Born, raised, and educated in New York City, I have lived on the Upper East Side since it was Yorkville. Neighborhood parochial school, Hunter College High School, Barnard College, The New School for Social Research (PhD, Anthropology) and Hunter College. My work experience includes such Manhattan icons as Alexanders, Gimbels, and Bloomingdales, as well as various not-for profit organizations and, most recently, teaching as an adjunct at Hunter and the New School after obtaining an MATESOL degree at Hunter. I have been active in tenant organizing and as a union member. Now I am reinventing myself once again, as I focus full time on research and writing as an independent scholar.
Current research areas:
I am interested in how genetic genealogy research is used in constructing popular ideas about identity.
Recent scholarly activity:
I am currently working on three research projects:
1) a followup to my paper on adjuncts that was presented at the June NCIS Conference and later published in TIS, my new paper will be concerned with adjunct identity, how adjuncts are perceived in the academy and how they perceive themselves.
2) a study of women and historic home preservation, with a focus on heritage societies like the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.
3) an inquiry into popular ideas about ancestry and nationality in the United States from about 1880 to the present.
“The future of adjuncts: from plight to fight”
The Independent Scholar (TIS) Volume 1, December 2015
I am currently serving as resident anthropologist, archivist, and participant observer for a group struggling to improve adjunct conditions at City University of New York: Adjuncts, Grad Students, and Friends for Equity.
I am participating in a project of the New York Public Library to collect oral histories of longterm residents of the Upper East Side in Manhattan.