Mei-Ling Israel is a researcher, writer and glass artist based in Brooklyn NY. Her interests include material culture, ethnography, digital cultural heritage management, popular culture and media studies. Her dissertation, “Circles, Pins and Threads: Craft Communities in the Digital Sphere,” explores the capacity of online interfaces for self-organization, extra-institutional learning, and the transmission of traditions. She holds a BA from Stanford University in Modern Thought and Literature and her Stanford thesis, Seeking the Phoenix: Artistic Consciousness in the Nuclear Age is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art library. She trained in glass making at Penland School of Crafts and Urban Glass. Prior to coming to BGC she published monographs in the fields of craft, immigrant culture, and contemporary art. She has presented her research at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, the Paley Center for Media, the Hagley Museum & Library in Philadelphia, the American Popular Culture Association, the University of Alberta Material Culture Institute, and the National Conference for Education in the Ceramic Arts. Her contributions are part of the Bard Graduate Center Focus Gallery exhibition catalogs Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast (2011) andChristmas Cards in America (2011). At the completion of her doctorate Mei-Ling is looking forward to applying her research to the preservation of cultural heritage via digital media desig