Valerie Paley is a Ph.D. candidate in US History who is currently working on a dissertation on cultural philanthropy in New York City. Her interests include urban and NYC history, US intellectual history, and oral history.
Ms. Paley holds an MA in American Studies from Columbia, and an AB in English and Psychology from Vassar.
From 2002 until 2008, she was the editor of the New-York Journal of American History, published by the New-York Historical Society. A native New Yorker, she was a professional ballet and modern dancer as well as a graphic designer before pursuing advanced studies.