New York University 2013
Masters in Liberal Arts in Performance Studies
• GPA 3.9
• Final Projects Title: “Electra Retch: Asia Ray, Freak Show, Sword Swallowing and Non-Normativity”
• Final Projects Advisor: Barbara Browning, PhD Professor of Performance Studies
Simmons College 2012
Masters in Liberal Arts in Gender/Cultural Studies
• Thesis Title: “The Tattooed Lady: A Social and Sexual History”
• Thesis Advisor: Laura Prieto, PhD Professor of History and Women’s Studies
Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts 2008
Bachelor of Fine Arts
• Concentration Fine Arts and Women’s Studies
Booklyn Brainery 2014
Guest Teacher (Summer 2014) one session, twenty students
The History of the Freak Show
• Director: Jen Messier
• This class examines the history of the freak show within America which was geared towards a diverse adult audience.
• It is a two session course that will be offered at the Brooklyn Brainery which utilizes a variety of materials from various academic disciplines.
• This class will help to facilitate a sociohistoric understanding of the freak show from the turn of 20th century through today.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts 2007-2008
Teaching Assistant (Fall and Spring 2007-2008) Two terms, twenty students per term graduate and undergraduate students.
• Instructor: Fritz Buehner, BFA and now SMFA Dean of Faculty
• Worked with instructor in helping develop course syllabi and conducting lectures.
• Facilitated classroom discussion, critiques, and instruction of weekly art assignments with undergraduate and graduate students who were in this course.
• Managed office hours and held meetings with undergraduate and graduate students.
Agassiz Neighborhood Council 2007-2009
Arts Teacher and administrator, twelve students per session.
• Supervisor: Robert Watson
• Worked with the community liaison on a variety of projects that were related to the organization as well as helping to develop an arts based curriculum for children ages six to twelve.
• Facilitated arts based classes with children from a diverse background and helped them to develop basic art concepts as well as helping them to develop analytical skills.
• Assisted other teachers with various art based projects.
Groundswell Mural 2013
Research Assistant (March-July)
• Supervisor: Amy Sananman, Director
• Project: Arts Based Restorative Justice within New York State’s Juvenile Justice System
• Assisted in the collection of data for project which included information surrounding restorative justice programs within the US and abroad.
• Delivered clear, concise, written briefs to be used in various contexts for Groundswell.
• Provided timely updates to Grounswell’s staff in regard’s to the project’s status.
Simmons College 2011
Research Assistant (Spring Term)
• Instructor: Renee Bergland, PhD
• Project: Manuscript of academic essays based on Julia Ward Howe (pending publication)
• Conducted archival research and fact checking related to this manuscript.
• Kept detailed correspondences between authors, publishers and Ms. Bergland.
• Helped create a database of authors’ sources for their essays that were later turned into individual bibliographies, fact checking and editing.
PROFESSIONAL WRITING EXPERIENCE
Corner News Media (2014-Present)
• Editor: Nora Whelan
• Look into various local issues that pertain to the Ditmas Park, Flatbush, Park Slope and Keningston neighborhoods of Brooklyn, NY.
• Created a variety of online content for this locally run website.
• Maintains deadlines provided by the editor to ensure timely drafts of final work.
New York Arts Magazine(2013-2014)
• Editor: Matthew Hassell
• Wrote on art related happenings occurring within the Greater New York City vicinity.
• Provided concise, interesting, written articles for NY Arts Magazine’s website.
• Maintained deadlines as provided by editors and staff to ensure on-time delivery of final articles.
You’re Beautiful New York (2012-2013)
• Editor: Joel Silverstein
• Investigated issues surrounding arts and culture in the Greater New York City area providing the YBNY readership with unique articles and perspectives on this scene.
• Provided clear, concise written articles for YBNY’s online website.
• Maintained deadlines as provided by editors and staff ensuring on-time delivery of drafts and final articles.
The Dig (2011-2012)
• Editors: David Day and J.Patrick Brown
• Analyzed topics surrounding the tattoo industry within the Greater Boston City area which provided The Dig Readers with an insider’s perspective on this.
• Provided cultural analysis of tattoo reality television while also producing clear, concise articles for The Dig’s website.
• Retained deadlines developed by editor to ensure timely delivery of articles.
PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
• “The Heavily Tattooed Female Body and Affective Labor”
Panelist, Thematic Session, “Affect Theory”, The American Comparative Literature Association, March 2014.
• “Electra Retch: Asia Ray, Freak Show, and Non-Normativity”, Panelist, Thematic Session, Final Projects, Performance Studies Department, May 2013.
• Guest lecturer at the New York Studio Program: Gave a talk on my artistic and academic experience post NYSP, New York Studio Program, Brooklyn NY. March 2012.
• “The Tattooed Lady: A Social and Sexual History”, Panelist, Thematic Session, “Innovations and Anxieties”, University of Rhode Island, March 2012.
• “The Heavily Tattooed Female Body Through Today’s Social Media”, Panelist, Thematic Session, American Popular and Culture Association Mid Atlantic Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. November 2012.
• “The Tattooed Lady: A Social and Sexual History”, Panelist, Thematic Session, Graduate Symposium, Simmons College, Boston, MA. May 2012.
• “The New Tattooed Lady: A Social and Sexual Analysis of Kat Von D and Megan Massacre” MP, an international peer reviewed feminist academic journal affiliated with Rutgers University, Summer Edition 2013.
• “Interview with Brooklyn artist Chat Trevasio” to be published in an upcoming edition of Bomb Magazine.
• “The Tattooed Lady: A Social and Sexual History” Simmons College Archives, Boston, MA, 2012.
FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS
• Performance Studies Department Scholarship Recipient, 2013- 2012
• Chosen to participate in an exploratory class at the Graduate Women’s Studies Consortium, MI, 2011
• Dean’s Fund Grant Recipient, SMFA 2006-2008.
• Medici Society Grant Recipient, SMFA 2007
• New York Studio Program Residency attendant, Parson’s The New School, 2006
SKILLS AND INTERESTS
Computer: Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office, Final Cut Pro, Art Base, Base Camp, WordPress.
Language: Spanish (Conversational)
Volunteer Work: Amnesty International, Campus Coordinator SMFA (2007-09)
Amnesty International volunteer (2002-04)