Below are profiles of the 2018-2019 Distinguished Visiting Fellows:
Mihail Arandarenko is a professor of labor economics at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and at Collegium Budapest – Institute for Advanced Study. He has published on issues of labor markets, employment programs, political economy and social policy, especially in the context of difficult socio-economic transformation in South Eastern Europe. More recently he has researched the interplay of migration and inequality in the Western Balkans and while at the Graduate Center he plans to expand his research to labor exporting countries in other regions of the world.
Jasone Cenoz is Professor of Research Methods in Education at the University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Spain. Her research focuses on multilingual education, third language acquisition, bilingualism and multilingualism. Specific topics Jasone Cenoz has investigated in her research include the multilingual lexicon, translanguaging in written production, minority languages, metalinguistic awareness, linguistic landscape, language anxiety and cross-linguistic influence. She is the author of a large number of articles and book chapters and the award-winning monograph Towards Multilingual Education (Multilingual Matters, 2009). Her latest book is Multilingual Education: Between Language Learning and Translanguaging with Cambridge Applied Linguistics (co-edited with Durk Gorter). Jasone Cenoz is Past President of the International Association of Multilingualism, and served as AILA publications coordinator for 8 years. She has recently been appointed President of Educational Science of the Spanish Research Council (Agencia Estatal de Investigación).
directs the American Studies Program at the University of Miami, where she is Associate Professor of English and founding member of the Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Collective. She is the author of Fictions of Feminine Citizenship: Sexuality and the Nation in Contemporary Caribbean Literature
. Dr. Francis is currently working on two book projects: The Novel 1960s
, an intellectual history of the Anglophone Caribbean’s transnational literary culture; and Creole Miami: Black Arts in the Magic City
, a sociocultural history of black arts practice in Miami from 1980s to present. She specializes in transnational American Studies, Caribbean literary and intellectual histories, African diaspora literary studies, globalization and transnational feminist studies, and theories of sexuality and citizenship.
Guadalupe García specializes in colonial Latin America and the Caribbean. Her research interests include colonial cities, urban space, and legal topographies. Her first book was published in 2016 with the University of California Press and is entitled Beyond the Walled City: Colonia Exclusion in Havana. Her current project explores how the multiple, competing geographies of nineteenth-century Havana might be made visible with the use of digital technologies. The project moves beyond mapping to also consider the ways in which space, scale, and projection can be used to counter the logic of the archive and expand our contemporary understanding of cities.
is full professor in political sociology[uni-bamberg.de]
at the Department of Political Science at the University of Bamberg and a Research Fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. He was a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a visiting scholar at the Centres for European Studies at Harvard University and New York University. He spent shorter research stays at the European University Institute in Florence, at Oxford University, the University of Sydney and at McGill University. He was an elected member of The Young Academy [diejungeakademie.de]
at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He works on immigration and citizenship policies, nationalism, national identities, xenophobia/islamophobia, and right-wing populism. His research was awarded the Young Scholar Research Award from the Mayor of Berlin, the Best Article Award (Honorable Mention) by APSA’s Section on Migration and Citizenship and the Best Paper Award by the Immigration Research Network of the Council for European Studies. His work has appeared in political science journals (e.g., British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research), sociology journals (e.g., European Sociological Review, Social Forces) and migration journals (e.g., International Migration Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies). He has edited a volume on “Islamophobia in the West”[routledge.com]
(Routledge) and co-authored a book on “Political Conflict in Western Europe”[cambridge.org]
is a tenured researcher at the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), where he belongs to the research units on International Migrations and Minorities and on Economic Demography. He is currently one of the principal investigators of the second edition of Trajectoires et Origines
, a large-scale nationally representative survey on immigrants and their descendants in France. Before joining INED, he completed a PhD at Sciences Po focused on the academic trajectories of children of immigrants in France and the UK, for which he received the European Consortium for Sociological Research Best Dissertation Prize. He then held a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowship at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. His research interests include the study of migration, with an emphasis on immigrant selectivity, the sociology of education, social stratification and inequality, and international comparison. He has recently authored a book on children of immigrants in French schools and co-edited another on the “migrant crisis” in Europe. His work has also been published by academic presses and journals, including Stanford University Press, European Sociological Review, Oxford Review of Education and Population
Salvatore Morelli is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality and ARC Distinguished Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and is also a research associate at the Center for Studies of Economics and Finance (CSEF) at the University of Naples, "Federico II". His current research projects focus on the estimation of personal wealth concentration and its evolution over time. His research to date has also investigated the distributional effect of macroeconomic crises, with particular reference to top income groups; the empirical and theoretical foundations of the view that inequality may contribute to economic and financial instability; and the evolution and measurement of several dimensions of economic inequality over time for a series of countries.
Francisco Ordóñez was trained in the study of formal linguistics at CUNY. His specialization has been the comparative study of the syntax of Spanish and other Romance languages such as Catalan, Portuguese, French, Italian, Sardinian, Corsican, and Occitan and their various dialects. His present research involves the study of the syntactic differences of the dialects of Spanish spoken in Latin America and Spain as well as studies of syntactic variation in Catalan, Spanish and Italian Dialects. He also co-founded Romania Nova with Mary Kato of Universidade de Campinas (Brazil). This international research collective promotes comparative research on Romance varieties spoken in the Americas. He is working now on how varieties of Spanish come together in US urban settings such New York and the system emerging from contact between those varieties and English.
Alastair Pennycook is Distinguished Professor of Language, Society and Education at the University of Technology Sydney and Adjunct Professor at the MultiLing Centre at the University of Oslo. He is the author of numerous books, including Metrolingualism: Language in the city (with Emi Otsuji), Language and Mobility: Unexpected Places, Language as a Local Practice, Global Englishes and Transcultural Flows, Critical applied linguistics: A critical introduction, and The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language (now a Routledge Linguistics Classic). His most recent books are Posthumanist applied linguistics (Routledge) and Popular culture, voice and linguistic diversity: Young adults on- and offline (with Sender Dovchin and Shaila Sultana; Palgrave Macmillan).
is a Professor at Georgetown University, where she mentors language educators and linguistics doctoral students. She investigates how adults learn new languages, particularly in higher education settings. She is best known for an award-winning meta-analysis of second language instruction published in 2000, a best-seller graduate-level textbook Understanding Second Language Acquisition (Routledge 2009, translated into Mandarin in 2016), and since 2010 for championing a bilingual and social justice turn in her field of second language acquisition. Her latest books, both published this year, are Usage-inspired L2 Instruction, with John Benjamins (co-edited with applied cognitive linguist Andrea Tyler and colleagues) and The Handbook of Bilingualism with Cambridge University Press (co-edited with infant bilingualism researcher Annick De Houwer). Lourdes was born, raised, and college-educated in southern Spain, spent a year abroad at the University of Munich in the early 1980s, worked as a teacher of Spanish for almost a decade in Greece, and obtained her doctorate in the United States, the country where she has lived for 25 years now. These choices have afforded her a different dominant language at different periods in her life (so far): Spanish, German, Modern Greek, and English. This trajectory has shaped her professional identities as an educator and a researcher. She is committed to investigating what it means to become bilingual or multilingual later in life and across elite and marginalized contexts for language learning. In her work she seeks to encourage connections between research and teaching and to support harmonious bilingualism and the well-being of all multilinguals.
is Professor of Employment Relations at Griffith University, in the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing. He previously worked at the Australian National University and in the then Australian Department of Industrial Relations, spending over five years as a manager in its Senior Executive Service. He has undertaken work for unions, employers, the International Labor Organisation and governments of both political persuasions in and outside of Australia, including a recent statutory report to the Queensland Minister on the operation of the workers compensation scheme. He is on the Board of The Union Education Foundation and has written on union training, membership and delegates, working time, workplace relations practice, policy and law, individualism and collectivism, gender, sustainability, finance, and many other topics. He is the author of Unions in a Contrary World
(Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Brave New Workplace
(Allen & Unwin, 2006) and co-author of Women of the Coal Rushes
(UNSW Press, 2010) and many chapters in Women, Work and Regulation: Varieties of Gender Gaps
, as well as numerous academic articles, papers and reports. His current research includes investigations of the future of work, digital human technology, and the harassment of scientists.
is currently working on a book manuscript on conflicts over land around urbanization and infrastructure investments in India. My project analyzes 'India's land impasse' in the current historical conjuncture of the rise of Hindutva (Hindu nationalism); India's growing 'rentier economy;' and ongoing struggles against 'growth infrastructures' that articulate possibilities for 'development from below.' My research interests include legal anthropology; the anthropology of infrastructure; urbanization; capital; nature; state; social movements; democracy; and fascism.
is Professor of Economics at the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science of the New School University, Associate Editor of the Cambridge Journal of Economics
, from 2000-2005 Senior Scholar and member of the Macro Modeling Team at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. His most recent book is Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises
from Oxford University Press 2016, his intellectual biography is included in the book Eminent Economists II from Cambridge University Press 2014, and in 2013 he was awarded the Social Science Prize of the NordSud International Prize for Literature and Science of the Fondazione Pescarabruzzo in Italy for his paper on George Soros’ notion of reflexivity entitled "Reflexivity, Path-Dependence and Disequilibrium Dynamics" in the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics
, Fall 2010. He was the recipient of two successive grants from the Initiative for New Economic Thinking (INET) in 2011-2012. A prior book was Globalization and the Myths of Free Trade
(2007, Routledge). He has written on international trade, finance theory, political economy, macroeconomic policy, the welfare state, growth theory, inflation theory, crisis theory, national and global inequality, and past and current global economic crises. Some recent articles are "Income Distribution, Econophysics and Piketty", Review of Political Economy
, 2016, 18-29 July; "Race, gender and the econophysics of income distribution in the USA", with Nikolaos Papanikolaou and Noe Wiener, Physica A 415 (2014) 54–60; "On the role of reflexivity in economic analysis", Journal of Economic Methodology
(2014), 439-445; and "The First Great Depression of the 21st Century", Socialist Register
, (2011), Fall.
Kathryn Spellman Poots is a Visiting Associate Professor at Columbia University and Academic Program Director for the MA in Islamic Studies. She is also Associate Professor at Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations in London. Kathryn convenes Columbia's MA core course: Foundation to Islamic Studies and Muslim Societies. Her research interests include Muslims in Europe and North America, the Iranian diaspora, transnational migration and gender studies.Her publications include the monograph: Religion and Nation: Iranian Local and Transnational Networks in Britain (Berghahn, Oxford and New York, 2005); the co-edited volumes: Gender, Governance & Islam: Women, Islam and the State Revisited (Edinburgh University Press, 2018); The Political Aesthetics of Global Protest: The Arab Spring and Beyond (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and Ethnographies of Islam: Ritual Performances and Everyday Practices (Edinburgh University Press, 2014); and book chapters: “Second-Generation Muslims and the Making of British Shi’ism” in Kasinitz, P. & Bozorgmehr, M. (eds.) Growing Up Muslim in Europe and North America, Routledge; and Spellman Poots, K. & Gholami, R. (2018) “Iranians in Great Britain: Integration, Cultural Production and Challenges of Identity” in Mobasher, M. (ed.) Iranians in Diaspora: Comparative Perspective on Iranian Immigrants in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe, University of Texas Press. Kathryn consults for organizations that focus on the rights and experiences of refugees and minority groupings, including the UNHRC (Geneva), UNESCO (Paris) and London Detainee Support Group.
Anna Steigemann works as a Senior Researcher at the Chair of International Urbanism (Habitat Unit) at the Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin). Her research interests focus on critical urban studies, migration and the city, and particularly on refugee migration, as well as on community and neighborhood studies. These research interests culminate in Anna’s current research as a principal investigator in the special research track (SFB) "Re-figurations of Space" on "Architectures of Asylum.“ She graduated in Social Sciences with a focus on Urban Sociology, Geography, Ethnology and Gender Studies at Humboldt-University Berlin. Anna has further worked as an assistant professor at the Chair for Urban Studies & Social Research at Bauhaus-University Weimar, the Institutes for Sociology and Urban & Regional Planning at TU Berlin, and worked as a lecturer and researcher at the Department for Urban & Regional Sociology at Humboldt University's Institute for Social Sciences. Her post-doctoral research focuses on newly emerging urban arrival infrastructures on such streets that help Syrian refugees to settle and integrate into their new places of asylum as well as on the spatial practices and spatial knowledge of refugees that create these infrastructures. In this context and during her ARC visit, she will engage with New York’s existing and emerging arrival infrastructures as well study ethnographically the everyday life and inclusion of Syrian refugees in the city.
Below are profiles of the 2017-2018 Distinguished Visiting Fellows:
Gülseli Baysu is an associate professor of social and political psychology at Kadir Has University, Turkey. She is also an affiliated member of the Center for Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Leuven. Her research interests focus on social psychology of cultural diversity, immigration and integration, educational success of immigrants (particularly of European Muslim immigrants), intergroup relations, identity processes and identity politics. She has recently published papers on how perceptions of equal treatment enhance achievement and belonging of Muslim minority adolescents in European schools (Child Development, 2016, 87-5, 1352-1366) and on the intersectionality of Muslim identity with political identities in the Gezi park protests of Turkey (Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 2017, 20-3, 350-366). During her ARC visit, she will conduct studies to analyze school achievement and belonging of Muslim minority youth longitudinally as a function of their positive and negative experiences of intergroup contact, particularly with majority peers and teachers, and she wants to add a comparative dimension by comparing Belgium with Germany and possibly with the US.
Bruce Bradbury is an Associate Professor at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His research interests include the measurement of living standards, poverty and inequality, income support, labor market and housing policies, child learning outcomes, consumer equivalence scales and the spatial dimensions of inequality and disadvantage. In 2001 he co-edited The Dynamics of Child Poverty in Industrialised Countries (with Jenkins and Micklewright) and in 2015 he published Too many children left behind: The U.S. achievement gap in comparative perspective (with Corak, Waldfogel and Washbrook). During his ARC visit he will be working on a project using LIS data to examine the impact of employment and earnings on the living standards of children and their families in rich and middle income countries.
Marius R. Busemeyer is a Full Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany. His research focuses on comparative political economy and welfare state research, education and social policy, public spending, theories of institutional change and, more recently, public opinion on the welfare state. Busemeyer studied political science, economics, public administration and public law at University of Heidelberg and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Heidelberg. He worked as a senior researcher with Wolfgang Streeck and Kathleen Thelen at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and was a post-doc visiting fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard before coming to Konstanz. His publications include a book on Skills and Inequality (Cambridge University Press, Winner of the 2015 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research), an edited volume (with Christine Trampusch) on The Political Economy of Collective Skill Formation (Oxford University Press) as well as a large number of journal articles in leading outlets of the discipline such as the British Journal of Political Science, the European Sociological Review, the Socio-Economic Review and the Journal of European Social Policy. He directs the project “Investing in Education in Europe”, funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).
Regina Kunzel holds the Doris Stevens Chair and is Professor of History and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. Kunzel’s research focuses on histories of gender and sexuality, carcerality, and on the twined histories of sexual deviance and normalcy. She is the author of Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2008), Fallen Women, Problem Girls: Unmarried Mothers and the Professionalization of Social Work, 1890 to 1945 (Yale University Press, 1993), and articles on transgender studies, disability studies, the history of prison sexual culture, single pregnancy, and gender and professionalization. Her current project explores the encounter of LGBT/queer people with psychiatry in the twentieth-century United States.
Leketi Makalela is a professor of language and literacy education and a founding Director of the Hub for Multilingual Education and Literacies (HuMEL) at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His area of research is on translanguaging where he questions the validity of boundaries between languages and literacies. He envisions all classroom encounters as transformative spaces where more than one language is used fluidly to enhance knowledge access and affirm multilingual student identities. To this end, he has developed a language and literacy framework that builds of the African cultural competence of infinite relations of dependency - ubuntu translanguaging, also known as multilanguaging, which posits that no one language is complete without the other. As a community builder he trains in-service teachers, lecturers and community stakeholders on alternative pedagogies and epistemologies to effect system wide change in schools. As a public speaker advocating for social change through literacy, he released a series of talks on Feeding Children's Minds with Words. His books include New Directions in Language and Literacy Education for Multilingual Learners in Africa (2015); Multilanguaging, Decolonization and Education in the Global South: Shifting Lenses (2017); New Multilingual Practices in Post-Apartheid South Africa (2018).
Salvatore Morelli is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality. He did his undergraduate degree at the University of Rome and, in 2013, obtained his doctorate from the Department of Economics, the University of Oxford with a thesis on The Long-run Evolution of Macroeconomic Shocks and Inequality. In 2014 he received a major grant for the study of economic inequality funded by the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET) entitled ‘The History of Economic Inequality: income, Wealth and Financial Crisis,” jointly with Facundo Alvaredo, Anthony B. Atkinson, Francis Dennig, Thomas Piketty and Max Rosen. While at ARC and the Stone Center, he will be overseeing the design, implementation, management and launching of a project aimed at creating a new information/data system related to high-end wealth, with an initial focus on top wealth in the United States. He will also be conducting research on income and wealth distribution more generally. His publications include: Post-1970 Trends in Within-country Inequality and Poverty, (with T. Smeeding and J.P Thompson), Handbook of Income Distribution, Vol. 2, eds. A. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon, Elsevier, 2015; Inequality and Crises Revisited, (with A. B. Atkinson), Economia Politica, Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics, February 2015; The Challenge of Measuring UK Wealth Inequality in the 2000s, (with F. Alvaredo and A.B. Atkinson), Fiscal Studies, Spring 2016.
Finex Ndhlovu is Associate Professor of Language in Society at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia. His research interests sit at the cutting edge of contemporary linguistic and socio-cultural theories around language, identity and sociality in relation to transnational African migrant and diaspora communities; language and development; and language and everyday forms of exclusion. He has previously held teaching and research positions at Victoria University in Melbourne, the University of Fort Hare in South Africa and the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. From July to December 2015, Finex was a Visiting Professor at the Archie Mafeje Institute of Social and Policy Research, University of South Africa. His most recent major publications include Language, Vernacular Discourse and Nationalisms: Uncovering the Myths of Transnational Worlds (forthcoming); The Social and Political History of Southern Africa’s Languages (2017); Language, Migration, Diaspora: Challenging the Big Battalions of Groupism (2016); Hegemony and Language Policies in Southern Africa: Identity, Integration, Development (2015); and Becoming an African Diaspora in Australia: Language, Culture, Identity (2014). Finex is an experienced supervisor of higher degree student research projects with an outstanding record of completions.
Brian Nolan is Director of the Employment, Equity and Growth Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School, Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford. His main areas of research are income inequality, poverty, and the economics of social policy. He has led and participated in a wide range of comparative studies on poverty, income inequality, social policies, tax and transfer policies, the labour market, the minimum wage, and health inequalities and healthcare. His publications include The Handbook of Economic Inequality (2008) co-edited with W. Salverda and T. Smeeding, Poverty and Deprivation in Europe (2011) co-authored with C. T. Whelan, The Great Recession and the Distribution of Household Income (2013), co-edited with S. Jenkins, A. Brandolini and J. Micklewright, two co-edited volumes with W. Salverda et al., Changing Inequalities in Rich Countries: Analytical and Comparative Perspectives and Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries’ Experiences (2014), and Children of Austerity: The Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries, co-edited with B. Cantillon, Y. Czhzen, and S. Handa, all from Oxford University Press.
Sari Pietikäinen, is a Professor of Discourse Studies at the Department of Language and Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is a vice-head for the department (responsible for research, 2013-2017) and a member of the executive board for Research Collegium for Language in Changing Society (ReCLaS, Academy of Finland 2016-2020). Her research focuses on discourse, identity and social inequalities, multilingualism in transforming peripheries, and language in expanding Arctic economies of tourism, nature resource extraction and sports. She is also interested in developing research methodologies including critical discourse studies, critical sociolinguistics and ethnography. She has also been involved in developing various knowledge exchange practices by leading Jyväskylä Discourse Hub (http://www.discoursehub.fi). Her recent publications include Critical Sociolinguistic Research Methods: Studying Language Issues that Matter (with Monica Heller and Joan Pujolar, 2018, Routledge), Sociolinguistics from periphery. Small languages in new circumstances (with Helen Kelly-Holmes, Alexandre Jaffe and Nikolas Coupland, 2016, Cambridge), Multilingualism and Periphery (edited volume with Helen Kelly-Holmes, 2013, Oxford) She is currently the Principal Investigator of a Academy of Finland (SA) research project called Cold Rush: language and identity in expanding Arctic economies (2016-2020).
Dan Rabinowitz is a Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University. Held visiting professorship at Princeton, NYU, University of Toronto, CEU (Budapest). Currently (Fall 2017) Visiting Faculty at Columbia University (SIPA) and at ARC, CUNY Graduate Center. Served as Head of The Porter School of Environmental Studies at TAU (2013-2017) and as President of the Israeli Anthropological association (1996-2000). Published books with Cambridge University Press, University of California at Berkeley Press, Ashgate and leading Israeli publishers. His articles appeared in leading scholarly journals including American Ethnologist, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Critical Inquiry, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Annual Review of Anthropology and Environmental Justice. Served as editor in chief of Israeli Sociology (2012-2017). Has over 300 Op-Ed articles in Haaretz, and frequently appears on TV and Radio shows. Chairman of Life and Environment (2004-2006), Chairman of Greenpeace Mediterranean (1998-2004), Vice Chairman of Greenpeace UK (2006-2014); Currently Chairman of the Israeli Association for Environmental Justice. June 2016: awarded the Green Globe Award for life long environmental leadership.
Jeffrey G. Reitz (Ph.D., FRSC) is the R.F. Harney Professor and Director of the Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies Program at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and Professor and former Chair in the University’s Department of Sociology. He has published extensively on immigration and inter-group relations in Canada from comparative perspectives, and has frequently contributed to discussions of policies on immigration, multiculturalism and immigrant employment in Canada. He is co-author of Multiculturalism and Social Cohesion: Potentials and Challenges of Diversity (2009); recent articles have appeared in the International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Social Science Research. During 2012-2014 he was Marie Curie International Fellow at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, and is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montreal.
Jonathan Senchyne is an assistant professor of book history and print culture in the Information School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also the director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture[wiscprintdigital.org]. He has a Ph.D. in English from Cornell. He is currently completing a book on the meaning making dimensions of paper in early and nineteenth-century American literature entitled Intimate Paper and the Materiality of American Literature, under contract with the University of Massachusetts Press’s series on Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book. With Brigitte Fielder, he is coeditor of Infrastructures of African American Print (University of Wisconsin Press). Senchyne’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in PMLA, Book History, Technology and Culture, Studies in Romanticism, Early African American Print Culture, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016, and elsewhere. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, and the New York Public Library. With Martin Foys, Senchyne is co-PI on grants from CLIR and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to develop and implement DM: Digital Maxima, an open source platform for creating architectures of linked, annotated, and searchable data among digital surrogates of archival texts and media.
Miri Song is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, in Canterbury, England. She received her BA in History & Literature from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in social policy from the London School of Economics. She is the author of several books: Helping Out: Children’s Labor in Ethnic Businesses (Temple University Press 1999), Choosing Ethnic Identity (Polity Press 2003), and Mixed Race Identities (with Peter Aspinall) (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). She has just completed her latest book: Multiracial Parents: Mixed Families, Generational Change, and the Future of Race (NYU Press 2017). Her research interests include ethnicity and race, migration, racisms, multiracial people and families.
Virginia Zavala is a sociolinguistics professor of the Humanities Department at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Lima, Perú. She is a scholar of issues surrounding language and education, with a focus on the Andes. Her work includes studies of bilingual programs and policies, revitalization of indigenous languages, as well as academic literacies and classroom discourse. She has previously been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Zavala received her B.A. in Linguistics and Literature from PUCP in 1994, and her M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University. Batallas por el Quechua (2014) is her latest book. She recently edited a volume on the discursive construction of racialized identities (Racismo y Lenguaje, 2017) and is currently doing research on Quechua Youth activism, new media and education in Perú.
Below are profiles of the 2016-2017 Distinguished Visiting Fellows:
is an assistant professor in Bilingualism at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on cross-linguistic aspects of language acquisition and processing in typically developing monolingual and bilingual children and in children with language impairment. She is the (co-)author of various publications on the relationship between language production and comprehension in children with typical and with impaired language development acquiring a number of different languages (Greek
). She is Associate Editor for Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism
(John Benjamins) and on the editorial board of Second Language Research
(Sage Publications). She has recently co-edited a special issue in Frontiers in Psychology
evaluating behavioural and neuroscientific evidence on the effect of naturalistic exposure on language learning. She is the Deputy Director of Bilingualism Matters
, a knowledge exchange and research centre at the University of Edinburgh. She received her Ph.D in Second language acquisition from the University of Cambridge in 2008. She will be with the Graduate Center for the Fall 2016 term.
, is a Professor of the Sociology of Language, Head of the Department of Multilingualism Studies at the University of Fribourg. His research focuses on language and social inequalities, language and political economy and on the division of labor in late capitalism. He is the past-President of the Francophone Association for Sociolinguistics (RFS) and co-Chair of the Committee on World Anthropologies of the American Anthropological Association. He was a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure (ENS) in Lyon (France) and at the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland). His recent publications include Language in Late Capitalism: Pride and Profit
(with Monica Heller, 2012, Routledge); Language, Migration and Social Inequalities
(with Melissa Moyer and Celia Roberts, 2013, Multilingual Matters), Mehrsprachigkeit verwalten? Spannungsfeld Personalrekrutierung beim Bund
(with Renata Coray, Emilienne Kobelt et al.., 2015, Seismo Verlag) and Spéculations langagières
(with Michelle Daveluy, 2015, a special Issue on the journal Anthropologie et Sociétés). He is currently the Principal Investigator of a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) research project entitled: A web of Care: Linguistic resources and the management of labour in the healthcare industry
is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bamberg, Germany, and head of the migration unit of the German National Education Panel Study (NEPS). She received her PhD from the University of Mannheim in 2004 and has been a researcher at the University of Leipzig and a professor at the University of Göttingen before her appointment at the University of Bamberg. Her major research interests lie in the fields of migration and integration. Recent publications include an edited volume on ethnic educational inequalities in Germany and several articles on integration patterns and processes of immigrants and their offspring including language use and acquisition, education, and ethnic segregation. She brings to CUNY her current work on hiring discrimination and selective migration.
Henrique Espada Lima
is an Associate Professor of History at the Universidade Federal de Santa Caterina (Brazil), where he teaches, supervises and conducts research on historiography and theories of history, contemporary labor history, and world slavery and abolition. His holds degrees in psychology and literature and a doctorate in history (Universidade de Campinas, 1999). His research has focused on contemporary historiography and global micro-history, as well as on labor and family history, particularly concerning the lives of former slaves in nineteenth-century Brazil. He is the author of A Microhistória italiana: escalas, indícios e singularidades
(Civilização Brasileira, 2006) as well as edited volumes and numerous book chapters and articles on microhistory, the social history of forced labor, domestic work, and the questions of freedom and enslavement in the Atlantic World. He served as coordinator of the Brazilian Academic Network of Labor Historians from 2007 to 2010. He has held numerous visiting scholar positions, including as a Visiting Professor at Universidade Federal do Pará (1995-1996), a Visiting Scholar at the International Research Center \ "Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History? (RE:Work) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2011-2012), a Resident Fellow at the Institut d'Etudes Avancées de Nantes (2013), and a Visiting Scholar at the Program of Latin American Studies at Princeton University (2015).
is an Assistant Professor for Urban and Regional Sociology at Humboldt University Berlin and a co-editor for PROKLA - Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialwissenschaft. His areas of interest include cities and migration, border regimes, urban citizenship, urban social movements and participatory politics. Before coming to Humboldt University, he taught at Freie Universität Berlin, at the San Francisco Art Institute and at UC Berkeley. He is the author of ‚Cities in Motion’ (Stadt in Bewegung), a study on conflicts over public space in Berlin and Los Angeles (2008). Most recently, he co-edited a special issue of the International Journal for Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) on urban citizenship and the right to the city in Berlin and Tel Aviv (Fall 2015). He will be with CUNY for the Fall term 2016 and will be working on a comparative project on urban citizenship and immigrant rights in Berlin and New York.
My work, especially since Refashioning Futures
(1999) and Conscripts of Modernity
(2004), has been concerned with the reconceptualization of the way we think the story of the colonial past for the postcolonial present. This has involved a variety of kinds of inquiry (taking the Caribbean as my principal “field” of engagement), into tradition and generations, dialogue and criticism, self-determination and sovereignty, tragedy and temporality, and transitional justice and liberalism. I’ve recently completed a book called Stuart Hall’s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity
(based on lectures I gave at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, in November-December 2013), and am now working on a biography of Stuart Hall. I am also working on a study of the question of reparations for the historical injustice of New World slavery. I continue to edit Small Axe
, and direct the Small Axe Project, which is involved in a number of special initiatives around visual, translation, literary, and historiographical issues.
is a Professor at Tel Aviv University School of Education where she teaches and researches co-existence and rights in multilingual societies within four inter-connected areas: Language Testing, Language Policy, Migration and Linguistic Landscape. She authored The power of tests
(2001), Language policy
(2006), and the co-editor two books on Linguistic Landscape. Elana is the editor of Vol. 7 of Language Testing and Assessment
of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education (Springer, 2009 and 2017) Elana served as an editor of the journal Language Policy
(2007-2015) and is currently the editor of the new journal Linguistic Landscape
(Benjamins). Elana is the winner of the ILTA lifetime achievement awarded by ILTA (International Language Testing Association in 2010) for her work on critical language testing. Her current work continues to focus on various issues within the above topics, within the framework of multilingualism.
is Professor of Migration and Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS).
Paul is a political sociologist and his current research focuses on: the political accommodation of Islam and Muslim minorities in their Western societies of settlement; and mobility, migration and cultural interaction between Europe and SE Asia (Thailand), with a focus on lifestyle, retirement and marriage. He has written collaborative monographs, edited volumes, more than 60 articles in refereed journals and books. His books include Contested Citizenship: Immigration and Cultural Diversity in Europe
(Minnesota UP 2005), The Making of a European Public Sphere
(Cambridge UP 2010), and The Politicization of Europe
(Routledge 2013). Paul was formerly a Professor at the University of Bristol and the University of Leeds, UK. He was a Researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), Germany, and completed his doctoral research at the European University Institute (EUI) in San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy.
is Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Policy Studies and Recurrent Visiting Professor at the Nationalism Studies Program and the Department of Political Science of the Central European University, Budapest. She obtained her PhD in Sociology in 1986 and her degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) in Sociology in 2007, both from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her recent research has been centered around the formation of the post-communist welfare states with a focus on the intersecting relations of class, gender and ethnicity in shaping poverty and social exclusion. In this context, she studied the social recognition movements and the struggles for changing redistribution of Roma communities of Central and Eastern Europe. By investigating Roma non- and underrepresentation in economics and politics, her research addressed issues of discrimination and the rise of differentiated citizenship as indicators of the malfunctioning of democratic institutions in the region. By extending research on ethnic/racial differentiation in education, her studies revealed how the transference of authoritative cultural norms contributes to the deprivation of the poor – and especially the Roma poor – of successful participation in labor, economic advancement and social mobility and how it reinforces relations of social marginalization and exclusion. Her recent English-language publications include: ‘Fragmented Social Rights in Hungary’s Postcommunist Welfare State’. In: A. Evers and A-M. Guillemard: Social Policy and Citizenship: The Changing Landscape
(Oxford University Press. 2013); Migrant, Roma and Post-Colonial Youth in Education across Europe: Being ‘Visibly Different’.
(Eds. with Claire Schiff, Palgrave Macmillan 2014); Faces and Causes of Roma Marginalization in Local Contexts: Hungary, Romania, Serbia
. (Eds. with Violetta Zentai, Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, 2014); ‘Disquieted Relations: West Meeting East in Contemporary Sociological Research’. Intersections
, No. 2 (2015), pp. 12-37.
is a Professor of Social Psychology, UMass-Amherst. Her research focuses on expectations and outcomes of intergroup contact, identification with social groups, interpretations of intergroup relationships, and responses to prejudice and disadvantage. She received the 2012 Distinguished Academic Outreach Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst for excellence in the application of scientific knowledge to advance the public good. Tropp has also received the Erikson Early Career Award from the International Society of Political Psychology, the McKeachie Early Career Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Tropp is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She has been a visiting scholar at the National Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (New Zealand), the Kurt Lewin Institute (Netherlands), the Marburg Center for Conflict Studies (Germany), Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile), the University of California, Berkeley (USA), and the International Graduate College on Conflict and Cooperation (Germany, UK, Belgium), where she taught seminars and workshops on prejudice reduction and intervention. She has worked with national organizations to present social science evidence in U.S. Supreme Court cases on racial integration, on state and national initiatives to improve interracial relations in schools, and with non-governmental and international organizations to evaluate applied programs designed to reduce racial and ethnic conflict. She is co-author of “When Groups Meet: The Dynamics of Intergroup Contact” (March 2011, Psychology Press), editor of the “Oxford Handbook of Intergroup Conflict” (June 2012, Oxford University Press), and co-editor of “Moving Beyond Prejudice Reduction: Pathways to Positive Intergroup Relations” (February 2011, American Psychological Association Books) and “Improving Intergroup Relations” (August 2008, Wiley-Blackwell).
Below are profiles of the 2015-2016 Distinguished Visiting Fellows:
Below are profiles of the 2014-2015 Distinguished Visiting Fellows:
Sarah K. Bruch
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on the processes and policies that ameliorate or exacerbate social inequalities. In this vein, she studies the political and civic consequences of social policy designs; the distributional and social consequences of US safety net policies; the role of racial marginality in state policy choices; authority relations and racial dynamics within schools; and how multiple dimensions of race can be used to identify different mechanisms of racial disparities in education and punishment. Her work has been published in leading academic journals including the American Sociological Review
, Sociology of Education
, Journal of Marriage and Family
, and Child Development
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
is Professor of English at Northeastern University where she is Founding Co-Director of the NULab for Maps, Texts, and Networks and teaches in the field of eighteenth-century transatlantic literary studies. She is also the co-director of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College. Her work in the field of digital humanities includes projects involving text-mining and mapping of early African American texts and slave narratives, digital archival work in early Caribbean texts, and work mapping the reprinting of materials in nineteenth-century U.S. newspapers. She is one of the founders of the award-winning Our Marathon
project: a crowd-sourced archive of the Boston Marathon bombings. She is the author of New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1659-1859
(Duke University Press in 2014) and The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere
(Stanford University Press, 2004) which won the Heyman Prize for Outstanding Publication in the Humanities at Yale University. She is also co-editor of the forthcoming volume, The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S.: Histories, Geographies, and Textualities
(University of Pennsylvania Press).
Steven E. Jones
is a Professor of English and Co-Director of the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities at Loyola University Chicago. His interests include Romantic-period literature, textual studies–about the production, transmission, and reception of texts of all kinds in any media–and digital humanities. He's author of numerous books and articles, including The Emergence of The Digital Humanities
(Routledge, 2013), (co-authored with George K. Thiruvathukal), Codename Revolution: The Nintendo Wii Platform
(MIT Press, 2012), The Meaning of Video Games
(Routledge 2008), and Against Technology: From the Luddites to Neo-Luddism
(Routeldge, 2006). He is currently researching the history of the collaboration between Jesuit linguist, Fr. Roberto Busa, and IBM (1949-1955), often said to mark the beginning of humanities computing. He will be with the Graduate Center for the full academic year.
is professor of sociology and social anthropology at Central European University, Budapest, and Senior Researcher at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His books include Expanding Class: Power and Everyday Politics in Industrial Communities, The Netherlands, 1850-1950
(Duke University Press), 1997; (ed.) The Ends of Globalization. Bringing Society back in,
(Rowman and Littlefield Publishers), 2000; (ed.) Globalization and Development: Key Issues and Debates
(Kluwer Academic Publishers), 2004; (ed.) Critical Junctions: Anthropology and History beyond the Cultural Turn
(Berghahn), 2005; (ed.) Headlines of Nation, Subtexts of Class: Working Class Populism and the Return of the Repressed in Neoliberal Europe,
(Berghahn) 2011; and (ed.) Anthropologies of Class
(Cambridge U.P) forthcoming. He is Founding Editor of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.
teaches Urban Sociology and Compared Welfare Systems at the University of Urbino. He is a founding member of the Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet) and was the president of RC21, of the International Sociological Association (2010-2014). His fields of interest are urban poverty and governance, citizenship and urban inequalities, social policies in compared and multilevel perspective. On these issues he has been carrying out comparative research and evaluation activities for the European Commission and other international bodies. Among his publications in English we have (2005) Cities of Europe. Changing contexts, local arrangements and the challenge to social cohesion
(ed.), (2010) Rescaling social policies towards multilevel governance in Europe
; (2013) Social assistance governance in Europe: a scale perspective
(with Eduardo Barberis). He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Milan (Italy) in 1994.
received his PhD in Political Science at the European University Institute Florence and is currently the Research Director at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS). He teaches Sociology and Politics at the University of Liège and at the College of Europe (Natolin, Poland). He is the director of the Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies at the University of Liège and a member of the executive board of the European Research Network IMISCOE. He has been President of the Research Committee n°31 Sociology of Migration from 2008 to 2014. He is the author, editor or co-editor of numerous articles, book chapters, reports and books on migration, ethnicity, racism, multiculturalism and citizenship in the European Union and in Belgium with a transatlantic comparative perspective. His most recent work includes A Transatlantic Perspective
(Routledge 2009), Selected Studies in International Migration and Immigrant Incorporation
(co-edited with Jan Rath, Amsterdam University Press, 2010), La démocratie multiculturelle
(Presses de Sc Po, 2011), An Introduction to International Migration Studies. European Perspectives
(Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2012) (with Jan Rath), Penser l’Ethnicité
(Liège, Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2013). His current research examines the artistic expression and participation of immigrant, ethnicized
minorities in super-diverse cities and countries (Australia, South African, USA, Belgium and Italy).
Paul M. Ong
is a Professor at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and Department of Asian American Studies. He has a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington and a doctorate in economics from UC Berkeley. He is the current director of the Center for the Study of Inequality and senior editor of AAPI Nexus: Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy, Practice and Community
. He was the chair of UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning, director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, acting director of the Institute for Industrial Relations, and founding director of UC AAPI Policy Program. He has conducted research on immigration, civic and political participation, economic status of minorities, welfare-to-work, health workers, spatial inequality, and environmental inequality. He has served on advisory committees for California’s Employment Development Department and Department of Social Services, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, the California Wellness Foundation, the California Community Foundation, the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and the National Research Council.
is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium and a fellow of the European Research Center On Migration and Ethnic Relations at Utrecht University, Netherlands. Recent work develops comparative perspectives on school diversity and ethnic inequality and on the religious identities of Muslim immigrant youth in European societies. Her current project studies the interplay of social boundaries in European schools with the social ties and identities of Muslim youth. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Leuven in 1993 and has since been the author of numerous publications in ethnic and migration studies, social psychology and sociology journals and books. She was a 2013 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Fellow. She will be with CUNY for the Spring 2015 term.
is an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he also directs the NINES digital initiative
and teaches in the Rare Book School
. He is the author of Anger, Revolution, and Romanticism
(Cambridge UP, 2005) and the editor of works by Robert Browning (Norton, 2006) and H. Rider Haggard (Broadview, 2006). He served at PI on a Google grant for the development of Juxta Commons
and an NEH grant for an institute on the evaluation of digital scholarship
. His current work focuses on the history and future of the nineteenth-century print record, with specific attention to issues of digitization, book history, and library collections management. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1998. He will be with the Graduate Center for the full academic year.
is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Padova. His research focuses mainly on modern German philosophy, critical theory and globalization. He is co-organizer of an initiative titled ‘Next Generation Global Studies (NGGS)’ which aims at reconsidering predominant schemes of interpretation of global societies in order to overcome prevailing Eurocentric perspectives of political space and time. His work has involved theorists such as Kant, Hegel and post-Hegelian thought, Marx, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor Adorno. Among his publications are Krise und Kritik bei Bruno Bauer. Kategorien des Politischen im nachhegelschen Denken
, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2005; La vera politica. Kant e Benjamin: la possibilità della giustizia
, Macerata, Quodlibet, 2006; Marx’s Temporalities
, Leiden, Brill, 2013. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pisa in 2000.
Below are profiles of the 2013-2014 Distinguished Visiting Fellows:
is a Professor of Sociology at the Free University of Amsterdam and at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. His most recent books in English include The Changing Face of World Cities
(2012), co-authored with John Mollenkopf; and The Second Generation Compared: Does the Integration Context Matter?
(2011), co-edited with Jens Schneider and Frans Lelie. His current work focuses on a transatlantic comparison of the “success stories” of young people from disadvantaged immigrant backgrounds in New York and gateway cities in Europe. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 2000.
Jan W. Duyvendak
is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and also the President of the Dutch Sociological Association. His most recent books in English include Crafting Citizenship: Negotiating Tensions in Modern Society
(2012), co-authored with Evelien Tonkens and Menno Hurenkamp; The Politics of Home: Nostalgia and Belonging in Western Europe and the United States
(20110); and Of Markets and Men: Lessons from the US and Europe for Strategies to Reach a Better Work/Life Balance
(2010), written with M.M.J. Stavenuiter. His current project focuses on the key features of contemporary nativism in Western Europe and the U.S. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Amsterdam.
Chad A. Goldberg
is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses mainly on the historical sociology of citizenship. He is the author of Citizens and Papers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare
(2008), which probes the struggles over the citizenship rights of welfare state claimants in U.S. history. He also has a book under contract with the University of Chicago Press entitled Modernity and the Jews in Social Theory
. He received his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in 2002.
is a historian of politics and social movements and currently a Professor of History at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1983 and has since been the author of numerous publications. His most recent book is American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation
(2011) and he is in the process of working on War Against War: The Rise, Defeat, and Legacy of the Peace Movement in American, 1914-1918
, which will offer an interpretive narrative about the massive anti-war insurgency. He has previously held appointments at American University and Stanford University.
is a Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University where he has taught since 1997. He has most recently published The Saved Crops: Labor, Landscape and the Struggle Over Industrial Farming in Bracero-Era California
(2012), The People’s Property? Power, Politics and the Public
(2008) (co-authored with Lynn A. Staeheli), The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space
(2003), and Cultural Geography: A Critical Introduction
(2000). He was a MacArthur Fellow from 1998-2003 and received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1992.
is a Science Educator and currently a Professor at The University of São Paulo in Brazil. He received his doctoral degree from The University of Paris 7 (Denis Diderot) in 1992 and has since been the author of numerous publications. His areas of work include curriculum development, pedagogical knowledge and innovative strategies of teaching and learning. He has most recently published Mathematics as a Structural Language of Physics Thought
(2010), Epistemological Vigilance and textbooks: on the didactic transposition of physics knowledge
(2011) and New Physics Curriculum for Secondary School - The Case of São Paulo' State
(2012). His current focus is on connections between Innovative education and risk taking, which contributes to an understanding of the failure of new educational innovations.
Sanjay G. Reddy
is an Associate Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research. His areas of work include development economics, international economics, and economics and philosophy. He recently co-edited A Great Transformation? Understanding India’s New Political Economy
(2011) with Sanjay Ruparelia, John Harriss, and Stuart Corbridge. Previous publications included International Trade and Labor Standards
with Christian Barry. His current work focuses on inequality and inclusion within and across countries. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2000.
is the Vigevani Chair of European Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem whose research focuses on religious history in general and Catholicism in particular. He has written two books that were published in English: Believe not Every Spirit: Possession, Mysticism, and Discernment in Early Modern Catholicism
(2007) and Patroness of Paris: Rituals of Devotion in Late Medieval and Early Modern France
(1998). He has also held positions at Brown University, UCLA, and the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1992.
Below are profiles of the 2018-2019 Distinguished CUNY Fellows:
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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]
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 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.
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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, 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.
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.
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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.
Below are profiles of the 2017-2018 Distinguished CUNY Fellows:
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).
Ray Allen is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. In addition, he directs the American Studies Program and serves as a senior associate at the Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College. He teaches courses on American folk, popular, and concert music, and American cultural studies. Allen is the author of Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Urban Folk Music Revival (University of Illinois Press, 2010) and Singing in the Spirit: African-American Sacred Quartets in New York City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991). He has co-edited the volume Island Sounds in the Global City: Caribbean Popular Music and Identity in New York (University of Illinois Press, 1998) with Lois Wilcken. His latest book project, Jump Up! Caribbean Carnival Music in New York, is scheduled to be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.
Sharon Avni is Associate Professor in the Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics at Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she joined in 2009. An applied linguist, her scholarly work investigates how Hebrew, in its discursive, textual, and material forms, is a constitutive element of American Jewish social and religious identity. Currently, she is co-authoring a book (to be published by Rutgers University Press in 2018) examining Hebrew language ideologies and practices at Jewish residential camps in the United States. She is the co-PI on a Spencer Foundation-funded project examining the expansion of a Hebrew-English dual language bilingual education program at a public middle school in NYC. She received her PhD from New York University in 2009.
Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Associate Professor of East European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press, 2013), winner of the National Jewish Book Award and of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History. The Russian edition was recently published with ROSSPEN, in the History of Stalinism Series. She is currently finishing a book entitled Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets, which will be published with Oxford University Press. Elissa is the co-editor of Women and Genocide: Survivors and Perpetrators (forthcoming with Indiana University Press in 2018), a collection of studies on the multifaceted roles played by women in different genocidal contexts during the twentieth century. She has recently been a recipient of an NEH Fellowship and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. Elissa's projects in progress include research for a biography of Ester Frumkin, the most prominent Jewish female political activist and public figure in late Imperial Russia and in the early Soviet Union.
Cecelia Cutler works on language and identity, particularly among young people in the U.S. who affiliate with hip-hop culture. Some of her current work explores multilingualism and alignment in computer mediated communication among Mexican-American youth and language attitudes towards Scottish English on YouTube. She is also working on a three-year collaborative NSF-funded project on variation and change in New York City English with Christina Tortora, Michael Newman, and Bill Haddican.
Els de Graauw is Associate Professor of Political Science at Baruch College, CUNY, where she also teaches in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Her research centers on the nexus of immigration and citizenship, civil society organizations, urban and regional politics, and public policy, with a focus on building institutional capacity for immigrant integration and representation. Her award-winning book Making Immigrant Rights Real: Nonprofits and the Politics of Integration in San Francisco (Cornell University Press, 2016) analyzes the role of nonprofit organizations in advocating for immigrant integration policies in San Francisco, with a focus on immigrant language access, labor rights, and municipal ID cards. Currently, she is working on her second book, a comparative study of city and state immigrant affairs offices in the United States, with a focus on New York City, Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, and Detroit. She also has under way collaborative research on the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in three large U.S. metro regions. Els earned her Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and she has been a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Cornell University. She co-founded the Section on Migration and Citizenship of the American Political Science Association in 2012, and she served as the Section’s elected co-president and secretary for four years. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and the Urban Affairs Review.
Tatyana Kleyn is associate professor and director of the Bilingual Education and TESOL programs at the City College of New York. She has an Ed.D. in international educational development at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received the early career award for the Bilingual Research SIG for the American Educational Research Association. For 2014-15 Tatyana served as president of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education and a Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico. Tatyana is author of “Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide,” co-author of “Teaching in Two Languages: A Guide for K-12 Bilingual Educators” (with Reyes) and co-editor of “Translanguaging with Multilingual Learners: Learning from Classroom Moments” (with García). She is the director and co-producer of the documentaries “Living Undocumented: High School, College and Beyond” and “Una Vida, Dos Países [One Life, Two Countries]: Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico.” She was an elementary school teacher in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Atlanta, Georgia.
Sanders Korenman is Professor in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY, the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research and the CUNY Graduate Center. He served as Senior Economist for labor, welfare, and education for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and was a member of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. With support from the Russell Sage Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation he and Dahlia Remler have developed a poverty measure that includes a basic need for health care and incorporates health insurance benefits. They are using this measure to assess the impact of health insurance benefits on poverty, particularly under the Affordable Care Act. Korenman and Remler’s paper on the impact of the Massachusetts health reforms on poverty appeared in the December 2016 Journal of Health Economics. His prior positions include Associate Professor in the Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota and Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He teaches courses in poverty and social policy, the economic analysis of public policy, and research methods.
Kate Menken is a Professor of Linguistics at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and a Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is Co-Principal Investigator of the CUNY-New York State Initiative for Emergent Bilinguals (NYSIEB) project (www.cuny-nysieb.org). She holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include language education policy, bilingual education, and emergent bilinguals in secondary schools. Books she has authored or edited are: English Learners Left Behind: Standardized Testing as Language Policy (Multilingual Matters, 2008), Negotiating Language Policies in Schools: Educators as Policymakers (co-edited with Ofelia García, Routledge, 2010), and Common Core, Bilingual and English Language Learners: A Resource for Educators (co-edited with Guadalupe Valdés and Mariana Castro, Caslon, 2015). Further information can be found on her website: http://katemenken.org
Cathy Mulder is an associate professor of Economics at John Jay College-CUNY. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2006), her MA from Temple University in Philadelphia (1994), and her BA from Stockton College in Pomona, NJ (1992) all in Economics. Cathy specializes in economic justice, labor studies/economics, and gender issues. However, she takes an interdisciplinary approach in both her scholarly research and her teaching, uniting not only her specialties, but also concerns about the environment, politics, history, and is currently researching alternative business organizations internationally among other specialties. Cathy has over 35 years of worker activism, having been employed by the telephone company as a blue-collar worker in a non-traditional position where she was very active in her union, the IBEW, Local 827. She was also a member and official in the UAW while a graduate student at UMass, and she worked as a business agent for the NY musicians’ union, AFM Local 802 for two years. She is currently an active member of the Professional Staff Congress-CUNY (PSC-CUNY) where she served as a delegate in 1010/11. Her scholarly work is representative of her life experiences and include two single authored books, Unions and Class Transformation: The Case of the Broadway Musicians and Transcending Capitalism Through Cooperative Practice which consists of six case studies of alternative business structures ranging from the Green Bay Packers, to the London Symphony Orchestra, and a group of sex workers. Most recently she co-edited the Handbook of Marxian Economics. She has authored a number of peer reviewed articles and is currently the president of the Association of Economic and Social Analysis (AESA) and is also is an executive board member of the Left Forum.
Michael Paris is Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of Staten Island (CUNY), where he teaches courses in constitutional law, civil liberties, and race and public policy. He is the author of Framing Equal Opportunity: Law and the Politics of School Finance Reform (Stanford University Press, 2010), which received an honorable mention for the 2011 C. Herman Pritchett Award, given annually by the American Political Science Association’s Law and Courts Section for the best book in the field published by a political scientist during the previous year. Paris’s other publications include “Racial Liberalism and School Desegregation Jurisprudence: Notes Toward a Usable Past,” in Anne R. Oakes, Ed., Controversies in Equal Protection (Ashgate Publishers, 2015), and “The Politics of Rights: Then and Now,” Law and Social Inquiry, Vol. 31, No. 4 (Fall 2006). He is currently working on a book about the history and future of school desegregation in the United States.
Andrea Parmegiani is Associate Professor in the English Department at Bronx Community College. He received an M.A. in English (Creative Writing) from City College (City University of New York), an M.Ed. in Language and Literacy from the University of Cape Town, and a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center (City University of New York). His South African research explores the notion of language ownership as a construct for understanding how language shapes identity construction and power relations in multilingual societies where English is the dominant language. His findings show that in order to facilitate democratic transformation, the ownership of dominant languages should not be thought of as a native speaker’s prerogative, but rather as an asset that can be acquired as a result of an appropriation process within the framework of additive multilingualism. In the United States, Andrea Parmegiani’s research has zeroed-in on the pedagogical aspects of appropriating English as an additional language by looking for ways to use students’ mother tongue as a resource for academic literacy acquisition. He is currently working on a book based on a program he started at Bronx Community College to promote college success among Latin@ students by linking Spanish and ESL academic literacy development courses.
Emily Raboteau is a novelist, memoirist, essayist and professor of creative writing at the City College of New York. She is the author of two books; The Professor's Daughter (Henry Holt, 2005), and Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora, (Grove/Atlantic, 2013) winner of a 2014 American Book Award and a finalist for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her recent essay on the Know Your Rights! murals of New York City was included in the landmark NYT bestselling anthology, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (Scribner, 2016). Other writing of hers about race, identity, social justice, and photography has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Washington Post, VQR, Salon, Orion, Transition, and elsewhere. Her next novel, Endurance, explores the intersecting lives and problems of the residents of a gentrifying Upper Manhattan apartment building, as seen through the eyes of the building's live-in superintendent.
Ida Susser is a Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center and adjunct Professor of Socio-Medical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She has conducted ethnographic research with respect to urban social movements and the urban commons in the United States and Europe as well as with respect to the gendered politics, local, national and global of the AIDS epidemic in New York City, Puerto Rico and southern Africa. Her book: Updated Norman Street:Poverty and Politics in an Urban Neighborhood (Oxford University Press) features a new section, Claiming a Right to New York City, which discusses the changing neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg in Brooklyn from the original ethnography which began with the New York City fiscal crisis and the occupation of the People’s Firehouse in 1975 to the Occupy movement of 2011. Other recent books are AIDS, Sex and Culture: Global Politics and Survival in Southern Africa (Wiley-Blackwell) which was awarded the Eileen Basker Memorial Prize for research in women and health, by the Society for Medical Anthropology (2012) a co-edited book Rethinking America (Paradigm Press) and Medical Anthropology in the World System (co-authored) Praeger , (3rd edition). Her research has been funded by a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation.
Monica Varsanyi (Ph.D. Geography UCLA) is Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and Geography (Earth and Environmental Sciences) at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is a scholar of migration, membership, and the state, with a specific focus on unauthorized immigration, state and local immigration politics, and immigration federalism in the United States. She is author of numerous journal articles, and her books include Taking Local Control: Immigration Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States (Stanford University Press, 2010, edited volume) and Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines (with Doris Marie Provine, Scott Decker, and Paul Lewis; University of Chicago Press, 2016). Her current research project, with Marie Provine, traces the evolution of immigration policies and the tensions of immigration federalism as they have played out in New Mexico and Arizona from the Territorial Period to the present. She is also working on a project that explores the contentious evolution of Hispanic identity in New Mexico during the Chicano Period (1963-1972). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. She currently serves on the Research Advisory Board of the Vera Institute of Justice (New York City), and the editorial board of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, the flagship journal in the discipline.
Below are profiles of the 2016-2017 Distinguished CUNY Fellows:
Below are profiles of the 2015-2016 Distinguished CUNY Fellows:
Timothy J. Amrhein is a Professor of Theatre at York College (The City University of New York) and the Chair of The Department of Performing and Fine Arts. Though Professor Amrhein is known for his scenic and costume designs throughout the United States, he has also directed several productions as well. His research focuses on applying and translating Spanish into the context of American theatre in English and examines the question of how cross-lingual plays can directly affect how an audience perceives a playwright’s text and characters, depending upon an individual’s native language. He continues to work on translating and directing plays that explore this idea of bilingualism on stage and focuses on language itself and how specific cultural idioms in a Spanish‐language play could be conveyed to an English‐speaking audience in a way that holds true to the main concept of the play as it is presented in its original language—Spanish. He received the Best Scenic Design award from the NJ Star Ledger and the Detroit Free Press’s Theatre Excellence Award. Professor Amrhein has also helped to translate the Dominican play, La Luz De Un Cigarrillo, by Marco Antonio Rodríguez from Spanish into English, which premiered in 2012 at York College under his direction. He is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829; the United States Institute for Theatre Technology; the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (Latina/o Focus Group) and the Theatre Communications Group. He holds an M.F.A. from Wayne State University.
Marcella Bencivenni A native Italian and CUNY Graduate Center alumna, Marcella Bencivenni is Associate Professor of History at Hostos Community College/CUNY, where she has been teaching since 2004. Her research focuses on the histories of im/migration, labor, and social movements in the modern United States, with a particular interest in the Italian American experience. She is the author of Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940 (2011, repr. 2014), and co-editor of Radical Perspectives on Immigration (2008). She has also published over a dozen book chapters, articles and historiographical essays on topics related to the Italian diaspora and American radicalism and was recently featured in the Grammy-nominated TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?” helping Italian American actress Valerie Bertinelli trace her past. Marcella is currently working on two new projects: she is editing the autobiography of leftwing activist Carl Marzani, who became the first political victim of McCarthyism, and has also started a new book tentatively titled Italian Immigration, the Triangle Fire and the Politics of Memory for which she received a Chancellor Research Award for the 2014-2015 academic year and a Distinguished CUNY Fellowship for the Spring 2016.
Mehdi Bozorgmehr is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center and City College, CUNY. He was the founding Co-Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the CUNY Graduate Center from 2001 to 2013. Bozorgmehr is one of the pioneers of academic research on Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans. He has published extensively on this diverse population, including his co-authored book Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond (University of California Press, 2009), which received an honorable mention (runner up) for the best book award from the International Migration (IM) Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). He is currently working on a comparative project examining the second-generation Muslim experience in Europe and the United States.
Patricia Brooks is Professor of Psychology at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY), where she directs the Language Learning Laboratory. She completed her PhD studies in Experimental Psychology at New York University, and post-doctoral fellowships at Carnegie Mellon University and Emory University, before joining the CUNY faculty in 1997. Professor Brooks serves as Deputy Executive Officer of the CUNY PhD Program in Psychology (Area: Pedagogy), and as Faculty Advisor to the Graduate Student Teaching Association of the American Psychological Association. Her research interests are in two broad areas: (1) individual differences in language learning and development and (2) teaching and learning, especially with regards to effective use of technology to support diverse learners. Professor Brooks has authored or co-authored over 75 scientific papers and book chapters. With Vera Kempe, she co-authored the textbook Language Development (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and co-edited the Encyclopedia of Language Development (Sage, 2014). Current projects include a forthcoming textbook, Teaching of Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach, co-authored with Maureen O’Connor, Jillian Grose-Fifer, and Dan McCloskey.
Charlotte Brooks is Professor of History and Chair of the Program in Asian and Asian American Studies at Baruch College, CUNY. Her research interests include 20th century America, Republican China, Sino-American relations, transnationalism, urban history, immigration, race, and politics. She is the author of Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California and Between Mao and McCarthy: Chinese American Politics in the Cold War Years, as well as numerous articles. Currently, she is writing a book about the thousands of Chinese American citizens who left the United States to settle in China in the first of the 20th century. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2002.
Amy Chazkel is an Associate Professor of History at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. As a historian of Latin America with a specialization in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazil, her work has focused on the intersection of the study of the law and the humanities. She is the author of Laws of Chance: Brazil’s Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Urban Public Life in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2011), winner of the New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Book Prize, co-winner of the J. Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association, and recipient of Honorable Mention for the Best Book Prize of the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association. A Portuguese translation of Laws of Chance, entitled Leis da sorte, was published in Brazil in 2014 (Editora da Unicamp). She is co-editor of The Rio Reader: History, Culture, Politics, a co-edited anthology of primary sources on the history of Rio de Janeiro, which will be published by Duke University Press in 2015. Other publications include articles on the history of penal institutions, criminal law, and illicit gambling in modern Brazil and co-edited issues of the Radical History Review that explore the privatization of common property in global perspective and Haitian history. She has held faculty fellowships and visiting scholar positions at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, the Institute for Latin American Studies/ Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia, and the Center for the Humanities and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics and the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center. In 2013, she was a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Brazil. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Radical History Review Editorial Collective. Her projects in progress include research for a book that explores the social, cultural, and legal history of nighttime in nineteenth-century urban Brazil.
Mary Gibson is Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She teaches courses on the history of crime with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. Her publications include Prostitution and the State in Italy (1986), Born to Crime: Cesare Lombroso and the Origins of Biological Criminology (2002), and "Global Perspectives on the Birth of the Prison,” American Historical Review (2011). She has translated, with Nicole Hahn Rafter, the two classic works of Lombroso: Criminal Man (2006) and Criminal Woman, the Prostitute and the Normal Woman (2004). Her research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, and the National Library of Medicine; she has been a fellow at the American Academy in Rome and the International Center for Research in the Humanities (IFK) in Vienna. She is presently completing a book on the “birth” of the modern Italian prison with an emphasis on gender.
Janet Elise Johnson is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and Visiting Scholar, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University. Her work focuses on the relationship between gender and politics, in connection to social movements, violence against women, democratization, and public policy, especially in postcommunist contexts. Her books include Gender Violence in Russia: The Politics of Feminist Intervention (2009) and Living Gender after Communism (edited with Jean C. Robinson, 2007). In the last few years, her journal articles have appeared in the Nationalities Papers, Politics & Gender, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, and Signs: Journals of Women in Culture and Society. She has also published pieces in The New Yorker blog and The Nation. Her current project investigates the impact of informal politics on women politicians, women’s/feminist movements, and gender equality policymaking, based on the cases of Russia and Iceland. She holds a BA from Duke University in Public Policy and a PhD in Political Science from Indiana University.
Laurie Rubel is an Associate Professor of Secondary Education at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Her work focuses on equity and diversity in mathematics education. Her work includes publications in Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, Mathematical Thinking & Learning, and Mathematics Teacher. Her honors include a Tow Fellowship (2014), a Career Award from National Science Foundation (2008), a Brooklyn College Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), and a Young Scholar Award from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (2006). Her most recent project, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on digitally-enhanced, placed-based approaches to mathematics education. She earned her Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2002.
Christina Tortora received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Delaware in 1997, and has been Professor of Linguistics at the College of Staten Island and the CUNY Graduate Center since 2002. For many years Tortora did fieldwork on Borgomanerese, a little-studied Piedmontese dialect, spoken in the town of Borgomanero in the Province of Novara, and in 2001 she received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to write a grammar of Borgomanerese. This research resulted in numerous articles and book chapters on the dialect’s history and grammatical structure, as well as a 2003 edited volume with Oxford University Press (The Syntax of Italian Dialects), and her full-length monograph entitled A Comparative Grammar of Borgomanerese (also with Oxford U. Press), which appeared in late 2014. As the result of her research and contributions to the advancement of the study of Italian dialects, she was the 2013 recipient of the Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Award. Dr. Tortora also does research on American dialects, and she has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, a Digital Humanities Start Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a second NEH Fellowship (awarded in 2011), to support her work on the English of Appalachia. She is currently spearheading the Audio-Aligned and Parsed Corpus of Appalachian English project, a one million-word annotated corpus of Appalachian speech, which will serve as a tool for investigation of social and grammatical variation in Appalachian English. Her work on this research project (which is in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania) has influenced her current book project Understanding English Sentences (to appear in 2016, Wiley-Blackwell), a textbook which applies decades of findings in syntactic theory and cognitive science, with an eye towards making English grammar accessible to school teachers and students alike.
Christopher Bonastia is Professor of Sociology at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center, and serves as the Associate Director of Honors Programs at Lehman. Bonastia’s research focuses on the politics of racial inequality. He has published two books: Knocking on the Door: The Federal Government’s Attempt to Desegregate the Suburbs (Princeton University Press, 2006) and Southern Stalemate: Five Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia (University of Chicago Press, 2012). The latter was a 2013 nominee for the Library of Virginia Literary Award in Non-Fiction. PBS Newshour used Southern Stalemate as its sole source for a widely distributed handout, targeting students in Grades 7-12, on the school closings in Prince Edward County, Virginia. In addition, Bonastia was a consultant to This American Life for an episode in its “House Rules” report (November 2013) on federal housing desegregation efforts under former HUD Secretary George Romney. Since 2013, Bonastia’s work has been published in Sociological Forum, Kalfou, Contexts and History of Education Quarterly (forthcoming, November 2016). His current book project examines tensions between New York City’s liberal self-image and its persistent unwillingness to address racial and economic segregation in schools and housing.
José J. Cao Alvira was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In August 2006, he obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University under the supervision of professors Yi Wen, Tao Zhu and Karl Shell. Previous to his doctoral degree, he studied at the University of Puerto Rico, University of Barcelona, University of Texas at Austin, University of Vienna and Harvard University. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Business at Lehman College lecturing on Corporate Finance, Investments and Microeconomics. His research interests are on financial econometrics, numerical methods, and banking in development countries. Previous to joining Lehman College, he was an Associate Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Puerto Rico, where he held several administrative positions including being Chair of the Graduate School. He is a 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar, and has served as a visiting professor in several academic research centers, and as an economic and financial adviser to numerous public and private enterprises.
Ava Chin is an associate professor of creative nonfiction and journalism at the College of Staten Island. She is the author of the award-winning food memoir Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal, which won 1st Prize in the M.F.K. Fisher Book Awards, was a Goodreads Choice Semifinalist, and was a Library Journal pick for “Best Books of 2014.” She is also the editor of the essay anthology Split: Stories From a Generation Raised on Divorce. Her writing about nature, arts, and culture has appeared in The New York Times (as the “Urban Forager”), the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Marie Claire, Saveur, and the Village Voice, among others. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. A former slam poet, she is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University, and a 2016-2017 Fulbright to China. Her current work addresses late 19th Century Chinese transnational history and the Chinese Exclusion Act laws. The Huffington Post named her one of "9 Contemporary Authors You Should Be Reading."
Margaret M. Chin was born and raised in New York City and is herself a child of Chinese immigrant parents. She is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center. Margaret received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD from Columbia University. She is currently a Faculty Associate of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, and a member of the CUNY Mapping Asian American New York group, and the CUNY Asian American / Asian Research Institute. Margaret’s honors include an American Sociological Association’s Minority Fellows Award, a NSF Dissertation Grant, a Social Science Research Councils Post Doctoral Fellowship in International Migration, and a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship for junior faculty. She was the Vice President of the Eastern Sociological Society (2015-2016). Her specialties include immigration, family, work, Asian Americans, and children of immigrants. She authored Sewing Women: Immigrants and the NYC Garment Industry, an illuminating ethnography on the Chinese and Korean garment sectors, which received an Honorable Mention from the Thomas and Znaniecki Annual Book Award for best book on Immigration from the ASA International Migration Section. And she is currently working on a book manuscript on Asian American professionals which elaborates on her article, “Asian Americans, Bamboo Ceilings, and Affirmative Action” (Contexts - Winter 2016).
Ashley Dawson is Professor of English at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He is the author of Extinction: A Radical History (O/R Press, 2016), The Routledge Concise History of Twentieth-Century British Literature (2013) and Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (Michigan, 2007). He is also co-editor of four essay collections: Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities (Haymarket, 2015), Democracy, the State, and the Struggle for Global Justice (Routledge, 2009); Dangerous Professors: Academic Freedom and the National Security Campus (Michigan, 2009); and Exceptional State: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the New Imperialism (Duke, 2007). A former editor of Social Text Online and of the AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom, he is currently completing work on a book entitled Extreme City: Climate Change and the Urban Future for Verso Books.
Lourdes Dolores Follins is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kingsborough Community College, where she has been teaching since 2004. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from New York University in 2003. Before entering the academy, Lourdes Dolores worked with and on behalf of people of color as a social worker, a psychotherapist, and an organizational consultant for 15 years. Her honors include a National Institute of Mental Health (2008-2012) Minority Research Fellowship and a 2015-2016 CUNY Chancellor’s Research Award. Lourdes Dolores’ research interests are in two broad areas: (1) health disparities faced by LGBT people of color and (2) faculty inclusion, equity, and diversity at community colleges. Her projects in progress include a co-edited book about the health of Black LGBT people in the US, a co-edited book about Black LGBT health across the globe, and a faculty-led, multi-site study of historically underrepresented faculty at three of CUNY’s community colleges.
John Goering’s research and teaching focuses upon housing, race and fiscal policy issues. After receiving his Ph.D. from Brown University, he authored several dozen articles as well as authored and edited eight books, including: Housing Desegregation and Federal Policy (University of North Carolina Press, 1986); Mortgage Lending, Racial Discrimination and Federal Policy (Urban Institute Press, 1996); Choosing a Better Life? Evaluating the Moving to Opportunity Experiment (2003); Fragile Rights within Cities, (2007); and Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2010 with Xavier Briggs). The latter book received the Brownlow award from the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011. For two decades, he directed evaluation research on housing, neighborhood change, and civil rights issues at US HUD and served with President Clinton’s White House Initiative on Race. Before joining the CUNY faculty in 1999, he taught at the University of Leicester, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Graduate Center of CUNY. John served on the editorial boards of the Urban Affairs Review, New Community, Housing Studies, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. He has served as a consultant for HUD, the New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, MDRC, the Urban Institute, and Abt Associates. He is currently focused with colleagues at the London School of Economics upon the effects of budget retrenchment upon housing programs and human welfare in the United States and England.
Bill Haddican is Associate Professor of Linguistics at CUNY Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He received his PhD in 2005 from New York University and taught previously at the University of York, before joining CUNY in 2011. His work focuses on models of language variation and change and formal syntax, particularly in dialects of Basque and English. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, he will be a co-PI on an NSF-funded project examining language change in New York City English.
Marnia Lazreg is professor of sociology at the Graduate Center and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is the recipient of a number of fellowships at the Bunting Institute (Harvard University); the Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women (Brown University); the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy); and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She carried out research and published in the areas of human rights, social class, cultural and decolonization movements, social development, and gender in the Middle East and North Africa. She is particularly interested in the transformations of meanings incurred by social theory when it travels to non-Western cultural milieux. Her work has been translated into a number of foreign languages, including Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian and Turkish. She lectures extensively in the United States and around the world, and has been a contributor to radio programs. Her books include, Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad (Princeton, 2008) and Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women (Princeton, 2010). She has just completed a book length manuscript on Foucault’s Orient: The Conundrum of Culture.
Miki Makihara I have been interested in the use and conception of language and how these relate to other aspects of social life, and in particular, to social identity, intergroup relations, and political and economic changes. My research combines formal linguistic analysis and interpretive ethnography. I am currently working on the “Rapa Nui Cultural and Linguistic Heritage Project,” to explore memory, social change, and language through oral history narratives. This NSF-NEH financed project will also build community resources for the documentation and revitalization of the Rapa Nui language by creating a digital archive of oral history narratives.
Sara McDougall is Associate Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and appointed in French, History, and Medieval Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her first book, Bigamy and Christian Identity in late medieval Champagne (U Penn, 2012) examined the earliest known prosecutions for bigamy in medieval Europe. Her second book, Royal Bastards: The birth of illegitimacy, investigates ideas of illegitimate birth and the early history of the exclusion of those men and women deemed illegitimate from inheritance and from succession. The book will be published by Oxford University Press in December of 2016. She has also published in the Journal of the History of Sexuality, Law and History Review, and Gender & History. She is currently co-editing with Sarah Pearsall Marriage's Global Past a special issue of Gender & History forthcoming in 2017, and also, with Clive Emsley, a 6-volume Cultural History of Crime for Bloomsbury Press. She was a Mellon fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2014-2015.
Angela Reyes is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at Hunter College, and Doctoral Faculty in Anthropology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She works on theories of semiotics, discourse, racialization, and postcoloniality. Her current research is on ideologies of elite mixed language in the Philippines and how the circulation of such ideologies connects to the ongoing renewal of colonial systems of inequality. Her books include Language, Identity, and Stereotype Among Southeast Asian American Youth: The Other Asian (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007), Beyond Yellow English: Toward a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America (co-edited with Adrienne Lo, Oxford University Press, 2009), and Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event (co-authored with Stanton Wortham, Routledge, 2015). She was a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow (2002-2003), Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow (2006-2007), and Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2010). She is Associate Editor of Language in Society and Associate Editor of Linguistic Anthropology of American Anthropologist. She received her Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania in 2003.
Robert Courtney Smith (Ph.D. political science Columbia, 1995) is a Professor of Sociology, Immigration Studies and Public Affairs at the School of Public Affairs, and in the Sociology Department, Graduate Center, CUNY. His first book, Mexican New York: Transnational Worlds of New Immigrants (2006, University of California Press), won the American Sociological Association’s 2008 overall Distinguished Book Award, and three other sectional prizes (for immigration; community and urban sociology; and Latino/a sociology) and a Presidential prize from CUNY. This book drew on 18 years of ethnographic research, working extensively with undocumented people. His second book, Horatio Alger Lives in Brooklyn, But Check His Papers (California, forthcoming) examines the puzzle of why most Mexicans in New York are at least modestly upwardly mobile, but also shows how having, gaining or lacking legal status disrupts this otherwise positive integration. He is at work on a third book (with Andy Beveridge) This Is Still America! Contested Political Integration in Port Chester, based on work as an expert on a voting rights trial for the US Department of Justice in US. v Village of Port Chester, which resulted in the first ever cumulative voting scheme in New York. A fourth book (with the Seguro Popular Research Team), How We Should Communicate with Immigrants: Lessons from the Seguro Popular Project is under review at California. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the SSRC, the Spencer Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and others. Prof. Smith has combined public and intellectual work. He is the founding Lead Faculty for the School of Public Affairs Mexican Consulate Leadership Program (since 2007). He is also a cofounder and now Board Chair of Masa (masany.org), a fifteen year old nonprofit in New York promoting educational achievement and committed leadership with Mexican immigrants and their children. He was named 2008 Youth Advocate of the Year by Association Tepeyac (then the largest Mexican oriented nonprofit in New York) and was cited with Masa and Executive Director Aracelis Lucero by the City Council in 2014 for Masa’s work in the Mexican community. Smith is the Coordinator and Lead on the DACA Access Project/Mexican Initiative on Deferred Action, a $1.25 million service and academic project that will legalize at least 500 new people via DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and screen for other forms of relief, such as U visas, and for DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of US citizen children. It also seeks to establish a ten year project studying the long term effects of having, gaining or lacking legal status.
Virginia Valian is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Hunter College and is a member of the doctoral faculties of Psychology, Linguistics, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the director of the Language Acquisition Research Center, which has been funded by the NSF and NIH. She is also the director of the Hunter College Gender Equity Project, which has been funded by NSF, NIH, and the Sloan Foundation. Dr Valian works in the psychology of language and gender equity. In language, Dr Valian works in two areas. One area is first language acquisition, where Dr Valian performs research with the aim of developing a model of acquisition that specifies what is innate, how input is used by the child, and how the child's syntactic knowledge interacts with knowledge in other linguistic and extra-linguistic domains. To approach those questions she uses a variety of methods, including computer-assisted corpus analysis, comprehension experiments, elicited imitation experiments, and elicited production experiments. Dr Valian's second language area is the relation between bilingualism and higher cognitive functions in adults; she published a major review to explain the inconsistencies in the literature. With Irina Sekerina, Dr Valian co-hosted a two-day NSF-sponsored workshop on bilingualism and executive function across the lifespan. In gender equity Dr Valian performs research on the reasons behind women's slow advancement in the professions and proposes remedies for individuals and institutions. She is currently particularly interested in who receives awards and prizes, and invitations to speak at conferences. In a 2014 Chronicle of Higher Education article on 'What book changed your mind?', Valian's book, Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women was one of 12 non-fiction books published in the last 30 years that was showcased. Her current book with Abigail Stewart, titled, The Inclusive Academy: Diversity and Excellence, will be published by MIT Press. Dr Valian's audiences have ranged from natural scientists, such as chemists and astronomers, to theater actors and directors. Her evidence-based approach has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Nature, Scientific American, The Women's Review of Books, and many other journals and magazines. She has also appeared on NPR, the BBC, and TheNewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Elena Vesselinov is Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. A 2004 Ph.D. from the University at Albany, Vesselinov studies housing in Europe and in the U.S.
Below are profiles of the 2014-2015 Distinguished CUNY Fellows:
obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1992 at the University of California, Santa Barbara while teaching public high school in San Francisco. He began work on street gang subcultures at U.C. Berkeley in the same year. In 1994, Dr. Brotherton came to John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he continued his research on youth resistance, marginalization, and deportation co-founding the Street Organization Project with Luis Barrios in 1997. He edits the Public Criminology book series at Columbia University Press. In 2003 and 2004 Dr. Brotherton co-organized the first academic conferences on deportation in the Caribbean and the United States respectively. In 2011 he was named Critical Criminologist of the Year and his work has been nominated for the George Orwell Prize in England and the C.Wright Mills Award in the United States. Among his recent books, published by Columbia University Press, are: Banished to the Homeland: Dominican Deportees and Their Stories of Exile,
with Luis Barrios (2011); Keeping Out The Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Control, edited with P. Kretsedemas (2009);
and The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang,
with Luis Barrios (2004). Dr. Brotherton's current projects include a new work for Routledge called “The Youth Street Gang,” and is collecting data on the performance of vindictiveness in deportation hearings.
is a native New Yorker. After getting her Ph.D. in French history from Yale University, she taught at Yale, at Barnard College (Columbia University), where she was active in the formation of the Women’s Studies Program and the Scholar and Feminist conference series, and at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In the 1980s she served as a “femocrat” (feminist bureaucrat) in the state government of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Since 1996 Eisenstein has been a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Her books include Contemporary Feminist Thought
(1983); Inside Agitators: Australian Femocrats and the State
(1996); and Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women's Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World
(2009). Eisenstein was the Director of the Women's Studies Program at Queens from 1996 to 2000, and is currently vice-chair of the Queens College chapter of the Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, the faculty and staff union for the City University of New York. She is also on the editorial board of Socialism and Democracy
Joshua B. Freeman
is Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center. His books include American Empire, 1945-2000: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home
; Working-Class New York: Life and Labor since World War II
; and In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933‑1966
. He is currently working on a transnational history of very large factories and their cultural significance. He has received the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, the New York Society Library Book Prize, the John Commerford Labor Education Award, and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He received a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University in 1983.
Ismael García Colón
is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. He is a historical and political anthropologist with interests in political economy, migration, and Caribbean, Latin American and Latina/o studies. García Colón is the author of Land Reform in Puerto Rico: Modernizing the Colonial State, 1941-1969
(University Press of Florida, 2009). His publications have also appeared in Latin American Perspectives
, CENTRO Journal
, and Latino Studies
. His research explores how development policies formed and transformed modern subjectivities in Puerto Rico during the mid-twentieth century. He is currently writing a book on the Puerto Rican experience in U.S. farm labor and its relation to the formation of the colonial state in Puerto Rico, the political economy of agriculture, and the discourses and practices of deportation and citizenship.
is Professor of History at BMCC-The City University of New York. He has conducted extensive archival and field research in West Africa, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean basin, and North America, and much of his writings focus on African and African diasporic history. He is the author of Indigenous Medicine and Knowledge in African Society
(Routledge, 2007), A View from the East: Education and Black Cultural Nationalism in New York City
(Syracuse Univ. Press, 2009), The Akan Diaspora in the Americas
(Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), The Akan People: A Documentary Reader
, 2 vols. (Markus Wiener Publishers, 2013), Transatlantic Africa, 1440-1880
(Oxford Univ. Press, 2014), and (with Clifford Campbell) The Ghana Reader: History, Culture, Politics
(Duke Univ. Press, 2014). Dr. Konadu is currently writing a history of diaspora and settlement in the Gold Coast/Ghana, a history of slavery and spirituality in Atlantic Africa, and a world history that focuses on the challenge of human co-existence. Dr. Konadu is also the founding director of the nonprofit publishing group, Diasporic Africa Press, Inc.
is Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is also Academic Director of the Baruch College Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management. Marwell has published articles in the American Sociological Review
, the Annals of the American Society of Political and Social Sciences, City and Community
, Social Service Review, Qualitative Sociology
, and the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
. Her 2007 book, Bargaining for Brooklyn: Community Organizations in the Entrepreneurial City
was published by the University of Chicago Press. Current empirical work examines: government contracts to nonprofit organizations in New York City; collaborative governance and the social rights of children in the child welfare system; and dynamics of patronage and political exchange in discretionary public budget allocations. Marwell’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation.
is a sociologist of labor and labor movements who has written on a variety of topics involving work and organized labor in the United States, past and present. She has written extensively about low-wage immigrant workers in the U.S., analyzing their employment conditions as well as the dynamics of immigrant labor organizing. She helped lead a multi-city team that produced a widely publicized 2009 study documenting the prevalence of wage theft and violations of other workplace laws in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. She also recently co-authored a study of California’s paid family leave program, focusing on its impact on employers and workers. After 21 years as a sociology professor at UCLA, where she directed the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment from 2001 to 2008, she returned to New York City in 2010. She is currently a Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and at the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, where she also serves as Academic Director.
is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Her work focuses on how everyday citizens engage in policy-making. Her publications include Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx
(2009), Our Schools Suck: Young People Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Urban Education
(co-authored, 2009), and Introducing Global Health: Practice, Policy, and Solutions
(co-authored, 2013). Her honors include a Berlin Prize and a Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching. She co-founded Kwah Dao/ the Burmese Refugee Project
in 2001 and has served on New York City's participatory budgeting Steering Committee since 2011. Her most recent projects focus on models of critical pedagogy and performative politics in youth empowerment, and in participatory community development overall. She earned her Ph.D. from MIT in 2005.
is a Professor of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research interests have focused on the study of gender and war, widowhood, forced displacement, violence, sexual and reproductive health, and gender and science. She has written extensively on the consequences of armed conflict in women’s lives, the impact of new reproductive technologies for women, the construction of medical discourses and cosmetic alterations of the female body, and on why women lag far behind men in science and technology. Some of her publications are: “The widows of the Armed Conflict in Colombia,
” and “Family, Gender and Anthropology.”
Her current project focuses on the role of women in the Age of Discovery. It examines the movement of women, their contribution to cultural exchange, the opening of trade routes, the Spanish crown policies about women and the family, sexuality, religion, and human rights issues. She received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center in 1996.
is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She writes about cities, culture, and the creative economy, and is now editing a book on local shopping streets in six global cities from New York to Shanghai. She is the author of Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places
(2010), which won the Jane Jacobs Award for Urban Communication, and Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World
(1991), winner of the C. Wright Mills Award, as well as Loft Living
(3rd edition, 2014) and other books about New York and other cities. She holds a PhD from Columbia University.
Below are profiles of the 2013-2014 Distinguished CUNY Fellows:
is currently a Professor of Psychology at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. She is the author of Dialogics of Self, The Mahabharata and Culture: The History of Understanding and Understanding of History
(2010); “Voices and Vibration of Consciousness in Genres: A Dialogue between Bahktin and Bhartrhari on Interpretations,” (2011) pubsihed in Dialogue, Carnival and Chronotype
; and “Development Discourse as an Author/Hero Relationship,” (1999) published in Culture & Pyschology.
She is working on a manuscript entitled Difference, Dialogue and Development: A Bakhtinian World
. She earned her Ph.D. in 1994 from the Graduate Center, CUNY.
is an Associate Professor of African History in the History Department at Hunter College, CUNY. Her first book, The Poverty Question and the Human Sciences in South Africa, 1850-2010
(forthcoming, 2013), shows how poverty lines, as well as everyday measures of respectability, were assembled, contested, popularized, and radicalized. She is also the author of “Strength in Numbers: The Durban Student Wages Commission, Dockworkers and the Poverty Datum Line, 1971-1973,” published in The Journal of Southern African Studies
(2007). She has received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the Social Science Research Council.
is a Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research and writing have focused on agrarian issues, social movements, and a variety of Latin American topics, including the historical roots of nationalism and contemporary politics. He has written The Logic of the Latifundio: The Large Estates of Northwestern Costa Rica since the Late Nineteen Century
(1992) and Peasants Against Globalization: Rural Social Movements in Costa Rica
(1999). He has also contributed to editing several volumes, including, most recently, Transnational Agrarian Movements Confronting Globalization
(2008). He received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1985.
Sujatha T. Fernandes
is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, whose research focuses on topics as diverse as the politics of everyday culture, murals, rap music, and popular fiestas in Venezuela. Her most recent books are Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation
(2011) and Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chavez’s Venezuela
(2010). Her current project focuses on low wage immigrant workers in New York and their recent advocacy efforts, focusing specifically on the narratives produced by the workers themselves. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2003.
is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author or editor of sixteen books, including One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century
(2013); In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration
(2005), Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2006; and From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration
(2000), winner of the 2000 Theodore Saloutos Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. Much of her recent work focuses on comparing the integration of immigrants and their children in Europe and North America, and she has begun to work on a book on how the massive immigration of the past half century has been changing American society. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1971.
Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome
is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and previously the Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She is currently working on a book that studies transnationalism, gender, evangelism, and power in African initiation churches in Nigera and the U.S., which focuses especially on Aladura churches in Yorubaland. She is also the editor of West African Migrations: Transnational and Global Pathways in a New Century
(2012) and Transnational Africa and Globalization
(2012), both co-edited with Olufemi Vaughan. She received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1996.
is a Distinguished Professor of History at City College, CUNY, as well as an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. She has published the following books: Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies
(2010), which emphasizes how the most recent economic crisis can be traced to developments in the 1970s; Running Steel, Running America: Race, Economic Policy, and the Decline of Liberalism
(1998); and The World of Marcus Garvey: Race and Class in Modern Society
(1986). The central argument that will be advanced in her most recent project is that neoliberalism became dominant in the U.S. in the 1990s when the U.S. produced high levels of growth and low unemployment. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University.
Below are the short bios of the 2018-2019 ARC Student Fellows:
is a doctoral student in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is researching the early history of the transnational corporation, colonialism, South Asian diaspora, and digital humanities. His archival studies on early corporate activity links England's South Asian colonies to their other holdings in the Americas and the Caribbean. This project hopes to trace a genealogy of the South Asian diaspora in the "New World" through the global networks of colonial and corporate activity that characterized the long eighteenth-century. Drawing on his findings, Param is also developing an interactive online publication that curates images of early modern corporate correspondence, secret memoranda, public disclosures, and other early records from transnational joint-stock companies. By showcasing these images within their context of colonialism, slavery, and indenture, he intends to create an online space that sparks conversations on the foundational role of imperialism and racism in structuring corporate identity, and the ways in which the global movement of people and commodities are fundamental to capitalist modernity.
is a critical sociolinguist, currently studying a Ph.D. in the Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures Department, at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a member of the Grupo de Glotopolítica. She is interested in the creation of political subjects through linguistic practices, in language contact and in inequalities and its relationships with linguistic ideologies. She is an anthropologist and has worked in projects that tried to legitimate the practices of stigmatized subjects as young drug consumers and participants of informal economy. She has a Master in Anthropology, a BA in Sociocultural Anthropology and a BA in Hispanic Linguistics.
is a doctoral student in the Latin-American, Iberian and Latino Cultures program, in the track of sociolinguistics. He holds and B.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in Philosophy from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogota). His research focus on the analysis of the standardization of Spanish language under late-capitalist formations in Latin-America and it impacts in literacy practices, from a glottopolitical perspective. He is also engaged in the elaboration of theoretical connections between translanguaging theory and raciolinguistics.
is a Ph.D. student in economics at the Graduate Center, CUNY, who holds a B.A. in philosophy, political science, and economics from Denison University. She has worked as a research assistant for Professors of economics, black studies, and women’s and gender studies. Her research interests include intergenerational mobility, inequality of opportunity, and public policy. Her prior research has assessed the relationship between state-level inequality and Medicaid expansion, as well as the effects of increasing income inequality on political systems and legislation in democratic societies.
is a Ph.D. student in Economics at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He received a B. A. in Computer Science and M.S. in Economics from University of Tehran. His current research focuses on construction of a two-level spatial model to capture the impact of local labor market and economic conditions, the socio-demographic characteristics of regions, the spatial characteristics of labor markets, and the institutional factors that also affect the regional distribution of wages.
, LMSW, MA has served as clinical director of the RiseBoro Community Partnership, a community based organization in Brooklyn, New York for the past 19 years. She supervises the PEAK (Prevention Education bringing Awareness and Knowledge) program, a team comprised of prevention educators, counselors, teaching artists, educational specialists and interns who provide evidence-based substance abuse prevention, mental health counseling, early intervention, leadership, service learning and after school programming for 2,500 youth annually. Ms. Brown is founding director of Sister S.A.G.E. (Strengthening Advocacy for Girls' Empowerment) a co-curricular program that provides girls of color with a safe space to experience intensive personal development through service, sisterhood, self-exploration and cultural empowerment. Since its’ inception in 2002 over 500 girls have participated in the program. Ms. Brown is also a student in the social work doctoral program at the City University of New York, Graduate Center and Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Ms. Brown’s research interests include Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Practices, Gender Responsive Culturally Informed Prevention Interventions, Youth Racial and Gender Identity Development, Educational Policy, and Restorative and Transformative Justice Interventions.
is a doctoral candidate in English at The Graduate Center, where he serves as a MAGNET Mentor in the CUNY Pipeline Program. How can the writing of migratory texts provide agency for immigrants? How can a literary act of resistance materialize in a literal act of resistance? Through a mix of literary analysis, archival research, and intimate ethnography, he looks at the political and social exigency of personal texts, especially irregular and non-narrative work, such as notebooks and diaries, from marginalized communities ranging from LGBTQ persons to the accounts of immigrants in different generations, what he calls the migratory (drifting, discontinuous, fragmentary) text. He also strives to investigate the Internet in its textual and performative components—a field he calls Post Internet Studies, reflecting both the implications for the future, and also the currency of self-publication—by tracing a trajectory of the personal text through technology to show how our current social norms and social media can be re-evaluated to better serve our under-represented communities outside the classroom, but also with new approaches to pedagogy and scholarship. Chris teaches Latino literature, creative writing, and journalism at Baruch College and Pace University. He edits PANK
, At Large Magazine
, and Tupelo Quarterly
, and lives in Brooklyn, where he wrote his new book, the Internet is for real
(C&R Press, 2019).
is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology and a Digital Videography Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds a B.A. (2015) in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to her studies at the Graduate Center, Merrit worked for Springboard To Opportunities, organizing with residents living in affordable housing communities in Mississippi. Her research interests include inequality, race, transit infrastructure, and social movements. Her future dissertation work will examine how institutional politics of paving and contemporary strategies of resistance centered on potholes help to re-make imaginaries about race, equity, and urban space in the southern United States.
is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Executive Assistant to the Dean at CCNY’s School of Education. She holds a B.S. in Information Systems, an M.A. in Culture and Communications, and an MPA from New York University. Her dissertation research focuses on the intersectionality between culture, language, and social identity of the returning American-Senegalese youth. She will specifically focus on exploring the costs, risks, and benefits that exist when these American-Senegalese from African-born parents are sent to Senegal to be raised by extended family members for more than a decade. They are born in the U.S., sent to Senegal as toddlers, only to return home to the U.S. to their birth parents as adults.
is Ph.D. student in the cultural anthropology program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He researches mobility, migration, diaspora, and circulation in Oman and the Indian Ocean, with specific interests in historical and contemporary networks of empire and debt. Previously, Scott was a Fellow at the Institute of Current World Affairs, and was based in Muscat, Oman. Prior to that, he worked at the World Affairs Council and at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College, where he earned the Nicholas Prize in Religious Studies, and a certificate in Arabic language from the University of Chicago's Graham School. Currently, Scott teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College.
is a doctoral student in Sociology at the Graduate Center and holds a BA in Comparative American Studies from Oberlin College. Inspired by her years as a union organizer in Chicago, Amelia’s research interests include historical cases of anti-black racism and racial conflict in labor struggles in the U.S., antagonism and solidarity between organized labor and racial justice movements, intersections of racial and class formation in working class communities, and the institutional role that unions play in all of the the above. With the support ARC, Amelia will be writing her dissertation proposal to conduct qualitative research on racial tension in the contemporary American labor movement. Through interviews, Amelia plans to investigate white union members’ responses to unions’ recent racial justice initiatives and explore unions’ strategies for navigating backlash while providing support to the growing number of immigrant, Muslim, Latinx, and black union members. In addition to her research, Amelia teaches at John Jay College and is a member of CUNY Struggle.
is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics and a member of the Second Language Acquisition lab at The Graduate Center, City University of New York as well as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Lehman College, CUNY. Her research interests focus on second language acquisition and bilingualism, and specifically on the acquisition of syntax within the generative framework; she is also interested in both theoretical and comparative syntax. She is currently working on a project investigating the acquisition of raising structures in L2 English by L1 Italian adult speakers, under the direction of Prof. Gita Martohardjono. Pamela holds a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures and a MA in Linguistics, both from the University of Siena, Italy where she worked under the direction of Profs. Adriana Belletti and Luigi Rizzi. For her MA research project, she investigated the acquisition of passives in L2 Italian, in both comprehension and production. Before joining the Graduate Center, Pamela worked as a Teaching Assistant of Italian at Vassar College, NY and as a teacher of Italian for asylum seekers in several reception centers in Italy.
is a doctoral student at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where he is studying anthropology of colonialism, nationalism and race with a focus on Palestine. He holds an M.A. from the Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and a B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle. Between these two degrees he returned to Palestine where he spent three years carrying out research and advocacy in law and human rights working with Palestinian and international non-governmental organizations, including BADIL Resource Center and the American Friends Service Committee.
is a Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/ Graduate Center, City University of New York. His research interests include police use of force, police body-worn cameras, and multi- and mixed-methods research design. Hou, in his doctoral dissertation, aims to identify multilevel factors that may differentially contribute to the opportunities for fatal and non-fatal police shootings in the United States, by using open sources to build a national database on police shootings. As an ARC student fellow, he plans to examine his life-saving-related hypotheses in the context of public health problems, exploring potential preventative strategies for saving more lives of the people shot by police. Hou earned in July 2015 his Master’s Degree in Procedural Law at People’s Public Security University of China, after receiving his Bachelor of Laws in Criminal Investigation at Criminal Investigation Police University of China in July 2012.
is a PhD student in cultural anthropology. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Washington and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from New York University. Her dissertation research examines the sociopolitical effects of oil, urbanization, and large-scale infrastructural projects in 20th century Iran. Shima is primarily interested in investigating historical constructions of concepts of time, space and modernity in Iran as they are articulated at the nexus of globalized political-economic transformations and semiotic practices.
is a Ph.D. student in the cultural anthropology program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds a B.A in Political Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and an M.A in Political Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her research interests include anthropology of media, images, icons, race and racialization, globalization, and historical anthropology. Her dissertation research examines the ways in which Lyari Town, a neighborhood in Pakistan’s commercial port city Karachi, and home to the Afro-Pakistani diaspora, is racialized by national and local media by focusing on urban strife on the one hand, and popularity of boxing, football, and rap music, on the other. It situates the cultural resonances for globally iconic practices in the history of the Indian Ocean slave trade and the development of the port in Karachi, and examines the role they play in shaping national and regional belonging for residents of the port neighborhood.
Bonnie H. Ip
is a doctoral student in Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She holds a BA in English Literature from Binghamton University, an MA in American Studies from City College of New York, and an MA in sociology from The New School for Social Research. Her scholarly interests revolve around issues of intergenerational immigrant experiences, urban immigrant neighborhoods, ethnic group boundaries and mainstream integration. She plans to use the ARC Praxis Fellowship to interview second-generation children of post-1965 immigrants on the way they organize their family lives in adulthood. In this comparative project, she explores how Arab Americans and East Asian Americans experience degrees of racial and ethnic inclusion/exclusion to the American mainstream. She draws on their discourses about family life, such as their relationships with their immigrant parents, marriage partners, and raising the next generation of children, to discuss the state of American race relations.
is PhD student, City University of New York (CUNY), anthropology program. She is co-founder of 10 Tooba| Applied Research in the Built Environment. Her current research titled “Urban Geographies of Violence in Post-Revolutionary Cairo” focuses on forms of violence in a local community of Bulaq Abulella in Egypt. She is an engaged scholar and urban anthropologist and has over ten years’ experience in social mapping and participatory community urban action planning. Omnia was heading a participatory community action plan in Ramlet Bulaq and was a post MA fellow in the anthropology department at AUC, where she finished her thesis in cultural anthropology. Her MA thesis is titled “The People of The City, Space, Laboring and Power; Unraveling the How in Ramlet Bulaq”. During her MA research, Omnia participated in a one-semester exchange program with Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi, India).
is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation research studies the theory and practice of “socialism” in the People’s Republic of China today. With a specific focus on the impact of advanced digital technology on spatial and industrial strategic planning, his research examines the historical and continuing influence of Chinese Marxism on the nation’s political, legal, and economic operating system for urban and regional development, the government’s capacity to steer capitalist institutions and market-based resource allocation, and the ways in which, given enduring structures of social inequality, regional disparity, and pollution-related illness, for various generations of Chinese citizens the components of this system have achieved and/or have failed to achieve greater well-being and life satisfaction, as well as affective and intellectual credibility. He holds a B.A. in Art from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has studied critical art practice at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany, and at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York.
is a Ph.D. student in Urban Education at the Graduate Center and a Teaching Fellow in the Bilingual Education and TESOL programs at City College. He holds a B.A in History of Việt Nam with a minor in African American Studies from Temple University and a M.A in International Education Development from New York University, Steinhardt. His work as a scholar is a continuation of his years as a youth activist in the Asian American community in Philadelphia. He intends to use his scholarship to disrupt oppressive language ideologies regarding minoritized communities, especially Southeast Asian American youth, and shift the production of knowledge through an epistemology centered on decolonization and Critical Participatory Action Research.
is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at CUNY Graduate Center. She received B.A. degrees in Anthropology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz in 2014. Her research interests include medical anthropology, activism, gender, science & technology studies, and reproduction. Her current project examines the role of the abortion pill in feminist activism in Ireland, focusing on the ways in which use of this medical technology contests forms of medicalization, inequality of citizenship and healthcare access, and the boundaries of the modern European nation-state. Brenna is also a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Lehman College, where she teaches courses in Cultural Anthropology and Women's Studies.
Mary Jean McNamara
is a doctoral student in Classics. She is interested in the reception of Athenian democracy by modern political theorists. Her master’s thesis examined citizenship grants in ancient Athens in the late-fifth and fourth centuries. She is currently working on the ways in which Athenian identity was represented by playwrights and poets in the classical era.
is a doctoral student in cultural anthropology at the Graduate Center. His research focuses on oil and gas infrastructure and land loss in coastal Louisiana. This work is situated within a broader view for the ways that land is claimed and re-defined by protest, sovereignty movements, and other forms of political action. With land loss accelerated by climate change and extraction-related subsidence, claims to present and future territory acquire an additional urgency, mobilizing communities while also multiplying opportunities for intervention by state agencies and private capital. Sheehan approaches these dynamics through his work with ARC as well as in his position as a student researcher at the Graduate Center's New Media Lab. He is a co-coordinator at the CUNY Adjunct Project.
is a doctoral student in economics at the CUNY Graduate Center, teaching fellow at City College, and research assistant at the Stone Center on Socio-economic Inequality. His research interests are mainly on applied econometrics, labor economics, and political economy. In particular, he is currently doing research on the role of firms explaining the changes in labor earnings inequality in Chile; on how public funding of political campaign, advertisement, and corruption affect electoral competition; on how to test for unobserved cluster effects in panel data models; and studying methods to correct for unit nonresponse in survey data. He has worked at the Central Bank of Chile, Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank. He received a B.A. in economics and M.A. in finance from the University of Chile, and a M.A. in economics from Georgetown University.
is a Ph.D. student in linguistics at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research interests are in second language acquisition, phonetics, laboratory phonology and prosody. Her current research is investigating how knowledge of a second language affects the phonetic realization of two different phonological processes in the speech of Bulgarian(L1)–English(L2) bilinguals. In particular, she will examine the extent to which vowel reduction and final devoicing are phonetically complete in L1 Bulgarian speech as a function of (a) age-of-arrival to the US, (b) age of acquisition of L2 English, and (c) measures of relative L1-L2 dominance in daily usage.
Rafael Davis Portela
is a Ph.D. student in the History department, where he researches the role of transnational capital in the urban development in Latin America. He is also a member of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies–CLACLS, and Adjunct Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he teaches courses on Latin American History. He is also into digital tools, and interested in anything related to teaching.
Luis Bernardo Quesada
is a Ph.D. student in the Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures Program, the Graduate Center, CUNY. My doctoral research focuses on the discursive construction of citizenship in 19th century Mexico. I approach this problem through the analysis of etiquette and politeness manuals that circulated since then, and examines how representations of language and language use, shown through different settings, speakers, and registers in these materials, are aligned or can be read as part of broader social and economic processes of the epoch, such as the consolidation of the Mexican nation after the Independance, through both intrastate and interstate policies that were carried out by a dominant elite. The sets of ideas on language and language use found in etiquette and politeness manuals can be seen, thus, as part of a normative discourse that works not only to create citizens needed for the new independent State, but also as stratification devices which legitimate the participatory right of the elite groups in the administration and exertion of the State power.
is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She holds a B.A. in American Studies with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests revolve around intersections of race, class, gender, and family.
Joseph van der Naald
is a doctoral student in the program in sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His general research interest is on the political economy of the American welfare state. His current research project focuses on the relationship between the industrial geography of the logistics industry in the United States and the spatial demography of welfare recipiency. Joseph is also a teaching assistant at Queens College, as well as a research analyst for the Joseph S. Murphy Institute at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College. He holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Portland State University and a master’s degree in sociology and social anthropology from Central European University.
is a Ph.D. student in Geography at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research broadly examines the historical role of urban governance in (re)producing racial and gender inequality. Her dissertation will trace the material and discursive dimensions of the financialization of urban governance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the life chances of the city’s Black community have reversed alongside a ballooning municipal debt since the 1970s. Employing a mixed methods approach, she will document how particular economic development agendas are legitimated, whose interests those agendas ultimately serve, and the alternative ways in which poor and working-class Milwaukee residents are attempting to secure economic stability through and against the local state. Before pursuing her PhD, Hilary worked and volunteered in various capacities in the Milwaukee community, and is a founding board member of the Milwaukee Community Land Trust, the city’s first land trust devoted to providing permanently affordable housing for low-income Milwaukee residents. She holds an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.
is a doctoral student in sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He holds a BA in Spanish Literature and Language and an MA in sociology. At CUNY’s Center for Urban Research, he works as a Research Associate and conducts labor market research for various CUNY colleges/universities, governmental agencies, and non-profits throughout the city. He is also a Digital Publics Fellow at the Center for Humanities, where he is developing a website that clarifies and further explains the important aspects of New York City’s rent regulation system. Kasey is primarily interested in spatial and urban inequality, specifically the role that urban processes play in shaping neighborhoods and influencing housing affordability. As an ARC Research Praxis Student Fellow, Kasey will be researching the relationship between supply- and demand-side mechanisms in the gentrification debate. Using tax assessment and Census data from New York City, he will test whether one mechanism predicts the other. Specifically, he will arbitrate the supply- versus demand-side debate by testing whether demographic shifts (demand-side) precede rising housing prices (supply-side) or if rising housing prices lead demographic shifts.
Below are short bios of the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 ARC Research Praxis Award winners:
Miguel Acosta is a Ph.D. student in Economics at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research is at the intersection between theoretical and applied macroeconomics, using dynamic general equilibrium models to address different macroeconomic issues in emerging markets. The main question he addresses are: Why haven’t some emerging markets being able to catch up, in terms of relative per capita income, with developed countries? What policies could be taken to revert this trend? The most recent findings of his work are that informality has an important role in holding back the level of a country’s economic development, therefore policies that tackle its determinants, such as fiscal policy and institutional improvement of law enforcement, are crucial in the reduction of informality and, therefore, the increase in aggregate productivity, which finally leads to a higher level of per capita income. His current projects are focused on determining the macroeconomic impact of crime in Colombia and Mexico, on explaining the causes and effects of early deindustrialization over Latin America’s development, and assessing the impact of international shocks over economic fluctuations in emerging markets.
Andrew Anastasi is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the Graduate Center. His dissertation research explores social movement activism and state and capital responses in the postwar United States. More specifically he studies New Left activist projects and the War on Poverty programs of the 1960s and 1970s in order to draw out the relationships between rebellions by waged and unwaged workers and students, the state's role in the regulation and reproduction of labor-power, and the rise in forms of and discourses around socially-meaningful work. In addition to his research at the Graduate Center, Andrew teaches social theory at Queens College. He is also a member of the Viewpoint Magazine editorial collective. He holds a B.A. in Film & Video Studies from Macalester College.
Thomas Bane is a Ph.D. student in Social Welfare at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His research focuses on health systems strengthening and improving health equity across populations. For the past seven years, he has worked in public health insurance programs. He has previously worked in the areas of global public health and health policy. Thomas is also an adjunct lecturer at City Tech. He has a Master's in Social Work and a Master's in Fine Arts in Poetry.
Kelsey Chatlosh is a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology and Digital Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds a B.A. (2012) in anthropology and American studies, with a minor in Hispanic languages and literatures from The George Washington University. Her future dissertation research will examine how inequalities of race, gender and class motivate and structure women Afro-Chilean activists’ articulations of belonging to the Chilean nation and the African diaspora, in the context of a purportedly racially homogenous country. Her work as a Digital Fellow is focused on digital tools and platforms for qualitative research, oral interviews and sound data, with an emphasis on ethics and decolonizing and feminist methods.
Rachel Chapman is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Education at the Graduate Center and a Teaching Fellow in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Program at Queens College. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Sociology from the University of Toledo and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation research focuses on urban education reform policy's impact on literacy practices in early childhood education, specifically in schools designated as "failing," largely in low-income neighborhoods within Latino, African American & immigrant communities. As an ARC student fellow, Ms. Chapman will further develop her research on the impact of policy and poverty on literacy, child development and socialization, with a concentration on a case study located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Misty Crooks is a Ph.D. student in linguistic anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She received a B.A. in anthropology from UNC Chapel Hill. Before beginning her studies at CUNY, she taught English as a Second Language and received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. This fostered her interest in the social life of language and discourses as well as issues of race and class. Her previous research analyzed cross examinations of witnesses and focused on the reproduction of dominant ideologies in court trials. She is currently developing a project to explore the political battles around democratic process in North Carolina. She is interested in voter suppression and transgender bathroom laws.
Claudia Crowie is a Ph.D. student in the cultural anthropology program at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a graduate teaching fellow at John Jay College. Her current research examines the ways that the privatization of urban governance in post-Apartheid Durban, South Africa constructs local race and class divisions, and shapes tensions between locals and African immigrants living in the inner city. She obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa in 2008, and an M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Northern Arizona on a Fulbright Foreign Student grant in 2013.
Angela Crumdy is a doctoral student in the cultural anthropology and a MAGNET Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds a B.A. (2012) in anthropology and Latin American & Caribbean Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to entering The Graduate Center, she served as a high school English teacher. Her research interests include gender, education and critical race theory. Through an extended historical trajectory, her dissertation research examines black Cuban women educators' contributions to the Cuban education system and to more general nation building efforts beginning in the 20th century.
Erin Cully is a PhD student in the history department. She studies the political economy of the post-1980s turn to finance in the US. Her research has focused on the politics of the deregulation of deposit interest rates, the consolidating effects of the savings and loan crisis, and the formation of regional interstate compacts in the Southeast, using documents from Congress, the Carter, Reagan and Clinton libraries, as well as several US state archives. Together, these projects provide an analysis of the interplay between state and federal policymaking. She hopes to contribute to historicizing the ‘financialization’ of the US economy by tracing its historical roots. Erin earned a BA (2012) and an MA (2013) from McGill University, and is a recipient of a Doctoral Student Research Grant, a Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant, and a Provost’s Early Research Initiative Grant.
Fadime Demiralp is a graduate student in Economics at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She holds M.Phil. in Mathematics. Currently, Fadime teaches at the Mathematics and Statistics Department of Hunter College and at the Economics Department of Brooklyn College, and works as a research assistant for the Economic Studies Group at the Graduate Center. Her research fields are financial economics, international macroeconomics, and monetary economics. Fadime believes that some core determinants of markets have to be redefined and adjusted due to advances in technology, especially in communication technology, if one concerns about increasing wage and income inequality. As ARC fellow, her research will not only provide a concrete evidence for need of such upgrade whose absence will effect productivity and inequality at the bottom of wage distribution but also provide a core base in terms of corresponding reforming in academic literature in economics.
Ola Galal is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research focuses on marginalization and conceptions of citizenship rights and of democracy in Tunisia. She wrote her MA thesis on youth participation in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Previously, she worked as a journalist covering breaking news and economic and financial stories in North Africa and the Middle East for Bloomberg News.
Edwin Grimsley is a doctoral student in Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is primarily interested in using both quantitative and qualitative methods to study issues related to neighborhoods and the life outcomes of those who encounter arrests and convictions for misdemeanor offenses in the United States. He is currently working on several quantitative and qualitative projects related to Broken Windows policing and Stop, Question, and Frisk, and has worked in other research areas such as race and ethnicity, culture and immigration. He previously worked at the Innocence Project as a Senior Case Analyst, where he investigated cases of prisoners convicted of serious crimes, ultimately helping to free six innocent people from prison. Additionally, he worked on post-9/11 detentions for the ACLU Immigrants Rights Project. He holds a BA in Biology from Wesleyan University. He plans to use the ARC Research Praxis Fellowship to study the relationship between immigration deportations and NYPD policing practices in New York City, particularly examining the impact of arrests for minor offenses on immigration detentions and deportations.
Bonnie H. Ip is a doctoral student in Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She holds a BA in English Literature from Binghamton University, an MA in American Studies from City College of New York, and an MA in sociology from The New School for Social Research. She is also currently a Graduate Research Assistant at University of Connecticut working on a Russell Sage Foundation funded project called “Etiquette of Inequality” that looks at the influence of background racial, ethnic, immigrant, and economic inequality on social relations in egalitarian settings in NYC. Her scholarly interests revolve around issues of intergenerational immigrant assimilation experiences, urban immigrant neighborhoods, and ethnic group boundaries. As a mixed methods researcher, she plans to use the ARC Fellowship to study the way immigrant enclaves in NYC have shifted and changed spatially and functionally throughout time. Using archival materials, business directories, ACS Census data, and GIS mapping software, she plans to investigate how well theoretical definitions of immigrant enclaves from the literature map onto the empirical spatial reality of ethnic enclaves.
Gaurav Jashnani is a doctoral student in Critical Social/Personality Psychology. His current research explores perceptions of changing public and commercial space among Brooklyn residents within the context of intensive gentrification and ‘broken windows’ policing. This project builds upon his previous work on urban policing, which explores how trauma and other forms of institutionally generated distress serve to regulate and reconfigure policed communities’ relationships to public space, specifically within a context of rapid displacement and violent dispossession of poor and working-class people of color (i.e., gentrification). Additionally, Gaurav holds a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. He is co-founder of the Challenging Male Supremacy Project (www.challengingmalesupremacy.org), and has been working on issues of trauma and intimate violence since 2006. He is originally from Queens, New York.
Martin Aagaard Jensen is a doctoral student in the Comparative Literature program at the Graduate Center. His research focuses on the cultural politics of media and technology, and in particular on how literary and cultural narratives make sense of changing technological realities in the Americas during the post-1945 period. In an age of globalization that often construes scientific and technological progress as the agent of history, his work focuses on how technology fails to transcend racial, gender, and social divisions and instead becomes a vehicle for the inequality it was assumed to overcome.
Philip Johnson is a doctoral student in the Political Science program at the Graduate Center, and teaches at Hunter College. His research focuses on theories of violence, and on how and why systems of violence form and function. Recent work looks at detention facilities in the War on Terror, and the connections between state and criminal violence in Mexico. He is currently developing a project that examines the targeting of undocumented migrants and other marginalized groups by criminal organizations in Mexico.
Dae Shin (Hayden) Ju is a doctoral student in the Sociology program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interests primarily lie within the areas of immigration, family and work, and quantitative methods with a focus on exploring the ways in which the immigration experience transforms gender ideologies and socially prescribed family roles. Her current project examines the changing pattern of migration among married Korean women and how different migration strategies lead to divergent paths in women's lived experience. She analyzes the American Community Survey to estimate the likelihood of labor force participation among married Korean American women. As an ARC student fellow, she hopes to develop a study that addresses both the structural dimensions of immigrant women’s work and family and the subjective meanings that are created during the family life course.
Jojo Karlin is a doctoral student in the English program at the Graduate Center and a GC Digital Initiatives Digital Fellow. Jojo’s research examines letters and letter writing before and after the rise of telecommunications. She looks at how letters act as elaborations or elongations of writers’ understanding of two separate time-spaces and how letters’ physical displacement operates on a notion of correspondence through asynchronous synchronicity or copresence. As a Pine Tree Fellow, she hopes to investigate the preservation of correspondence in a digital humanities context.
Mary Catherine Kinniburgh is a doctoral candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY, whose research focuses on the intersections of book history, new media, and poetics. In particular, her work examines the simultaneous rise of reprographic technologies after World War II and renewed poetic interest in occult themes, including mysticism, alchemy, and poetics of dictation. She is invested in negotiating the methods of bibliography and book history from a digital perspective, and how this process may be informed by practices such as critical making, collaboration with archival institutions on special collections pedagogy, and media archaeology. Mary Catherine is also an editor for Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and a two-time recipient of the Diane di Prima Fellowship for archival research. She created and coordinates the Collaborative Research Seminar, a working group for primary source research at the Center for the Humanities, and teaches workshops in digital skills and physical computing as a Digital Fellow and lead fellow for the GC Maker Space. She holds an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a B.A. in English and Medieval Studies from University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar. She is currently an ARC Pine Tree Fellow.
Benjamin Macaulay is a PhD candidate in Linguistics focusing on the documentation of critically endangered languages. His work questions notions of "speakerhood" in the context of language documentation, and how documentation can progress in situations where few to none "fully fluent" speakers exist. His current work is on the Austronesian languages of Taiwan, where extensive language contact with dominant languages has left a number of situations where a language's "last speakers" have language patterns that deviate considerably from earlier descriptions.
Christopher Maggio is a doctoral student in Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is primarily interested in using quantitative methods to study issues related to contemporary immigration in the United States. His past and current research largely relates to policies at the state and local level impacting immigrants and ethnic minorities in the U.S., studying outcomes including social/civic engagement and mental health. He is also currently working on several quantitative projects with faculty at the Graduate Center related to early indicators of college success and affordable housing, and has worked in other research areas such as gender and sexuality and public health. He holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Applied Quantitative Research, both from NYU. He plans to use the ARC Research Praxis Fellowship to study the experiences of immigrants and the 2nd generation in new destinations of the United States, particularly looking at the South and Midwest through a comparative lens. These experiences include social and educational mobility, residential segregation, and perceptions of discrimination.
Taryn Malcolm is currently a doctoral student and member of Loraine Obler’s Neurolinguistics lab in the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Department at the Graduate Center. Her current research investigates how verb markers are affected from cross-linguistic influence in healthy adult speakers of Jamaican Creole and Standard English. This research will serve as the basis for further research in bilingual Jamaican Creole-Standard English speakers who have a language impairment following a stroke. She holds an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John’s University and is a practicing speech-language pathologist.
Kahdeidra Monét Martin is Ph.D. student in Urban Education at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. She holds a B.A. degree in African and African American Studies from Stanford University, with a minor in Linguistics, and she has studied education leadership and reform at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a NYC Teaching Fellow, she earned an M.S.Ed. in Teaching Urban Adolescents with Disabilities from Long Island University. Her research interests include critical sociolinguistics, contrastive analysis strategies, culturally relevant literacy curricula, the intersections of religious and linguistic ideology in education, and the language practices of multilingual and multidialectal African-descended youth. Kahdeidra is the publisher and editor at Dimonet Connect Publishing, where she has authored two bilingual children’s books, I Love Myself, Do You? and Saturday is My Favorite Day, and one collection of poetry, Saltwater Rivers. In July 2017, she will begin a two year term as a member of the Citywide Council on English Language Learners at the NYC Department of Education.
Matt Stuck is a PhD student in the Linguistics Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, and is a member of the Second Language Acquisition Lab under the direction of Prof. Gita Martohardjono. He has worked as a research assistant for the past two years on a project that investigates language change across two generations of bilingual Spanish-English speakers residing in NYC. During his ARC tenure, he plans to employ quantitative methods to understand how individual demographic and language-use variables shape language shift in bilingual heritage speakers. Prior to joining the Linguistics Program, he was an instructor of English as a Second/ Foreign Language in programs in Seattle, New York, and China, and earned an MA TESOL from NYU Steinhardt. His primary research interests lie at the intersections of structured language variation and second language acquisition (SLA), heritage languages, and endangered languages. In the future, he hopes to investigate the similarities and differences in modeling stability of linguistic variation across majority, minority, and L2 language varieties.
Kelsey Swift is a Ph.D. student in linguistics at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Before coming to the Graduate Center, she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Mexico and taught English as a Second Language to adults in Boston. Her work involves both education and linguistics and is focused on the development of second language instruction that is empirically motivated and rooted in social justice. Her interests include adult second language acquisition, pedagogy and curriculum design, multilingualism, and critical sociolinguistics. She is currently developing a project which uses various sociolinguistic methodologies to investigate the role of ‘nonstandard’/vernacular input in instructed English learning.
Laxman Timilsina is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Economics at the Graduate Center. He is interested in learning how society distributes opportunity and if that has an impact on overall inequality. And if such opportunities if distributed equally or provided to the most vulnerable will help them escape poverty? He is interested in researching about the impact of wealth we accumulate (inheritance or gift) from our parents. How much advantage we inherit from our families’ wealth and status directly impacts the opportunity that society provides to us which undermines fairer competition and upward mobility. Such advantages could not only be passed on through wealth but as education, health and political connection (power) among others. He believes inequality should be primarily viewed as ex ante and hope to learn and research about such topics as he moves in his education life and beyond.
Sara Vogel is a doctoral student in the Graduate Center's Urban Education program. She is interested in conducting applied research at the intersection of computer science education, bilingual education and social justice pedagogy, in partnership with educators and school communities. She aims to put students' diverse languaging practices, cultural backgrounds and interests at the center of teaching and learning with digital media and technology. As an instructor at the Hunter College School of Education, she guides pre- and in-service teachers to reflect on the theory, history, and policy of bilingual education in ways that support their development of equitable and transformational classroom practice. In collaboration with the NYC-based Hive Research Lab, she also founded the CS Education Visions project, which has surfaced the diverse visions that formal and informal educators have for universal computer science education initiatives.
Sejung Sage Yim is a PhD student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She also works at the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College, where she is involved in various quantitative and qualitative projects related to Korean Americans. Her main research interests include immigration, race and ethnicity, and transnationalism focusing on contemporary immigrants’ experiences in the United States. Having immigrated to the U.S. relatively recently, she is particularly interested in immigrants’ growing transnational ties with their home country. Using mixed methods, she intends to examine the active role played by the emigrant state, i.e., the South Korean government, in promoting and strengthening overseas Koreans’ cross-border linkages, and how that has affected their ethnic identity and assimilation in the host country within various historical and social contexts.
Lianye Zhu is a Ph.D. student in linguistics at the Graduate Center, City, University of New York. She received a B. A. in English from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), and a M. A. TESOL from Michigan State University. Her current research focuses on building a corpus as a tool to investigate a currently under development — not yet stabilized, and subject to idiosyncratic variation — orthography for Shanghainese, which has long been a vernacular only language that is mainly spoken in urban Shanghai city, China. The orthography, based on Mandarin Chinese characters, is being created by Shanghainese-Mandarin bilingual speakers who are passionate for writing in Shanghainese as a way of establishing their social identities, and promoting Shanghainese. The corpus will provide references of developing Shanghainese textbook to community-based organizations that teach Shanghainese to adult immigrants who are literate in Mandarin.
Below are short bios of the Spring 2016 ARC Research Praxis Award winners:
Sumru Atuk is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Political Science and working toward completing the Women's Studies Certificate Program at the Graduate Center. She is a political theorist who is invested in contributing to the theorization of violence against women with a grounded theory based on extensive field research. She believes in the importance of interdisciplinary research that goes beyond disciplinary confines due to her research interests and political perspective. In her research she analyzes the "making" of the category of women and femininity by the political rhetoric and institutional/legal practices. She investigates how the latter reinforces hierarchical gender dynamics of the society and justifies violence against women in general, femicide in particular. Her current research primarily focuses on femicide in Turkey and involves Mexico as a secondary research site.
Arita Balaram is an activist/scholar pursuing a PhD in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology program at the Graduate Center. She is interested in stories that circulate within diasporic communities, across migratory geographies, and through generations. Her current research integrates visual methodologies such as identity mapping to explore how Indo-Caribbean youth in the U.S. engage in acts of self-assertion and recovery in a context where ideas of home, belonging, and community have been contested for generations. More broadly, she is interested in the utility of psychological theory for doing community building and healing work.
Priscilla Bustamante is a doctoral student in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology program at the Graduate Center. Her work draws upon critical race theories, quantitative and qualitative participatory research methods, and a strong commitment to ameliorate the various interconnected circuits of privilege and oppression. She is currently exploring the complexities surrounding diversity ideologies, discourse and praxis in elite educational institutions. By examining diversity in relation to places of in/exclusion, racism, whiteness, and situated knowledge, her work highlights the ways in which privilege is privately maintained while diversity is publicly embraced, the powerful resistance of those on the margins, and a critical reimagining of inclusion. Additionally, she is working on a research project examining the human impact of discretionary arrests and broken windows more broadly. This work focuses on the processes of dehumanization interwoven in policing in New York City as well as their structural, material, social and psychological consequences.
María Cioè-Peña is a doctoral student in the Urban Education department and a Presidential MAGNET Fellow. She is a former elementary school teacher whose passion for children and social justice in education pushes her to fight for equity and full inclusion for children of diverse backgrounds and abilities. With a B.A. in English and a M.S.Ed. in teaching urban students with disabilities, María’s research focuses on bilingual children with dis/abilities and their ability to access multilingual learning spaces within NYC public schools. Her interests are deeply rooted in language practices and dis/ability awareness within schools and families.
Lucas Corcoran is a doctoral student in the English department, focusing on composition/rhetoric studies, and he teaches first year composition at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. Lucas’s primary research focuses on developing pedagogies that combine translingual and dialogic approaches to the writing classroom. Lucas also has a keen scholarly interest in applied linguistics, translanguaging, and the history of critical pedagogy.
Deshonay Dozier is a doctoral candidate in Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Broadly, her research engages the cultural critique and alternative development practices of people of color in the Los Angeles region. Dozier’s dissertation research maps the contested racialized relations of property and policing between elites and the homeless in Skid Row. Deshonay holds a Bachelor’s in Child and Adolescent Development with a Minor in Sociology from California State University, Northridge and a Master’s in Psychology from CUNY. Dozier’s research has been supported by the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict, Institute for Human Geography, and USC Wallis Annenberg Research Grant. Deshonay has taught and assisted courses in ethnic studies, psychology, and urban affairs. Currently, she holds a Mellon Teaching Fellowship at LaGuardia Community College.
Luke Elliott-Negri is a PhD student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. His dissertation research builds on a long tradition in the discipline, dating back to Marx and Engels, which attempts to explain “American exceptionalism” with respect to the formation of left third parties. He is studying two contemporary parties, bringing a micro-level approach to what has been primarily a macro-level literature. He has also contributed to two policy reports on paid sick leave legislation, and has a chapter in a forthcoming edited volume on why social movements succeed and fail.
Isabel Gil-Everaert is a PhD student in the Sociology department at the Graduate Center. Her main research interests are international migration, inequality, qualitative methods, urban sociology, geography, and gender. She is working on a project focused on the journey of Central American migrants through Mexico. Through ethnographic work, her aim is to understand the strategies of migrants in transit, as well as the complex relationships between the most important actors in the transit migration phenomenon. She focuses on the local communities through which migrants cross, the migrant shelters and human rights organizations that support migrants, and the migrants themselves as key actors to understand migratory journeys.
Kalina Gjicali is a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology specializing in Learning, Development, and Instruction at The Graduate Center. Prior to her doctoral studies, she completed her M.A. at Teachers College, Columbia University in Cognitive Studies in Education and her B.A. at Hunter College in Psychology and Sociology. Kalina is an immigrant from Albania who experienced school as an English language learner. Throughout her years in public school systems, she found comfort in the subject of mathematics since mathematical number symbols are a universal language. Suitably, her research focuses on the impact of cognitive (e.g., language comprehension, executive function) and social-cognitive constructs (e.g., attitudes, norms) on mathematics learning for ethnically diverse and language minority children. She uses advanced quantitative statistical methods to understand the influence of such factors on early numeracy competencies in the childhood years and mathematics performance in adolescence. Currently, she is working on a research project that explores the relationship between early language communication and numeracy skills of children from low-income families living in urban communities.
Nora Goldman is a doctoral student in the Department of Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is interested in the relationship between language, power, and social categories like race and gender. At the ARC, she is researching the language ideologies surrounding multilingualism in American politics. The project was inspired by the public response to a brief exchange between Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio about their Spanish proficiencies during a Republican primary debate in February of 2016. The YouTube comments posted on clips of this debate reveal how speakers use Spanish in their construction of multilingualism, American-ness, and ethnic identity and authenticity. Her other current project concerns feminist discourse on Twitter, examining how authors’ participation in a discourse of female empowerment affects certain linguistic variables.
Ian Haberman is a doctoral student in the economics department at the Graduate Center and a recipient of the Five-year Graduate Center Fellowship. He received a masters degree in applied economics from Illinios State University (Go Redbirds!) and a bachelors degree in philosophy and economics from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Go Golden Gophers!) Ian currently teaches intermediate economics courses at Hunter College and is research assistant to Nobel Prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman. Ian's current research investigates the decomposition of income inequality using Spatial Econometrics. This allows for better estimation of income inequality decomposed into two components: Inequality due to individual effort and inequality due to an individual's unique set of opportunities. Additional research interests include inequalities that arise due to gender, race, and other socio-economic factors; and how intervention methods, such as Microfinance, impact a nation's economy, the families that live within it, and the households they make up. For more on Ian's research and thoughts, check out his website[link] and follow him on Twitter @IanHaberman
Marc Kagan is a Ph.D. student in the History Department. In earlier lives he was a communist political activist, a transit worker, a union officer, and a high school social studies teacher. His research focuses on the history of Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents New York’s subway and bus workers, from the time of the City’s fiscal crisis in 1975 to the near present, as a basis for examining larger questions about this era of growing economic inequality. Why have these workers, with so much potential power, been unable to repulse neoliberal austerity, and what lessons and ideas can be derived from the causes of their failure? Related research examines the relationships between union leaders, appointed staff, lower-level officers and stewards, and ordinary shop-floor workers at Local 100 and more broadly. To what extent do they share similar goals and constraints? How do they measure and articulate success and failure? Can we talk about these groups as coherent entities over time and space?
Rakhee Kewada is a Zimbabwean-born PhD student in the Geography Program in Earth and Environmental Science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research interests include: Infrastructure, Development, Ports, Sino-African relations and the Indian Ocean. Rakhee’s current research tracks the relation between the redevelopment of the port at Dar es Salaam and the construction of the new mega-port in Bagamoyo in Tanzania. The research sheds light on processes of uneven regional development as a result of transnational capital flows from an Africanist perspective by analyzing the different development strategies on the part of China Merchant Holdings Ltd. in Bagamoyo as compared to the World Bank/ UK Department for International Development (DFID) led investment at the Port of Dar es Salaam.
Stephanie Love is a Ph.D. student in linguistic anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds a B.A. (2007) in anthropology and political science and a M.Ed. (2011) in Language, Literacy and Culture (Curriculum and Instruction) from University of Washington, Seattle. Her research interests include North African migration and diaspora, ethnography of death and burial rituals, Arabic sociolinguistics, heteroglossia and multilingualism in contexts of cultural contact, schooling, literacy, and questions of racial formation, nationalism and language in Europe. She has published her research in Current Issues in Language Planning, International Journal of Multicultural Education, and two book chapters on Italian literature. She is a graduate teaching fellow at Brooklyn College.