Taylor Schwarzkopf is originally from Boise, Idaho. He is interested in the stories and lives of New York’s dwindling working and middle classes. His work is currently focused on the histories of the men and women of the Transport Workers Union Local 100. Taylor is interested in adding to the collective body of 20th Century New York City and working class history through the lens of this particularly “New York” group. He has been a New Yorker since 2003.
Lance C. Thurner recently completed a PhD in Latin American History at Rutgers University with a dissertation addressing the production of medical knowledge, political subjectivities, and racial and national identities in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Mexico. He is broadly interested in the methods and politics of applying a global perspective to the history of science and medicine and the role of the humanities in the age of the Anthropocene.
Lance was recently named a National HWW Predoctoral Fellow for the Humanities without Walls consortium and is a regular contributor to the New Books Network podcast series on Science, Technology and Society.
Lance came to OHMA in 2008 after spending two years participating in the rebuilding process in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Building off that experience, his Masters Thesis addressed the possibilities for community-building and intersubjective exchange in the wake of climate change induced disaster.
Allison Tracy-Taylor began her work in oral history in 2002 at the University of Nevada Oral History Program (UNOHP), eventually interviewing for a multi-year project on the history of women’s athletics at the University of Nevada. Returning to the UNOHP as its coordinator in 2009, Allison served as one of the editors for the resulting book We Were All Athletes: Title IX and Women’s Athletics at the University of Nevada.
In 2008 Allison joined the first cohort of students at Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts Program. Her research culminated in her masters thesis entitled "I began marching: Reclaiming Narrative with the Voices of Women Organizing Project".
In 2012 Allison became the oral historian for the Stanford Historical Society, working to document Stanford University’s history through the stories of prominent faculty members and administrators. In addition to interviewing, she managed a corps of volunteers and served as the program’s senior oral history mentor.
In 2015, Allison joined the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) as the oral history administrator. In this position she supported the efforts of the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC), the only commission of its kind in the United States. She provided professional advice and technical support on oral history projects throughout Kentucky, managed the KOHC’s grant program, and collaborated to manage KHS's extensive oral history collections.
In 2017, Allison left the KOHC to work as an independent oral historian based in Sacramento, California.
Allison currently serves as the 2018-2019 Vice President for the Oral History Association (OHA). She previously served on the OHA’s Education Committee and has served on the Program Committee for the multiple annual meetings. In 2015 she was elected to the OHA’s Council. Allison is also a member of the Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) and has served on SOHA’s scholarship committee. In addition to an M.A. in Oral History from Columbia University, Allison holds a B.A. in English Literature and Sociology from the University of Nevada.
A native of suburban New Jersey, in 2000, Ryan White earned a BA from St Lawrence University in Multidisciplinary Studies focusing on the effects of Globalization in Latin America and Social Movements. After graduating, he became deeply involved in what is referred to as the Anti-Globalization Movement from Vermont where he was living. This is where his interest in radio and independent media began. The interest in radio is what eventually lean him to Columbia's Oral History MA. Ryan took his movement experience and applied it to his thesis which was based on interviews conducted with six individuals involved in that movement. After graduating from Columbia, Ryan returned to his home in Portland, OR where he is in the process of developing a small oral history business.