Staff

Erica A. Fugger, Office Manager

eaf2151@columbia.edu 212-854-7083

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.

WILLIAM CHAPMAN, GRADUATE ASSISTANT

William Chapman is a master's student in Columbia University’s Oral History program, whose research concerns the history of suburban culture in the post-war United States with an emphasis on central California. He is particularly interested in how the expansion of suburban culture alters the identity of those who live in “suburban sprawl” cities.

William came to New York from Fresno, California, where he graduated cum laude as a Smittcamp Family Honors Scholar at California State University Fresno, and served as an early interviewer and researcher with the Central California War Veterans Oral History Project.

He is excited to be working as a graduate assistant in Butler Library, and in his free time enjoys writing, backpacking, and convincing himself that one day, he’ll finally pick up playing the violin again.

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.