Leyla’s ABBREVIATED CV

education

M.A., Oral History, Columbia University, 2015. Thesis: “Paying Respects,” about Hart Island, New York City’s Potter’s Field

Ph.D., Geography, Rutgers University, 1994. Thesis: “Unionism as a Way of Life: The Community Orientation of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.” (Research funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation)

B.A. with Honors, McGill University, 1984. Thesis: “Guest Workers in Switzerland.”

oral history projects & Interviews

Columbus Avenue and the Upper West Side Oral History Project, ongoing

The Rockefeller University Oral History Project, 0ngoing

Hart Island Oral History Project, ongoing

Stonewall Oral History Project, interviewer, 2018

Cultural Roadmapp, interviewer, 2017

New York Preservation Archive Project, interviewer, 2015 and 2017

The Civilians, Field Research Team member/interviewer, 2015-2017

Service Employees International Union, interviewer, 2016

Amalgamated Bank, interviewer, 2016

conferences, presentations & workshops

Guest speaker, The History of Public Sector Unions, City University of New York, School of Labor and Urban Studies, New York, N.Y., March 2019

Guest speaker, Peace and Justice Studies Thesis Class, Pace University, New York, N.Y., November 2018

“Writing with Our Narrators’ Words: Editing Oral History.” Roundtable panelist with Svetlana Kitto and Sara SInclair. Presented at Oral History in Our Challenging Times, Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association, Montréal, October 2018

Workshop on conducting an oral history project. Presented with Liz Strong and Obden Mondesir at “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Rethinking Sites of Cultural Memory,” a conference co-sponsored by the Historic Districts Council, New York Preservation Project, and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, New York City, October 2018

“Death and Mourning at the City’s Edge: The Hart Island Oral History Project.” Presented at Dangerous Oral Histories: Risks, Responsibilities and Rewards, Annual Conference of the Oral History Society and the Oral History Network of Ireland, Belfast, June 2018

“Death and Mourning at the City’s Edge: The Hart Island Oral History Project.” Presented at the Summer Institute of the Scottish Oral History Centre (University of Strathclyde) and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (Concordia University), Glasgow, June 2018

Workshop on how to conduct a community oral history project. Co-sponsored by the New York Public Library, the New York Preservation Archive Project, and the Sandy Ground Historical Society. Staten Island, July 2017

Oral history workshop with a second-grade class preparing to interview senior citizens, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx, October 2016

“Learning from the Past 50 Years: Capturing Preservation Narratives to Inspire the Future.” Presented at “Cultural and Historic Preservation: Preservation in the U.S. 50 Years On,” Salve Regina University, Newport, October 2016 (with Matthew Coody and William Cook)

Storyteller, “Inaugural Agora on Transforming the World through Sustainable Energy for All: Leaving No One Behind.” Organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust and Eko Renewable Energy, United Nations Headquarters, New York City, June 2016

Circle Song/Oral History Experimental Workshop blending vocal improvisation and interviewing about how participants each found their voice. New York City, October 2015 (with Kate Richards Geller)

publications

Reading in Berlin: Thoughts on Jill Stauffer’s Ethical Loneliness.” Published in In Context Journal, October 2016 and selected as a “favorite essay” by The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College.