Podcaster and professor Karen Tongson chats about music and its relationship to place, the migratory and melodic flows between Manila and Los Angeles, how the Spice Girls can help us understand Adorno and Horkheimer, and the queer and transnational inspiration that Karen draws from her namesake, Karen Carpenter.Continue Reading
Kate Drabinski is a coach in the Grad School Rockstars mentorship community, where she helps interdisciplinary graduate students build work/life balance, write for diverse audiences, and craft diverse careers.
Kate is a senior lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County where she also directs Women Involved in Learning and Leadership, a student activist group on campus.
Kate is also a freelance writer with a regular column, Field Tripping, in Baltimore’s City Paper. She works with several local artists on the Queerstories project and its Lesbian Popcorn Cart which serves up popcorn with a side of local LGBTQ history at events and outsider art shows in the region. She is a member of Baltimore’s LGBTQ History Committee and works with local activists to lead history walking and bicycling tours in the city.
Kate is completing a co-edited collection on Baltimore history that examines the role of history in urban redevelopment practices.
In her spare time, Kate rides her bike around and writes about what she sees at her long-running blog, What I Saw Riding My Bike Around Today.
Kate earned her PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley with a graduate certificate in Gender, Women, and Sexuality.