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Alison L. Heney




Welcome! My name is Alison Heney and I am an Instructor of Literature for UC Berkeley Extension and of Human Development for SUNY Empire State College. I earned my PhD in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University and have published essays on the topics of art and ethics, Virginia Woolf and Wassily Kandinsky, and on the fairy tale. With Peter Markman, I am the co-author of 10 Steps in Writing the Research Paper (Barron’s Educational Series) and several exhibition catalogues focused on Mexican and Guatemalan folk art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries.

Since 2011, I have served as the Curator and Assistant Director of Xipe Projects, a non-profit educational foundation for Latin American Art and currently work as a Project Manager for MuseumOps, a consulting service for museums and non-profits regarding technology & operations experience.

My interests include the study and appreciation of the humanities in this time of profound social and technological change. As a university instructor, I encourage students to take a critical look at how we, as writers and readers, “make sense” of violence and help them to uncover its relationship to ethics, aesthetics, identity, and modernization. As a museum professional, I am interested in cultivating visitor awareness of the museum to serve as a bridge between our natural and cultural worlds, and as a vital space for reflection and creative thought.

You can read about this and more on my personal blog page.

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Alison L. Heney, PhD