About Me

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

An avowed introvert who plays an extrovert on TV. I am terrible at normaling, yet quite good at adulting. If I am not pondering, I am pun-dering.

A few of my interests: women’s studies, food,
urban studies (especially gentrification and placemaking), international development, economic anthropology, and language.

I teach/have taught:
SIS 205 Intercultural Communication
SIS 260 Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture
SIS 642 Intercultural Relations
ANTH 245 Cultures and Sexualities
SIS 750 Ethnographic Research Methods for International Affairs
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 🙂 Take a look at my Mom’s book, too.

I am a mean cruciverbalista and a not so mean feminista. I am really into my vegan cookifyings, underground hip hop, knitting, arts’n’crafts,  groan-inducing puns, hot saucin’, fermenting/fomenting, and general subversiveness.

Song that probably best describes my ethos: 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 12–32 years ago (yes, I just dated myself). Like your typical transplant, I am a girl without a home or, better put, *intensely immigrant*. Still on my “geography of self” journey, sans Don Quixotian flights of fancy.

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


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