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  • Leah is a doctoral student in the American Studies program at the University of Maryland and a practicing qualitative researcher. Her dissertation research centers around an interdisciplinary examination of relationships between popular music, ident...More

EXPERIENCE

  • University of Maryland
    • Department of American Studies
    • Doctoral Candidate
    • January 2019 to Present

  • University of Maryland
    • Counseling Center Research Unit
    • Graduate Research Assistant
    • July 2017 to September 2019

    "The Food Access and Student Well Being Study" • Assisting in quantitative survey design and implementation • Designing, performing, coding, and analyzing qualitative interviews with undergraduate and graduate students • Writing a literature review • Preparing presentation materials and presenting findings to University administration • Preparing and submitting IRB applications

  • University of Maryland
    • Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities
    • Graduate Research Assistant
    • August 2016 to July 2017

    "Investigating the Maryland Way" • Designed interview questions regarding interdisciplinary collaborations and interviewed Brain and Behavior Initiative Seed Grantees, graduate assistants, and postdoctoral associates • Performed a thematic analysis and prepared multiple evaluative reports on the efficacy of interdisciplinary collaboration between Seed Grantees • Created a qualitative codebook

  • Smithsonian Institution
    • Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
    • Program Intern, Sounds of California
    • January 2016 to June 2016

    “Beyond Representation: Performance Ethnography and the Research and Presentation of Cultures at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival” • Designed and performed an independent research project which analyzed the Smithsonian’s research practices through ethnographic interviews of curators and analysis of archival material • Produced a guide to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s curation practices suitable for publication

EDUCATION

  • University of Maryland
    • PhD American Studies
    • August 2016 to Present

    My proposed dissertation is a qualitative exploration of middle age within style-based subcultures in Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. which pulls together sociological analysis, age studies, performance theory, and queer studies to rethink the nature and meaning of what it means to grow older subculturally.

  • University of Maryland
    • M.A. American Studies and Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies and Material Culture
    • August 2014 to December 2016

    Thesis: “Alternative Imaginaries, Gothic Temporalities: An Ethnography of the Cultural Construction of Aging in the Goth Subculture”

  • Eastern University
    • B.A. Sociology
    • August 2000 to May 2004

    Thesis: “Religiosity and Levels of Peer-to-Peer Harassment in Public and Religious Schools”

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