Press Release: Graduate Center Adds Five New Faculty Members

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York is pleased to announce the appointment of five additions to its distinguished faculty: Robin Codding to the Ph.D. Program in Educational Psychology, Jean Graham-Jones as a joint appointment between the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and the Hunter College Theatre Department, Galen Strawson to the Ph.D./M.A. Program in Philosophy, Jock Young to the Ph.D. Program in Criminal Justice, and Jerry Gafio Watts to the Ph.D. Program in English.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. According to the most recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions.

Robin Codding, a highly productive researcher and teacher in the field of school psychology, joins the faculty of the Ph.D. Program in Educational Psychology as an assistant professor. Codding received her bachelor's from Allegheny College and her Ph.D. in school psychology in 2003 from Syracuse University, where she held the Gardner Research Fellowship and was an ad hoc reviewer for School Psychology Review. After Syracuse, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the May Center for Education and Neurorehabilitation in Boston (2003-2004). She is building a strong publication record with articles in journals such as The ADHD Report and Psychoeducational Assessment, as well as chapters in the Handbook of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Volume II (forthcoming, Kluwer) and Behavioral Assessment in Schools: Theory, Research, and Clinical Foundations (Guilford Publications).

Jean Graham-Jones, an expert in the field of Latin American theatre studies, particularly the theatre of Argentina, joins the faculty of the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and the Hunter College Theatre Department as an associate professor. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Graham-Jones was previously a faculty member at Florida State University, Tallahassee, where, for six years, she was also coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and advisor/producer of the campus Spanish-language theatre group Teatro Latino. She is the author of Exorcising History: Argentine Theater under Dictatorship (Bucknell University Press, 2000) and editor/translator of Reason Obscured: Nine Plays by Ricardo Monti (Bucknell University Press, 2004), a collection of the plays of, arguably, Argentina's greatest living playwright. The co-editor of Theatre Journal and an editorial board member of the Latin American Theatre Review, she has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, and has also worked extensively as a director and performer.

Galen Strawson, widely regarded as a major figure in contemporary philosophy of the mind and related fields, joins the faculty of the Ph.D./M.A. Program in Philosophy with the rank of distinguished professor. Educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford (and the Sorbonne), he has held teaching positions at the Universities of Oxford and Reading, as well as visiting positions at New York University and Rutgers University. He is the author of three seminal books which introduced pioneering ideas and arguments in three separate areas of philosophy: free will, causation, and the philosophy of mind. The books are, respectively: Freedom and Belief (Oxford University Press 1986, reprinted 1991); The Secret Connexion: Realism, Causation, and David Hume (Oxford University Press, reprinted 1992, 1996); and Mental Reality (MIT Press, 1994). In addition to his scholarly writings, Strawson has addressed larger audiences through his essays and reviews in periodicals such as the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times Book Review, and the Financial Times, and through his appearances on film, television, and radio. He is currently working on two forthcoming books on the topic of the 'self'.

Jock Young, professor of Criminal Justice who is also on faculty at John Jay College, is best known as the co-author of The New Criminology, the 1973 book that founded a new school of thought about the subject. Another book, The Drug Takers, is a classic study of drug policy and drug behavior. His most recent book, The Exclusive Society, offers a withering critique of contemporary policy development in criminal justice. He won the American Society of Criminology's Sellin-Glueck Award in 1998 for Distinguished International Scholarship, the most prestigious award given in the U.S. to a non-American criminological scholar. Previously a professor of sociology and head of the Centre for Criminology at Middlesex University in England, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK).

Jerry Gafio Watts, a leading critic of African American literature and culture, joins The Graduate Center's faculty as a professor in the Ph.D. Program in English. Watts received his bachelor's degree from Harvard and his master's and doctorate from Yale. He comes to The Graduate Center from Trinity College, where he was professor of American studies. He has also taught on the faculties of Wesleyan University and the University of California, Davis. He is the author of two influential, debate-shaping books on two crucial twentieth century American writers, Ralph Ellison and Amiri Baraka: Heroism and the Black Intellectual: Reflections on Ralph Ellison Politics, and Afro-American Intellectual Life (University of North Carolina Press, 1994) and Amiri Baraka: The Politics and Art of a Black Intellectual (New York University Press, 2001). He also edited and contributed several chapters to the forthcoming book The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual Revisited (Routledge). Watts's impressive publication record includes extensive articles, essays, and reviews in journals such as Contemporary Sociology, New Politics, Social Research, Dissent, and other academic, as well as mass-media, publications.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has grown to an enrollment of about 3,900 students in 30 doctoral programs and six master's degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Graduate Center also houses 28 research centers and institutes, administers the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and offers a wide range of continuing education and cultural programs of interest to the general public.

Submitted on: SEP 1, 2004

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