Ph.D. Critical Social Personality Psychology 2014-Present
The Graduate Center, City University of New York New York, New York
B.A. in Psychology 2008
Reed College Portland, Oregon
Selected Professional Experiences
Project Grow, Co-Founder and Director, 2009-2012
Collaboratively created an art, farming, and community experience for people of various abilities to challenge discriminatory practices within and outside of institutions.
Green Table Cooperative Farm, Co-Director, 2012-2014
Established a new model for urban farming that relied on cooperative efforts of everyone. Produce was grown together and shared among the members.
Hunter College, Teaching Assistant, Experimental Psychology and Developmental Psychology, Fall 2014
Hunter College, Teaching Assistant, Psychology of Women, Spring 2015
Ilyes, Emese. 2015. “The formidable double D: Analysis of desire and disability.” Journal of Human Development, Disability, and Social Change. [submitted for publication]
Ilyes, Emese. 2008. “Heat beneath the melting pot: The implicit and explicit stereotyping of immigrants.” Thesis.
“Letters to the world: Reflecting on desire, dreams, and possibilities from within a sheltered workshop.” Society for Qualitative Inquiry Conference, May 2015.
“Listening to Carolyn: Lessons for social psychology inspired by Carolyn Wood Sherif’s life.” The Graduate Center, CUNY 2015.
“Meaningful Work”. Multnomah County Employment First, Portland, Oregon 2011
“The Project Grow solution.” Oregon Rehabilitation Association Conference, Portland, Oregon 2010.
“The heat beneath the melting pot: Implicit and explicit stereotyping of immigrants.” Western Psychological Association Conference 2009.
Working Papers and Ongoing Research Projects
· "The extreme untouchables: The intersection of sexuality, desire, and intellectual disability explored through a framework inspired by Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas” [to be presented at the Psychology of Other Conference in Boston in October]
· “Finding meaning in the future while standing in the past: Transforming the meaning of support, inclusion, and work from inside a sheltered workshop” [to be presented in Turku, Finland in August]
Solo and Collaborative Creative Social Justice Projects and Exhibits
· “Declare your rights”, Portland City Hall, Portland, Oregon
· “Community jam session: Urban gleaning and canning experience”, funded by Stock Grant, 2011
· “Return to Fairview”, Salem, Oregon, 2010
· De-re-de Institutionalization, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon 2012
· Representation, City Hall, Portland, Oregon 2011
· Making Space, Sea Change Gallery, Portland, Oregon 2011
· We are Open, The Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2010
· The work of Jamond Williams, The North Portland Library, Portland, Oregon, 2010
· Tiny’s, Portland, Oregon, 2010
· Bouquets of Turnips, the art of Patsy Blasier, Common Ground, Portland, Oregon, 2011
· Declare Your Rights, City Hall Atrium, Portland, Oregon, 2011
· Rainbow in the sky, the art of Forrest Hellum Willits, Waypost, Portland, Oregon, 2011
· Street Art, group show, The Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2011
· The Corner Office-the dreams of Patsy Blasier, The Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2011
· The work of Zach Marzolf, Tina Yamamoto, Teresita Martinez, Fresh Pot, Portland, Oregon, 2011
· The work of Jamond Williams and Tanya Yamamoto, Fresh Pot, Portland Oregon, 2011
· Bathrooms are gross so we’re redesigning them, Molly Danielsson, The Gallery, Portland, Oregon 2012
· Jumptown:Remembering Portland’s Artery on Jazz and Culture, Sydney Thomson, Donna Maxey, The Gallery, Portland, Oregon 2012
· Telling Stories, Sonya Hamilton, The Gallery, Portland, Oregon 2011
· Gentrification, Judith Mowry, The Gallery, Portland, Oregon 2011
· Why Make Art? Avalon Kalin, Chris Johanson, Sandy Sampson, Karl Lind, Larry Supnet, The Gallery, Portland, Oregon 2011
· Identity and Transition, Sasha Buchert, The Gallery, Portland, Oregon 2011
· Collaborative Leadership, Kevin Kecskes, The Gallery, Portland, Oregon 2011
· The Power of Words: Labels from the inside and the outside, Will Hall, Port City Development Center, Portland, Oregon 2011
· Who is permitted to be a sexual being?, Panel Discussion, Port City Development Center, Portland, Oregon 2010
· Tensions between utopic and dystopic constructions, Natasha Wheat, Port City Development Center 2010
· Mental Diversity=Segregation, Kathy Oleson, Port City Development Center, Portland, Oregon 2009
· Meaning of Sustainability, Harrell Fletcher, Ryan Pierce, Linda Colwell, Dan McClary, Tim Donovan, The North Portland Farm, Portland, Oregon 2009
Selected Media Coverage
· Goodman, Holly. ‘Creativity Beyond Disability.’ November 5, 2009. The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon
· Walsh, Chad. ‘Project Grow: Dig, Paint, and Hug at Portland’s Art and Farming Community.’ July 13, 2010. Neighborhood Notes. Portland, Oregon
· Spliteri, Ellen. ‘Project Grow Creates New Options for Disabled.’ December 10, 2010. The Portland Tribune, Portland, Oregon
· Bingham, Larry. ‘Will The Ghost of Portland Past Appear at Paranormal Workshop?’ December 27, 2010. The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon
· Cooper, Mindy. ‘Unity Through Differences.’ September 28, 2011. The Portland Observer, Portland, Oregon
· Swart, Cornelius. ‘Performance by King Louie, Sweet Baby James ends series on North Portland Jazz History Feb. 22.’ February 22, 2012. The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon
Selected Video Projects
· Project Grow at Portland State University
This clip documents the community’s two week stay at Portland State University where we attended classes, taught classes, and explored the urban environment.
· City Hall, A Project Grow Music Video
In this collaboration, we worked with a local band to create a music video during the project’s residency (Project Grow’s) at Portland’s City Hall.
· I have the right
A partnership with the Office of Equity and Human Rights in Portland, Oregon sparked this video in which individuals experiencing oppression due to the societal imposed category of intellectual disability explored what it means to vocalize rights, complex and everyday.
References available on request.