Cameron Vanderscoff (2013)

Cameron Vanderscoff is a freelance oral historian, editor, and writer. His thesis work focuses on developing an ‘ethics of historical listening’ as an essential link between what it means to theorize and to practice oral history. He is drawing on the literature of the growing fields of narrative medicine and oral history, in addition to fieldwork with their practitioners, to advance methods of orienting the interview encounter as a site of not only storytelling, but healing. Beyond his thesis work, Cameron continues his engagement with community and topical oral history through collaborating on the Voices of Flushing Oral History Project with One Flushing (an affiliate of Asian Americans for Equality), leading regional oral history workshops, and working with public and private clients in California and New York. He is studying the technical aspects of his craft through work at Columbia’s Digital Humanities Center, and as an equipment technician for the International House of New York City. Cameron has a professional background in scholarly book-length oral histories with the Regional History Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His published work with the Project has been anchored on debates around learning, theory and pedagogy in higher education, and has spanned such diverse topics as demographic sociology, philosophy of history and Shakespearean theatre. In 2011, he graduated magna cum laude from UC Santa Cruz with honors in history (B.A.) and literature (B.A., focus in creative writing). His interest in narrative further threads through his engagement with writing, music, and traveling.