PhD in Environmental Psychology with proven analytic, research & project management skills
Artist & urbanist pioneering arts-based research for community engagement
Experienced leader and public facilitator/public speaker with cross-cultural literacies
Excellent communicator and content creator across multiple media platforms
Principal + co-founder, Buscada, interdisciplinary practice on place + dialogue 2001 -
Associate Director of Civic Engagement Initiatives, The New School, NY 2012-2015
Assistant Professor, Urban Studies, The New School 2008-2015
Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Community Research, University of London 2008-2011
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychology, Lehman College, CUNY 2008-2009
Lecturer, Photography, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley 2006-2007
Teaching Photographer, Arts Connection, New York 2002-2003
Education Coordinator, Toynbee Hall, London 1998-2000
Art Educator, Hoxton Hall, London 1998-1999
Ph.D. Environmental Psychology, Graduate Center, CUNY 2009
Dissertation research on community perceptions of self, place and history in two American neighborhoods, using ethnographic and arts-based research approach.
M.A. Psychology, Hunter College, CUNY 2003
B.A. Cities & Photography, Magna Cum Laude, Bryn Mawr College 1998
Language: Spanish, intermediate; French, intermediate; German, reading
Technology: Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, Lightroom; Atlas.ti, Nvivo
Project themes: neighborhood attachment and the making of home in affordable housing; cultural attachments to public sites and open spaces; creative / arts-based and ethnographic research as a means of building knowledge about everyday experiences of contested space.
Sites: neighborhoods in New York, Oakland, London and Buenos Aires; Broadway Housing Communities’ Sugar Hill project (2015), the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (2008-2014), Lower East Side community gardens (2009-2010), the TransBay Terminal in San Francisco (2007), the Statue of Liberty & Liberty Island (2003-2005); WHEDCo’s Urban Horizons’ housing (2003-2004)
Funders include the New York Council for the Humanities (2015 & 2011), Citizens Committee for New York City (2015), The Rockefeller Foundation (2013-15) and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2009). Work at The New School supported by the Civic Engagement and Social Justice Committee Fund, the Innovations in Education Award, and the Design & Social Science Fellowship.
Create equitable partnerships and produce compelling projects to foster community-based learning and critical conversation with urban and arts organizations. Pioneer long-term collaborations on contested urban renewal sites, using pedagogy and creative practice to open up community dialogue.
Partners have included Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, the Pratt Center, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the Laundromat Project, Hester Street Collaborative, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, the I Have a Dream Foundation, and City Lore.
Projects include: “Working with People” and “The America Project for Collaboration, Creativity and Citizenship”
PUBLIC PROGRAMS, PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS
Adept at public education in diverse settings. Public interventions and exhibitions at institutions include the Museum of Chinese in America, Tenement Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, the Sheila Johnson Design Center at The New School, Creative Time, MIT, and the Center for Architecture.
Projects include: “Intersection | Prospect Heights” (2015), on gentrification and sense of place; “Layered SPURA”, on housing, activism, history and neighborhood meaning; the “Triangle Fire Open Archive and Open Museum”, on public history and the shaping of the city and “Making Housing Home” on life in affordable housing.
Designed and facilitated extensive public programming including symposia at the Tate Britain, The New School, and Goldsmiths, University of London. Delivered invited public talks on urban questions, at institutions including the Pratt Institute, Queens Museum, Columbia University, The Architectural League, Tate Britain and UC Berkeley.
In journals including Visual Studies, Society & Space, Radical History Review, Space & Culture and Places as well as in general media on housing and urban issues, including Urban Omnibus and Shelterforce. Book in progress: In the Same Room Without Screaming: Oral history, exhibitions and contested urban space (U of Iowa Press).
More than 10 years of extensive teaching experience at The New School, Lehman College, CUNY, UC Berkeley, and the Slade School of Fine Art. Community engagement studio and seminar courses on subjects ranging from public art, histories of housing, visual urbanism, arts as activism and environmental psychology.