A little of what I do.
I currently work as a writer at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I contribute writing and editing to SCAD’s publications and communications for all locations in Savannah, Atlanta, Lacoste and Hong Kong. You can find some of my creative, ethnographic and memoir writing on this very website, and a bit of my work […]
I often use visual or aural media to supplement my written work. Beyond the photographs featured on I Took to my Stoop, you can find more of my media work on my photo site, my YouTube channel or my sound walk website.
In addition to the research I have done about homelessness in New York City and the sovereign debt crisis in Greece, I also work as a freelance researcher and consultant for social science projects and narrative/ethnographic writing strategy. If you are interested in working with me, feel free to look me up on LinkedIn or reach out here.
FROM THE BLOG
Almost exactly a year ago, I left a fully funded PhD program in sociocultural anthropology at Harvard University. At the time I didn’t think I was leaving permanently, but I knew I needed a few months to re-focus, re-think my dissertation proposal and maybe figure out what my next life step should look like. I […]
Every morning on the way to work I see her a few blocks down the sidewalk, approaching me directly. She clutches her lunch in a plastic grocery bag under one arm. She hugs an umbrella under the other. Even when it’s sunny and well on the way to 85 degrees, she has the umbrella. She […]
There are moments when I come upon ordinary objects, things I don’t necessarily miss or think of in my daily life, yet interacting with them humbles me. Like a birthday card from my grandmother when I was in college, or a magazine article about India that I ripped out of a National Geographic in 2011, […]
On 95 North, we get ready to pass it again. There have been signs for at least a hundred miles, and now almost every billboard is plastered with bright yellow paint, a caricature of a Mexican bandito, and text: “Caliente!,” “Stop and smell the Flowers!,” “You never sausage a place – You’re always a wiener […]
Grand Central closes at two am every morning. Customers, loiterers, employees, and homeless people are shooed from the building by police officers, who walk, with their keys jingling and batons in hand, up and down the entirety of the station, tapping people and kicking at shoes to make sure everyone is up and out on […]
On Sunday’s we went to church. After the service ended, everyone ate their fill of day-old cookies from the potluck table, and then we loaded into the Suburban and made our way down the canyon, through Salt Lake City, to Grandma’s house. We passed the Great Salt Lake and Kennecott Copper Mine on the way, and after the smelter […]
I Took to my Stoop is a platform for me to share stories, media work, and tips from my ongoing experiences in the world as a budding writer (and once upon a time media anthropologist). If you have any questions about me, my freelance services, the blog or anthropology in general, feel free to e-mail me at megroguschka [at] gmail.com. Otherwise, enjoy browsing!