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Leyla has presented her work at conferences in Belfast, Glasgow, and Montreal. Leyla’s article about New Yorkers living on the social margins and their right to mourn — based on oral histories she conducted about the city’s potter’s field — was published in 2019 in the peer-reviewed journal of the Oral History Society. And the Hanna Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College selected Leyla’s piece on ethical listening as a “favorite essay.” Oral history interviews that Leyla has conducted are available online (including short films she edited from the interviews with scientists) and they are held at the Oral History Archives at Columbia University, The LGBT Community Center in New York, the New-York Historical Society, the New York Preservation Archive Project, The Rockefeller University, and soon at Cornell University and the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian. Leyla holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Oral History from Columbia University.