Dr. Spector founded The Academy Drinks as a division of The Academy specifically devoted to research and writing about spirits and cocktails. When you’re looking to learn more about classic cocktails, be inspired by vintage innovations, or want to experience couture mixology or whisk(e)y tasting tailored for a specific theme or cuisine, The Professor Is In.


Offerings range from vertical tastings within one brand to tastings across spirit type, to classes that incorporate principles of mixology — culminating in a cocktail. Whether you want to have a hand in the design of a bespoke tasting or have all the details taken care of, Dr. Spector will work with you to plan the perfect event for your group.


As a philosopher, historian, and specialist in the culture of drink. Dr. Spector has lectured internationally on ethics, history, and the sex industry. She currently teaches about the culture of drink at Yale University, and gives private seminars tailored to clients’ interests. Topics range from overviews of the categories of spirits to talks about art and alcohol. From wine, women, and song, to whiskey, men and metal — her seminars are interactive, informative and fun.


Training bar and restaurant staff in spirits and liqueurs is important for establishments with premier bar programs. Dr. Spector provides clear, fast, and fun training for staff, enabling them to make and sell better drinks.