Nell Lake Curriculum Vitae

Professional

  • 20 years’ experience as a journalist, author, editor, and college instructor.
  • Author of nationally recognized book on family caregiving, The Caregivers: A Support Group’s Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love (Scribner 2014).

Research

  • PhD program begun in 2016; research in care labor and the moral politics of care; bioethics; women’s work; history of health, disease, old age, and end of life.

Brown University, Providence, RI.
PhD program American Studies, started 2016.
Fields: Work and Gender; History of Health and Disease; History of Old Age.
MA terminal degree, American Studies, completed 1997.

Smith College, Northampton, MA.
BA Cultural Anthropology, 1989.     Magna Cum Laude. Phi Beta Kappa.

My research examines the moral politics of care and of “women’s work.” I study the history and cultural construction of women’s care labor, analyzing women’s work through the lenses of gender, race, and class politics. My approach is multidisciplinary, using methods from journalism, history, and cultural studies. 

2019    Brown University, Providence, RI.
Sole Instructor. Health as Morality in American Life, American Studies Department.

2018    Brown University, Providence, RI.
Teaching Assistant. History of Childhood, American Studies Department.

2017    Brown University, Providence, RI.
Teaching Assistant. The Anti-Trafficking Savior Complex, American Studies Department.

2015-2016    Smith College, Northampton, MA.
Sole Instructor. Writing about Health and Healthcare in the U.S., English Department.

2015    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
Sole Instructor. Media Criticism, Journalism Department.

2014    Westfield State University, Westfield, MA.
Sole Instructor. Composition, English Department.

2019-2020    Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, Five Colleges, Inc., Research Associate.

2014    Columbia University, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, Age Boom Academy Fellow.

2015    Gerontological Society of America and New America Foundation, Journalist in Aging Fellow.

The Caregivers: A Support Group’s Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love (New York: Scribner, 2014)

“Compensating the Kindness of Strangers,” Boston Globe, “Ideas” Section, April 2016.

“Aid-in-Dying Loophole: Advocates Want You to Know You Can Stop Eating and Drinking,” CommonHealth, WBUR, April 18, 2014.

“Midnight Friends: How Wired Patients Are Transforming Chronic Illness,” CommonHealth, WBUR, May 2, 2014.

“Study Finds Fivefold Increase in Alzheimer’s Deaths: Why It Matters,” CommonHealth, WBUR, March 7, 2014.

“Labor, Interrupted: Cesareans, ‘Cascading Interventions,’ and Finding a Sense of Balance,” Harvard Magazine, May/June 2012.

2018    Eastern Sociological Society conference, Baltimore, MD. “For Love and Money: Public-Private Tensions in Homecare Labor.”

2015    Bay Path University writing conference, Longmeadow, MA. “How to Go Deep: Telling Intimate Stories about People We Are Just Coming to Know.”

2014    Boston University Power of Narrative Conference, Boston, MA.
“How to Go Deep: Telling Intimate Stories about People We Are Just Coming to Know.”

2014    National bookstores: Book talks at Elliott Bay bookstore, Seattle,
WA; Politics and Prose Books, Washington, D.C.; Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, MA; The Odyssey Bookstore, South Hadley, MA.

2015    Boston University Power of Narrative Conference, Boston, MA.
Panelist, session on reporting methods.

2014    Public Forum on End-of-Life Care, Northampton, MA.
Panelist for “A Matter of Life and Death,” on aid-in-dying.

2014    Bay Path University writers conference, Longmeadow, MA, panelist, session on journalism ethics.

2009    Harvard University Narrative Journalism Conference, moderator, panel on writing about difficult subjects.

2008    Harvard University Narrative Journalism Conference, moderator, panel
on journalism ethics.

2014-15   Author interviews: Live call-in shows: WNYC, New York City and
WBUR, Boston. Recorded interviews: KUOW, Seattle; NEPR, western MA. Others.

2012-present    Independent Editor for scholars and journalists.

2003-2007    Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Founding Editor, Nieman Narrative Digest, Nieman Foundation.

1998-2002    Walking Magazine, Boston, MA.
Associate Editor and Contributing Editor.

1993-1994    CIDSE, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Media and Writing Consultant.

1991-1992    Northwest Public Affairs Network, Seattle, WA.
Producer and Reporter.

2019    Mary Lily Research Grant
Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University.

2005    Knight Foundation grant.
On behalf of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.

1997-1999   Boston University, College of Communication, Boston, MA.
Sole Instructor. Introduction to Communication Writing.

1998 and 1999     The Putney School, Putney, VT.
Lead Teacher. Creative Nonfiction, Summer Programs.

2018     Brown University, led “first-year read” seminar on Evicted: Poverty
and Profit in the American City
.

Department of American Studies
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
nell_lake@brown.edu

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