Anna Maria Bounds is a professor and urban sociologist at Queens College of the City University of New York. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Policy from The New School. Her work focuses on city subcultures, city tourism, and public space. Her upcoming book, titled Bugging Out or Hunkering Down?: Prepping for New York’s Apocalypse, focuses on the rise of Urban Preppers (Routledge, Fall 2018). Her media credits include The New York Times, Live Science, and being featured in an upcoming documentary on prepping. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on social science writing and analysis, urban sociology, and qualitative research. She also earned an M.A. in Writing from Old Dominion University. She has recently finished her first work of fiction, an epistolary novel called Reading Between the Lines.