Andrea Quaid (M.F.A., Ph.D) is an educator, writer, editor and literary curator. She was inspired to create Humanities in the City by her work with public school teachers in the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program and her volunteer work with college-bound students at Heart of Los Angeles. Drawing on over fifteen years of experience teaching first-year students at CSULA, UCSC, and Bard College, she envisioned an interdisciplinary humanities course with experiential and academic coursework to teach the critical reading, writing and thinking skills to support students in their first-year college classes and overall college success, in their future careers, and as civic participants and lifelong learners. She currently co-directs RAD! Residencies, a reading and lecture series at the Poetic Research Bureau and teaches with Bard College and at the California Institute of the Arts. All of her work aims to build community through collective intellectual and creative conversations.
Elizabeth Crawford (M.A.T., MLIS) is a writer, librarian and educator. As the program administrator and coordinator for the Bard MAT program in Los Angeles, Elizabeth helped to facilitate and coordinate Andrea's interdisciplinary Humanities workshop through Bard. After that amazing experience, Elizabeth was eager to continue working with Andrea to create similar programs. Elizabeth and Andrea co-founded Humanities in the City, and Elizabeth took on the role of program coordinator to help write curriculum, facilitate workshops, guest visits, and field trips, recruit youth participants and liaison with LAPL librarians, parents and guardians. Elizabeth's passion lies in creating units and lesson plans focused on interdisciplinary humanities, digital humanities and digital storytelling, poetry, and social justice. She has taught in various settings including the Edendale Public Library and Heart of Los Angeles, and is currently working as a High School Librarian.
Linda Margarita Greenberg (Ph.D.) is the Humanities in Los Angeles advisor. She is Professor of English and English Department Chair at California State University, Los Angeles. Her teaching and research interests cover the spectrum of U.S. Ethnic Literatures, with particular focus on 20th and 21st century American literature, Latinx and Asian American literature, racial and gendered narratives about undocumented immigrants, feminist fantasy and speculative fiction, bridges between literary criticism and creative writing, and intersections between pedagogy and social justice. She is also deeply invested in rooting community engagement and pre-professional practices within English curriculum and the discipline.