Recent Highlights

Education

Spring 2018
University of Arizona
MA, Library and Information Science; Knowledge River Cohort
Areas of interest: archival theory, haptic engagement in cultural memory institutions, information resources in Native American and Latinx communities, botanical collections, archives and critical plant thought.

Awards & Grants

Spring 2015
Spring Undergraduate Research Award
Office of Undergraduate Research; University of Pittsburgh
Project: Pittsburgh Dialect Study

Presentations

March 2018
American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting
University of California Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA
Presentation: Archiving with Plants

July 2017
Guest Lecture
MTD 6601.21: Archives in Thought and Practice, George Washington University; Washington, D.C.
Presentation: “Archiving with a Community: Lessons from the Pittsburgh Queer History Project”

Experience

2018
Interim Faculty Librarian; Pima Community College, West Campus Library; Tucson, AZ

Summer 2017
Reference Archivist Intern; National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; Washington, D.C.


Full CV

Education

2018  University of Arizona
MA, Library and Information Science; Knowledge River Cohort
Areas of interest: archival theory, haptic engagement in cultural memory institutions, information resources in Native American and Latinx communities, botanical collections, archives and critical plant thought.

2015  University of Pittsburgh
BA, Linguistics; Minor, Francophone Literature
Areas of focus: Qualitative sociolinguistics, language & culture, queer linguistics

Awards & Grants

2018  Travel Award
Graduate and Professional Student Council; University of Arizona
Conference: Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference

2015  Spring Undergraduate Research Award
Office of Undergraduate Research; University of Pittsburgh
Project: Pittsburgh Dialect Study

2014  Summer Undergraduate Research Award
Office of Undergraduate Research; University of Pittsburgh
Project: Pittsburgh Dialect Study

2014  First Runner-Up
Undergraduate Writing Awards
Film Studies; Department of English; University of Pittsburgh
Paper: Shade Lasts Forever: Queer Fan Texts and Ways of Knowing

2014  Small Research Grant
Office of Undergraduate Research; University of Pittsburgh
Project: Pittsburgh Dialect Study

2013  Carol Kay Award
Department of English; University of Pittsburgh
Paper: The Child Mirror: A Close Reading of Charles & Henry’s Conversations in “The History of the Fairchild Family”

2011  Seed Award
Sprout Foundation; Pittsburgh, PA
Project: Fossils: Evidence of Queer Life in Pittsburgh

Presentations & Lectures

2019 Guest Talk, PQHP & Pittsburgh Gay History
Diversity Committee, Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University
Talk with Harrison Apple & Tim Haggerty

2019 Personal Digital Archives
University of Pittsburgh
Presentation: Never Forever: Adapting Archival Practice for Ephemeral Community Records
Presentation with Harrison Apple

2019 Crafting the Long Tomorrow
Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona
Presentation: Archives and the Matter of Memory

2018 Guest Presentation
Mapping-Q, University of Arizona Museum of Art
Presentation: Lofty Performance, Lowly Performer: The Maria Denolt Project

2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
Hershey Conference Center; Hershey, PA
Presentation: Goin’ [da:n] Liberty: Tracing White Pittsburgh English in the PQHP Archives
Presented with Harrison Apple

2018 American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting
University of California Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA
Presentation: Archiving with Plants

2017 Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts: Out of Time
Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ
Presentation: Futures at Risk: Seed Saving, Archiving, and the Politics of Cross-Temporal Collection

2017  Guest Lecture
MTD 6601.21: Archives in Thought and Practice, George Washington University; Washington, D.C.
Presentation: Archiving with a Community: Lessons from the Pittsburgh Queer History Project

2017 Deep Dish Lecture Series
Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona; Tucson, AZ
Presentation: Goin’ [da:n] Liberty: Tracing White Pittsburgh English in the PQHP Archives
Presented with Harrison Apple

2014  Artist’s Talk with J. Musser
Future Tenant Gallery; Pittsburgh, PA
Presentation: The Madness of “Drive By Drag”

2014  Queer Places, Practices, and Lives II
The Ohio State University; Columbus, OH
Paper: Shade Lasts Forever: Queer Fan Texts and Ways of Knowing

2014  Undergraduate Film Studies Symposium
University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA
Paper: Shade Lasts Forever: Queer Fan Texts and Ways of Knowing

2013  Clash Zones: Identities in (R)Evolution
Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Cambridge, MA
Paper: Whose Body Is It?

2013  MOSAIC
Carnegie Mellon University; Pittsburgh, PA
Paper: Whose Body Is It?

2010  Three Rivers Community Foundation Conference
Pittsburgh, PA
Presentation: Public Art as Social Justice

Collection Knowledge

MS 540, Gale Monson papers. University of Arizona Special Collections Library. (processor)
Originally from North Dakota, Gale Monson was a long-time resident of Southern Arizona, an avid birder, and an expert on flora and fauna of the Southwest. Monson’s papers contain nearly 80 years of daily journals and thousands of transparency slides, documenting both his family life and his nature sightings. (Processing completed in April 2018, finding aid is forthcoming.)

MS 337, Gary Nabhan papers. University of Arizona Special Collections Library. (processor)
Nabhan, a local ethnobotanist and author, donated a portion of his scholarly papers to the University of Arizona. In 2018, I processed an addition to the collection and revised the finding aid to more clearly reflect the collection’s contents.

Michael “Vanna” Obusek Collection. Pittsburgh Queer History Project. (processing archivist with H. Apple)
The Michael “Vanna” Obusek Collection documents Vanna’s career as a drag performer in Pittsburgh, as well as a wider circle of drag activity in the city. The collection includes VHS tapes which Vanna collected from various bars as well as photographs of herself and her friends.

MS 603, John W. Murphey records. University of Arizona Special Collections Library. (processor)
The John W. Murphey records document the business ventures of John Murphey, his wife Helen Geyer Murphey, and his business partner Leo B. Keith. Murphey’s companies hired noted architect Josias Joesler to design a number of Tucson homes. The collection contains approximately 49 linear feet of material, primarily financial records and job files.

MS 600, Joe Carithers papers. University of Arizona Special Collections Library. (processor)
As a graduate assistant at UASC, I processed this small collection of 7 linear feet. The Joe Carithers papers contains correspondence, photographs, and manuscript drafts related to Carithers’ career as a parks conservationist.

Larritta Not So Young Collection. Pittsburgh Queer History Project. (processing archivist)
The Larritta Not So Young Collection contains DVDs documenting performances at Pegasus nightclub in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1987-1997. The collection is available online through digital surrogates.

Curatorial Experience

2018. “Best Wishes,” Guest Curator, University of Arizona Museum of Art. (February 3 – June 3, 2018)

Solo Performances, Exhibitions, & Screenings

2019 “Best Wishes” (video screening), University of Arizona Museum of Art; Tucson, AZ
2017 “ahrnges,” Monster Love, Queer Publics Symposium, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Urbana, IL
2016 “If Your Body Could Talk, LINDA,” Unsilencing Anatomies: If  Your Body Could Talk, La Pilita Cultural Center; Tucson, AZ
2014 “Potato Head,” Pittsburgh TransPride Showcase, Cattivo Sotto; Pittsburgh, PA
2013 “Cruisin’ for a Fungi,” Trans-Q Live!, Andy Warhol Museum; Pittsburgh, PA
2013 “Buffalo,” SPRUNG, Andy Warhol Museum; Pittsburgh, PA
2013 “Houseboy 2000,” 14k Filth, 6119; Pittsburgh, PA
2012 “Imaginary Exercise,” Trans-Q World Premier, 6119; Pittsburgh, PA
2012 “Never Forget,” Assemble; Pittsburgh, PA
2012 “Art Tours by Maria Denolt,” Guerrilla Performances, Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York, NY
2012 “‘Art’ by ‘Women’,” Waffle Shop; Pittsburgh, PA
2011 “Invisible Light,” Fossils: Evidence of Queer Life in Pittsburgh, Future Tenant; Pittsburgh, PA
2010 “Trahison,” Oeno Peno, Future Tenant; Pittsburgh, PA

Collaborative Performances & Exhibitions

2016 “Dinosaurs,” Institute for New Feeling’s Felt Book Screening, Human Resources; Los Angeles, CA
2015 “Sustaintability,” Outside the White Cube, Public Screening (multiple sites); Manila, Philippines
2014 “I Love You,” Translations (by Jennifer Myers), New Hazlett Theatre; Pittsburgh, PA
2013 “dis/course,” Sidewalk Screenings, Whippersnapper Gallery; Toronto, ON
2013 “9 to 5,” Drive By Drag, Public Performance (multiple sites); Pittsburgh, PA
2013 “Song for Pittsburgh,” Song for Pittsburgh, Buhl Community Park; Pittsburgh, PA
2013 “Supple,” Carnegie Mellon University Film Festival, Carnegie Mellon University; Pittsburgh, PA
2012 “Glimmer,” Ignition 5: ART-astrophe, Shot Tower Gallery; Columbus, OH
2012 “Drift By Drag,” The Drift, Pittsburgh Regatta; Pittsburgh, PA
2012 “Waiting for God,” Locate Me / Repérez-moi, Studio Beluga; Montréal, QC
2011 “Happiness Is Gone,” Petite sacré, Galerie A.B.; Montréal, QC
2011 “WERQ,” Two Minute Film Festival, Carnegie Museum of Art; Pittsburgh, PA
2011 “City Council Wrestling,” Neighbo(u)rhoods, Mattress Factory; Pittsburgh, PA
2010 “All Eyes,” Art All Night 2010, Pittsburgh Brewing Company; Pittsburgh, PA

Residencies & Internships

2017 Reference Archivist Intern; National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; Washington, D.C.
2011 Artist in Residence; Studio Beluga; Montréal, QC Project: “(w)horoscope.org”
2011 Artist in Residence; Future Tenant; Pittsburgh, PA Project: “Fossils: Evidence of Queer Life in Pittsburgh”

Film and Video Credits

2014 “Maria Denolt: Carnegie International 2013,” Writer and Performer, Directed by Suzie Silver.
2013 “Mercury in Retrograde,” Lead Makeup, Asst. Hair and Wardrobe Video short directed by R. Ernst and featuring Z. Drucker
2011 “Feeling Good,” Performance, Video short by S. Andrew in collaboration with J. Musser

Research

Pittsburgh Dialect Study
Principal Investigator
Description: The Pittsburgh Dialect Study investigates the metalinguistic opinions and perspectives of marginalized speakers with respect to white Pittsburgh English (‘Pittsburghese’).

Professional Associations & Service

Travel and Research Grant Reviewer, Graduate and Professional Student Council, University of Arizona (2018-Present)
Steering Committee Member, Student & New Archives Professionals Section, Society of American Archivists (2017-2018)
Arizona Liaison, Southwestern Archivist, Society of Southwest Archivists (2017-Present)
Affiliate, Literary and Cultural Plant Studies Network, University of Arizona.

Selected Work Experience

2018                                        [Tucson, AZ]
Interim Faculty Librarian
West Campus Library; Pima Community College

2017-2018                              [Tucson, AZ]
Graduate Assistant
University of Arizona Special Collections Library; University of Arizona

2016-2017                               [Tucson, AZ]
Editorial Assistant
TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke University Press)

2016-2017                               [Tucson, AZ]
Program Coordinator
Transgender Studies Initiative; Institute for LGBT Studies; University of Arizona

2014-2015
Student Office Assistant       [Pittsburgh, PA]
Department of Linguistics; University of Pittsburgh

2012-Present
Editor & ESL Instructor       [Pittsburgh, PA]
Freelance / Independent Contractor

[Additional work experience info available upon request.]

[References available upon request.]