Dr. Spector is an MA, PhD in philosophy, and scholar of social and intellectual history and drink culture. She has studied spirits for more than a quarter century, working in both distillery and archive gathering the tales and knowledge that she brings to her presentations.
She has written and spoken widely about spirits, cocktails, and Scotland, as well as moral philosophy, the sex industry, and other issues that don't usually come up until well into one of her tastings. She can make the history of excise tax fascinating, and blind tastings unintimidating for even the most reticent. She has a particular interest in areas society considers taboo, and the people whose stories often go untold.
Dr. Spector teaches about drink culture and ethics at Yale University. Her most recent writings include a book on cocktails and contribution to an upcoming series on the cultural history of prostitution. She is currently researching a book on sense of place and liquor.
Professor Spector founded The Academy Drinks™ as a division of The Academy devoted to work on cocktails and spirits, including research, writing, presentations, and staff training.
The Academy Drinks organizes bespoke tastings and educational seminars, advises on drink menus for restaurants and bars, and helps develop couture drinks tailored around a specific theme or cuisine.
From classic cocktails to vintage innovations, The Professor is in.™