Kara Oehler

Senior Fellow

Kara Oehler is a documentary artist, radio producer and media entrepreneur. Her Peabody award-winning work has aired around the world and her interactive storytelling projects have been exhibited at MoMA and SFMoMA. She is the Co-Founder of Mapping Main Street, an upcoming podcast and traveling exhibition documenting all 10,000+ streets named Main Street in the United States; GoPop, an app for juxtaposing GIFs, photos and videos acquired by Buzzfeed in 2015; Zeega, an interactive storytelling platform; metaLAB (at) Harvard, a research center focused on network culture; and the UnionDocs Collaborative, an innovative model for documentary arts education and production. She was a Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a Rockefeller Fellow with United States Artists. A guy in a music store recently told Kara that the two most annoying instruments in the world are accordion and banjo. Kara plays both (poorly).


To be human at all is to forget a huge amount and hold on to a tiny amount. And there’s some band between remembering and forgetting in which we survive and exist. – William Kentridge

Me in Three

What was your dream job as a kid?
I was convinced I would move to New York City and become an Opera Singer. I did one of those things.

What’s a favorite piece of advice you’ve received?
Always look like you have a secret. – my grandmother

What are you currently obsessed with?
MLU’s (mobile living units) and trailer villages in cities

This pretty much sums up my existence