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 (food trucks, the drug economy, more), and language. That and crosswords. My purse is full of them.

My dissertation on placemaking and immigrant entrepreneurs.

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 🙂 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 🙂

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.

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

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