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Marni Finkelstein, Ph.D.

I am an anthropologist living in New York City. In addition to teaching classes, I also practice what is known as applied anthropology – that is using anthropological methods to research real-life problems. For the past several years I have been conducting research with at-risk populations. The focus has included the experiences of homeless street youth, substance abuse, sexual assault victimization, access to healthcare, and adolescent runaways from the New York City foster care system. I published a book based on a two-year study I conducted on homeless nomadic street youth. This book, With No Direction Home: Homeless Youth on the Road and in the Streets, is an in-depth look at the lived experiences of a group of homeless youth who traverse the country via hitchhiking and hopping freight trains. The topics covered in the book include their experiences with substance use (primarily heroin), violence and victimization, subsistence activities (including panhandling, drug dealing, stealing, and sex work), and traveling. I have a Ph.D. in anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, an M.A. in anthropology from American University in Washington, DC, an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in Communications from Purdue University.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
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American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


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College of Doctoral Studies