Gaelyn’s work falls under the broad heading of performative anthropology, an area of interest that looks to performance both as the way in which people experience the quotidian aspects of their lives, and the method by which the ethnographer produces knowledge about those experiences. Before she was an anthropologist, Gaelyn was an independent filmmaker who worked with a diverse range of transnational communities to produce documentaries that profiled individuals, organizations, and issues that lacked access to popular support and conventional media outlets. She has carried out fieldwork in the U.S., México, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia, where (as a Fulbright Fellow) she conducted research on dance and the cultural politics of national identity. Since earning her doctorate from the University of Southern California, she has turned her attention to the encounters and articulations between Greater México and the United States.
- PhD University of Southern California
- MA University of Akron
- BA Ohio University