Emily is a folklorist, visual artist and activist interested in life history, cultural imaginaries and social justice. She was founding Executive Director of Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, serving the Mexican immigrant community of New York, Communications Director at the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, Project Director at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and presenter/researcher at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She has advanced degrees in Museography (INAH/Mexico), Performance Studies (NYU), and Folklore and Folklife (UPenn). She originated and teaches in KlezKanada’s visual arts program. Emily works with immigrants and asylum-seekers in Austin, where she is Visiting Scholar at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT-Austin. She currently researches the Left and the early Cold War.