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Student Voices


The following students have been accepted in PhD Program for the Fall. Congratulations to all!

Avery Davis – PhD in Education, Johns Hopkins University

            MALS Concentration: Childhood and Youth Studies

Matthew Finck – PhD in History, Cornell University

            MALS Concentration: Approaches to Modernity

Sudhashree Girmohanta – PhD in Language Literacies, OISE, University of Toronto

            MALS Concentration: Urban Education

Stephanie Montalti – PhD in English, St. John’s University

            MALS Concentration: Childhood and Youth Studies

Alexis Brandkamp – PhD in Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center

            MALS Concentration: Western Intellectual Tradition

Jennie Eagle – PhD in History, University of Illinois

            MALS Concentration: American Studies

Jamie Zabinsky – PhD in English, CUNY Graduate Center

            MALS Concentration: Individualized Studies

Andrew Gerstenberger – Joint PhD program in History and Hebrew & Judaic Studies, NYU

            MALS Concentration: Approaches to Modernity

Francesca Petronio – PhD in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, SUNY Stony Brook

            MALS Concentration: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

In the last three years, students have gone on to 33 Universities and to 10 programs at the Graduate Center.



The MALS program was a perfect choice for me in that I was able to craft a field of study that set me on an unpredictable yet rewarding career path. As a MALS student, I wanted to study African American literature, history, and politics. Taking courses across various departments allowed me to get a feel for all my academic interests. I appreciated the flexibility of the MALS schedule, coursework and the warm assistance from the entire staff. I was able to write my thesis on African American comics while continuing my entry level work as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins Children's Books. Needless to say, my graduate experience has only made me grow--now I am an assistant editor with plans to return to university in the future.

Luana Horry, '18
Editor of Children's Books


The MALS program was a wonderful experience that allowed me to seamlessly combine two areas of study: Digital Humanities and Fashion Studies. Faculty across disciplines understood and supported my research aims, while encouraging me to challenge and stretch my own ways of thinking.The Graduate Center is a truly special community that I am grateful to be a part of, both personally and professionally.  

Tessa Maffucci, MALS ’16
Fashion Faculty, Pratt Institute


Maryam Ivette Parhizkar
The MALS program was a uniquely rewarding experience because it allowed me to take an interdisciplinary approach to my academic pursuits. Taking courses ranging from history to sociology to political science not only expanded my base of knowledge, but also helped me to identify my own area of interest. My experience in MALS continues to inform my academic career as I pursue a PhD in History.

Gabriel Tennen, MALS ’16
PhD Student in History
Stony Brook University