Mary Marshall Clark, Director
In addition to being the Director of CCOH, Mary Marshall Clark is co-founder and director of Columbia’s Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) degree program, created in 2008-09. Formerly, she was an oral historian and filmmaker at the New York Times. Mary Marshall has been involved in oral history movement since 1991, and was president of the Oral History Association in 2001-2002.
Mary Marshall was instrumental in the founding of the International Oral History Association. She was the co-principal investigator, with Peter Bearman, of the September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project, and directed related projects on the aftermath of September 11th in New York City. She has directed projects on the Carnegie Corporation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Japanese Internment on the East Coast, the Apollo Theater and Women in the Visual Arts. She has interviewed lead figures in the media, human rights, women’s movements and the arts.
Mary Marshall writes on issues of memory, the mass media, trauma, and ethics in oral history. Her current work focuses on the global impact of torture and detention policies at Guantánamo Bay. Mary Marshall is an editor of After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 11, 2001 and the Years that Followed, published by The New Press in September, 2011. She is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
David P. Briand, Project Coordinator, Rule of Law Oral History Project
David Briand earned his Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in American Studies. His research focused on the roots and consequences of the extension of state power in 20th Century United States, most notably in the dramatic rise in mass incarceration of minorities during the “War on Drugs” and in the United States’ repressive foreign and domestic policies of detainment during the “War on Terror.” David’s thesis argued that the arrest and imprisonment of the Newburgh Four was the result of dual criminalization, a phenomenon in which race and Islamophobia combined to turn four petty criminals into enemies of the state. David was previously the editorial assistant to the Rule of Law Oral History Project, and prior to joining CCOH, he was the program director for WZBC FM in Newton, Massachusetts, as well as an intern at 826Boston, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center.
Erica A. Fugger, Office Assistant
Erica Fugger is a New York-based oral historian whose focus lies in examining the personal narratives underpinning revolutions and social movements. She currently serves as the office assistant of the Columbia Center for Oral History where she supports scholarly research, offers project consultations, and develops initiatives to expand access to the archive. Highlights of her previous work include conducting oral histories for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center and teaching peer interviewing to the New York Public Library Retirees Association.
Erica recently completed coursework in Columbia University’s Oral History M.A. Program and graduated Union College (NY) magna cum laude with a B.A. in History and German. Her master’s thesis will examine life history interviews with Buddhist practitioners in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh.
ANDI DIXON, GRADUATE ASSISTANT
Andi Dixon is a third-year Ph.D student at Columbia University studying Communications. Her research concerns the contemporary history of United States privacy law and public policy aimed at securing global cities. Previously, Dixon studied interview-based research methodologies, completing an M.A. in Oral History in 2011, also at Columbia University. In 2006, Dixon received her B.A. in Political Science from Emory University. Her previous work experience includes production and reporting in public media at and This American Life and Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Katherine Floess, Graduate Assistant
Katherine Floess is an undergraduate at Columbia University, studying Russian literature and music. She became interested in oral history through her high school in Illinois while working as an intern on the University Laboratory High School's Oral History Project, a joint production between the school and the local radio station to produce an annual oral history documentary. She was co-producer of the two-part documentary “Breaking Down Disability Barriers,” a work covering the history of people with disabilities at the University of Illinois through the compilation of material from twenty-two oral history interviews.
Jacob Horton, Graduate Assistant
Jacob Horton is studying oral history through the Master’s program at Columbia University for the 2013-2014 school year. He explores identity boundaries around race, religion, gender, and nationality, is most interested in how we access the space between our identity blocs. Jacob comes from a history background at UCLA and is primarily interested in Asian history, particularly Chinese, and studies Mandarin in he spare time. He also extensively studied modern Japan and the Japanese language, modern and ancient Thailand, and the Thai language. In the future, Jacob hope to find a research partner in one of these regions so that he might further his language study and explore oral histories in East or Southeast Asia with an English language audience in mind.
Breanne LaCamera, Graduate Assistant
Breanne LaCamera is a graduate student at Columbia University's School of the Arts pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Fiction. She received her B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She submitted for her Honor's Thesis a collection of short stories that take place in Hawaii and explore the many facets of Hawaii's diverse and ever-changing culture. Currently working on a novel that examines the effects of loss and isolation within military families during the recent War in Iraq, Breanne stumbled upon Columbia's Center for Oral History first as research for her novel and has loved working in the office ever since.