This blog contains the writings of Prof. Van Cleaf and provides information, readings, updates to students in her courses at Fordham University.
Here is my official bio:
Kara Van Cleaf earned her PhD in Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). At the University of Kansas, she earned an MA in Sociology and a BA in Psychology and in Anthropology. Her academic interests include feminist and social theory, cultural studies of technology, digital cultures, digital labor, fashion, and the economies of motherhood. Her research examines how technology informs subjectivity and feminist politics. She currently is an advanced lecturer in the Digital Technologies and Emerging Media (DTEM) program and in the New Media and Digital Design program at Fordham University. She currently teaches courses on social media, digital technologies and emerging media, social theory, and gender studies. You can find my CV here.
…and my unofficial bio:
Beyond reading, writing, thinking about, and teaching sociology and media studies, I also love to do yoga/barre, follow (and shop!) independent female fashion designers, listen to new music, watch TV, and take long walks through Brooklyn. I run a vintage business with one of my best friends, you can find us here, here, here, and here. We are currently designing our own fashion line…more to come. My favorite job was working as a barista in a coffee shop and my dream, non-academic job would be: fashion writer/editor. I grew up in Texas and Kansas but, of course, love NYC.