Holly Van Hare

Administrative Assistant

Holly is a graduate student at NYU's Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement (XE) department, where she studies literature, education, and body politics. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in English. During her undergraduate career, Holly studied secondary education and worked in the field as a preschool teacher, curriculum writer, and academic tutor, and spent over two years as a part-time teacher’s aide in Boston Public Schools. Holly also partnered with Boston Public Schools and collaborated with the Psychology, Education, and Nutrition departments at Northeastern on a research project investigating the effect of inclusivity in health education on reducing negative self-esteem and improving learning outcomes, an experience which partly inspired her current passion of reducing the effects of weight stigma in the classroom. Her experience as a health journalist at Tribune Publishing further inspired her research goals. For her master’s thesis, she will be creating a teacher-training program for secondary school educators to talk about bodies in the classroom with language that mitigates the harmful effects of weight stigma and stigmatizing beauty ideals. She grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, but currently lives in Brooklyn, where she works as an Administrative Assistance for PACH. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for her department’s peer-reviewed literary journal, Caustic Frolic and enjoys writing poetry of her own.