About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC.

A few of my interests: urban studies (especially gentrification, space-making, and right to the city), women’s studies, immigrant studies, food, development, informality (food trucks, the drug economy, more), and underground hip hop. Jane Jacobs, David Harvey, Neil Smith, and Sudhir Venkatesh are a few of my heroes.

I teach/have taught:
ANTH 215 Sex, Gender, and Culture
ANTH 140 Anthropology of Life in the U.S.
AMST 140 Washington, DC: Life In a Monument

I am also a freelance writer and editor. Occasionally, I am quoted in things 🙂

I like verbal tomfoolery, urban gardening, vegan cookifyings, music, arts’n’crafts, crossword puzzles, making kombucha, and general subversiveness.

Songs that probably best describe my ethos: Slick Rick “Hey, Young World” and Fleetwood Mac “Sarah.” Find the poet in your heart. Never change and don’t you ever stop, Ponygirl 🙂

Don’t challenge me to a hip hop lyric quoting contest because you *will* lose.

I came to the United States from Bulgaria when I was 12–27 years ago (yes, I just dated myself). Like your typical transplant, I am a girl without a home. Still on my “geography of self” journey, sans Don Quixotian flights of fancy.

Drop me a note. Say hi. I would like that.

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