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Below are profiles of the Fall 2021 Distinguished CUNY Scholars

Jillian Baez
Jillian Báez
is an associate professor in the Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Department at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is also an affiliated faculty member at the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute and on the doctoral faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research expertise lies in Latina/o/x media and popular culture, transnational feminisms, and issues of belonging and citizenship. She is the author of In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media and Citizenship (University of Illinois Press, 2018), recipient of the 2019 Bonnie Ritter Award for Outstanding Feminist Book at the National Communication Association. Dr. Báez’s research has also been in published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Critical Studies in Media Communication; Communication, Culture & Critique; Women’s Studies Quarterly; Latino Studies; Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Chicana/Latina Studies.

Silvia Dapia is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures (LAILAC). As a literary scholar, she works at the intersection of Transnational Studies, Gender Studies, Affect Theory and Politics of Emotion in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Latin American Literature and Culture, with emphasis on Southern Cone. She is also frequently as concerned with philosophy and literature as she is with subjectivity and embodiment approaches. She is the author of Die Rezeption der Sprachkritik Fritz Mauthners im Werk von Jorge Luis Borges (The Impact of Fritz Mauthner’s Philosophical Critique of Language on Jorge Luis Borges, Böhlau, 1993), which examines the influence of the Austrian philosopher Fritz Mauthner on the Argentinean author; Jorge Luis Borges, Post-Analytic Philosophy, and Representation (Routledge, 2015), which shows how philosophical questions related to representation develop out of literature and actually serve as precursors to the various strains of post-analytic philosophy that later developed in the United States; and editor of Gombrowicz in Transnational Context: Translation, Affect, and Politics (Routledge, 2019), which illuminates the complicated web of transnational contact zones where Polish, Argentinean, French and German cultures intersect to influence Gombrowicz’s work. Her current research project examines the work of the Argentinean philosopher León Rozitchner, particularly his reflections on community, body, and affect, especially ressentiment, sympathy and terror. Her articles appear in numerous scholarly journals such as Chasqui, Diálogos Latinoamericanos, Polish American Studies, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Revista Iberoamericana, Semiotics, Siglo XX/20th Century, The Polish Review, and Variaciones Borges.

Jennifer Delfino
Jennifer B. Delfino
is a linguistic anthropologist who specializes in the study of language, racialization, and inequality in the urban United States. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics at Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York. She is the author of Speaking of Race: Language, Race, and Schooling Among African American Children (2020, Lexington Books). Her current project examines language and identity among Filipino Americans in the greater New York area.


Amita Gupta
Amita Gupta
is a Professor of early education at The City College of New York – CUNY with cross-cultural experience in teacher education, school administration and classroom teaching. Dr. Gupta's research interests focus on international and comparative education; postcolonial theory; and the impact of globalization on teacher preparation and parenting beliefs. She has authored several books and journal articles and has been invited to speak at international conferences in the UK, Denmark, Slovakia, Denmark, Indonesia, China, Singapore, India, Qatar, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Dr. Gupta is a Fulbright Senior Scholar and an early education consultant for culturally responsive professional development in educational institutions and organizations.


Anna Indych Lopez

Anna Indych-López is Professor of Art History at The Graduate Center and The City College at the City University of New York where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art among Latin American, U.S., transatlantic, Afro-diasporic, and Latinx networks.  Her work investigates art in the public sphere, especially in Mexico, as well as Latinx and U.S.-Mexico borderlands contemporary art, focusing on cross-cultural intellectual and aesthetic exchanges, the polemics of realisms, and spatial politics.  Her most recent book on Judith Baca probed the Chicana artist’s aesthetic strategies to activate the contested socio-political and racial histories of Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s. A frequent contributor to exhibition catalogues, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art (2020) and The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism: 1910-1950 (2016) she was awarded the Stuart Z. Katz Professorship of the Humanities and Arts at City College in 2018-2019. In Fall 2021, she will be a CUNY Distinguished Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative at The Graduate Center, an international hub of advanced study promoting interdisciplinary scholarship, where she will be working on her project examining geographies of class and race in the aesthetic shaping of the urban fabric of Mexico City. In Spring 2022 she will take up the Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professorship at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

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