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Mara's Story

                               Stylish.  Determined.  Prepared for disaster (1972) 

                               Stylish.  Determined.  Prepared for disaster (1972) 

I'm a writer and public speaker working on a collection of memoir essays, told from the perspective of a sister, daughter, wife and mother.  My stories illuminate a basic human drive to live with purpose and joy in spite of adversity and tragedy.  Maybe you'll recognize a little bit of yourself in my stories. You can read some of them here on my website and in print and online publications including AlimentumBioStories, Embodied Effigies, EntropyThe HairpinJewrotica, MediumMothers Always Write and  Pentimento.  I've presented some of my stories live, and links to some of those videos here.   

I hold a doctorate in political science and served on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University's Urban Studies Program. A senior fellow at the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles and active in several local civic and community organizations, my scholarship has appeared in peer-reviewed publications including Urban Affairs Review, Political Research Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Sociological Forum.  The Los Angeles Daily News, La Opinion, New American Media, Los Angeles Business Journal and National Civic Review have featured my op-eds, and I've provided commentary for radio and television including NPR, the BBC and various local media outlets.  A list of some of my peer-reviewed scholarship appears here.