I am a copy editor, writer, mentor, and activist living in New York City with over fifteen years of experience in higher education. I hold a Ph.D. (2013) and an M.A. (2007) in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, and I have a B.A. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley (2000). I have more than seven years of experience of teaching and mentoring students at NYU (from seventeen year-old freshmen to adults with their own careers). I am well-acquainted with preparing manuscripts for publication, including indexing and permissions.

My academic interests include media studies and visual culture; critical theory; American studies; urban studies; psychoanalysis; and critical finance studies. I am also engaged in the fields of cultural anthropology, sociology, and art history.

In my previous work at Data & Society Research Institute I investigated the social implications and political economy of data mining in the areas of consumer finance, criminal justice, housing, education, and employment. More recently I have been involved with the Debt Collective (formerly Strike Debt) where I research student debt and the financialization of higher education. My background gives me personal experience in higher education as well as a structural understanding of the political economy of the field.

Outside of work, you'll probably find me teaching someone how to rock climb.

Contact me at kari.hensley@gmail.com for a free consultation.