Emily Socolov, PhD, is a folklorist, visual artist, and activist with a deep interest in life history, cultural imaginaries, and social justice. She was founding Executive Director of Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, a non-profit arts and culture organization serving the Mexican immigrant community in New York. She is a frequent collaborator with the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Folklife and Cultural Heritage’s annual festival. As a visual artist, she works with found and repurposed objects, creating installations of social relevance. Socolov created the visual arts program at KlezKanada in 2003 and has taught workshop in Amulets, Toy Theater (with Jenny Romaine and Tine Kindermann), The Culture of Childhood in Eastern Europe (with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett), among other courses. She is currently Visiting Scholar at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT-Austin where she is working on a book on the Red Scare in 1950’s America.