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.
Erica 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.
Terrell D. Frazier, Director of Education and Outreach
Terrell brings a range of research and communications experience to the Columbia Center for Oral History. Prior to joining the Center, Terrell worked with the national organizations Freedom to Marry, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Throughout his career he has helped increase outreach capacity of nonprofits by building relationships with the media, producing research, and drafting editorial content, all while engaging communities in human rights causes. He earned a Masters of Arts degree in Sociology at The New School for Social Research, where he focused on using emergent media to spur social change, while also serving as a co-chair of the Critical Themes in Media Studies Conference. Terrell graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Social Policy and Journalism.
Sarah Dziedzic, Project Coordinator, Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project
Sarah is a graduate of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University and completed her thesis research on the role of memory in the landscape of Grant’s Tomb. She works as an oral historian for Wave Hill, a public garden in the Bronx, on a project that documents the role of the institution in open space preservation, horticulture and environmental education. She serves on the board of Seven Stories Institute, an organization that increases accessibility to books about alternatives to current governmental policies and attitudes, and which is currently operating a volunteer-run bookshop in Washington Heights called Word Up. She has also done environmental outreach and education in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma and, as a member of the Oral Historians for Social Justice network, advocates for new methodologies for studying landscape. She holds a B.A. from Columbia in English and Creative Writing.
David P. Briand, Project Coordinator, Rule of Law Oral History Project
David 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.