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About Laura Helper

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My education

I earned an A.B. in English (with a minor in history) at Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. in cultural anthropology at Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Rice University. A 12-month fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History funded my dissertation fieldwork.

My professional experience

Before starting my editorial business in 2005, I worked in a variety of in-house and freelance positions in academic publishing: I was an editorial assistant to an acquisitions editor at Cornell University Press, a clerk and publicist at Memphis’s independent Burke’s Book Store, the marketing director at the University of Arkansas Press, and a freelance indexer and copywriter.

MY COMMITMENT

My scholarly and publishing interests intersect: my commitment is to honor individual voices, critique systemic inequalities, and work democratically.

FOCUS AREAS

Cultural anthropology, ethnography, and fieldwork
Middle Eastern studies
Biography, autobiography, and memoir
American and British literature, history, and culture
Urban history, cultural studies, constructions of race, and 20th century popular music
Race, class, gender, intersectionality
Globalization, flows, and boundaries
Everyday life, narrative, and agency
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