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Below are profiles of the 2018-2019 Distinguished CUNY Fellows:

Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith

Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith, PHD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist who is originally from Sierra Leone. She is Board Certified in Group Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Akinsulure-Smith is a tenured Professor in the Department of Psychology at the City College of New York, the City University of New York (CUNY) and at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has cared for forced migrants, as well as survivors of torture, armed conflict, and human rights abuses from around the world at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture since 1999.  Dr. Akinsulure-Smith has written extensively about service provision to and mental health challenges facing forced migrants, including recent scholarly publications in Journal of Traumatic Stress, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Human Development, PLOS, Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, American Journal of Community Psychology, and Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

Heath Brown
Heath Brown is associate professor of public policy at John Jay College. He is the author of four books, including his latest, Immigrants and Electoral Politics: Nonprofit Advocacy in a Time of Demographic Change which was published by Cornell University Press in 2016. He has written for The Atlantic, American Prospect, and the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. He is currently working on a project on conservative policy making since the 1970s in the United States, especially the impact of demographic change on participation in choice-based policies. This will be the basis of his work during his ARC visit. He serves on the Executive Board of the American Political Science Association - Political Organizations and Parties (POP) Section, is reviews editor of Interest Groups and Advocacy, and is the co-lead of the New York City chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network. 

Juan DelaCruz
Juan J. DelaCruz has a PhD in Economics from the New School University and a MS in Biostatistics from Columbia University. He is an Associate Professor of Economics and Business at Lehman College (Bronx, NY) as well as Associated Faculty of the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy (Harlem, NY). He has actively participated in several professional development opportunities across the United States. Dr. DelaCruz is an immigrant from Mexico. He is a health economist by training who specializes in the analysis of economic and social determinants of health, in particular factors influencing the HIV epidemic. His academic work sustains that HIV-infected longtime survivors are facing disproportionate health outcomes, including disability and early death. The core of his work is to elucidate how different sciences can be complements in the research process. He believes that economics, public health and public policy are key instruments to advocate for vulnerable populations.

Lyn DiIorio
Lyn Di Iorio
is a fiction writer and scholar. Her novella Outside the Bones (Arte Público Press) won Foreword Review’s Indies Silver Book-of-the-Year award, a top-five finalist position for the 2012 John Gardner Fiction Prize, and other distinctions.  An early excerpt from her novel-in-progress The Sound of Falling Darkness was shortlisted for The Pirates Alley Faulkner Society’s 2015 Novel-in-Progress award.  Her most recent short stories were published in Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas (Routledge, 2017 and 2014) and are part of a work-in-progress, Hurricanes and Other Stories, some of which are about the effects of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico.  Her Hurricanes stories project is the focus of her work in the CUNY Advanced Research Collaborative and also won her a CUNY Office of Research Book Completion award in 2018.  Her scholarly works include a book on Latinx identity called Killing Spanish: Literary Essays on Ambivalent U.S. Latino Identity (Palgrave Macmillan) and two coedited books of essays on Latinx literary criticism and magical realism (also with Palgrave Macmillan). She is half-Puerto Rican, grew up on the island, and studied at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of California at Berkeley.  She teaches literature and creative writing at City College and CUNY Graduate Center.

Terrie Epstein
Terrie Epstein
is a Professor of Social Studies Education at Hunter College and a consortial faculty member of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center.  She has a B.A. and M.A. in history from Brandeis University and a master’s and doctoral degree in Education from Harvard University. Her research focuses on how children’s, adolescents’ and adults’ social identities influence their interpretations of national history and contemporary society.  She is currently the Principal Investigator for a Spencer Foundation Research Conference Grant, entitled, “Teaching racial literacy in the history classroom: Creating equitable educational spaces,” to be held at Hunter College in June 2019.  She has been a Fulbright Senior Researcher in New Zealand (2013), a Fulbright Specialist Researcher in Brazil (2017) and a Visiting Professor at Ulster University in Northern Ireland (2017).  Her books include Teaching and learning difficult histories in international contexts: A critical sociocultural approach (2017); Education, globalization and the nation (2015); Interpreting national history: Race, identity and pedagogy (2009) and Teaching U.S. history: Dialogs with teachers and historians (2009). For the ARC fellowship, she will develop a framework for teaching national history in the U.S. in an increasingly unequal and “post-truth” society. 

Marta Gutman

Marta Gutman teaches architectural and urban history at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is a member of the doctoral faculty in Art History and Earth and Environmental Sciences. In fall 2018 she will be the Distinguished CUNY Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative, working on her current book project, Just Space: Architecture, Education, and Inequality in Postwar Urban America (University of Texas Press). Gutman examines ordinary buildings and neighborhoods, the history of cities, and issues of gender, class, race, and especially childhood as they play out in the everyday spaces, public culture, and social life of cities in the United States. Times Higher Ed named her monograph, A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 (University of Chicago Press) a book of the year in 2014, calling it “a monumental achievement.” A City for Children is also the winner of the 2017 Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, the 2015 Kenneth Jackson Award from the Urban History Association, and other prizes. Gutman has also written about the WPA swimming pools in New York City (showing how kids racially integrated them), edited Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum from 2009 to 2015, and co-edited the critically acclaimed Designing Modern Childhoods: History, Space and Material Culture (Rutgers University Press). [Photo by Marcos Gasc] 

Amy Hsin
Amy Hsin
is Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York. Her research is at the intersection of social demography, stratification, education, race/ethnicity and immigration. Dr. Hsin earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles and was an NICHD Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor prior to joining the faculty at Queens College. During her ARC Fellowship, Dr. Hsin will be working on a large mixed-methods project seeking to understand the immigration experiences, educational and occupational trajectories and family dynamics of an ethnically diverse population of undocumented college students. The project will integrate rigorous analysis of administrative data with in-depth interviews to understand: (1) the effect of immigration status on educational outcomes, (2) the effect of immigration reform on educational and occupational outcomes and immigration experiences (i.e. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and reforms to New York States professional licensing laws) and (3) how institutional policies and practices at college campuses affect the educational outcomes of undocumented students. More information about the project can be found here. In addition to this line of research, Dr. Hsin will continue her work on the causes and consequences of Asian American academic achievement. One project will examine the role of gender norms and peer culture in explaining the gender gap in achievement among Asian American students. Another project seeks to understand role of friendship networks in shaping the achievement patterns among Asian American students and their peers. Dr. Hsin has published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Demography, Economics of Education Review and Journal of Marriage and Family. Her work has been supported by the William T. Grant Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, and has been featured in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, the Economist, TIME, and NPR.

Mandana LimbertMandana E. Limbert received her PhD in Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in 2002 and joined the Queens College (CUNY) faculty the same year. She became a member of the faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center in 2007. She has also been a fellow and visiting scholar at The University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender (1999-2000), New York University’s Center for Near Eastern Studies (2000-2001), the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (2001-2002), and Duke University’s Department of Cultural Anthropology (2008-2010). She was a member of faculty of the History department at North Carolina State University (2009-2010). In addition to numerous articles, Professor Limbert has co-edited Timely Assets: The Politics of Resources and their Temporalities (2008), published by the School of American Research, Advanced Seminar Series. Her book, In the Time of Oil: Piety, Memory, and Social Life in an Omani Town (2010), was published by Stanford University Press. And, with support of a grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the City University of New York, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Professor Limbert has begun writing her next book, “Oman, Zanzibar, and the Politics of Becoming Arab” on changing notions of Arabness in Oman and Zanzibar over the course of the twentieth century.

Vanessa Pérez-Rosario is managing editor of Small Axe, associate professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and a translator. She is the author of Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon (Illinois 2014) and the editor of Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration: Narratives of Displacement (Palgrave 2010). Vanessa recently completed a translation manuscript of Mayra Santos-Febres’s collection of poetry Boat People and has edited and translated a manuscript titled I am My Own Path: A Bilingual Anthology of the Collected Writings of Julia de Burgos. Vanessa is on the Advisory Board of the CUNY - New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals (CUNY-NYSIEB).

Margaret Rosario

Margaret Rosario, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at The City University of New York—The City College and Graduate Center, and a faculty member in the doctoral programs of Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology and Clinical Science, and Basic and Applied Social Psychology. Her research focuses on identity and stress, as well as the health and adaptational implications of each construct. The research has primarily centered on lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people undergoing sexual identity development. The relations between stress and sexual identity development on the one hand to both health and adaptation on the other hand are of critical interest, as are the mediators and moderators of those relations. In addition, she is interested in the determinants of sexual orientation and the intersection of multiple identities. Dr. Rosario is the recipient of research grants, as principal- or co-investigator, from the National Institutes of Health. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. She is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sex Research and a member of the editorial boards of Archives of Sexual Behavior and the American Journal of Community Psychology. She is President-Elect of Division 44 of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Dr. Rosario did her postdoctoral training at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, her doctorate at New York University, and her bachelor’s degree at Princeton University.

Irina Sekerina

Irina Sekerina has a truly interdisciplinary background in linguistics (Ph.D. in Linguistics), with specialized knowledge of experimental psycholinguistics, cognitive science (Postdoctoral fellow at two cognitive science centers), and psychology (currently Professor of Psychology). She learned eye-tracking in the form of the Visual World Paradigm 20 years ago, when it was just beginning to appear in psycholinguistics. She was the member of the research team (together with John Trueswell, University of Pennsylvania) that pioneered eye-tracking experiments with children in 1999. Dr. Sekerina's research focuses on sentence processing mechanisms in native and bilingual adults, their development in children, and breakdown in aphasia. As PI on several university- and NSF-funded grants, she laid the groundwork to participate in various research projects by conducting numerous eye-tracking experiments on processing of syntactically ambiguous and complex sentences in English and Russian. Dr. Sekerina investigates the underlying cause of sentence processing difficulties in special populations, i.e., children, bilingual heritage speakers (Russian-English, Russian-German, Russian-Norwegian), and persons with aphasia. 

Amy J. Wan is Associate Professor of English at Queens College and The Graduate Center. She is the author of Producing Good Citizens: Literacy Training in Anxious Times (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014). Drawing from literacy studies, composition history, and citizenship theory, it analyzes how literacy is imagined to solve inequality by conferring, defining, and producing the status of citizenship and by extension, how literacy training instructs individuals to enact civic obligations, whether local or national. An article from this project, “In the Name of Citizenship,” was awarded the Richard Ohmann Outstanding Article Award in 2012. Her current research examines contemporary policy around language diversity, multilingual writers, and international students in the context of diversity and access rhetoric in U.S. higher education in the twentieth century and of the twenty-first century rhetoric of the global university. In addition to her interest in how literacy is used for citizen-making in school and non-school settings, she has also written about rhetorics of public policy, specifically on immigration policy and labor reform.

Oswaldo Zavala

Oswaldo Zavala is Professor of contemporary Latin American literature and culture at the College of Staten Island and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is the author of Drug Cartels Do Not Exist. Narco-trafficking and Culture in Mexico (Malpaso, 2018), A Return to Modernity. Genealogies of Latin American Literature at the Fin-de-Siècle (Albatros, 2017) and Insufferable Modernity: Roberto Bolaño in the Limits of Contemporary Latin American Literature (North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, 2015). His article “Imagining the US-Mexico Drug War: The Critical Limits of Narconarratives” won the 2015 Humanities Essay Award of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Mexico Section. He co-edited with Viviane Mahieux the volume Tierras de nadie: el norte en la narrativa mexicana contemporánea (2012), and with José Ramón Ruisánchez the volume Materias dispuestas: Juan Villoro ante la crítica (2011). 


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