Alissa Rae Funderburk graduated from Columbia in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology as a John W. Kluge Scholar. Her interests included the studies of race, culture and religion, particularly those of the diaspora. In 2013, Alissa Rae began working with Hope Church NYC as the director of kids programming and as an assistant at York Prep School. For the last year Alissa Rae has worked as the Deputy Director of the Columbia Life Histories Project alongside its co-founder Benji de la Piedra. She has just finished her last semester of coursework in OHMA, and is completing a thesis about the religious and spiritual experiences of black men in New York City.