Moshoula Capous-Desyllas

Moshoula Capous-Desyllas
Full-Time Faculty
(818) 677-3594
Office location:
SN 334



  • Ph.D. in Social Work & Social Research from Portland State University, 2010. Dissertation: Visions & Voices: An Arts-Based Qualitative Study Using Photovoice to Understand the Needs and Aspirations of Diverse Women Working in the Sex Industry
  • M.S.W. from San Diego State University, 2002
  • B.S. in Psychology/Visual Arts from University of California, San Diego, 1999
  • Specialty Areas: Feminist theory, queer theory, arts-based research, community art as activism, visual sociology, qualitative methods, anti-oppression, social justice, sex work & immigration

Courses Taught

  • SOC 357 Introduction to Social Work Practice
  • SOC 470 Methods of Practice
  • SOC 475 AEE/BEE – Supervised Field Instruction I/II
  • SOC 492 Dynamics of Social Behavior and Development

Selected Publications and Presentations

Capous Desyllas, Moshoula (2011). Book Chapter: Part IV: Human Stories from the outside in for Community and Cultural Change: Photovoice with sex workers for community awareness, empowerment and resistance. In Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change, Cheryl McLean (Ed.) & Robert Kelly (Ass. Ed.); Detselig Temeron Press, Calgary, Canada.   

Capous Desyllas, Moshoula (2007). A Critique of the Global Trafficking Discourse and Global Policy. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 34 (4), 57-79

Capous Desyllas, M. (2011). Intersecting Identities, Photographic Images and Meaning Making: Exploring the Complexity of Representing the Representations of Sex Workers. Paper presented at Unsettling Feminisms 2011 Conference, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago on May 22-24, 2011.

Capous Desyllas, M. (2011). Branching Out: Applying Techniques from Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis to Data from a Photovoice Study. Paper presented at the 1st Social Work Day of the 7th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 18, 2011.

Capous Desyllas, M. (2010). Using photovoice with sex workers as art, education, empowerment and resistance. Paper presented at 2010 Council on Social Work Education Conference, Portland, Oregon from Oct. 14-17, 2010.

Capous Desyllas, M. (2010). The power of art and agency: Using photovoice method for empowerment and transformation of women working in various aspects of the sex industry. Photovoice as a Social Process of Empowerment: Theoretical, Methodological and Practical Considerations Symposium to be presented for the 10th Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada from Oct. 7-8, 2010.

Community Art Exhibitions

May 2011 - Event: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Brayham Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, CANADA

Feb. 2011 - In Other Words Independent Feminist Bookstore, Portland, OR

March 2010 - Event: The Art of Social Work, Service & Social Justice Buckley Center Gallery, University of Portland, Portland, OR

Feb. 2010 - Performing Arts Center, Portland Community College, Portland, OR

Dec. 2009 - Bridges To Independence, Portland, Oregon

April 2009 - Food For Thought Café, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Feb. 2009 - Sylvania Library, Portland Community College, Portland, OR

Dec. 2008 - Chaos Cafe & Parlor, Portland, OR

Research and Interests

My research interests and passions involve the use of arts-based research methodologies as a form of activism for social justice and as a way to highlight the voices of marginalized individuals, groups and communities. Interdisciplinary perspectives from social work, social psychology and sociology intersect to shape my interest in: feminist and queer theory, critical pedagogies, transnational issues, empowerment, social justice and diversity, anti-oppressive research and practice methods, visual sociology, community engagement, and social activism through the arts.