Rolled up a character (and I need to bring more D6 to the game) and ended up with Professor MaryAnne Gilligan of Briarcliff College. Rolled the dice and gender was female. In 1929 women had only been allowed to vote for 9 years (1920 at the national level), and I poked around and found a women's college that is in the New York area at that time. MaryAnne would have attended during this time (from the Wikipedia):
Around 1917 at Mrs. Dow's School, an art assistant taught classes in drawing, painting, and modeling. In addition to their daily tasks, the students prepared monthly compositions which would be critiqued by the school's art director Frank DuMond through a lecture.Art history classes included that of Italian Renaissance painting and sculpture, Western European painting, and the history of Greek sculpture, architecture, and interior decoration.
MaryAnne took a stint internationally at some archeological sites despite Mrs. Dow's recommendations, and has come back to teach as a professor there while still going on the occasional dig.
Born in 1900, the Professor has seen several changes in society, and is thinking that things in the financial world are not going well. She tends towards jodhpurs to the alarm of her fellow teachers and the delight of her class.
Image from Marc Scott: