About Me

Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from American University in Washington, DC.

An avowed introvert who plays an extrovert (on TV–kidding). I am terrible at normaling but pretty darn good at adulting.

A few of my interests: urban studies (especially gentrification, placemaking, and right to the city), women’s studies, food, development, informality (food trucks, the drug economy, more), and language.

My dissertation on placemaking and immigrant entrepreneurs.

I teach/have taught:
SISU 205 Intercultural Communication
ANTH 396/ WGSS 396 Feminist Ethnography
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 am a mean cruciverbalista and a not so mean avowed feminista for life. I am obsessed with my vegan cookifyings, arts’n’crafts, fermenting/fomenting, 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 12–28 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.

I teach yoga and Pilates. I teach at Yoga District, Balance Gym, and American University.

I am also a budding botanist/herbalist and read Tarot.

I am the creator/mischief-maker behind DOOMASANA.

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

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