Anya Kurennaya is currently a student in Drexel University’s Communication, Culture and Media PhD program. She holds an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design, The New School, in New York, and previously studied linguistics and foreign languages at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and at McGill University in Montreal. Her interests center on the relationship between fashion, music and youth culture. She is also interested in design pedagogy and language learner support. Her recent work examines contemporary cocktail culture, the intersection of hip-hop and skateboarding culture, and the relationship between zines and corporate branding. She recently participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer teaching institute at Drexel University titled "The Canon and Beyond: Teaching the History of Modern Design."