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Education                 

Current Employment

Manager of Digital & Special Projects, The Archives at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club NYC (2014-present).

Major Current Projects

  • Core Member, XFR Collective, NYC (2015-present).
  • Founder and Lead Organizer, Interest Group on Government Records Transparency & Accountability, Digital Library Federation (February 2017-present).
  • Co-Editor (with Bethany Nowviskie and Samantha MacFarlane), Special Issue on ‘Endangered Knowledge,’ in KULA, A Journal of Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies (Anticipated Publication Date: October 2018).

Employment History

Archives & Special Collections

  • Adjunct Instructor.
    • Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, New York University, NYC. Course taught: Collection Management (Spring 2017).
    • iSchool, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Course taught: Community Archives (Spring 2016)
  • Curriculum Evaluator. Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, New York University, NYC (Spring-Summer 2016)
  • Project Archivist. Yeshiva University Archives, NYC (2014).
  • Archival Consultant.
    • Beyond the Pale: A Progressive Jewish Radio Hour, NYC [now at NYU’s Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU] (2014-2017).
    • Cathy Weiss Dance Projects, NYC (2015-2016).
    • The personal papers of Theresa Carr, New Haven, CT [now at Smith College’s Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History] (2014-2015).
    • Occuprint. Brooklyn, NY (2013-2015).
    • Evolving Archives Initiative, Graduate Library. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University Archives. (November 2012-August 2013).
    • Aftselokhes Spectacle Committee, Brooklyn, NY. (2006-2012).
  • Intern.
    • WITNESS Media Archive. Brooklyn, NY. (2013).
    • Human Rights Watch Audiovisual Archive. New York, NY. (March 2013).

Academic Positions

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • Teaching Fellow, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. (Fall 2012)
  • State University of New York at New Paltz
    • Assistant Professor, School of Education, Program in History Education. (2008-2012).
  • New York University
    • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning. (2007-2008).
    • Historian-in-Residence, Department of Teaching and Learning. (2003-2007).
    • Instructor & Teaching Assistant, Department of History & Program in Women’s Studies. (1996-2003)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology/Rutgers Newark
    • Instructor, Federated Department of History. (2005-2006).

Editorial Work

  • Co-Editor, “Libraries Under Occupation: A Conversation with Palestinian Librarians,” with Tom Twiss. Progressive Librarian: A Journal for Critical Studies and Progressive Politics in Librarianship (Winter 2017).
  • Manuscript Reviewer, The Radical History Review‘s special issue on “Queer Archives” (Fall 2013).
  • Copy Editor, Library Trends, Special Issue on Community Informatics in China, Volume 62, No. 1 (Summer 2013).
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Feminist Studies. (Fall 2011).
  • Co-Editor, Teaching US History: Dialogues Among Social Studies Teachers and Historians, with Robert Cohen, Terrie Epstein, and Diana Turk (Routledge, 2009).
  • Editorial Associate, Library Journal & Publisher’s Weekly (2000-2001)
  • Fact-checker, Out Magazine, Metropolis Magazine (1999-2000)

Selected Publications

Book

  • History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education, co-written with Dr. Dipti Desai and Jessica Hamlin (Routledge Press, 2009).

Essays

  • “An Archive of Racial Fantasy: Ragini Devi’s White American Body,” Ligament Vol. 2 (No.3) January 2017.
  • “Jennifer Miller’s Zenobia: Anatomy of a Performance,” Movement Research Journal 44 (March 2014)
  • “An Archive of Occuprint Posters,” co-written with Lindsay Kaplan. The Scholar and the Feminist 1 (2013)
  • “Anti-Homophobia Education: Predicaments and Possibilities,” Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association (May, 2010).
  • “Theater of the Assessed: Drama-Based Pedagogies in the History Classroom,” Radical History Review, September 2008.
  • “At the Intersections of History: A Report from the 21st Natya Kala Conference (Chennai, India),” Attendance: The Dance Annual of India (2001)
  • “The Girls’ Guide: 20 Years of Cleis Press” (Village Voice, June 20, 2000)
  • “Someone Else’s Dream: Nan Goldin’s Recent Photographs,” Nerve Magazine (May-June 2000)

Book Chapters

  • “There is an Alternative: Historical Storytelling & Political Practice,” in Ezra Berkley Nepon, Justice, Justice, Shall You Pursue: A History of New Jewish Agenda (Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2012).
  • “Using Visual Historical Methods in the K-12 Classroom: Tactical Heuristics,” History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education (Routledge Press, 2009).
  • “Pivotal Failures: Experiments in a History Classroom,” with Jill Jeffrey and Tera Lynch. Teaching US History: Dialogues Among Social Studies Teachers and Historians (Routledge, 2009).
  • [Teaching US History through Provocative Questions: Interviews with Historians]. Interviews with James Oakes, Hasia Diner, Kevin Murphy, Robert Cohen, Adam Green, Laura Briggs. Teaching US History: Dialogues Among Social Studies Teachers and Historians (Routledge, 2009).
  •  “Toolkits for Teaching US History with Visual Art.” Introductory Essays on The Constitution and US Government; Japanese Incarceration; Slavery; Immigration; Westward Expansion; and The US War in Vietnam. History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education (Routledge Press, 2009).
  • “Against ‘Tolerance’: Critical History Methods in Anti-Homophobia Education,” in Laraine Wallowitz, ed., Critical Literacy as Resistance: Teaching for Social Justice across the Secondary Curriculum (Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2008).

Encyclopedia Entries

  • “Ragini Devi,” Biographical entry for the Routledge Online Encyclopedia of Modernism (2013)
  • “Ragini Devi.” Biographical entry for Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 5, 1976-2000, (Harvard University Press, 2004).

Selected Blog Posts

  • “Title 44 and the Uncertain Future of Free Public Access to Government Info in the US,” DLF Blog, September 11, 2017.
  • “Project Update: Two Months into the XFR Collective-METRO Partnership,” XFR Collective Blog, June 6, 2017.
  • “The Digital Library Federation Launches a New Interest Group on Government Records Transparency and Accountability,” D-Lib Magazine, May/June 2017.
  • “Endangered Data and the Arts,” The Pushcart Blog of La MaMa Archives May 2017.
  • “Can We Center an Ethics of Care in Audiovisual Archival Practice?: A Digital Library Federation Fellow’s Reflection,” DLF Blog, January 25, 2017.
  • “Police-Worn Body Camera Footage: A Public Record?” Society of American Archivists Issues and Advocacy Blog (October 2016).
  • “Jeff Weiss, ‘And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid,’ and the Dilemma of Archiving Performance,” The Pushcart Blog of La MaMa Archives (July 2015).

Book Reviews

  • Valencia, by Michelle Tea. Village Voice (Summer 2000)
  • Mother Jones, by Elliot Gorn. Village Voice (March 2000)
  • Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, by Anne Fausto-Sterling. Village Voice (Feb-March 2000)
  • Radio Free Dixie, by Timothy Tyson. Village Voice (December 1999)
  • Saffron Sky: A Life Between Iran and America, by Galareh Asayesh. Library Journal (October 1999)
  • Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth Century America, by Molly McGarry, Fred Wasserman, and Mimi Bowling. Sojourner (June 1999)
  • Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton, by Diane Middlebrook. Sojourner (April 1999)
  • The Artificial Kingdom: A Treasury of the Kitsch Experience, by Celeste Olalquiaga. Village Voice (Feb.-March 1999)
  • A Fragile Union, by Joan Nestle. New York Blade (February 1999)
  • Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, by Leslie Feinberg. Village Voice (December 1998)
  • Exotics at Home: Anthropologies, Others, American Modernity, by Michaela di Leonardo. Village Voice (September 1998)

Invited Presentations

  • Guest Lecture, “Tenderness in the Face of (the Magnetic Media) Crisis, and Other Archival Dilemmas,” Shannon Mattern’s Data, Archive, Infrastructure class, The New School, New York, NY (November 2017)
  • Guest Lecture, “Creativity Required: Digital Preservation Strategies at a Poorly-Resourced, Community-Based Performing Arts Archive,” Nicole Martin’s Digital Preservation class, NYU’s Moving Image Archives and Preservation program, New York, NY (November 2017)
  • Invited Participant/Presenter, “DLF Forum Closing Plenary: Our DLF Now,” Digital Library Federation Forum, Pittsburgh, PA (October 2017)
  • Invited Reader, “Weeping in the Library” (with Lisa Cohen), Adult Contemporary Reading Series, PS1, Queens, NY (September 2017)
  • Invited Presenter,Audiovisual Documentation of Police and Policing: Appraisal, Access, Privacy,” Joint Session of the Acquisitions & Appraisal/Privacy & Confidentiality Sections, Society of American Archivists Conference, Portland, OR (July 2017)
  • Invited Presenter, “Low-Cost, DIY, and Community-Based Approaches to Audiovisual Digitization: A Digital Library Federation Webinar,” Online (June 2017)
  • Invited Respondent, “Practice, Property, and the Politics of Archives in Palestine/ Israel: A Workshop,” New York University, NY (April 2017)
  • Invited Panelist, “Emerging Best Practices in Archiving Dance,” The Film Society of Lincoln Center – Dance on Camera Festival (February 2017)
  • Invited Presenter, “catalog.lamama.org,” CollectiveAccess User Group, Metropolitan Library Council of New York, New York, NY (September 2016)
  • Invited Panelist, “Handling History: Presenting and Archiving Subcultures and Social Movements,” ABC No Rio Gallery, New York, NY (May 2016)
  • Invited Presenter, “Fundraising for Digital Archives Projects,” NDSR-NY Symposium, Brooklyn, NY (April 2016)
  • Invited Presenter, “Going CLIR: A Showcase of Recent Hidden Collections Cataloging Projects in New York,” Archivists’ Roundtable Forum, New York, NY (June 2015)
  • Invited Participant, “Environment of Self in Time, Jennifer Monson in conversation with Rachel Mattson: A Stay Late (post-show) Discussion.” New York Live Arts, New York, NY. (November 2014 )
  • Invited Participant, A Conversation about Jennifer Monson’s Live Dancing Archive, American Realness Festival, Abrons Art Center, New York. (January 2013)
  • Invited Panelist, “Queer History in ‘Real America’: Subjugated Knowledges in 21st Century Education,” University of Indiana-Bloomington (October 2011)
  • Invited Presenter, “Repairing the Idea of ‘Repairing the World’: Thinking Historically about Jewish Community Service,” The Research Training Institute at Ma’yan, Jewish Community Center of the Upper West Side, New York City. (December 2010)
  • Invited Presenter, “Educational Theater and the History of Social Movements,” The Institute for the Investigation of Cultural Diversity and the Process of Change, National University of Argentina, Rio Negro. Bariloche, Argentina. (March 2010)
  • Invited Presenter, “From the 1963 March on Washington to the Bombing of Afghanistan: Critical Approaches to Anti-Homophobia Education,” Women’s Studies Colloquium, State University of New York at New Paltz (April 2009).

Other Presentations (Selected)

2017

  • Convener/Moderator, “Government Records and Data Transparency in the Digital Age: Describing the Problem, Imagining Solutions,” Digital Library Federation Forum, Pittsburgh, PA (October)
  • Panelist, “Endangered Data Week: Taking Civic Action Through Library Instruction,” Digital Library Federation Forum, Pittsburgh, PA (October)
  • “Horizontal Mentorship: Radical Empathy and Professional Development,” SAA Annual Conference, Portland, OR (July)

2016

  • “Conversation is my Favorite Tech Tool,”  Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (November)
  • “Digital Preservation for the Rest of Us—Adapting Best Practices on a Budget,” Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (November)
  • “What is the XFR Collective?” Part of a panel called “Power to the People: A Discussion of Personal Digital Archiving Labs,” Digital Library Federation Forum, Milwaukee, WI (November)
  • Lightning Talk, “Horizontal Mentorship for Digital Preservation: The XFR Collective Model,” Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG), New York, NY (October)
  • “Grant Cycles, Deadlines, and Labor Advocacy: The Changing Work of Project Archivists,” Mid-Atlantic Records and Archives Conference (MARAC), Pittsburgh (April)

2015

  • “Candy Darling and Copyright: Expanding Access to the Videotaped Record of 1970s-Era Experimental Theatre,” Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), Portland, Oregon (November)
  • “Cataloging La MaMa’s Early Years,” Archivists Roundtable of New York, New York. (June)
  • “Alt-Archives: Community-Based Video Collections” (Co-Leader), Council on Library and Information Resources, Hidden Collections UnConference, Philadelphia, PA. (March)
  • “La MaMa’s Pushcart Catalog: Creative Approaches to Cataloging Materials in a Community-Based Performing Arts Archive,” Metropolitan New York Library Council’s Annual Conference, New York, NY. (January)

2014

  • “Archiving Video: A Workshop for Activists,” (Co-leader), Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY. (November)
  • “Archives and Subpoenas,” Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference, Savannah, Ga. (October)
  • “The Law of Replevin and the (Missing) Palestinian National Archive,” Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. (August)
  • “Poetic World-Making in Queer Public History,” National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Monterrey, California. (March)

2013

  • “The Disaster of Military Occupation: Archives in Palestine,” Archivists’ Roundtable of New York Annual Meeting, New York, NY. (October)
  • “To Know the Architecture of Terror: The Open Access Policy of the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive,” Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. (August)

2012

2007-2010

  • “Is Theater a Good Way to Participate in Democracy?: Queer Political Desire, Radical Aesthetics, and The Possible Effects of Purimshpiels in an Actually Existing Democracy,” New England American Studies Association Conference, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA. (October 2010)
  • “ ‘Aren’t All Hindus Muslims?’: Race, Religion, and Citizenship in the U.S., 1890-1952” National Endowment of Humanities Institute on the History of Citizenship, New-York Historical Society. (June 2009)
  • “Documenting the Impossible: Archiving Diasporic Jewish Performances,” Corpopoliticas: The Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (June 2007)

2002-2006

  • “‘Hindus Whom I Have Always Been Taught Were Whites’: Notes on the Short Career of Lapsed Racial Descriptor,” Naming Race, Naming Racism, University of Memphis. (April, 2006)
  • “Past Matters: Reframing Thind in an Age of Homeland Security.” Asian Americans and the Law, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. (February, 2005.)
  • “The Trouble with Transnational: Stories of Ragini Devi and 20th -Century American Ideas about Race.” Oral History Association. San Diego, CA. (October, 2002.)

Interviews with me

Courses taught

Graduate

  • Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, New York University, NYC.
    • Collection Management. (2017).
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (iSchool), Illinois.
    • Community Archives (2016).
  • State University of New York at New Paltz (School of Education), New Paltz, NY.
    • History and the Politics of Memory (2009, 2011).
    • The Photograph: Histories and Pedagogies (2010, 2012).
    • Teaching US History: Methods ( 2008-2012).
    • Research Methods (2009, 2011).
    • Foundations of Social Studies Education (2008-2012).
    • Fieldwork Seminar (2008-2011).
  • New York University (Department of Teaching and Learning), NYC.
    • U.S. History Since 1865 (2008).
    • U.S. History to 1865 (2008).
    • Master’s Seminar in History and Education (2008).

Undergraduate

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Department of Gender Studies), Illinois.
    • Queer Lives, Queer Politics (Fall 2012).
  • State University of New York at New Paltz (Department of Women’s Studies), New Paltz, NY.
    • Independent Study: Protest Art in the 20th Century (Spring 2012).
    • Sex, Gender, and the State (2010, 2011).
  • State University of New York at New Paltz (School of Education), New Paltz, NY.
    • Teaching US History: Methods (2008-2012).
    • Foundations of Social Studies Education (2008-2012).
    • Fieldwork Seminar (2008-2009).
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology/Rutgers Newark, Newark, NJ.
    • Twentieth Century World History (2005-2006).
  • New York University (Department of History), NYC.
    • 20th Century US Imperialisms and Anti-Imperialisms (2004).
  • New York University (Program in Women’s Studies), NYC.
    • Introduction to Women’s Studies (1998).

Workshops Taught

  • “Preservation-Level Digitization of Analog Video,” A Hands-on Workshop for Donald Mennerch’s Digital Preservation class, NYU’s Archives/Public History program, METRO, New York, NY (November 2017).
  • Community Archives in New York City, Alternative Spring Break Weeklong Seminar, iSchool, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (March 21-25, 2016).
  • “Archiving Video: A Workshop for Activists,” (Co-leader), Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY. (November 2014).
  • “Seminars in the City: Queering the Curriculum,” Mini-course at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), City University of New York (Spring 2012).
  • “Strategies for Teaching the Montgomery Bus Boycott,” Hudson Valley Writers Project, Ulster County, New York (March 2011).
  • “Teaching Queer Histories in K-12 Classrooms”
    • University of Indiana-Bloomington (October 2011).
    • Pop Up Museum of Queer History, Leslie/Lohman Gallery, NYC (August 2011).
  • The Possibilities of the Past: What the Montgomery Bus Boycott Teaches about Political Strategy,” Jews For Racial and Economic Justice (November 2011).
  • Sugar in Global and U.S. Histories: A Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers (New York University, Department of Teaching and Learning) (2008).
  • Teaching with Objects, Images, Oral Testimony, and Ideas: A Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers (New York University, Department of Teaching and Learning (2007).
  • Reading, Writing & Computer Literacy Classes for Adults, Brooklyn Public Library – Bedford Branch Library (1993-1995).

Thesis advising

  • Master’s Thesis Supervisor. Caroline Roll, “Never Done Before, Never Seen Again: A Look at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Hidden Collections of Improv Comedy,” Moving Image Archives and Preservation Program (Spring 2017).
  • PhD Dissertation Outside Reader. Judy Sokolow, “Civic Engagement as an Outcome of Jewish Modern Orthodox Middle School Community Service and Service-Learning Programs.” Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration (Spring 2011).
  • Honor’s Thesis Advisor. Shannon Gryntysz, “Histories, Myths, and Heroes: Finding ‘Truth’ in American History Classrooms” SUNY New Paltz, Department of History (Spring 2009).

Exhibitions

  • Curriculum Consultant, “On the (Queer) Waterfront,” Exhibition, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NYC. (2019-2020).
  • Co-curator, “Documents from the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp,” Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NYC. (Dec. 2014-Mar. 2015).
  • Co-curator, “On the (Queer) Waterfront: Brooklyn Histories,”  The Pop Up Museum of Queer History, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NYC. (October 2013).
  • Submission Reviewer, “Before We Were Queer,” The Pop Up Museum of Queer History, Leslie/Lohman Gallery, NYC. (2012).

Service

  • Program Committee Memberships
    • Digital Library Federation Annual Forum, Pittsburgh, PA (2017).
    • Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (2017).
    • Allied Media Conference Track, “Disrupting Mainstream History: Memory Keeping, Storytelling, and Community Archives” Detroit, MI (2017).
    • Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference Do-it-Yourself and Community Archives Track, Pittsburgh, PA (2016).
  • Board Memberships
    • Digital Technology Initiative, Gibney Dance Center, NYC (2017-present).
    • Circus Amok, NYC (2006-2015).
    • The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, NYC (2011-2013).
    • IWitness Video, NYC (2008-2009).

Selected Awards and Fellowships

  • International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Digital Humanities Summer Institute Fellow (2018)
  • Researcher-in-Residence, Signal Culture, Owego, NY (February 2017).
  • Cross-Pollinator Fellow, Digital Library Federation/Association of Moving Image Archivists (November 2016).
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Gender Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2013).
  • Mildred M. Luther and Kathryn Luther Henderson Fellowship in Preservation Studies, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2013).
  • Outstanding Recognition Award, American Educational Research Association’s Division B—Curriculum Studies (2010).
  • Awardee/Participant, NEH Institute on the Legal History of Citizenship, New-York Historical Society, New York (2009).
  • Dissertation Grant. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute For Advanced Study, Boston, MA.  (2001).
  • Margaret Brown Academic Award. New York University, Department of History. (1998-2002).

Selected Successful Grant Proposals

  • Lead author and PI. National Historical Records and Publications Commission. “Expanding Access to the Videotaped Record of 1970s-Era Experimental Theatre.” (A cross-institutional collaboration with Bay Area Video Coalition and the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research.) (2017-2019)
  • Lead author and PI. Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Cataloging and Digitization Grant. (2017-2018)
  • Lead author and PI. The Achelis and Bodman Foundation. Digitization Grant. (2016-2017)
  • Lead author. Humanities New York. “A Poster History of La MaMa’s Downtown Community.” (2016-2017)
  • Lead author and PI. Council on Library and Information Science, Hidden Collections Microgrant for Incentivizing Collaboration. “Revealing Hidden Collections with CollectiveAccess: Sharing Strategies and Building a Robust User Community.” (2016)

Websites

Selected Skills        

  • Project management and collaboration tools such as Slack, Trello, Basecamp, & Google Apps.
  • Command-line tools such as BagIt, r-sync, FFMpeg, MediaInfo, and md5deep.
  • Audiovisual editing and capture software such as FinalCutPro, Audacity, iMovie, and vRecord.
  • Archival standards, vocabularies, & models including DublinCore, PBCore, FRBR, OAIS, FADGI, EAD, & LCSH
  • Digital platforms such as Omeka, CollectiveAccess & WordPress.
  • Digital preservation-oriented GUIs including Exactly & Fixity.
  • Desktop software including Excel, Photoshop, & Filemaker.
  • Web-oriented languages and tools such as Wiki markup, HTML, CSS, XML, & GitHub.
  • Basic understanding of: Python, OpenRefine, MySQL, & the LAMP stack.
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