Born to a Jamaican mother and a father from Boston, Massachusetts—both professors in The San Francisco Bay Area at the time, Teju grew up in a community of artists, activists, and academics. As such, she approaches all of her work in an interdisciplinary way. She uses culturally relevant mediums (such as art) in tandem with theory, research, and creative production to deconstruct the city for those labelled “other.” Teju aims to create integrative and progressive urbanism that uplifts the realities of marginalized communities, highlighting cultural awareness and multiplicity.
For several years Teju worked in the realm of social advocacy with issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness, youth empowerment, arts, education, and sustainable lifestyles. She also worked with four technology start-ups before beginning her graduate degree. Currently, she uses World Unwrapped as a platform to continue her intersectional social change and urbanism work with a focus on progressive mindsets.
Teju’s love for art and culture has been consistent throughout her life and, in many ways, informs her approach to research in the city. As an interdisciplinary artist, Teju operates at the intersection of art, culture, and urbanism.