2013-2016
  • University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies Community Outreach Coordinator, 2014-2016
  • Michigan Community Scholars Program and Environmental Community Program Associate, 2014-2015
  • Student Life Facilitation Trainer
  • Growing Allies Trainer
  • The Yellow Barn Arts and Music Collective, 2013-2014
  • University of Michigan Museum of Art Research Associate, 2009-2013
  • University of Michigan Visual Resource Collection Researcher & Translator, 2011

Significant Publications, Presentations and Exhibitions

  • Michel, J.O., Henderson, T., Bryan, A., Canosa, E., Gamalski, C. Jones, K., and Moghtader, J. “An Assessment of Student Sustainability Competency at the University of Michigan.” Pending review in Sustainability, 2022.
  • “Campus as Lab at Michigan,” with Alex Bryan, Kenneth Keeler, and Joseph Trumpey, Campus as Lab Community of Practice, February, 2021.
  • “Art and Nuclear Disaster in Japan: Processing and (Re)framing Human, Social and Environmental Trauma,” Japan Center for Michigan Universities, Hikone, Japan, 2016
  • “Community Academic Partnerships in Food Systems Education” presentation, Sustainable Agriculture Education Association, Santa Cruz, CA, 2016
  • Zine Show, River Gallery, Ypsilanti, 2016 & 2015
  • Critical Moment Editorial Collective, 2012-2013
  • “Search for Form: the Art of Kim Yikyung” and “Guardian of the City” interpretive gallery video projects, University of Michigan Museum of Art, 2013
  • Curated the mini-exhibition “Saito Kiyoshi and the Creative Print Movement,” University of Michigan Museum of Art 2011