Assistant Director, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University
Sarah Monks is Assistant Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature & Society, Columbia University. She graduated with honors from the University of Arizona with a BA in Psychology and Sociology. She served as Activity Director of a private Alzheimer's and dementia home where she also ran an outpatient support group for the newly-diagnosed for two years before returning to higher education administration. She held a research assistant position in Animal Sciences at University of Arizona on a USDA-led project documenting the town hall educational meetings between ranchers and tribal elders on the issues surrounding cattle grazing and wild horse populations on tribal and public lands. It is also her 20 year career in Oriental dance and drag performance that drives her interest in embodied cognition, the aging body, and social justice.
embodied cognition; Alzheimer's and age-related dementia; social justice