Ph.D. Social Work and Social Research, Portland State University, 2010
M.S.W., San Diego State University, 2002
B.S. Psychology/Visual Arts, University of California-San Diego, 1999
Specialty Areas: Arts-Based Research, Photovoice Methodology, Visual Sociology, Qualitative Research Methods, Anti-Oppressive and Decolonizing Approaches to Research & Practice, Community Art as Activism, Social Justice, Sex Work, Immigrants & Refugees, LGBTQ+ Children & Youth, Intersectionality, Critical Feminist Theory, Queer Theory.
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 & communities. Interdisciplinary perspectives from social work, gender & sexuality studies and sociology intersect to shape my interest in: critical pedagogies, transnational issues, empowerment, social justice and diversity, anti-oppressive and de-colonizing research and practice methods, critical feminist and queer theory, visual and public sociology, community engagement, and social activism through the arts.
- SOC 356: Social Welfare Institutions
- SOC 357: Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice
- SOC 470: Methods of Social Work Practice
- SOC 490: Field Seminar S/F
- SOC 492: Human Behavior in the Social Environment
- SOC 493: Diversity and Social Justice
- SOC 685: Qualitative Research Methods
- SWRK 520: Social Work Practice in Multicultural Contexts
Morgaine, Karen and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, M. 2020. “Anti-oppressive social work practice: Putting theory into action” (2nd Edition). Los Angeles, CA: Cognella Publications.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula and Karen Morgaine. 2017. "Creating Social Change Through Creativity: Anti-Oppressive Arts-Based Research Methodologies." London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Alexander, Jeffrey, Kenneth Thompson, Laura Edles, and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas. 2017. "A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology: Culture and Society in Transition." 3rd Edition. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
Morgaine, Karen L. and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas. 2014. "Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice: Putting Theory Into Action." Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula, Elizabeth Bogumil, Patricia Lara, and Aleksey Reshetnikov. 2021. "Minding the Maps: Using visual mapping methodology and installation art to understand differences in client service accessibility among nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles." Journal of Community Psychology.
Bromfield, Nicole, Meg Panichelli and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas. 2021. "At the Intersection of COVID-19 and Sex Trade in the United States: A Call for Social Work Action." Affilia: The Journal of Women and Social Work, 36(2): 140-148.
Bruene, Sara and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas. 2020. "Legalizing Street Vending in Los Angeles: Reframing a Movement during the Fourth Wave of Feminism." Critical Sociology.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula, Deana Payne and Meg Panichelli, M. 2020. "Using anticarceral feminism to illustrate the impact of ciminalization on the lives of individuals in the sex trades." Affilia: The Journal of Women and Social Work, 35(1), 49–72.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula, Nayeli Perez, Teresa Cisneros and Stacy Missari. 2020. "Unexpected Caregiving in Later life: Illuminating the Narratives of resilience of grandmothers and relative caregivers through photovoice methodology." Journal of Gerontological Social Work: Special Section on Feminism, Gender, and Power in Later Life, 63(4): 262-294.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula, Nicole Bromfield, Alexander Nava, and Breanna Barnes. 2021. “Strategies for enhancing writing among first-generation social work students: Reflections on the use of peer writing mentors.” Journal of Social Work Education, 57(1): 189-196.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula and Victoria Loy. 2020. “Navigating Intersecting Identities, Self-Representation and Relationships: A Qualitative Study with Trans Sex Workers Living and Working in Los Angeles, CA.” Sociological Inquiry, 90(2): 339-370
Mountz, Sarah, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas and Nayeli Perez. 2020. “Speaking Back to the System: Recommendations for Practice and Policy from the Voices and Perspectives of LGBTQ Former Foster Youth.” Child Welfare Journal, 97(5-6).
Mountz, Sarah, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, and Lalaine Sevillano. 2020. “Educational Trajectories of LGBTQ Former Foster Youth.” Child Welfare Journal, 97(5-6).
Christensen, Candace, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas and Alexis Arczynski. 2020. “Photovoice as a Multi-level Tool for Gender and Sexual Identity Exploration.” Families in Society, 101(2): 219-231.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula and Nicole Bromfield. 2020. “Exploring the Use of Arts-Informed Journaling in Social Work Field Seminars.” Journal of Social Work Education, 56(1): 201-209.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula, Nicole Bromfield, Alexander Nava, and Breanna Barnes. 2020. “Strategies for enhancing writing among first-generation social work students: Reflections on the use of peer writing mentors.” Journal of Social Work Education.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula and Nichole Bromfield. 2020. "The Use of Arts-Informed Journaling in Social Work Field Seminars." Journal of Social Work Education.
Mountz, Sarah and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas. 2019. "Exploring the families of origin of LGBTQ former foster youth and their trajectories throughout care." Child and Youth Services Review. Volume 109.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula and Sarah Mountz. 2019. "Using Photovoice Methodology to Illuminate the Experiences of LGBTQ Former Foster Youth." Child and Youth Services, 40(3): 267-307.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula, Sarah Mountz, and Althea Pestine-Stevens. 2019. "Unpacking the Layers of Community Engagement, Participation, and Knowledge Co-Creation When Representing the Visual Voices of LGBTQ Former Foster Youth." Engaged Scholar Journal, 5(2).
Johnson, Briauna, Jonathan Rich, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, Earl Houston, and Sanaz Sazegar. 2019. "Exploring Personal and Collective Transformation in the Social Justice Classroom: How Students Navigate Tensions and Challenges of Acquiring a Heightened Sense of Consciousness." Journal of Education and Social Justice, 1(6):1-17.
Mountz, Sarah, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, and Elizabeth Pourciau. 2018. “Because We’re Fighting to Be Ourselves:” Voices from Transgender and Gender Expansive Former Foster Youth." Child Welfare 96(1):103-125.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula and Nicole Bromfield. 2018. “Using an Arts-Informed Eclectic Approach to Photovoice Data Analysis.” International Journal of Qualitative Methods 17:1-14.
Bromfield, Nichole, and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas. 2017. "Photovoice as a Pedagogical Tool: Exploring Personal and Professional Values with Female Muslim Social Work Students in an Intercultural Classroom Setting." The Journal of Teaching in Social Work 37(5):493-512.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula and Cecillia Barron. 2017. “Identifying and Navigating Social and Institutional Challenges of Transgender Children and Families.” Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 13(5):407-438.
Barron, Cecillia and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas. 2017. “Transgressing the Gendered Norms in Childhood: Understanding Transgender Children and Their Families.” Journal of GLBT Family Studies 13(5):407-438.
Bromfield, Nicole F. and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas. 2017. “Photovoice as a Pedagogical Tool: Exploring Personal and Professional Values with Female Muslim Social Work Students in an Intercultural Classroom Setting.” Journal of Teaching in Social Work 37(5):493-512.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula and Marina Johnson-Rhodes. 2017. “Collecting Visual Voices: Understanding Identity, Community, and the Meaning of Participation within Gay Rodeos.” Sexualities 21(3):446-475.
Williams, D.J., M. Candace Christensen, and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas. 2016. “Social Work Practice and Sexuality: Applying a Positive Sexuality Model to Enhance Diversity and Resolve Problems.” Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services 97(4):287-294.
Bogumil, Elizabeth, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, Patricia Lara, and Aleksey Reshetnikov. 2015. “Art as Mode and Medium: A Pedagogical Approach to Teaching and Learning About Self-Reflexivity and Artistic Expression in Qualitative Research.” International Journal of Research and Methods in Education 40(4):360-378.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula. 2014. “Using Photovoice with Sex Workers: The power of Art, Agency and Resistance.” Qualitative Social Work 13(4):477-501.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula and Vanessa A Forro. 2014. “Tensions, Challenges, and Lessons Learned: Methodological Reflections from Two Photovoice Projects with Sex Workers.” Journal of Community Practice 22(1-2): 150-175.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula. 2013. “Representations of Sex Workers’ Needs and Aspirations: A Case For Arts-Based Research.” Sexualities 16(7):772-787.
Capous Desyllas, Moshoula and Allison Sinclair. 2013. “Zine-Making as a Pedagogical Tool for Transformative Learning in Social Work Education.” Social Work Education 33(3):296-316.
Bromfield, Nicole F., and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas. 2012. “Underlying Motives, Moral Agendas and Unlikely Partnerships: The Formulation of the U.S. Trafficking in Victims Protection Act Through the Data and Voices of Key Policy Players.” Advances in Social Work 13(2):243-261.
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, Moshoula. 2007. “Sex Trafficking: The Global Market in Women and Children.” Journal of International Women’s Studies 8(4):167-172.
Panichelli, Meg, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas and Yvette Butler. 2021. Chapter 33: "Applying critical feminist theories and praxis to contemporary social work education, practice, policy, and research with individuals in the sex trades." In S J Dodd (Ed) Handbook on Social Work and Sexualities, New York: Routledge.
Panichelli, Meg, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas and Yvette Butler. 2021. Chapter 36: "From Fallen Women to the Tumblr Ban: Representing the landscape of sex work from a historical and legal perspective." In S J Dodd (Ed) Handbook on Social Work and Sexualities, New York: Routledge.
Capous-Desyllas, M., Mountz, S. and Pestine-Stevens, A. 2019. “Chapter 12: Critically examining participation, power, ethics, and the co-construction of knowledge in a community-based photovoice research project with LGBTQ former foster youth.” In P. Billet, D. Martin, and M. Hart (Eds.) Complexities of researching with young people, New York: Routledge.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula, Denice Palacios, Patricia Rivas, and Jessica Hernandez. 2018. Chapter 26: "Understanding the Strengths and Challenges of Navigating Work Life and Personal Life Among Sex Workers." Pp. 269-282 in International Handbook of Sex Industry Research-New Directions and Perspectives, edited by S. Dewey, I. Crowhurst, and C. Izugbara. London, UK: Routledge.
Reshetnikov, Aleksey, Elizabeth Bogumil, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, and Patricia Lara. 2017. “From Visual Maps to Installation Art: Visualizing Client Pathways to Social Services in Los Angeles.” Pp. 209-226 in Anti-Oppressive Arts-Based Research Methodologies, edited by M. Capous- Desyllas and K. Morgaine. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Panichelli, Meg, Stephanie Wahab, Penelope Saunders, and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas. 2016. “Strengthening a Movement: Unpacking Privilege Within the U.S. Queer Sex Worker Rights Movement.” Pp. 234-244 in Queer Sex Work, edited by M. Laing, K. Pilcher, and N. Smith. New York: Routledge.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula. 2015. “Collage as Reflexivity: Illustrations and Reflections of a Photovoice Study with Sex Workers.” Pp. 189-208 in Feminisms in Social Work Research: Promise and possibilities for justice-based knowledge, edited by S. Wahab, B. Anderson-Nathe, and C. Gringeri. New York: Routledge.
Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula. 2011. “Photovoice with Sex Workers for Community Awareness, Empowerment and Resistance.” Pp. 363-384 in Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change, edited by C.L. McLean and R. Kelly. Canada: Calgary Detselig Temeron Press.
Community Art Exhibitions
Queer Lens in Focus: A photovoice exhibit by LGBTQ+ Refugees living in Athens Greece
- CSUN Manzanita Hall Gallery, Northridge, CA (April 2019)
- Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA (March 2019)
We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Framed: A photovoice exhibit by LGBTQ+ Refugees living in Athens Greece
- Athens Museum of Queer Art (AMOQA), Athens, Greece (March 2018)
Visual Voices from Unexpected Caregivers: A photovoice exhibit by grandparents and relative caregivers in LA and the San Fernando Valley
- CSUN Manzanita Hall Gallery, Northridge, CA (Nov. 2017)
- ArtShare LA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Dec. 2017)
From Our Perspectives: A photovoice exhibit by LGBTQ former foster youth in LA County
- ArtShare LA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (May 2016)
- CSUN West Gallery, Northridge, CA (Sept. 2016)
Visions & Voices: A photovoice exhibit by sex workers in Portland, Oregon
- Brayham Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada (May 2011)
- Event: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
- In Other Words Independent Feminist Bookstore, Portland, Oregon (February 2011)
- Buckley Center Gallery, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon (March 2010)
- Event: The Art of Social Work, Service & Social Justice
- Performing Arts Center, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon (February 2010)
- Bridges To Independence, Portland, Oregon (December 2009)
- Food For Thought Café, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon (April 2009)
- Sylvania Library, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon (February 2009)
- Chaos Cafe & Parlor, Portland, Oregon (December 2009)