Anna Maria Bounds holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Policy from The New School for Public Engagement. Her areas of interest include Urban Tourism, Urban Subcultures, and Public Space. Her current research project is an ethnography that focuses on the rise of Doomsday Preppers, the urban survivalist subculture. Two recent projects include a case study about the cancellation of the 2013 New York City Marathon in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (an analysis of local resistance to tourism) and a case study that examines plans for the development Governors Island as a tourist destination. She also earned an M.A. in Writing from Old Dominion University. She is finishing her first work of fiction, an epistolary novel called Reading Between the Lines.