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. I LOVE puns.

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

I teach/have taught:
ANTH 245 Cultures and Sexualities
SIS 750: Ethnographic Research Methods for International Affairs
SISU 205 Intercultural Communication
SIS 642 Intercultural Relations
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 đŸ™‚ Oh, and check out my Mom’s book, too.

I am a mean cruciverbalista and a not so mean feminista. I am obsessed with my vegan cookifyings, underground hip hop, knitting, 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 đŸ™‚

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 12–30 years ago (yes, I just dated myself). Like your typical transplant, I am a girl without a home but definitely and defiantly immigrant and Bulgarian. 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. Want to say hi?

 

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