Research Analyst

Kari Hensley

Kari earned her doctorate in 2013 at the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She also has a MA from the same department and a BA in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation, “Making Brooklyn Local: The Politics of Nostalgia in the Postindustrial City,” is a discourse analysis and ethnographic study of what has been called “The Brooklyn Food Movement” with particular attention to localism, craft, aesthetics, community networks, nostalgia, entrepreneurialism, and the branding of Brooklyn. Her research and teaching interests include urban studies, visual culture, critical and social theory, advertising, and consumer culture. Kari’s current research focuses on the consumerist logics at play in the prison system and analyzes prisoner-generated Yelp.com reviews. In addition to her life-long commitment to pedagogy, she is also dedicated to issues of social justice in New York City and nationwide.