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Mara's Story

                                Stylish.  Determined.  Prepared for disaster (1972) 

                               Stylish.  Determined.  Prepared for disaster (1972) 

Thank you for visiting my website. Here you'll find a selection of my personal essays from my memoir-in-progress about family and resilience. The stories featured on this site have previously appeared in an eclectic mix of publications including Alimentum, BioStories, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Embodied Effigies, Entropy, Eunoia Review, The Hairpin, The Magnolia Review, Jewrotica, Memoir Mixtapes, Mothers Always Write, The Nervous Breakdown and Pentimento. 

A writer and public speaker, I have a doctorate in political science and am a senior fellow at the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University where I served on the faculty of the Urban Studies Program. I have provided commentary and analysis for the BBC, NPR, the History Channel and local public radio and television stations. 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 and others. My op-eds have been featured in The Los Angeles Daily News, La Opinion, New American Media, Los Angeles Business Journal and National Civic Review. A partial list appears here.

My greatest joy is cultivating meaningful connections with other humans. I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to send me a message here. Thanks again for visiting my site.