February 14, 2021

The pandemic is making us all rethink many things; for me, a major point of reflection is the role of community in university life, and what to do when we are without it. Read more

February 6, 2021

Discussions about cultural appropriation have always loomed large in belly dance, especially its fusion genres. Here, I detail some important insights from workshops I recently took with North African dancers. Read more

January 30, 2021

What do you do when you’re teaching a year-long course, First Year Seminar, and pick up some new students in the spring semester? Have students make memes to explain the previous semester! Read more

January 22, 2021

When I started embarking on a path to learn more about sex education & incorporate that into my career, I thought it’d become my haven from academia. I was wrong. Read more

January 14, 2021

Folklore and disability interact in many ways, some upholding norms & some challenging them, but I would argue that understanding representations of disability in folklore can yield many insights into identity and power. Read more

January 7, 2021

I have a lot of thoughts on what happened yesterday, but I’m responding first in my capacity as an educator, to remind us that even when people’s positions are at best misinformed, we don’t stand much of a chance of correcting them when they feel unsafe. Read more

December 29, 2020

Despite being badly burned out this year, I published two personal essays and had a third accepted. Here’s what I’ve learned. Read more

December 21, 2020

I know the ivory tower can seem insular and out of touch to some people, but I assure you, there are good reasons to care when a woman with a PhD is being publicly demeaned. Read more

December 17, 2020

As we near the end of 2020 and the first global pandemic I’ve lived through, I’m low on ideas for maintaining social and creative connections when I have no inner life. Read more

December 10, 2020

I know the metaphor (a goldfish will grow to fill its tank) is flawed, but boy does it work well for activities like teaching and trying to recover from trauma. I’m sure we’ve all heard something like this: a goldfish will grow to the size of its tank (not quite true, but as ubiquitous an understanding of nature as the notion that frogs will acclimate to water that begins to boil without realizing it’ll kill them). Due to how common… Read more

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