Alexander Fine is a history student at the New School whose focus has been the history of food politics in the United States. Throughout high school and college he cooked professionally, from small sandwich shops in his hometown of St. Louis to critically acclaimed restaurants in New York City, before transitioning to work in other areas of the food industry. He has interned at the Vendy Awards – the fundraising arm of the Street Vendor Project, a legal advocacy member based organization for New York City street vendors. Growing up in one of the most segregated cities in the country has influenced his practice as a historian and critical race theory has been a vital scope of his research and studies. Alexander is currently an online contributor and freelance writer for hedonistshedonist.com, a national food blog and is working towards finishing his thesis project, a digital history of food as cultural preservation in the United States. He lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Emma graduated from The New School with a Bachelors of Science in liberal arts in May 2016, and is currently working as the NYC office coordinator for Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. She joined the DHI as a social media and blogging coordinator, and worked her way up to manager. Emma is proud to say she is using both her liberal arts degree and her experience with the DHI in her current position, and is looking forward to growing in her career.
A 2015 graduate of the New School for Public Engagement, Kevin Q. Ewing is a culturalist with interests in anthropology, queer theory, and performance studies. His research explores the ways in which marginalized communities negotiate gendered and sexual identity. Ewing has earned numerous awards and scholarships including the Felheim Scholarship in 2011 and the New School Public Engagement Fellowship Grant in both 2012 and 2013. Previously, he served as managing editorial assistant at the award-winning journal, Social Research, and most recently worked as the assistant director for DHI’s Outhistory.org. Ewing’s first writing on queer visibility in the changing landscape of hip-hop culture, “Soft, Ratchet, and all Cakes,” was recently published in The Tenth Vol. 2 (2014). He currently resides in New York City.
Phoenix Smithey is a 2014 graduate of The New School, where she earned her undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Psychology, and where she was a founding member of the Digital Humanities Initiative. It was in the Democratizing the Archives curriculum, a prototype for Digital Across the Curriculum, where Phoenix discovered her passion for archives and research, creating an illustrated finding aid for a small collection at the New York Public Library that is now available for free download at iTunes. In Fall 2016, Phoenix enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Arizona, where she will earn a Masters in Library and Information Science that will put her on track to becoming a professional archivist.