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Student Voices


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

Mo Muzammal – PhD in Film Studies, Iowa State University

           MALS Concentration: Film Studies

Alexander Pau – PhD in Comparative Literature, The GC


Lala St. Fleur  – PhD in Classical Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College

           MALS Concentration: Archaeology of the Classical, Late Antique, and Islamic Worlds

Hardik Yadav –  PhD in English, Fordham University

           MALS Concentration: Film Studies

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