The Graduate Center, City University of New York. New York, NY
Ph.D. expected June 2018
M.Phil Spring 2015
Department of Anthropology
Dissertation: Swinging in the Iron Cage: Dating Coaches, Seduction Communities, and Working at Play in Heterosexual Masculinity
Academic Advisor: Dr. Michael Blim, Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University. New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts, Spring 2008
Major: Cultural Anthropology; Arabic and Middle-East Studies
American University in Cairo. Cairo, Egypt
Non-degree, Fall 2006
Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Brooklyn College CUNY. 2010 - 2013.
Grants, Fellowships and Awards
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (2015-2016)
Presidential Research Fellowship, The Graduate Center CUNY (2016-2017, 2017-2018)
Provost's Digital Innovation Grant, The Graduate Center CUNY (2016)
Dissertation Writing Fellowship (competitively awarded), The Graduate Center CUNY (2015-2016)
Enhanced Chancellor's Fellowship, The Graduate Center CUNY (2009 through 2014)
Association for Computers in the Humanities (ACH) bursary award (2015)
New Media Lab Fellowship, The Graduate Center CUNY (2015, 2016, 2017)
New Media Lab Conference Travel Award (Fall 2015)
CUNY Doctoral Student Research Grant (2014, 2012)
CUNY GC Conference Presentation Support Award (2015, 2014)
CUNY-PSC Grant (Summer 2010)
Columbia College Dean's List
Peer-Reviewed Academic Journals
Wallace, Anders and Sarah Rivera. Manuscript in preparation (2018). “Trust, Socio-sexuality, and Romantic Relationship Initiation among College Students.”
Wallace, Anders. Manuscript under review (2018). “Gender Attraction, Accusation, and the Alt-Right in Men’s Seduction Communities.” Submitted to Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society special issue on “Gender and the Rise of the Global Right” on 9/15/2017.
Wallace, Anders. 2017. “Working at Play: Masculinity: Affective Labor, and the Inequalities of Self-Fashioning in Seduction Communities.” In NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies. Retrieved from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/18902138.2017.1312952.
Wallace, Anders. 2017. “Swagger and Flow: Fashion, Masculinity, and Redressing Gender Failure in Seduction Communities.” In The Fashion Studies Journal (3). Retrieved from: http://www.fashionstudiesjournal.org/3-essays-3/2017/3/31/swagger-and-flow-fashion-masculinity-and-redressing-gender-failure-in-seduction-communities.
Wallace, Anders. 2016. “Hacking ‘The Natural’: Seduction Skills, Self-Help, and the Ethics of Crafting Heterosexual Masculine Embodiment in Seduction Communities” (Polish/English). Etyka: Ethics of Relationships, Ethics of Emotions (52). Retrieved from: http://etyka.uw.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/5-Hacking-the-Natural__AWallace.pdf.
Wallace, Anders. 2016. “Digital Don Juans: Online ‘Seduction Communities’ Offer a New Take on Masculinity.” Psychology Today, In The Life: Virtual Sexualities. 3/21/2016. Retrieved from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-the-life/201603/digital-don-juans.
Wallace, Anders. 2014. “Seduction by Design: Pickup Artists, Virtual Intimacies, and the Reconstruction of White Heterosexual Masculinity.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology Blog. 10/16/2014. Retrieved from: http://berkeleyjournal.org/2014/10/seduction-by-design/.
Wallace, Anders. 2014. “Seduction Games: Inside the Mind of a Pickup Artist.” The Good Men Project. July 07/07/2014. Retrieved from: http://goodmenproject.com/ethics-values/seduction-games-pickup-artist-jvinc/.
Wallace, Anders. 2014. “Seduction Communities: Calibrating the ‘Inner’ and ‘Outer Game’ of Pickup Artists.” Masculinities 101, the Center for Men and Masculinities. 05/05/2014. Retrieved from: http://masculinities101.com/2014/05/05/seduction-communities-calibrating-the-inner-and-outer-game-of-pickup-artists/.
Wallace, Anders. 2017. “How to Market Yourself as a Social Scientist in the Private Sector.” CheekyScientist.com. 4/30/2017. Retrieved from: https://cheekyscientist.com/best-industry-transition-articles-of-the-week-for-phds-april-30th-2017/.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Department of Anthropology, Brooklyn College. New York, NY; Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
Trained students in the analysis and interpretation of social thought, by exploring the cultural construction of meaning and value in world societies.
Ethnography. Department of Anthropology, Brooklyn College. New York, NY; Fall 2011
Trained students in a range of methods for conceptualizing and conducting participatory fieldwork, including perspectives from philosophy and critical theory.
Political Anthropology. Department of Anthropology, Brooklyn College. New York, NY; Fall 2012
Introduced students to ways of theorizing politics: from historicizing categories of Western political thought; to exploring the rise of the nation-state in non-Western societies; to discussing contemporary issues of identity politics, economic development, terrorism and security, as well as the role of anthropologists in the political arena.
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology.Department of Anthropology, Brooklyn College. New York, NY; Spring 2012, Fall 2012
Trained students in approaches to understanding the relation between language, culture, and society; including an overview of classical semiotics and linguistic theory.
Ethnography of Latin America.Department of Anthropology, Brooklyn College. New York, NY; Spring 2013
An advanced-major course surveying methods, topics, and theoretical approaches to conceptualizing and critiquing Latin America: the region and its people, from the colonial era, through the Republican phase, to present.
Annual Association Conferences
Seduction by Design: Masculinity, Seduction Communities, and the Artifact of Intimacy. Panel theme on “Design Matters.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC; Fall 2017.
Working at Play: Failure, Evidence, and the Production of Masculinity in ‘Seduction Communities.’ Panel theme on “Feeling and Faking: Evidence, Accident, and the Production of Expertise in Self-Help.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN; Fall 2016.
Your Best Self: Failure, Self-Help, and Remediating Masculinity in Seduction Communities. Panel theme on “Cultures of Self-Help: Disordered Selves, Emergent Sociality, and Collective Horizons of Auto-Transformation.” American Ethnological Society Annual Meeting. Washington, DC; Spring 2016.
Uncanny Seduction: Masculinity, Pickup Artists, and The Uses of Social Media in Social Skills Training Communities. Panel theme on “Alterity, Transformation, and Narrative: Ethnographic Research Utilizing Facebook.” American Anthropological Association, annual meeting. Denver, CO; Fall 2015.
Mad Men: “Seduction Communities,” Synthetic Intimacy, and the Romance of Biological Masculinity. Panel theme on “Proliferating Identities.” American Anthropological Association, annual meeting. Washington, DC; Fall 2014.
Entrepreneurial States: Ecstatic Governmentality and the Olympics of Rio 2016. Panel theme on “State Making in Latin America: From Colonial Past to Branding.” American Anthropological Association, annual meeting. San Francisco, CA; Fall 2012.
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.
Communication Games: Dating Coaches, Abject Masculinity, and Working at Play in ‘Seduction Communities.’ Panel theme on “Time, Gender, and Consciousness.” Extending Play 3 Conference. Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information. New Brunswick, NJ; Fall 2016.
Back from the Field: Academic Capital, Research Ethics, and Poking Holes in the ‘Ethnographic Wingman’. Back From the Field Colloquium. Department of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY; Spring 2016.
Surfer and the Dump Truck: Failure, Self-Help, and Remediating Masculinity in Seduction Communities. Failure: CUNY Social and Political Theory Student Association Annual Conference. New York, NY; Spring 2016.
Practices of Everyday Seduction: Masculinity, Pickup Artists, and Passing for Heterosexual Men. Panel theme on “Straight with a Twist: Reflections on Heterosexuality beyond the Heteronormal.” 3rd European Geographies of Sexualities Conference, Sapienza University of Rome. Rome, Italy; Fall 2015.
Permeable Selves: Affect, Seduction, and Apprenticing to Heterosexual Masculinity. Panel theme on “Emotion and Gender.” Emotional Methodologies Conference, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester. Leicester, UK; Spring 2015.
Prosthetic Intimacies: Remaking Masculinity and the Uses of Desire in “Seduction Communities”. Conference on Love, Lust and Longing: Rethinking Intimacy. Symposium, International Network for Alternative Academia. Barcelona, Spain; Spring 2015.
The Pickup Artist: Risk, Control, and Masculinity in Seduction Communities. Panel theme on “Living through Insecurity.” Insecurity Conference, Department of Sociology, The New School. New York, NY; Spring 2015.
Calibrating the Game: Power, Inequality, and Affective Labor in Masculine ‘Seduction Communities’. Panel theme on “Love Behind Labor.” Affecting Labor, JHU Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD; Spring 2015.
Swinging in the Iron Cage: Pickup Artists, Seduction Communities, and Passing for Heterosexual Men. Panel theme on “Masculinities and Popular Culture.” 2015 International Conference on Masculinities, New York, NY; Spring 2015.
Pickup Artists and the Persuasions of Seduction. Panel theme on “In the Swing of Things: Desire and Seduction.” ‘Trance’ The Conference, Department of English, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY; Spring 2015.
Patients in Waiting: Seduction Communities, Self-Fashioning, and the New Infelicities of Rapport. Panel theme on “Intimate Networks: The Researcher and the Field.” NSSR Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, The New School. New York, NY; Spring 2014.
“Seeing the Matrix”: Seduction Communities and the Romance of Biological Masculinity. Panel theme on “Excess.” Intersections 2014: Thinking/Feeling Conference. Department of Communications Studies, York University. Toronto, Canada; Spring 2014.
New Media and Digital Research
Charm School: Dating Experts, Abject Masculinity, and the Immaterial Labors of Seduction. GC Digital Showcase, CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY; Spring 2016
Seduction by Design: Masculinity, Pickup Artists, and the Uses of Social Media in Virtual Social Skills Training Communities. NYC Digital Humanities Week Conference. Fordham University. New York, NY; Winter 2016.
Uncanny Seduction: Masculinity, Pickup Artists, and The Uses of Social Media In Social Skills Training Communities. Media Res #2: NYC Digital Humanities Lightning Talks. New York University. New York, NY; Fall 2015.
Forums for Lost Innocence: Pickup Artists, Masculinity, and Mapping the Online Archives of Self-Transformation. Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA; Summer 2015.
Charm School: Pickup Artists, Seduction Communities, and Passing for Heterosexual Men. New Media Lab, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY; Spring 2015.
Forums for Lost Innocence: Digital Manuals, Diaries, and the Half-Life of Desire in Seduction Communities. Personal Digital Archiving Conference, New York University Tisch School of the Arts. New York, NY; Spring 2015.
Communication Games: A New Model for User Pathways in Online Dating. IDate Mobile Dating Industry Conference. Los Angeles; Summer 2016.
Grant Writing as Model Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Scaffolding Project Development in the Classroom. Center for Faculty Development, College of Staten Island. New York, NY; Spring 2014.
Swinging in the Iron Cage: Dating Coaches, Seduction Communities, and Working at Play in Heterosexual Masculinity. New York, NY; 2015-2016.
Engaged in multi-year dissertation fieldwork, supported by grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, as well as a dissertation writing fellowship competitively awarded by the CUNY Graduate Center.
Sexuality on Campus: Dating, Intimacy, and Connectivity for CUNY Undergrads. John Jay College, CUNY. New York, NY; Spring 2015.
As part of a team of graduate students, conducted a project to understand patterns of dating, intimacy, gender, and sexuality among CUNY undergraduate students by administering surveys and interviews at John Jay College.
Insurgent Citizenship and the 2016 Olympics of Rio. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Summer 2012.
Conducted a six-week survey on urban preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, with a focus on marginal communities at risk of dispossession and the NGOs and state-led actors who serve them.
Food, Identity and Gentrification on 125th Street. Harlem, NY; Fall 2010.
As part of a team of graduate students, conducted research in Harlem on gentrification, and the perception of ethnic difference through debates over food and its public availability.
Immigration and Racism in a Provincial Italian Town. Monte San Giusto, Italy; Summer 2010.
Two months of intensive fieldwork on immigration in a town in rural Italy. Interviewed native Italians and recent immigrants, in order to complete a survey of attitudes on social integration and alienation. Funded by a CUNY-PSC grant.
Italian Socio-Economic Reforms of the 20th Century. CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY; Fall 2009, Spring 2010.
Compiled and drafted summaries of bibliographic material for research project on social and economic reforms across 20th Century Italy, in partnership with Professor of Anthropology Michael Blim.
Department of Anthropology, Columbia University. New York, NY; Summer 2007.
Researched, critiqued, and compiled documentary memorandums from news-wire services, non-governmental agency reports, and academic criticism on the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, for Professor of Government and Anthropology Mahmood Mamdani’s book Saviors and Survivors.
The Biographical Dictionary of Art Historians. Duke University. Durham, NC; Summer 2004
Researched, translated (from the Italian) and compiled Renaissance and modern biographies for Dr. Lee Sorensen.
Organized Panels and Conferences
Back from the Field: Fall 2016 Dissertation Fieldwork Talks. Department of Anthropology, Graduate Center CUNY; Fall 2016.
Feeling and Faking: Evidence, Accident, and the Production of Expertise in Self-Help. American Anthropological Association Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN; Fall 2016.
Cultures of Self-Help: Disordered Selves, Emergent Sociality, and Collective Horizons of Auto-Transformation. American Ethnological Society Annual Conference. Washington DC; Spring 2016.
Social Science Alumni Roundtable: Improv Mentoring. Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY; Spring 2018.
How to Launch a Startup. Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY; Fall 2017.
Publicizing Your Research: Building, Communicating, and Branding Your Academic Identity. Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY; Spring 2017.
Conference co-organizer, The CUNY Games Conference 4.0: The Interactive Course. CUNY Graduate Center and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). New York, NY; Winter 2018.
Conference co-organizer, Post Grad (Center): Engaging Publics with a PhD. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant Conference, “Next Generation Humanities PhD.” CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY; Spring 2017.
Rock Your LinkedIn Profile: Find Out How to Become Your Own Brand’s Ambassador. Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY; Fall 2016.
Chair, “Kinship at Work / Working on Kinship: A Fresh Look at Matters of Labor and Love.” American Anthropological Society Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.; Fall 2017.
Moderator, “Cultures of Self-Help: Disordered Selves, Emergent Sociality, and Collective Horizons of Auto-Transformation.” American Ethnological Society Annual Conference. Washington D.C.; Spring 2016.
Moderator, “Careers at the Intersection of Business and Science.” Center for Advanced Studies in Education, Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY; Spring 2017.
Moderator, “Business: Media, Finance, Consulting.” Post Grad (Center): Putting Your Graduate Skills and Training to Work. Center for Advanced Studies in Education, Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY; Fall 2015.
Introduction to Scalar: Born-Digital Publishing and Non-Linear Storytelling. Program in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY; Spring 2017.
Relevant Work Experience
Office of Career Planning and Professional Development. Graduate Center, CUNY. New York, NY; 2016-2017.
Managed social media accounts, facilitated career and professional development workshops and events, organized employer outreach, carried out alumni community building and public relations, and managed resource-building for student body at CUNY Graduate Center. Includes holding focus groups; conducting user experience tests; authoring blog posts and developing organizational content strategy; conducting, editing, and producing podcasts; filming, editing, and producing online courses; developing online information architecture and user experience; assisting digital marketing campaigns, graphic and visual design; and creating and managing databases in Excel.
New Media Lab. Graduate Center, CUNY. New York, NY; 2015-2017.
As a media lab fellow, developed an interactive digital museum to hold the results of my dissertation research using the web-based content management system Scalar (scalar.usc.edu).
Imagine PhD. Graduate Center, CUNY. New York, NY; Fall 2017.
Administered user experience research tests for interactive, web-based career exploration and planning tool for PhD students in the humanities and social sciences (https://imaginephd.com).
GC Digital Research Bootcamp. Graduate Center, CUNY. New York, NY; Winter 2015.
Participant in intensive workshop on digital research methods, including natural language processing and programming in the Python language.
Department of Psychology, College Assistant. Graduate Center, CUNY. New York, NY; Winter 2014.
Worked with Dr. Patricia Brooks on research and program evaluation, conference and event planning, generating statistical reports, and drafting memos for executive action.
Department of Social Work, Research Assistant. College of Staten Island. New York, NY; 2014-2015.
Worked with Professor Vandana Chaudhry on research and grant-writing in the field of disability studies; drafting and editing articles in disability studies for publication; optimizing accessibility and implementation of assistive technology for visual disabilities; as well as liaising with students, faculty, university administrators, and grant foundations.
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Fellowship. College of Staten Island. New York, NY; 2013-2014.
Developed year-long project for developing student grant writing skills, including an online module of best-practices; information sessions with students and faculty; and consulting with a faculty member about developing course pedagogy.
Office of Financial Aid, Assistant. Graduate Center, CUNY. New York, NY; Winter 2015.
Assisted in the management and data processing of student financial aid records, services, and student relations.
Cutting Edge Image Consulting. New York, NY; 2013.
Acted as community liaison and client interviewer for lifestyle, image, and social dynamics consulting company CEIC.
Visualizing Venice, Venice International University. Venice, Italy; Summer 2012.
Participated in two-week seminar on digital technologies in academia. Acquired basic proficiency in technologies such as Google Sketchup, 123D Catch, Google Earth, Omeka. http://vimeo.com/44707343 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WC_5aIMa4U.
Pongluangwittaya High School, Lampang, Thailand. Fall 2008.
Taught and managed English conversation class in grades 7-12 in a rural public High School of northern Thailand.
Columbia University Spectator, Food and Dining Section. New York, NY; Fall 2007.
Researched and wrote features on fine dining and nightlife in New York City.
International Center for Technology. Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt; Fall 2006
Taught advanced English conversation class weekly to Coptic Christian Egyptian students in suburb of Cairo.
D’Arlier Program study-abroad. Aix-en-Provence, France; Summer 2005
Supervised and chaperoned high-school students on study-abroad in Aix-en-Provence and Paris.
Twitter (api scraping)
MALLET (topic modeling)
Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (Graduate Center, CUNY, expected 12/29/2017).
Anthropology of Social Media (Certificate from University College London, earned online 4/8/2015 at FutureLearn.com).
Introduction to Marketing (Certificate from Wharton Business School, earned online 12/28/2014 at Coursera.com).
American Anthropological Association, Student Member (2009 through present).
Society for the Anthropology of North America (2013 through present).
Association for Feminist Anthropology (2013 through present).
Association for Queer Anthropology (2013 through present).
CUNY Games Network (2017-present).
Latin (literature, 6+ years study)
Dr. Michael Blim (Professor, advisor)
Dept. of Anthropology
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Dr. Vandana Chaudhry (Assistant Professor)
Dept. of Social Work
CUNY College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, New York 10314
Dr. Jonathan Shannon (Associate Professor)
Dept. of Anthropology
CUNY Hunter College
695 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10065