Mary Marshall Clark, Director 212-854-2273

Staff-MM-photo1B-150x150In addition to being the Director of CCOH, Mary Marshall Clark is co-director of Columbia’s Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) degree program, founded in 2008-09. Formerly, she was an oral historian and filmmaker at the New York Times. Mary Marshall has been involved in the international oral history movement since 1991, and was was president of the Oral History Association in 2001-2002. She is the founder, with Peter Bearman, of the September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project, and directed related projects on the aftermath of September 11th in New York City. Mary Marshall writes on issues of memory, the mass media, trauma, and ethics in oral history. Her current work focuses on the global impact of torture and detention policies at Guantánamo Bay. She enjoys photography, long walks in all four seasons, and time with friends and family at the sea.

Kristen La Follette
, Office Assistant 

Kristen is an oral historian recently trained at Columbia University. While a student she co-produced Hydraulic Fracturing: An Oral History; an audio piece offering testimonies related to the effects of fracking in Pennsylvania and New York State. Kristen’s thesis project recorded the life stories of Catholic nuns, which were eventually performed in a stage production Kristen directed.

She developed a deep love for oral history through the creation of monologues for Braiding Voices: The Stories of Peacemakers while an undergraduate at California State University at Monterey Bay. For the project she interviewed a Hurricane Katrina Red Cross volunteer and an international drug policy reform advocate. She also directed Fighting for my History. Kristen holds a BA in Human Communication and will hold an MA in Oral History this fall.

Terrell D. Frazier, Director of Education and Outreach

TerrellprofileTerrell brings a range of research and communications experience to the ColumbiaCenter for Oral History. Prior to joining the Center, Terrell worked with the national organizations Freedom to Marry, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and GLAAD. Throughout his career he has helped increase outreach capacity of nonprofits by building relationships with the media, producing research, and drafting editorial content, all while engaging communities in human rights causes.

Terrell earned a Master of Arts degree in Sociology at The New School for Social Research, where he focused on using emergent media to spur social change, while also serving as a co-chair of the Critical Themes in Media Studies Conference. Terrell graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Social Policy and a BA in Journalism.

David P. Briand, Project Coordinator, Rule of Law Oral History Project 

David earned his Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in American Studies. His research focused on the roots and consequences of the extension of state power in 20th Century United States, most notably in the dramatic rise in mass incarceration of minorities during the “War on Drugs” and in the United States’ repressive foreign and domestic policies of detainment during the “War on Terror.” David’s thesis argued that the arrest and imprisonment of the Newburgh Four was the result of dual criminalization, a phenomenon in which race and Islamophobia combined to turn four petty criminals into enemies of the state. David was previously the editorial assistant to the Rule of Law Oral History Project, and prior to joining CCOH, he was the program director for WZBC FM in Newton, Massachusetts, as well as an intern at 826Boston, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center.

Sarah Dziedzic, Project Coordinator; Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project

Sarah is a graduate of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University and completed her thesis research on the role of memory in the landscape of Grant’s Tomb. She works as an oral historian for Wave Hill, a public garden in the Bronx, on a project that documents the role of the institution in open space preservation, horticulture and environmental education. She serves on the board of Seven Stories Institute, an organization that increases accessibility to books about alternatives to current governmental policies and attitudes, and which is currently operating a volunteer-run bookshop in Washington Heights called Word Up. She has also done environmental outreach and education in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma and, as a member of the Oral Historians for Social Justice network, advocates for new methodologies for studying landscape. She holds a B.A. from Columbia in English and Creative Writing.