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Katia Perea, Ph.D.
 
Education
5/11 Ph.D. Sociology/Media Studies,  New School For Social Research, NYC
Social Theory and Media Applications.
 
5/99 MA in Sociology,  New School For Social Research, NYC
Sociology of Culture, Urban Sociology and Ethnographic Methods
 
5/91 BA Liberal Studies,  Loyola University,  New Orleans, LA
Communications/Liberal Studies
 
Academic Teaching Experience
June 2004 – Present, CUNY – Kingsborough
Asst. Professor of SociologyIntro to Sociology (2015 Spring Syllabus), Sociology of Gender, Minorities in the US, Introduction to Research Methods – these classes focused on the constructs of race, class and gender, help the students frame the social construction within their own lives.  There is a heavy focus placed on writing and an IRB approved, year-long ethnographic field research assignment is given in the Introduction to Research Methods course with continuous guidance on note taking and research development.
 
March 2004 – May 2007, CUNY – LaGuardia
Sociology Faculty  – Intro to Sociology Bilingual, Intro to Sociology ESL- both are taught in English and Spanish with extensive attention on students’ understanding of the terms used to describe various social theories. Urban Sociology – focus on historical urban theorist such as Durkheim, Weber, Chicago School and New York theorist such as Jane Jacobs. We relate theories to contemporary NYC urban living.  Politics of Sexuality – as part of the Urban studies division at CUNY-LaGuardia, this class focuses on the role sexuality has in the urban setting, relating it to race, class, and gender.  Students do field research assignments at related sites.  This writing-intensive class is part of a cluster thematically combined with English and History.
 
August 2003 – May 2004, Boricua College, New York, NY
Adjunct Sociology Faculty  – Sociology I and Sociology II   Class size of forty plus predominately ESL adult students.  Class conducted mostly in Spanish.
 
August 2003 – May 2004, Mount Saint Vincent College, New York, NY
Adjunct Sociology Faculty  – Intro to Sociology – two sections of twenty plus sophomore students three times a week.  Present and moderate a panel discussion for students on gender and race.  Organize students to conduct group ethnographic field studies and give class presentations.
 
September 1998 – December 1998, New School for Social Research, New York, NY
Teacher’s Assistant/Parsons School of Design – Liberal Studies dept.  Edited undergraduate student fiction to compose an organic novel for Dr. Terry Williams, Graduate Faculty Sociology Dept.  Coordinated student field research into Spanish speaking urban communities of Harlem.
 
Education and Research Experience
January 2002 – June 2003, People Using Media to do Prevention, PUMP, FRoSTD, New York, NY
 Senior Educator/Production Coordinator   Under the Foundation for Research on Sexually Transmitted Diseases developed bilingual HIV prevention curriculum and ran education groups for select target populations; undocumented Mexicans, Bronx teenage girls, Churches of Coney Island, sex workers, Teatro El Puente, etc.  Trained groups in video production and assisted editing their prevention education video for their target community.
 
May 2001- August 2001, GMHC, New York, NY
Intake and Assessment Conducted bilingual Intakes and Assessments at GMHC matching new HIV+ clients with services available at the institution, such as housing, food services, counseling, and harm reduction drug treatment.  Offered safe sex workshops in Spanish at Latina Health Forum for HIV+ women.
 
May 2000 – December 2000, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Video Education Director    Provided weekly iMovie video classes for 15 students ages 12 to 17.  Trained students in use of camera, lighting and sound equipment, interview techniques and script writing skills.  Edited footage to create documentaries for the museum.
 
May 1999 – August 1999, New School for Social Research, Grant from George Sorros Foundation “The Open Society”, New York, NY
Ethnographer  Conducted extensive interviews with Goth teenagers over the nature of death within the Goth community as part of the “Project on Death in America” research project.  Interviews were transcribed and comprehensively organized for grant publication.
 
January 1998 – May 1998, Rikers Island Women’s Prison
Activities Facilitator   Acted as translator and advocate for the inmates in the ward.  Facilitated communication among inmates to develop needed discussions on the inherent tensions of prison life.  Lead discussion groups around selected readings and films shown in the ward.  Conducted ethnographic reports on the inmates’ personal adjustment to prison life.
 
January 1996 – December 1998, Harlem Writers Crew, New York, NY
Asst. Educational Director  Developed zines and comic books, counseling, computer instruction, writing skills development, and overall literacy awareness for 10 students ages 12 to 18 under the direction of Dr. Terry Williams.
 
Publications and Presentations
The Power Girls Before Girl Power: 1980s Toy-Based Girl Cartoons” February 2015
 
“Girl Cartoons: A Playful Transgression on Popular Cultures ”
 Panel discussion presented at Bronycon Conference on August 4, 2013, Baltimore, MD.  Presentation discussed the way popular media, specifically television girl cartoons, have created cultural signifiers defining girl gender and the instances that these gender identities are transgressed.
 
“Queering the Comic”
 Panel discussion presented at Comikaze Conference in September 2012, Los Angeles, USA.  Panel discussed the variable identities available for popular media consumption that can be referenced when expanding on the role media has in formulating normative social coding.
 
“Challenging the Visual Social World of Girls in US American Television Cartoons”
 Paper presented at the International Visual Sociological Conference  in July 2012, New York, USA. Paper explored the role of a popular culture media as a tool by which normative gender coding can be playfully transgressed.
 
“Sex vs. Gender – A Discussion on the Social Construction of Gender”  presented at New York University Social Work School, MSW Candidates Fall 2003
 
“Boyish Girl or Girlish Boy – Explaining Gender” presented at Laguardia College, Long Island City  Fall 2002
 
“Black Beans and MTV” Chapter in  Cotman, J and Eloise Linger Ed.,  Cuban Transitions at the Millennium. International Development Options: Largo, MD. 2000
 
“Getting the Methods Groove – How to Enjoy the Ethnographic Process” paper presented at the Southern Sociological Conference   October 2000
 
Video Productions
Museum of Modern Art
“Generations” –Second Camera on Barbera Hammer and Gina Carducci’s 16mm film about mentoring and passing on the tradition of personal experimental filmmaking. Barbara Hammer, 70 years old, hands the camera to Gina Carducci, a young queer filmmaker. Shooting during the last days of Astroland at Coney Island, New York, the filmmakers find that the inevitable fact of aging echoes in the architecture of the amusement park and in the emulsion of the film medium itself.
 
PUMP, Manhattan Neighborhood Network
“Girltalk” – Facilitated panel discussion on issues facing young women; in collaboration with Foundation for Research on Sexually Transmited Diseases- Prevention Videos for Target Communities, Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Bronx Adolescent Initiative Program.
 
Asociacion Tepeyak
“Juntos Por Una Causa” – Presented different negotiation scenarios in Spanish language that addressed the needs of the undocumented Mexican Community.
“Church Project” – Facilitated church youth discussing how church teachings apply to the treatment of those that are HIV+ in their community; in collaboration with the United Churches of Coney Island.
 
Certification
CUNY – Writing In the Discipline, WID   Spring 2006.
CUNY – Writing Across the Curriculum, WAC, Spring 2010.
 
Languages
Verbal and written fluency in English and Spanish.
 
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