Kristyn Scorsone is the volunteer manager for Queer Newark. She is also a PhD student in the American Studies program at Rutgers University-Newark with a passion for public history. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in History with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies, also from Rutgers-Newark.
She joined the Queer Newark Oral History Project in 2015 and has since conducted over two dozen oral history interviews. She has helped plan and lead QNOHP walking tours in Newark and was a part of the curatorial team for the 2017 traveling exhibit, At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project. In 2018 she launched a podcast for the Queer Newark Oral History Project on iTunes and is the host and producer.
She has also worked as an archival assistant at the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center at the Newark Public Library, where she was a part of the curatorial team for an exhibit entitled Boricuas in the Garden: The Story of Puerto Ricans in New Jersey. Her writing has appeared in Notches, Out History, and Out in New Jersey as well as Los Angeles Music Blog. In 2016, she was one of three graduate students chosen to be recitation instructors for the inaugural class of undergraduate students accepted into the Honors Living-Learning Community, an innovative college access program at Rutgers-Newark.
Outside of her academic work, she is a big comedy nerd and has completed Advance Study improvisational comedy classes at the renowned Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC and Los Angeles. She loves spending time with her wife, their wonderfully weird dog Shirley, and their cats. As a queer, gender non-binary person, her preferred pronouns are she/her/they/them.
Follow Kristyn on Twitter: @ykristyn