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Erin E. O’Connor is a world-recognized expert in craft studies. A lifelong maker and writer, she is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Her research specializes in glass, the arts, knowledge, materiality, embodiment, and the environment. In 2023, she received the Rakow Grant for Glass Research at the Corning Museum of Glass, which launched her current book project, The Middle Mineral & the Mine, an investigation of the material life of studio glass. Her first book, Fire-Craft: art, body, and world among glassblowers explores the human condition through the bodily and material dynamics of becoming a studio glassblower.

Raised in a family of artists and makers, Dr. O’Connor creates collages, books, shelves, vessels, interiors, and gardens. A first-generation college graduate, she teaches courses serving the Departments of Art, Environmental Studies, and Politics & Human Rights. She is a Faculty Liaison to the college’s prison programs.




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