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Advising Fellows

The Advising Fellows will provide individualized academic support to MALS students, guiding them in choosing courses, managing their workloads and meeting academic challenges, and enlisting faculty mentors to supervise their theses. 

Advising Fellows will hold office hours between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM, and by appointment. The schedule is as follows:

Mondays: Andrew Goldberg
Tuesdays: Matilde Guidelli Guidi
Wednesdays: Sonia Sanchez
Thursdays: Eric Bayruns Garcia

Please note that, once the Fall 2018 terms ends, Advising Fellows will not hold office hours during the winter break. They will resume office hours on January 22, 2019.

Below the advisor profiles is a breakdown of the concentrations and their related advisor (Advising Fellows are prepared to work with students in any concentration).




Eric Bayruns Garcia


Office Hours: Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Eric is a philosophy Ph.D. candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He received his B.A. degree in philosophy from Hunter College, CUNY. He is also a life-long New Yorker who was born and raised in New York City.

His areas of specialization in philosophy are epistemology and philosophy of race. His dissertation concerns how social-political things like systemic injustice can affect epistemic things like knowledge and belief justification. His work in philosophy of race concerns the development, nature and psychological basis of race concepts or categories. These two areas or sub-fields of philosophy take up findings, insights and literature from various other disciplines like psychology, evolutionary biology, population genetics, political science, anthropology, neuroscience, sociology and history. 

He has taught philosophy courses at Montclair State University and served as a teaching assistant at Hunter College and Baruch College at the City University of New York. He has served as a mentor and coordinator in the CUNY Pipeline Program. The CUNY Pipeline Program aims to diversify the professoriate or academy through aiding CUNY undergraduates from underreprestend groups through the process of applying to doctoral programs in the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

The following Liberal Studies concentrations intersect with his areas of specialization: Africana Studies; American Studies; International Studies; Science and Technology Studies; Western Intellectual Traditions; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Andrew Goldberg


Office Hours: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Andrew is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Theatre and Performance department at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation, “The Work of Theatre in the Age of Virtual Reproduction: Theorizing Theatre and Politics in the Digital Age,” explores questions about theatre’s status as a site for contemporary political engagement and issues of spectatorship in relation to other media technologies.

In addition to his work in academia, Andrew has been a professional theatre director and teaching artist in New York City for over twenty-five years. He holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College, and is delighted to be an Advising Fellow for the MALS program. His experience and reserach most closely aligns with the following MALS concentrations: American Studies; Approaches to Modernity; Digital Humanities; Film Studies; New York Studies; Western Intellectual Traditions; and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Matilde Guidelli Guidi

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Matilde Guidelli-Guidi

Matilde is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Art History, currently teaching at the Spitzer School of Architecture (City College). She earned her B.A. from the University of Bologna, Italy and her MA jointly from the University of Bologna and the University of Paris, having received an Erasmus Scholarship.  Titled Archipelagos of Knowledge: Le Corbusier’s Museums, 1919-1965, her dissertation takes Le Corbusier’s life-long commitment to reimagine the modern museum as an entry point to analyze discourse and practice of museum architecture in France, from the aftermath of World War I (1919) through the decades of decolonization (1965). Matilde has presented her work at the Graduate Center, Columbia University, the Center for Italian Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, among other venues.  Matilde was the recipient of two Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowships to work at the Dia Art Foundation (2015-16) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (2016-17). 

Sonia Sanchez


Office Hours: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Sonia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Critical Social Psychology program at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she received an M.A. and M.Phil. Sonia obtained a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2011. 

Sonia's dissertation research lives at the intersection of critical Indigenous studies, critical ethnic studies, immigration studies, sociology, critical psychology, and feminist and queer of color theories. Through a multi-method, cross-site ethnography, this dissertation explores a) how and why community organizers theorize and practice making links between migrant justice and other social justice struggles--Indigenous struggles, racial justice, and prison abolition, in particular. And b) how social justice organizers imagine challenges to and possibilities for solidarity across movements in these times. 

In addition to this interdisciplinary dissertation research, Sonia has research and writing experience in educational justice, Youth Participatory Action Research, and Liberation epistemologies/methodologies. Sonia has also previously taught courses related to gender studies and research methods in the Psychology department at Hunter College, CUNY, and a course on 'Youth Action and Agency' in the Youth Studies Master's Program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

Sonia looks forward to imparting insight from nearly six years of navigating a Ph.D. program as a first-generation college-going student and, given past academic course work and research, is particularly prepared to help support students in the following concentrations: American Studies; Social and Environmental Justice Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Migration and Global Cities; and Childhood and Youth Studies.


Advising by Concentration

Concentration Advisor
Africana Studies Eric
American Studies Eric, Andrew, Sonia
Approaches to Modernity Andrew, Matilde
Archaeology of the Classical, Late Antique, and Islamic Worlds Eric, Matilde
Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir Andrew
Childhood and Youth Studies Sonia
Data Visualization Andrew
Digital Humanities Andrew
Fashion Studies Andrew, Matilde
Film Studies Andrew, Matilde
International Studies Eric, Matilde
Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Sonia
Law and Society Eric
New York Studies Andrew, Matilde
Science and Technology Studies Eric
Social and Environmental Justice Studies Sonia
Sustainability Science and Education Sonia
Urban Education Eric
Western Intellectual Traditions Eric, Andrew, Matilde
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Eric, Andrew, Sonia