Sady Sullivan is an oral historian with over a decade’s worth of experience building community-engaging oral history projects, revitalizing interest in legacy oral history collections, and establishing digital strategies for oral history archives as an outreach tool for libraries, museums, and movement building.
Oral history interviews that Sady collected have been used as primary sources for K-12 curricula, walking tours, podcasts, books, including Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, and public history exhibitions at Brooklyn Historical Society, New-York Historical Society, El Museo del Barrio, and Brooklyn Navy Yard BLDG92.
Sady was Curator for the Columbia Center for Oral History Archives at Columbia University, 2014-2016; and Director of Oral History at Brooklyn Historical Society, 2006 - 2014. Sady also worked in radio, both pre- and post- podcast era, and Chuck D once said she did a good job on the 1s and 2s. Sady is a certified yoga teacher and she is currently studying sound healing and pursuing a certificate in Deep Listening.
Sady revitalized a dormant oral history program at Brooklyn Historical Society, promoting access to ground-breaking collections created in the 1970s and 1980s. She established collections and usage policies which are still in use today. Also at Brooklyn Historical Society, Sady created Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (2011-2015), an award-winning oral history project, racial justice dialogue series, and digital humanities site exploring mixed-heritage identity.
Sady writes about this project in "Public Homeplaces: Collaboration and Care in Oral History Project Design," a chapter in the collection Beyond Women’s Words: Feminisms and the Practices of Oral History in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge 2018).
Her guide to oral history and community engagement, “If You’re Thinking about Starting an Oral History Project,” is included in The City Amplified: Oral Histories and Radical Archives (The Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center, 2019).
Sady has taught oral history workshops, as well as semester-long courses, at the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY; The Laundromat Project; The New School; Columbia University; Brooklyn College; Yale University; LIU Brooklyn; Weeksville Heritage Center; Brown University; NYU; Recess Art; and Oral History Summer School.
In addition, Sady is an active member of the Oral History Association, most recently serving on the task force that revised the OHA Principles and Best Practices (2018). Sady also served on Groundswell's founding Core Working Group, 2011-2013.
Sady’s work is influenced by the Buddhist practice of deep listening, and formative experiences at three feminist institutions: The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies, Babeland, and Wellesley Centers for Women. Sady received a Master’s in Cultural Reporting & Criticism from New York University, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Wellesley College.