Past Scholars and Fellows


Dr. Judy B. Bernstein completed the Ph.D. in Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is currently Professor of Linguistics at the William Paterson University of New Jersey, where she developed and coordinates the interdisciplinary minor in Linguistics. Dr. Bernstein's research focuses on cross-linguistic comparisons of syntactic and morpho-syntactic phenomena, especially comparisons between mainstream and minority or stigmatized varieties. Other areas of interest include language acquisition and language change. Before completing the Ph.D. in Linguistics, Dr. Bernstein was employed as a high school teacher of Spanish and then English as a Second Language. (She holds a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in TESOL.) In recent collaborative work, Dr. Bernstein has been examining the morpho-syntax of definite articles in mainstream Romance languages like French, Italian, and Spanish, as well as minority Romance varieties like Walloon, Sardinian, Catalan, and Picard. Interestingly, some of the minority varieties display two different forms for the definite article, patterns that inform our understanding of the nature of language variation. Dr. Bernstein has also studied syntactic variation between General American English and stigmatized varieties of American English, such as Appalachian English and African American English. She has published articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and Fulbright.

Qingxiu Bu

Qingxiu Bu has published widely in a variety of areas of law, many of which are themed around law and global challenges, with a particular focus on the development of legal infrastructures in transnational law and global governance.   He has previously been a lecturer in law at Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University (2007-08) and School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast (2008-13), during which he taught Transnational Business Law at Centre of Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), Georgetown University as Adjunct Professor. Qingxiu was appointed as Li Kashing Professor of Practice at Faculty of Law, McGill University in 2019. He has held visiting posts at various institutions, including Lund University, Sweden, University College Dublin, Ireland, Tel Aviv University, Israel and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Germany. He worked also as Docent at the Institute of Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School in January 2013 and 2014. Qingxiu has completed four projects funded respectively by the British Academy, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Newton Fund, and British Council (PMI) during the past years. Qingxiu serves as a senator member at University of Sussex.

Francesca Decimo

Francesca Decimo is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Trento (Italy), where she teaches Migration Studies, Ethnicity & Diversity, and Urban Studies. Her research interests are mainly on issues of family migration, reproduction, and nationality, with a specific focus on the interrelation of mobility with life course events as marriage and births. She’s author of the book Quando emigrano le donne, and co-editor of the volume Boundaries within: Nation, kinship and identity among migrants and minorities. She also published articles on international journals like Nations and Nationalism, Journal of Family Studies, Journal of International Migration and Integration.



Dr Paulina Napierała

Dr Paulina Napierała holds a Ph.D. in political science (Jagiellonian University, 2011) as well as two M.A. degrees: in International Relations (JU, 2005) and in Ethnic and Migration Studies (JU, 2006). Her research explores a variety of issues concerning the role of religion in American politics. She authored In God We Trust. Religia w sferze publicznej USA (“In God We Trust: Religion in the American Public Sphere”) and Religia i polityka w USA. Faith-based initiatives w okresie prezydentury G. W. Busha (“Religion and Politics in the United States: Faith-Based Initiatives During the Administration of George W. Bush”). She also edited two volumes on American society and published in Polish and international journals. Currently, she is focusing on the social and political role of the Black Church. Apart from working on a book concerning theological divisions and the evolution of the Black Church’s socio-political engagement, she is also editing a volume for the Peter Lang Publishing House entitled: Religion and American Politics. Domestic and International Contexts (in cooperation with American and European authors). She was a grantee of the Kosciuszko Foundation (2015) and the Fulbright Commission (2007-2008) which let her conduct research and consultations at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College, Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School. She also received scholarships and grants from: the National Science Center Poland, the Institute for Human Sciences, ‘IWM' in Vienna, and the Free University of Berlin. She is a managing editor of “Ad Americam. Journal of American Studies.”

Sayeedur Rahman

Sayeedur Rahman is Professor and former Chairman of the Department of English Language at the Institute of Modern Languages (IML), University of Dhaka. He received PhD in ELT from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, as an Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Scholar. He has extensively worked as an ESL/EFL teacher and researcher for last 20 years and has published widely in the areas of SLA and Sociolinguistics. He has worked as a consultant and led several ELT projects with the Save the Children, the Open University-UK, UNICEF, Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), British Council and English in Action (EIA) project funded by the UK Government and Mott MacDonald. He was awarded the Researcher Links fellowships from the British council, UK in 2014 as a Visiting Fellow with the OU, UK. He is also a certified Master Trainer by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Bangladesh, and the British Council Bangladesh. His research interest includes sociolinguistics, EFL syllabus design and materials development, socio-psychological study of EFL, individual differences in language learning and EAP/ESP.

Lucia Sorbera

Lucia Sorbera is Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney, which is built on land stolen from the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. She studies the colonial and post-colonial history of the Arab World and Africa, with a focus on women and gender. Dr. Sorbera has published widely in history of Egyptian feminism, women’s political activism, and cultural productions in the Arab world. She is currently writing a monograph for UC Press, tentatively titled Biography of a Revolution. Feminist Lives in Egypt, and she recently curated with Aymon Kreil and Serena Tolino the volume Sex and Desire in Muslim Cultures. Beyond Norms and Transgression from the Abbasids to the Present. Day (I.B. Tauris, 2021). Her recent works have also appeared in The Routledge Handbook of Middle East Politics (2020), Genre et Histoire (2021), Alphaville. Journal of Film and Screen Media (2019), Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought (2016), Post-Colonial Studies (2014); and in Genesis. The Journal of the Italian Society of Women’s Historians (2013). Dr. Sorbera serves on the editorial boards of the book series on Women and Gender History published by the Italian Society of Feminist Historians and Viella, and is a co-editor of Third Space, for the Journal of Middle East Women Studies. In Australia, where she lives, she is among the founding members of the WoMENAustralia network, a research network of women scholars working on the Middle East and North Africa, and a member of the Australian Academics for Refugees and Academics for Palestine networks. Her most recent awards are the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowship in the Laureate Program in International History at the University of Sydney 2017, the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship at the European University Institute (2021), and the Distinguished Visiting Scholarship at the Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY Graduate Center (2022).


Maurice Crul headshot

Maurice Crul is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His chair covers a broad range of topics on education and diversity.
In the last twenty-five years Maurice Crul mostly worked on the topic of education and children of immigrants, first within the Dutch context and in the last fifteen years in a comparative European and transatlantic context. Maurice Crul coordinated the international TIES project (The Integration of the European Second generation) which involved partners in eight European countries and a survey with 10.000 respondents.
Next to coordinating the TIES project he was also one of the principal investigators of the transatlantic project ‘Children of Immigrants in School’:
With support of the Russell Sage Foundation in New York, Maurice Crul together with his American colleague John Mollenkopf published The Changing Face of World Cities. The second generation in Europe and the US, comparing second generation youth in Europe and US based on three surveys (TIES, IMMLA and ISGMNY).


Henrique Espada Lima with animal on shoulder

Henrique Espada Lima has been an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the Federal University of Santa Catarina since 2004. His areas of research include historiography, methodology and theories of history, and the contemporary history of Brazil, with an emphasis on labor history, researching the experiences and trajectories of former slaves between slavery and post-emancipation. He is the author of A Micro História Italiana: Escalas, Indícios e Singularidades (2006) and co-editor of Cruzando Fronteiras: Novos olhares sobre a história do trabalho (2013) and Histórias de escravidão e pós-emancipação no Atlântico, séculos XVIII-XX (forthcoming). In addition, he has written over twenty articles in academic journals and book chapters published in Brazil, Argentina, the United States, France and England. 


Tejaswini Ganti in office

Tejaswini Ganti is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and core faculty in the Program in Culture & Media at New York University.  A cultural and visual anthropologist specializing in South Asia, her research and teaching interests include anthropology of media, visual culture, media industries, elites, neoliberalism, globalization and Indian cinema. She has been conducting ethnographic research about the social world and filmmaking practices of the Hindi film industry since 1996 and is the author of Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry (Duke University Press 2012) and Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema (Routledge 2004; 2nd edition 2013).  Her current research examines the politics of language and translation within the Bombay film industry; the dubbing of Hollywood films into Hindi; the formalization and professionalization of film training through film schools in India; and a social history of Indian cinema in the U.S.  She is currently writing a book, Thinking in English, Speaking in Hindi: Translation, Creativity, and Indian Media Worlds.


Kevin Gee

Dr. Kevin Gee is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and a Faculty Research Affiliate with the Center for Poverty & Inequality Research at University of California, Davis. He is currently a 2020-21 Chancellor’s Fellow. He was a recipient of the 2015 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, a 2014 Young Scholars Program (YSP) award from the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) and a 2015-6 UC Davis Hellman Fellowship.

His primary research agenda focuses on the nexus between health and education. He examines the role that schooling systems can play in influencing the health and well-being of children. In addition, he investigates how school policies and programs can help promote the well-being and educational outcomes of children who face a broad array of adverse conditions and experiences including school bullying, food insecurity, abuse and neglect. Dr. Gee also has expertise in conducting large-scale evaluations of educational policies and programs using experimental and quasi-experimental designs. His research appears in Teachers College RecordJournal of Adolescent HealthAmerican Journal of EvaluationJournal of Adolescence and the International Journal of Educational Development. His work has also been featured in The New York TimesScientific AmericanReuters and Education Week.


Laavanya Kathiravelu

Laavanya Kathiravelu is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research sits at the intersections of international migration, race and ethnic studies and contemporary urban diversity, particularly in Asia and the Persian Gulf. Her first book was Migrant Dubai (Palgrave, 2016), which interrogated the experiences of low wage migrant workers in the emirate of Dubai. She has also published widely on issues of race, inequality and migration in Singapore. Prior to joining NTU, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. She was also a Fung Fellow at Princeton University between 2015-16. In 2019, she was recipient of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Fellowship (SSHRF). Laavanya is a board member of the migrant welfare organisation, HOME. In 2022, she will be a Fulbright Scholar based at the City University of New York (CUNY).


Delphine Pagès-El Karoui

Delphine Pagès-El Karoui is a Professor at INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations)  where she teaches Middle East geography. She is an affiliated faculty member at CERMOM (Middle East and Mediterranean Research Centre) and she is also a fellow researcher at Institut Convergences Migrations. Her research addresses Egyptian migrations (transnational networks and diasporas in Europe and the Gulf, imaginaries in literature and cinema…); the spatial dimensions of Arab revolutions; urban diversity and cosmopolitanism in Gulf cities. Her last book is Migration, Urbanity and Cosmopolitanism in a Globalized World, edited with Catherine Lejeune, Camille Schmoll and Hélène Thiollet.

Since Oct. 2017, she has been working part-time as a project officer for the General Directorate for Research and Innovation (DGRI) at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. She is now deputy head of the Social Sciences and Humanities sector.


Somdeep Sen

Somdeep Sen is Associate Professor in International Development Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research focuses on race and racism in International Relations, liberation movements, spatial politics, settler colonialism and postcolonial studies. He is the author of Decolonizing Palestine: Hamas between the Anticolonial and the Postcolonial (Cornell University Press, 2020) and co-editor of Globalizing Collateral Language: From 9/11 to Endless War (University of Georgia Press, 2021). His work has also appeared in The Washington PostAl Jazeera EnglishForeign PolicyThe Huffington PostOpen DemocracyJacobinThe London Review of BooksThe Palestine Chronicle and The Disorder of Things.


Patrick simon in library

Patrick Simon is Director of Research at the Institut national d’études démographiques (National Institute for Demographic Studies; INED) and is a fellow researcher at l'Observatoire Sociologique du Changement Social (OSC) at Sciences Po. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, a Fulbright Fellow in 2010-11, and a Distinguished ARC Scholar at The Graduate Center, CUNY, in 2015-2016. Simon is currently coordinating the newly founded Master "Migrations" from the institute for migrations, Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and EHESS. Trained as a sociodemographer at L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences; EHESS), where he earned a doctoral degree in 1994, he has studied social and ethnic segregation in French cities, antidiscrimination policies, and the integration of ethnic minorities in European countries. He is one of the principal investigators of a large survey, Trajectories and Origins: The Diversity of Population in France, conducted by INED and the Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques (National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies).


Ricard Zapata-Barrero

Ricard Zapata-Barrero ( is a Full Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain). Director of GRITIM-UPF (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration) and the Master Program in Migration Studies. He is also member of the Board of Directors the European Network IMISCOE (International Migration and Social Cohesion in Europe) and Chair its External Affairs Committee. Coordinator of EuroMedMig and of EUMedMi Jean Monnet Network. Additionally, he is a member of editorial boards of several academic journals and an occasional contributor to media and policy debates. His lines of research deal with contemporary issues of liberal democracy in contexts of diversity, especially the relationship between democracy, citizenship, and immigration. He is currently working on Interculturalism as a policy paradigm for diversity policies, Mediterranean Migration, Urban resilience and Migration Governance.  For publications see website:

Headshot: Laure Bereni

Laure Bereni is CNRS Research Director (permanent research professor) in sociology, and a faculty member of the Centre Maurice Halbwachs - a research center affiliated with the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris.  She teaches graduate seminars at Sciences Po Paris and at the EHESS. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political sociology, the sociology of gender and race, and the sociology of work and organizations.  Her doctoral research focused on the movement for gender parity in France.  Over the past few years, she has conducted a comparative study of Diversity and Inclusion offices in large multinational companies based in the New York and Paris areas.  Her current project (ProVirCap), for which she has received funding from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche, and which involves a team of nine scholars, offers an innovative take on “responsible capitalism” by placing the lens on its managers, their work activities and their professional environments, in three business areas: New York, Paris and Madrid.

She recently published The Women’s Cause in a Field. Rethinking the Architecture of Collective Protest in the Era of Movement Institutionalization (Social Movement studies, 2021), Colour-blind diversity : how the “Diversity Label” reshaped anti-discrimination policies in three French local governments (Ethnic & Racial Studies, 2020) [with R. Epstein & M. Torres] and Au-delà de la confrontation : saisir la diversité des interactions entre mondes militants et mondes économiques (Revue française de sociologie, 2021) [with S. Dubuisson-Quellier].



Headshot: Linda Bosniak

Linda Bosniak is Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University School of Law, and Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty in Political Science at Rutgers, New Brunswick.  She is the author of  “The Citizen and the Alien: Dilemmas of Contemporary Membership,” and numerous articles and book chapters across disciplines on citizenship, territoriality, constitutionalism, nationalism and borders. She has taught at Princeton University and at the University of Graz, and has been awarded residential fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio, and Princeton University.



Headshot: Kathleen Coll

Kathleen Coll is an associate professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco. Her research and teaching focuses on immigration politics and policies, cultural citizenship, and grassroots community organizing in the US, and in particular, San Francisco. Her books include Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2010), Disputing Citizenship (with Clarke, Dagnino & Neveu, Policy Press, 2014) and Gendered Citizenships (with Caldwell, Fisher, Ramirez & Siu, Palgrave Press, 2009). Prior to joining USF’s Department of Politics, she lectured at Stanford, Harvard and CCSF, and received fellowships from Radcliffe Institute, Social Science Research Council, and Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme. 



Headshot: Milena Doytcheva

Milena Doytcheva holds a PhD from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). She is currently Professor of Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Lille- Northern France, and fellow at Institut Convergences Migrations (Collège de France-CNRS) Her instruction in undergraduate and graduate philosophy and sociology addresses topics of international migration, multiculturalism, citizenship, and minority rights. Her research focusses on mechanisms of governing race and ethnicity in allegedly color-blind institutional settings, and across multiple fields (urban policy and development, education, the corporate word). Her current project, for which she received support from the Franco-American Fulbright Commission (2021) aims at developing a threefold comparison of American, British, French and European policies on diversity and non-discrimination, particularly in the workplace. Titled “Global Diversity Doctrines, Competing Claims, and ‘White Diversity’”, the project offers to critically examine the dynamics of downplaying race and ethnicity within organizational diversity procedures -- as has been notably, yet not solely, the case in France -- and how this contributes to reinforcing institutional racism through the rise of “raceless” diversity concepts. She recently published Governing racial justice through standards and the birth of ‘White diversity’: a Foucauldian perspective. She also authored (in French): Le Multiculturalisme (Paris, La Découverte, 2018); Politiques de la diversité. Sociologie des discriminations et des politiques antidiscriminatoires au travail (Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 2015) ; Une discrimination positive à la française ? Ethnicité et territoire dans les politiques de la ville (La Découverte, 2007).


Headshot: Kotie Kaiser

Dr. Kotie Kaiser is a senior lecturer in the School for Language Education at the North-West University (NWU).  She is passionate about language curriculum development and has worked in teams to design undergraduate and postgraduate modules in English language teaching as well as short learning courses for pre- and in-service teachers in teaching English across the curriculum.  She has also led a team in the development of a BEdHons course in Language Education which includes a choice of specialisation in one of seven of South Africa’s official languages.  In the past two years she has been part of a task team to implement the new language policy of additive multilingualism at the NWU and is now in the second phase of designing an online training course for lecturers in multilingual pedagogies in Higher Education.


Headshot: Isabel Martinez

Isabel Z. Martínez is a Senior Researcher at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), Switzerland. Her research concentrates on inequality, the distribution of income and wealth, and the different ways people respond to taxes. Currently, she studies intergenerational mobility, as well as inheritances and inter-vivos gifts and how they influence inequality. Her work, which is mainly empirical, has a strong policy focus and she makes regular media contributions. Upon completion of her PhD at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) in 2016, she held Postdoc positions in Luxembourg and St. Gallen. From fall 2017 until spring 2020, she worked as economist at the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions. Since 2018, she serves as a member of the Swiss Competition Commission (ComCo). Isabel Z. Martínez is a CEPR Research Affiliate and a Fellow of the World Inequality Database Project (WID.World), and she has been listed among the 20 most influential economists in Switzerland in the NZZ Economist Ranking. Her work has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Economic Review and the Review of Economics and Statistics.



Headshot: Thomas Ogorzalek

Thomas Ogorzalek is Co-Director of the Chicago Democracy Project at Northwestern University and author of The Cities on the Hill: How Urban Institutions Transformed National Politics (Oxford U Press). His research has appeared in American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, and Du Bois Review, among other outlets.




Headshot: Anupa Sharma

Anupa Sharma is an assistant professor of economics at NDSU and has been a fellow at Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth since 2019. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech in 2016. Her research focuses on international trade and globalization. She studies global trade patterns by examining inter-sector and cross-country linkages in production and consumption, evaluating preferential trade agreements and their welfare implications, and examining the consequences of globalization through interrelationships between freer trade, immigration, and innovation. In her most recent work, she explores the immigrant’s role in technological innovation and economic growth in the presence of institutional barriers. It is the line of work she will be developing at ARC. She will examine the connection between globalization and wage inequality within a unified framework of trade, technology, and immigration, focusing on the evidence derived from comparisons across developing and developed countries.


Sheetal Chhabria - ARC Scholar


Sheetal Chhabria is Associate Professor of History at Connecticut College. She researches the histories of capitalism, the production of space, and the governance of labor, poverty and inequality. Her first book, Making the Modern Slum: the Power of Capital in Colonial Bombay (University of Washington Press, 2019), which won the American Historical Association’s 2020 John F. Richards Prize for South Asian History, shows how the wellbeing of the city–rather than of its people–became an increasingly urgent goal of government, positioning agrarian distress, famished migrants, and the laboring poor as threats to be contained or excluded. Other publications have analyzed the politics of aboriginality and indigenous rights, the relations between colonial knowledge and power, and the production of the economy as a social scientific fact. Her current research is focused on the imbrications of caste and capital in the subcontinent’s long history and the failures of decolonization. She has published in Comparative Studies in Society and History, the Journal of Urban History and the Journal of World History as well as written for The Nation, Jacobin, The India Forum and Scroll, amongst others.

Milena Doytcheva - ARC Scholar

Milena Doytcheva holds a PhD from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). She is currently Professor of Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Lille- Northern France, and fellow at Institut Convergences Migrations (Collège de France-CNRS) Her instruction in undergraduate and graduate philosophy and sociology addresses topics of international migration, multiculturalism, citizenship, and minority rights. Her research focusses on mechanisms of governing race and ethnicity in allegedly color-blind institutional settings, and across multiple fields (urban policy and development, education, the corporate word). Her current project, for which she received support from the Franco-American Fulbright Commission (2021) aims at developing a threefold comparison of American, British, French and European policies on diversity and non-discrimination, particularly in the workplace. Titled “Global Diversity Doctrines, Competing Claims, and ‘White Diversity’”, the project offers to critically examine the dynamics of downplaying race and ethnicity within organizational diversity procedures -- as has been notably, yet not solely, the case in France -- and how this contributes to reinforcing institutional racism through the rise of “raceless” diversity concepts. She recently published Governing racial justice through standards and the birth of ‘White diversity’: a Foucauldian perspective. She also authored (in French): Le Multiculturalisme (Paris, La Découverte, 2018); Politiques de la diversité. Sociologie des discriminations et des politiques antidiscriminatoires au travail (Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 2015) ; Une discrimination positive à la française ? Ethnicité et territoire dans les politiques de la ville (La Découverte, 2007).

Rachel Heiman - ARC Scholar

Rachel Heiman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at The New School and served as Chair of the Urban Studies Program from 2016-2018. She received her B.A in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the generative relationship between habits, sentiments, and spaces of everyday life and emerging cultural, political, economic, and environmental conditions. She is the author of Driving after Class: Anxious Times in an American Suburb [] (University of California Press, 2015) and co-editor (with Carla Freeman & Mark Liechty) of The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing through Ethnography [] (School for Advanced Research Press, 2012). Her current project, for which she received funding from the NEH, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and ACLS, brings together anthropology, urbanism, and architecture to explore emerging subjectivities, modes of citizenship, and regimes of governance amid efforts to redesign suburbia for a more sustainable future. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Humanities Center, Russell Sage Foundation, and School for Advanced Research, and a Faculty Fellow at the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies.

Sameer ud Dowla Khan - ARC Scholar

Sameer ud Dowla Khan is an Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department at Reed College and co-editor of the Journal of South Asian Linguistics. I focus on phonetics and phonology, meaning I'm interested in the physical attributes of speech sounds, the complex patterns they form, and the abstract representations they embody in our mental grammars.

I focus on phonetics and phonology, meaning I'm interested in the physical attributes of speech sounds, the complex patterns they form, and the abstract representations they embody in our mental grammars.

My primary research specializations are intonation (prosody) and voice quality (phonation), and I also work on dissimilarity, reduplication, and infant-directed speech. You can learn about my model of Bengali intonation, which I am currently expanding to cover the prosodically diverse languages of South Asia.

Every year, I teach phonetics, phonology, and half of our introductory course on formal linguistics. On a rotating basis, I also teach specialized courses on intonation, laboratory phonology, phonological knowledge, field methods, methods of design and analysis, and South Asian languages.

Jeffrey S. Lowe - ARC Scholar

Jeffrey S. Lowe is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University.  His service to the planning profession includes past chair of the Planning and the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association, founding member and past co-chair of the Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG) of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), and immediate-past chair of ACSP’s Committee on Diversity.  He is a board member of the Great Plans Restoration Council, and a research fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research (Rice University).  His research focuses on social justice and racial equity concerns within the context of community planning and urban revitalization.  He is the author of Rebuilding Communities the Public Trust Way: Community Foundation Assistance to CDCs, 1980-2000 (Lexington Press, 2006) and other publications including articles in Planning, Practice and Research; Housing Policy Debate; Journal of Urban Affairs; Urban Geography; and Western Journal of Black Studies.  Relatively recently he has researched community land trusts as a transformational tool to help bring about greater levels of permanent affordable housing, social control of land, and racial equity.  During his ARC visit (Fall 2020 term), he will expand his research to urban revitalization and racial diversification of the U.S. planning profession.

Ive Marx - ARC Scholar

Ive Marx is Professor at the University of Antwerp and Director of the Centre for Social Policy Herman Deleeck. He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology from 2012 until 2018. He is chair of the interdisciplinary Bachelor and Master Programme in Socio-Economic Sciences.

Ive Marx took degrees in Political and Social Sciences and in Economics. He directs research on minimum income protection and poverty, especially in relation to labour market change and migration at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor IZA in Bonn.

His main research interest is labour market and welfare state change in relation to the distribution of income, with a particular focus on poverty. He has published extensively on the issue of in-work poverty and minimum income protection with Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Routledge, Edward Elgar and other international publishers. Journal articles have appeared in International Labour Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Social Policy, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Common Market Studies, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Ethical Perspectives, European Journal of Social Security, Journal of European Social Policy, Social Forces, European Sociological Review, etc.

He sits on the editorial boards of Social ForcesJournal of Social PolicySocial Inclusion and European Policy Analysis.He is also a member of the board of Espanet, Europe's leading network of social policy researchers. He is a columnist for Belgium's main broadsheet De Standaard.

Kevin St. Martin - ARC Scholar

Kevin St. Martin is an Associate Professor of Geography at Rutgers University. He is a human geographer whose work is at the intersection of economic geography, political ecology, and critical cartography. His work includes critical analyses of economic and resource management discourse as well as participatory projects that work to rethink economy and foster economic and environmental wellbeing. Dr. St. Martin’s projects have in common the regulation and transformation of the marine environment. In particular, he uses the paradigmatic case of fisheries in the U.S. Northeast to better understand the power of discourse, data, and devices to shape economic and environmental outcomes. His work is published in top academic geography and marine policy journals and he has recently edited a volume titled Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies. Dr. St. Martin is an editor of the Diverse Economies and Liveable Worlds book series, he is an associate editor for Maritime Studies, and he serves on the advisory board for the Floating Laboratory of Action and Theory at Sea (FLOATS).

David Abraham

David Abraham is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Miami. He was educated as an historian at the University of Chicago and as a jurist at the University of Pennsylvania. Abraham taught German and European history in the History Department at Princeton University for a number of years before joining a Law Faculty. Abraham has published widely on issues of politics and economics in Weimar Germany and is the author of The Collapse of the Weimar Republic, which examined the conditions and fate of a social- democratic, class-compromise effort to establish a viable welfare state and the assault against it by Germany’s elites. More recently he has written on immi¬gration and citizenship law with a particular focus on citizen¬ship in a neo-liberal era and problems of social solidarity, diversity, and integration in Germany, Israel, and the US. He has published, among others, in Law and Social Inquiry, Politics & Society, the American Journal of Legal History, Cit¬i¬zenship Studies, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Ethnic and Racial Studies, the International Migration Review, the American Historical Review, the Journal of Modern History, Critical Historical Studies and a number of Law Reviews.  In recent articles he has focused on the dilemma of the political Left, where an increasingly cosmopolitan conception of justice has undermined an historic commitment to regulation, closure, and protection.  This is the project Abraham will be developing at the ARC. The recipient of Humboldt, ACLS, and DAAD Awards as well as a “best chapter” prize from the APSA, Abraham has been a Visiting Professor at several European universities. He is currently completing a collection of articles that will appear this Fall as Wer gehört zu uns? Einwanderung, Integration und Solidarität im Wohlfahrtstaat (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag 2019).

Rafael Alarcon

Rafael Alarcón is research professor in the Department of Social Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana, Mexico. He holds a Ph. D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and belongs to Mexico’s National System of Researchers, Level III. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California in Los Angeles and San Diego, the Universidad de Valencia, the Université París Diderot, París 7 and Columbia University. As a specialist on international migration, throughout nearly 30 years, he has conducted and published research on: 1) the economic and social effects of migration in Mexico and the United States, 2) the integration of immigrants, 3) the immigration policies regarding skilled persons and 4) the criminalization and deportation of Mexican migrants from the United States. He recently coauthored the book: Making Los Angeles HomeThe Integration of Mexican Immigrants in the United States(Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016) in collaboration with Luis Escala and Olga Odgers.

Charlotte Bartels

Charlotte Bartels is a Research Associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). She received her Ph.D. in economics for her thesis „Insurance and Redistribution in the German welfare state“ from the Freie Universitaet Berlin in 2013, which won the Roman Herzog Award 2015 for Social Market Economy Research and the Wolfgang-Ritter-Award 2015. Thereafter, she worked as coordinator of the Ph.D. program „Public Economics and Inequality“ until 2015. She visited the Economics Department of Uppsala University in 2015 and the Economics Department of the University of California, Berkeley, in 2018. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies (UCFS) and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). Her research interests lie in the fields of empirical public and labor economics as well as economic history. She is particularly concerned with the distribution of income and wealth both current and in historical perspective and the redistributive and stabilizing impact of tax-benefit systems and their effect on labor market behavior. She contributes the German long-run inequality series to the World Inequality Database (WID). She has published in the Journal of Economic History, International Tax and Public Finance, the Review of Income and Wealth, and the Journal of Economic Inequality. Currently, she is working on a long-run wealth inequality series for Germany. In other current projects, she investigates the underlying mechanisms of changes in the distribution of income and wealth.

Yonatan Berman

Yonatan Berman is a fellow at the London Mathematical Laboratory. He received his PhD from Tel Aviv University and has been a postdoctoral fellow at Paris School of Economics. His work focuses on social mobility, wealth and income inequality and their inter-relationship, from both empirical and theoretical perspectives. He is particularly interested in understanding whether inequality leads to lower social mobility, and whether there can be "enough" social mobility to "care less" about increasing inequality. His research interests also include microeconomic theory, with or without applications to inequality and mobility.


Adrian Blackledge

Adrian Blackledge is Professor of Sociolinguistics at University of Stirling. He conducts ethnographic research in the fields of multilingualism and translanguaging in education and society. His most recent study was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, ‘Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities’. His publications include Voices of a City Market (with Angela Creese, 2019), The Routledge Handbook of Language and Superdiversity (with Angela Creese, 2018), Heteroglossia as Practice and Pedagogy (with Angela Creese, 2014), The Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism (with Marilyn Martin-Jones and Angela Creese, 2012), and Multilingualism, A Critical Perspective (with Angela Creese, 2010). He was Poet Laureate for the city of Birmingham, 2014-2016.

Angela Creese

Angela Creese is Professor of Linguistic Ethnography in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling. She started her career as a research assistant working on others' funded projects. This trajectory has created a commitment to collaborative research, particularly in large, diverse, interdisciplinary research teams.  She has led and contributed to 10 plus research council grants, including the most recent on translanguaging in contexts of linguistic and social diversity.  Her research interests are in sociolinguistics, language policy/planning and interaction in everyday life. She has co-written on linguistic ethnography (with Fiona Copland 2014), and multilingualism (with Adrian Blackledge, 2010).  She has edited several large handbook collections on superdiversity (with Blackledge 2017), multilingualism (with Martin-Jones and Blackledge) and heteroglossia (with Blackledge, 2010).  She has also published on collaborative teaching in linguistically diverse classrooms (2008). She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science. In 2010 she received the Helen C Bailey Award (Alumni) for ‘Outstanding contribution to educational linguistics’, from University of Pennsylvania.

Arnika Fuhrmann

Arnika Fuhrmann (Associate Professor, Asian Studies, Cornell University) is an interdisciplinary scholar of Southeast Asia, working at the intersections of the region’s aesthetic, religious, and political modernities. Her work models an approach to the study of Southeast Asia that is informed by affect, gender, urban, and media theory and anchored in thorough cultural, linguistic, and historical knowledge of the region. Her book Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema (Duke University Press, 2016) examines how Buddhist-coded anachronisms of haunting figure struggles over sexuality, personhood, and notions of collectivity in contemporary Thai cinema and political rhetoric. Fuhrmann’s second book, Teardrops of Time: Thai Buddhist Temporality and the Aesthetics of Redemption in the Modern Poetry of Angkhan Kalayanaphong (forthcoming, SUNY Press), extends her interests in the work that Buddhism performs outside of the sphere of religious instruction and investigates how 20th century Thai poetry draws on Buddhist frameworks. In her current research project, In the Mood for Texture: Urban and Media Revivals of Chinese Colonial Modernity in the Global Asian City (Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Shanghai), Fuhrmann focuses on the revival of the aesthetics of “Chinese colonial modernity” and new imaginations of Asia across cinema and hospitality venues.  Her writing has appeared in Camera Obscura, Diogenes, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Oriens Extremus, and positions: asia critique. She works as an associate editor of the journal, positions: asia critique. Complementing her academic work, she engages in cultural programming and works in the curatorial team of the Asian Film Festival Berlin.

Eve Haque

Eve Haque is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University. Her research and teaching interests include multiculturalism, white settler nationalism and language policy, with a focus on the regulation and representation of racialized im/migrants in white settler societies. Her current work explores the coloniality of national integration policies. She has published in such journals as Social Identities, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development  and Canadian Ethnic Studies, among others. She is also the author of Multiculturalism Within a Bilingual Framework: Language, Race and Belonging in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

Erica Meiners

Erica R. Meiners is author of several books including For the Children? Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State (University of Minnesota 2016) and articles in a range of periodicals including MeridiansWomen’s Studies QuarterlyHarvard Educational ReviewRadical TeacherAmerican QuarterlyCaptive Genders, and In These Times. Her current work includes a co-edited anthology The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Towards Freedom (Haymarket Press 2018) and the forthcoming The Feminist and the Sex Offender (Verso Press, 2020) which explores feminist culpability and resistance to the mounting sex offender regime. Erica is involved with a range of ongoing mobilizations for liberation, including movements that involve access to free public education for all, including people during and after incarceration, and other queer abolitionist struggles. She has collaboratively started a number of initiatives including, an alternative high school for people exiting prisons and jails, and in 2011 started work with others to organize education and art programs at Stateville Prison. A Visiting Scholar a range of universities and centers -  including Humbolt University, Trent University, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum - Erica’s day job is as the Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor at Northeastern Illinois University where she is a member of her labor union, University Professionals of Illinois, and she teaches classes in justice studies, education, and gender and sexuality studies. While at CUNY, Erica is interested in building abolition with others.

Patricia Oliart

Patricia Oliart is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies and Head of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University (UK). Her book Políticas educativas y la cultura del sistema escolar en el Perú(2001) is about the role that racism and corruption play in the reproduction of ‘poor education for the poor’ in the Peruvian education system. Other publications are about the circumstances and particular shape that emancipatory ideas take in the political and intellectual life of individuals in Peru (Marxism among school teachers, feminism among indigenous women, alter-globalism among rock musicians, anti-racism among documentary photographers). Her current project is about youth cultural and political collectives and the political subjectivities emerging around them in Latin America. She is preparing a book on youth activism in Peru in the past twenty years, and an edited volume on the pedagogies of dissidence in Latin America.  

Valerie Preston

Valerie Preston is Professor in the Department of Geography at York University, Toronto, Canada. She has been a visiting professor at University of Melbourne, Institut national de la recherche scientifique –urbanisation culture société, and University of British Columbia and an Academic Resident at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center. An urban social geographer, her research interests include international migration, especially the varied economic and educational trajectories of the second generation living in super-diverse cities and gendered and racialized inequalities in local labor and housing markets. Currently, she leads a partnership of academic researchers, community practitioners, and government policymakers entitled Building Migrant Resilience in Cities/ Immigration et résilience en milieu urbain that is investigating a social resilience approach to inclusion of newcomers in contemporary cities. Co-author of Social Infrastructure and Vulnerability in the Suburbs (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and the recently released Everyday Equalities: Making Multicultures in Settler Colonial Societies (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), she is also co-editor of Liberating Temporariness? Migration, Work and Citizenship in an Age of Insecurity (McGill-Queens University Press, 2014) and When Care Work Goes Global: Locating the Social Relations of Domestic Work (Routledge, 2014).

Susanah Romney

Susanah Romney is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at New York University. She teaches courses on Atlantic history, early America, and Women and Gender. She earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University and her BA at the University of California Santa Cruz. She is the author of New Netherland Connections: Intimate Networks and Atlantic Ties in Seventeenth-Century America, which was the winner of the Jamestown Prize, the Hendricks Award, and the First Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. She is currently at work on a study of gender, unfreedom, and claims to space in the seventeenth-century Dutch empire, focusing on Manhattan, Guayana, Java, and southern Africa. Her work helps uncover the roots of the racial and gender hierarchies that developed alongside the first global trade networks.

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Director of the American Studies Program at NYU. A contributor to the Guardian, the New York TimesThe Nation, and Al Jazeera, he is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Creditocracy and the Case for Debt RefusalBird On Fire,  Nice Work if You Can Get ItFast Boat to ChinaNo-Collar, and The Celebration Chronicles. His new book, (from Verso) is titled Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel.   


Jeffrey Willaims

Jeffrey J. Williams is Professor of English and of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. He writes on the problems and prospects of contemporary higher education, particularly in the US, and has helped establish the field of critical university studies. He also writes on the history of modern criticism and theory, focusing on the way it has been shaped by its institutional conditions, and on contemporary American fiction, in public as well as academic venues. Alongside his own writing, he has developed ‘The Interview Project,’ publishing more than 70 substantive interviews with critics, philosophers, writers, and others ( His most recent book is How to Be an Intellectual: Criticism, Culture, and the University (Fordham UP, 2014), and he is completing Brave New University (Johns Hopkins UP). He also serves as co-editor of the series “Critical University Studies” with Hopkins, and of The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (3rd ed. 2018).

Mihail Arandarenko

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

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).


Donette Francis

Donette Francis 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 Garcia

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.




Marc Helbling

Marc Helbling is full professor in political sociology 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 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) and co-authored a book on “Political Conflict in Western Europe” (Cambridge UP).

Mathieu Ichou

Mathieu Ichou 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

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 Ordonez

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.

Lourdes Ortega

Lourdes Ortega 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.

David Peetz

David Peetz 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.

Alastair Pennycook

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).  

Preeti Sampat

Preeti Sampat 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.



Anwar Shaikh

Anwar Shaikh 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

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

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.

Gulseli Baysu

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

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 Busemeyer

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

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

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

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

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

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 Pietikainen

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 ( 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

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 Reitz

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

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. 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

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

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.  


Vicky Chondrogianni

Vicky Chondrogianni 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, English, Dutch, Danish and German). 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.

Alexandre Duchene

Alexandre Duchêne, 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 (2015-2018).

Cornelia Kristen

Cornelia Kristen 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

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).

Henrik Lebuhn

Henrik Lebuhn 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.

David Scott

David Scott 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.

Elana Shohamy

Elana Shohamy 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.

Paul Statham

Paul Statham 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.

Julia Szalai

Julia Szalai 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.

Linda Tropp

Linda Tropp 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).

Cristian R Aquino Sterling

Cristian R. Aquino-Sterling is an Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education (STE) at San Diego State University. He holds a BA in Western Philosophy (Fordham University); a MA in Hispanic Literatures & Cultural Studies (Columbia University), and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (Arizona State University). He has taught at various public and private K-8 schools in New York City, at Fordham University, and at the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies (University of Pennsylvania). His research addresses two interrelated areas where language and discourse are seen as central elements of K-12 teachers’ pedagogical practice: (a) the assessment and development of teaching-specific or “Pedagogical Spanish” competencies in the preparation of K-12 bilingual teachers (Aquino-Sterling, 2016); and (b) language demands of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and implications for teacher preparation and the education of K-12 students in mainstream and bilingual contexts. His research has been published in Bilingual Research Journal; Boletín de la Federación Internacional Fe y Alegría; Critical Pedagogy and Teacher Education in the Neoliberal Era (with Beth B. Swadener et al.); International Journal of Language and Linguistics (with Sarah Garrity et al.); International Multilingual Research Journal (with Sarah Garrity et al.); Reading in a Foreign Language (with Cindy Brantmeier et al.), and Voices from the Middle. Other research is scheduled to appear in Multicultural Perspectives (with Fernando Rodríguez-Valls) and International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (with Sarah Garrity et al.).

Veronica Benet Martinez

Verónica Benet-Martínez is a Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain. Her research centers on the psychology of multicultural identity and experiences across different national contexts (Europe, USA) and for different types of groups (e.g., immigrants, ethnic minorities, transnational adoptees). She is particularly interested in individual variations in bicultural identity structure and dynamics, and the interplay of social context and cognitive and personality factors in predicting both positive and negative outcomes from multicultural and intercultural experiences. She investigates these issues with experimental and correlational designs that rely on self-report, behavioral, and social-network data. She most recently published the “Oxford Handbook of Multicultural Identity,” which won the Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Award by the American Psychological Association. Before joining UPF, she held faculty positions in the psychology departments of the University of California (Riverside) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and was a funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California (Berkeley). She obtained a Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from the University of California (Davis). She is an appointed Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), was an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2009-2015), and has been an editorial board member for several top-tier personality, social, and cultural psychology journals. She will visit CUNY during the Spring 2016 term.

Claudia Diehl

Claudia Diehl is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Konstanz, Germany. She is currently working on integration processes among new immigrants in Europe, on return migration and on xenophobia and ethnic discrimination. She received her PhD from the University of Mannheim in 2001 and has been a researcher at the research institute of the German Federal Statistical Office and a professor at the University of Göttingen before her appointment in Konstanz. She is an advisor to the Ministry of Interior Affairs, member of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration, and Co-editor of the German Journal of Sociology. Recent publications include a special issue of Ethnicities on early integration patterns of recent migrants in four European countries, an edited volume on ethnic educational inequality in Germany and several journal articles on migration, integration and ethnic discrimination. She will be at CUNY for the Spring 2016 term.

Richard Drayton

Richard Drayton is Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at King's College London. Born in the Caribbean, he was educated at Harvard, Yale and Oxford, taught at the universities of Virginia and Cambridge, and has visited at Harvard, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His earliest work was on the relationship of science and technology to European expansion. His book Nature's Government: Science, Imperial Britain and the 'Improvement' of the World (2000, 2005) won the Forkosch Prize of the American Historial Association. In 2002, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for History. He brings to CUNY his current work on how western european empires operated as part of a collaborative system which organised regimes of inequality both within and between different regions and societies. Slavery and the plantation economies of the Americas, he suggests, organised a historical geography of inequality, unequal schedules of rights, and cognitive regimes of status difference which persist at several scales of contemporary experience.

Christine Helot

Christine Hélot has been a professor of English and Sociolinguistics at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Strasbourg (France) since 1991. Previously, she held a post of lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the National University of Ireland (Maynooth College) where she was the director of the Language Centre. As a sociolinguist, her research focuses on language in education policies in France and in Europe, bi-multilingual education, intercultural education, language awareness, early childhood education, and children’s literature and multiliteracy. In 1988, she obtained her PhD from Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) for a thesis entitled Child Bilingualism: a linguistic and sociolinguistic study, and in 2005 she was awarded an Habilitation by the University of Strasbourg for her research on bilingualism in the home and school contexts. This research was published in 2007 by l’Harmattan (Paris) under the title Du Bilinguisme en famille au Plurilinguisme à l’école and in 2008 was the subject of the documentary film directed by M. Feltin "Raconte-moi ta langue/Tell me how you talk". Since 2009, Christine Hélot has been a visiting professor on the Master in Bilingual Education run by the University Pablo de Olavide (Sevilla, Spain). In 2011/2012, she was a guest professor at the Goethe University of Frankfurt Am Main (Germany) in the Institute for Romance Languages and Literatures. Dr Hélot has published widely in French and English. Her most recent publications include: C. Hélot, R. Sneddon, N. Daly (2014) Children's Literature in Multilingual Classrooms, IOE Press/Trentham Books, Développement du langage et plurilinguisme chez le jeune enfant (2013) with M-N. Rubio, Toulouse: érès, Language Policy for the Multilingual Classroom: Pedagogy of the Possible (2011) with M. O’ Laoire, Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Juliet Hooker

Juliet Hooker is an Associate Professor of Government and of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Hooker served as Associate Director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at UT-Austin from 2009 to 2014, and as co-Chair of the American Political Science Association’s Presidential Task Force on Racial and Social Class Inequalities in the Americas (2014-2015). She is a political theorist specializing in comparative political theory, political solidarity, and multiculturalism, and has also published widely on Afro-descendant and indigenous politics and multicultural rights in Latin America. She is the author of Race and the Politics of Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2009). Her current book project, Hybrid Traditions, juxtaposes the accounts of race formulated by prominent nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. African-American and Latin American political thinker. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2001. She will be with CUNY for the Spring 2016 term.

David R Howell

David R. Howell is a Professor of economics and public policy at The New School (New York City). Recent publications have focused on the effects of labor market institutions and social policy on unemployment across OECD countries; the importance of minimum wage policies for the comparative employment performance of the US and France; and the consequences of rising inequality for economic growth. Current work is focused mainly on a cross-country examination of the effects of alternative policy and institutional regimes on the translation of economic growth into decent jobs, and is aimed at generating lessons for improving US labor market decent job performance. This research is funded by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

James Livingston

James Livingston is Professor of History at Rutgers University, where he has taught for 27 years. Before arriving there, he taught in a community college, a maximum security prison, a small liberal arts college, and four large state universities. He is the author of six books and many articles on topics ranging from the Federal Reserve to Shakespeare, on toward pragmatism, feminism, and horror movies. His new book, from UNC Press, is Fuck Work: Why Full Employment Is A Bad Idea.

Luisa Martin Rojo

Luisa Martín Rojo is Professor in Linguistics at the Universidad Autónoma (Madrid, Spain), and Member of the International Pragmatic Association Consultation Board (2006-2011; re-elected for the period 2012-2017). Through her research trajectory, she has conducted research in the fields of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and communication, mainly focused on immigration and racism. Since 2000, she has focused on studying the management of cultural and linguistic diversity in Madrid schools, applying a sociolinguistic and ethnographic perspective and analysing how inequality is constructed, naturalized and legitimized through discourse. Her publications in this field are numerous; the most significant could be the 2010 book, Constructing inequality in multilingual classrooms. Currently she is exploring the interplay between urban spaces and linguistic practices in new global protest movements (Occupy: The spatial dynamics of discourse in global protest movements, 2014). She is also a member of the editorial boards of the journals Discourse & Society, Journal of Language and Politics, Spanish in Context, Critical Discourse Studies, and Journal of Multicultural Discourses, and she chairs the Iberian Association of Discourse in Society (EDiSO).

Leslie McCall

Leslie McCall is Professor of Sociology and Political Science, and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University. She studies public opinion about inequality and related economic and policy issues as well as trends in actual earnings and family income inequality. She is the author of The Undeserving Rich: American Beliefs about Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution (2013) and Complex Inequality: Gender, Class, and Race in the New Economy (2001). Her research has also been published in a wide range of journals and edited volumes and supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, Demos: A Network of Ideas and Action, and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University

Naomi Murakawa

Naomi Murakawa is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. She studies the reproduction of inequality in 20th and 21st century American politics, and her research focuses on racial criminalization and the politics of carceral expansion. She is the author of The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America (Oxford University Press, 2014), which won the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association. Her work has appeared in Law and Society Review, Du Bois Review, Theoretical Criminology and numerous edited volumes. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2005. She will be with the Graduate Center for the Fall 2015 term.

Suren Pillay

Suren Pillay is Associate Professor at the Center for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. He has published on issues of violence, citizenship and justice claims. With Chandra Sriram he is co-editor of the book,  Truth vs Justice? The Dilemmas of Transitional Justice in Africa (London: James Currey, 2011) He has an Mphil, and a Phd in Anthropology from Columbia University. His current research focuses on two areas of interest: citizenship, violence and the politics of difference; and  experiments in cultural sovereignty in postcolonial Africa in the sphere of knowledge production in the humanities and social sciences. Suren has been a visiting fellow at Jawarhalal Nehru University, India, the Makerere Institute for Social Research, Uganda, the Center for African Studies, Univ. of Cape Town, and the Center for Social Difference, Columbia University. He is a previous editor of the journal Social Dynamics, blogs for Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), and has published widely in the press.

Kim Potowski

Kim Potowski is Associate Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Spanish for Bilinguals program. Her research focuses on Spanish in the United States, including factors that influence intergenerational language transmission and change as well as connections between language and ethnic identity. Her interest in the role of dual language education in promoting bilingualism and academic achievement among Latino youth was the focus of her 2013 TEDx talk. She has (co)-authored or edited several books including Heritage language teaching: Research and practice (2014), Language and identity in a dual immersion school (2007), Language diversity in the USA(2011), Bilingual youth: Spanish in English-speaking societies(2008) and El español de los Estados Unidos (2015). She has also authored two college Spanish textbooks, one for beginners and another focusing on academic argument texts for heritage speakers and advanced composition students. With the support of a Fulbright fellowship, she recently spent a year in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying the linguistic and educational experiences of U.S.-raised Mexican-origin youth as they (re)integrated into Mexican schools. She is Executive Editor of the journal Spanish in Context and co-director of the Language in Context Research Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She will be at CUNY during the Spring 2016 term.

Patrick Simon

Patrick Simon is Director of research at INED (Institut National d’Etudes Demographiques –National demographic institute) (F), where he heads the research unit “International Migration and Minorities” and is fellow researcher at the Center of European Studies (CEE) at Sciences Po. He is studying antidiscrimination policies, ethnic classification and the integration of ethnic minorities in European countries. He has chaired the scientific panel “Integration of immigrants” at the IUSSP (International Union for the Scientific Studies of Population) and was appointed at the Scientific Board of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Commission in Vienna (2008-2013). He has edited with V.Piché (2012) a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies, « Accounting for ethnic and racial diversity: the challenge of enumeration » and with Nancy Foner (2015) Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity: Immigration and Belonging in North America and Western Europe, New York, Russell Sage Foundation.

Patrik Svensson

Patrik Svensson is a Professor of Humanities and Information Technology at HUMlab, Umeå University, and the former Director of HUMlab (2000-2014). His current work can be loosely organized under two themes: Digital Humanities and Conditions for Knowledge Production. The first theme includes research and practice in relation to the intersection of the humanities and information technology with a particular focus on the history, role and place of the digital humanities. The second theme addresses research infrastructure, spaces for learning and knowledge production, intellectual middleware, presentation software and academic events. His work seeks to be critical and interventionist. Recent publications include Between Humanities and the Digital (co-edited with David Theo Goldberg, MIT Press, 2015) and “Close Reading PowerPoint” (online publication). He is currently working on a project on space and knowledge production.

Sarah Bruch

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

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).

Steve Jones

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.

Don Kalb

Don Kalb 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.

Yuri Kazepov

Yuri Kazepov 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.

Marco Martiniello

Marco Martiniello 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 and racialized minorities in super-diverse cities and countries (Australia, South African, USA, Belgium and Italy).

Pau Ong

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.

Karen Phalet

Karen Phalet 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.

Andrew Stauffer

Andrew Stauffer 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.

Massimiliano Tomba

Massimiliano Tomba 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.

Maurice Crul

Maurice Crul 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 Duyvendak

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 Goldberg

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.

Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin 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.

Don Mitchell

Don Mitchell 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.

Mauricio Pietrocola

Mauricio Pietrocola 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 Reddy

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.

Moshe Sluhovsky

Moshe Sluhovksy 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.

Distinguished CUNY Fellows

Jillian Schwedler

Dr. Jillian Schwedler is Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York’s Hunter College and the Graduate Center and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Crown Center at Brandeis University.  She is member of the editorial committee for Middle East Law and Governance (MELG) and elected member of the APSA Council, the governing board of the American Political Science Association. Previously, she has served leadership roles as chair of the Board of Directors and member the Editorial Committee of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), publishers of the quarterly Middle East Report.  She has also served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America. During the Spring 2020 semester, she was Visiting Professor and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Global and International Studies at the University of Salamanca, Spain.Dr. Schwedler’s research currently focuses on contentious politics and political geography, particularly concerning protests in urban and peri-urban settings. Her books include the award-winning Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen (Cambridge 2006) and (with Laleh Khalili) Policing and Prisons in the Middle East (Columbia 2010).  Her articles have appeared in World Politics, Comparative Politics, Middle East Policy, Middle East Report, Middle East Critique, Journal of Democracy, and Social Movement Studies, among many others.  Her most recent book is Protesting Jordan: Geographies of Power and Dissent (2022 from Stanford University Press).

Anna O. Law

Anna O. Law holds the Herbert Kurz Chair in Constitutional Rights at CUNY Brooklyn College.  She is Associate Professor of Political Science and specializes in teaching and researching U.S. constitutional law, U.S. immigration law and policy history. Her publications have appeared in both social science journals and law reviews investigate the interaction between law, legal institutions, politics, and history. Her first book, The Immigration Battle in American Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2010) examined the role of the federal judiciary in U.S. immigration policy.  Her second book, under contract with Oxford University Press, traces the evolution of U.S. antebellum federalism in migration and citizenship policy history. It shows the interconnections between the laws and policies regulating the freedom of movement and remain of European migrants, enslaved and domestic Africans, and Native people.

Tarun Banerjee

As a sociologist, Tarun's work focuses on broad questions of political power: who has it? what do they do with it? and how can those without power get it? He has two lines of research; first, on public policy and the power structure, focusing on how public policy is made, how business influences policy, and the effects of this on the democratic process. He also studies social movements to understand how people without power organize collectively to get it. What tactics do and don’t work when people are shut out of formal positions of power? And specifically, how does the world we live in today—one dominated by gigantic corporations and endless money in elections—change the strategies ordinary people can use to organize for change? He is co-author of a recent book, Levers of Power: How the 1% Rules, and What the 99% Can Do About It  (with Kevin A. Young and Michael Schwartz).

Midori Yamamura

Midori Yamamura, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History at the CUNY Kingsborough, specializes in global contemporary art history focusing on Asia and its diaspora. The author of Yayoi Kusama: Inventing the Singular (MIT Press: 2015) and a co-editor of Visual Representation and the Cold War: Art and Postcolonial Struggles in East and Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2021), as a feminist art historian of color, her interest is in exploring the ideas that emerge in marginal space in society. In Spring 2022, Yamamura co-organized a community-based pedagogical exhibition, UnHomeless NYC (March-April, 2022), with a multi-disciplinary group of scholars and housing activists. The critic Billy Anania assessed the show: “The unhoused can teach a master class on survival.” Her new book, Japanese Contemporary Art Since 1989: Emergence of the Local in the Age of Globalization, examines the impact of technocracy on art in neoliberal society and the new ideas that emerged in the spaces devastated by the globally homogenous value system. She is interested in developing a community-based college teaching and learning.

Elizabeth Nisbet

Elizabeth Nisbet is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. She focuses on how public policy shapes inequality and inequities in labor markets and public services and establishes boundaries between the public and private sectors. Her research has examined whether and how cities regulate privately-funded organizations supporting public services; the influence of policy on employer behavior and work quality in the home care and agriculture sectors, and the use of framing in policy formation processes. Her work has been published in journals including Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Public Management Review, Policy Studies, Economic Development Quarterly, and Administration and Society.
Prior to working at John Jay College, she was a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University's School for Management and Labor Relations. She also had an extensive career in policy, programming, and research and evaluation for nonprofit organizations working in education, economic security, and health, including the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Sesame Workshop, and Helen Keller International. She began her career as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Nisbet received a PhD in Planning and Policy from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Communication from the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania.

 Carolina Bank Muñoz in sunshine outside

Carolina Bank Muñoz is a Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her work focuses on immigration, globalization, labor, work, and Latin America. Her newest book, with Penny Lewis and Emily Tumpson Molina, A People’s Guide to New York City is the fourth in the People’s Guide Series by the University o f California Press. Her previous books include, Transnational Tortillas: Race, Gender and Shop Floor Politics in Mexico and the United States (Cornell ILR 2008), winner of the Terry Book Award. Building Power From Below: Chilean Workers Take on Walmart (Cornell ILR 2017) and Walmart in the Global South with Bridget Kenny and Antonio Stecher (University of Texas Press 2018). Apart from scholarly endeavors, she is Chapter Chair of her union at Brooklyn College and active with the Immigrant Student Success Office. Bank Muñoz received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside. She was a project director at the UCLA Labor Center before joining CUNY in 2004.

Dr. Mayra Lopez-Humphreys

Dr. Mayra Lopez-Humphreys is an associate professor and director of the BSSW program at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her research focuses on restorative approaches with justice-impacted populations. Currently, she serves as the principal investigator on a research project with Exodus Transitional Community; the study examines interventions with justice-impacted adults transitioning to non-congregate hotel settings. Additionally, her interest in critical multiculturalism has concentrated on community-led solutions that foster equity and belonging.  Her work has appeared in Social WorkJournal of Social Service Research, Journal of Social Work Education and Urban Social Work. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in diversity, social welfare policy, and macro practice. Dr. Humphreys has 20+ years of non-profit leadership experience in organizational development, program evaluation, and asset-based community development. She has guided the development of participatory program designs and academic-community partnerships that endeavor to center the lives of historically stigmatized people groups.

Sarah Muir (Ph.D., University of Chicago 2011) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies at The City College of New York and Assistant Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research is situated at the intersection of linguistic, political-economic, and historical anthropology and examines the practical logics of economic investment, ethical evaluation, and political critique. Her first book, Routine Crisis: An Ethnography of Disillusion (University of Chicago Press, 2021), traces the lived consequences of Argentina's history of repeated financial crises. Her current project, Accounting for Kith and Kin: Pension Politics, Financial Ethics, and the Space-Time of Obligation, investigates the shifting logics of belonging and obligation that have shaped Argentine pension plans and other forms of social insurance and financial investment. Her work has appeared in journals such as Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Current Anthropology, Dialogues in Human Geography, Journal of Cultural Economy, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and Review of the Italian Academic Association of Cultural Anthropologists. Formerly the Co-Director of the Unpayable Debt Working Group (Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University), she has also helped curate and author works of public scholarship such as the Global Debt Syllabus ( and the Caribbean Debt Syllabus (​

Enrique Rodriguez Pouget

Enrique Rodriguez Pouget is currently Associate Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College, CUNY. He is an epidemiologist who has focused on mechanisms of health inequity. He is an author of over 70 peer-reviewed publications, and he recently completed a NIDA-funded project to develop quantitative measures to study emergent social structural changes in response to complex emergencies (“big events”) that can make people more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS (R01DA031597). The links between structural racism and racial/ethnic health disparities are not well understood. Policies that lead to high rates of mortality and incarceration can influence disease transmission and stress-related health mechanisms, as they remove social and economic resources from communities. For his ARC project, Dr. Pouget plans to study population-level factors as indicators of structural racism, and as potential mechanisms of disparate outcomes in disease transmission and childbirth using data from the CDC, US Census and national health surveys.

Liza G. Steele

Liza G. Steele is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York (CUNY), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a member of the doctoral faculty at The CUNY Graduate Center, and a faculty affiliate at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR). Her research is at the nexus of Sociology and Political Science, and has been published in journals such as the Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and presented in six countries.

Professor Steele researches attitudes towards income inequality, immigrants/refugees, ethnic diversity, social mobility, and social welfare policies ("social policy preferences" or "preferences for redistribution"), and is a co-founder of the Social Policy Preferences Network. Her ongoing work on policy preferences is divided into two lines of research: (1) ethnic diversity and migration, and (2) wealth and social mobility. More generally, Dr. Steele’s research focuses on how social stratification and economic inequality affect the development of policy preferences through the lens of cross-national comparison. Her previous research includes in-depth studies of Brazil and China. She uses both traditional and computational quantitative, as well as qualitative methods in her research, and has a working knowledge of French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Dr. Steele received a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University, and a BA in Political Science and Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University.

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Carlos Riobó is Immediate Past Executive Officer of the LAILaC Ph.D. program (2019 and 2020). Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures at The Graduate Center and at The City College of New York, he was Distinguished Scholar in CUNY’s Advanced Research Collaborative in 2021. He is also Professor of Comparative Literature at CCNY, the former Chair of his Department of Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures (2012-2019), and the current Chair of the Humanities and Arts Divisional Council (CLAS). Professor Riobó is the Director of CCNY’s Kaye Scholarship and the Director of its Cátedra Mario Vargas Llosa. He is an Editorial Board member of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas.



Headshot: Jillian Baez

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



Headshot: Silvia Dapia

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



Headshot: Jennifer Delfino

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



Headshot: Amita Gupta

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




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



Brian A. Collins - ARC Scholar

Brian A. Collins is an Associate Professor of Bilingual Education at Hunter College, CUNY. His research focuses on the dual language development of children of immigrants in the U.S. and how language competences influence dimensions of children’s social, psychological, and academic well-being. Dr. Collins is a Co-Investigator on the Harvard Project on Child Language and Developmental Psychiatry (CLDP) which has followed over 200 bilingual Latino children in public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade. Findings from this study have had important implications for young Latino children and demonstrated multiple strengths and adaptive pathways, as well as academic and social-emotional well-being related to language proficiency. In addition, Dr. Collins is an Associate Investigator on New York State Initiative for Emergent Bilinguals (NYSIEB), a collaborative CUNY project funded by the NYS DOE to support emergent bilinguals in New York City schools. Dr. Collins is committed to connecting his research to educators, clinicians, and specialists who work with bilingual children of immigrants.

Elizabeth Heath - ARC Scholar

Elizabeth Heath is an associate professor of history at Baruch College. Her research focuses on labor, race, and the role of empire in the development of capitalism in modern France. Her first book Wine, Sugar, and the Making of Modern France: Global Economic Crisis and the Racialization of French Citizenship, 1870-1910 (Cambridge, 2014) and won the Alf Andrew Heggoy prize in 2015 for best book dealing with the French colonial experience from 1815 to the present from the French Colonial Historical Society. She is currently writing a book entitled Invisible Empires: Colonial Commodities, Capitalism, and the Modern French Self, which explores the role that colonial territories, producers, and products played in the emergence of distinctive forms of perception and cognition that aided the development of French industrial capitalism between 1750 and 1970.

Dr. Jayashree Kamblé - ARC Scholar

Dr. Jayashree Kamblé is an Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College. Her research focuses on mass-market romance fiction and romance narratives in other media. Her first book was Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction: An Epistemolog []y (Palgrave, 2014). She recently co-edited a book collection for Routledge titled The Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction [] (2020) and published an article on women, transculturalism, and citizenship in romance in the Journal of Popular Romance Studies []. She is currently working on her second book (on romance fiction heroines) as well as articles on the racial geographies of historical romance novels (supported by the ARC Fellowship) and the history of American romance fiction (supported by the William P. Kelly Research Fellowship). She is a Vice-President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance [] and often discusses her research on podcasts such as Shelf Love [].

Vivian Louie - ARC Scholar

Vivian Louie is Professor of Urban Policy and Planning and Director of the Asian American Studies Center and Program at Hunter College. She was CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professor from 2013-2014. Louie has been associate and assistant professor, and postdoctoral fellow in education, as well as lecturer in sociology at Harvard, and a program officer at the William T. Grant Foundation. She has also previously worked as a newspaper journalist, journalism teacher, and youth magazine editor. Louie’s research has focused on understanding the factors that shape success along the educational pipeline among immigrants and the children of immigrants. She is the author of two books, Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education and Opportunity Among Chinese Americans (Stanford University Press) and Keeping the Immigrant Bargain: The Costs and Rewards of Success in America (Russell Sage Foundation), along with numerous scholarly articles, chapters, and entries. She is co-editor of and contributor to a third book, Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue (University of California Press). Louie has received research support from the Social Science Research Council, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Her research has been featured on NPR, All Things Considered and additional news outlets. She serves on the New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Russell Sage Foundation Race, Ethnicity and Immigration Advisory Committee and the board of Youth Communication. She previously served on the board of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. Louie earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Yale University Department of Sociology, M.A. from the Stanford University Department of Communication, and A.B. from Harvard University in History and Literature.

Hongwei Xu - ARC Scholar

Hongwei Xu is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Queens College – CUNY. He received his BA in sociology from Peking University and his PhD in sociology from Brown University. Prior to joining Queens College in 2018, he was an assistant research professor in the Survey Research Center and the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. His substantive research interests include social and environmental determinants of health, the life course perspective of population aging, spatial inequality, and child development. His empirical research draws on data from a variety of sources including but not limited to nationally representative surveys, historical archives and maps, remote sensing, and administrative records. He is specialized in survey methods, hierarchical modeling, spatial statistics, survival analysis, and causal inference using observational data. He has conducted social research in diverse settings, including the United States, China, India, and Kenya. His research has been supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His work has been published in, among others, American Journal of SociologyDemographyEuropean Sociological ReviewHealth & PlaceInternational Journal of EpidemiologyPopulation StudiesSociological MethodsSocial Science & Medicine, and Journals of Gerontology Series B (Psychological and Social Sciences).


Libby Garland - ARC Scholar

Libby Garland teaches history at CUNY's Kingsborough Community College, and in the Master's of Arts in Liberal Studies program at the Graduate Center. She is the author of After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921-1965 (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

Daniel Kaufman - ARC Scholar

Daniel Kaufman is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Queens College of the City University of New York. He received his BA in linguistics from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University. He is also a founder and co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance, a non-profit organization working to document and sustain languages spoken by Indigenous and immigrant communities in New York City. As a linguist, his research focuses primarily on the Austronesian languages of the Philippines and Indonesia and in this connection he also serves as co-editor of the journal Oceanic Linguistics. For the last several years he has collaborated with computer scientist Raphael Finkel on an NSF grant to produce online linguistic corpora in endangered languages. He is also involved in a long-term collaboration focusing on questions of health and language among Indigenous New Yorkers from throughout the continent. 

Richard E. Ocejo - ARC Scholar

Richard E. Ocejo [] is associate professor of sociology at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, and the director of the MA program in International Migration Studies at the Graduate Center. An urban and cultural sociologist, he is the author of Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy [] (Princeton University Press, 2017), about the transformation of low-status occupations into cool, cultural taste-making jobs (cocktail bartenders, craft distillers, upscale men’s barbers, and whole animal butchers), and of Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City [] (Princeton University Press, 2014)about growth policies, nightlife, and conflict in gentrified neighborhoods. His work has appeared in such journals as the Urban Affairs ReviewPoetics, Journal of Urban Affairs, Sociological Perspectives, and City & Community. He is also the editor of Urban Ethnography: Legacies and Challenges [] (Emerald, 2019) and Ethnography and the City: Readings on Doing Urban Fieldwork [] (Routledge, 2012), a co-Book Review Editor at City & Community, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Contemporary Sociology, Work and Occupations, Metropolitics, and the Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography. Finally, he is a podcast host at the New Books in Sociology [], part of the New Books Network.

Charles Post - ARC Scholar

Charles Post teaches sociology at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and the Graduate Center. His first book was The American Road to Capitalism: Studies in Class Structure, Economic Development and Political Conflict, 1620-1877 (Haymarket Books, 2012) was shortlisted for the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Prize in 2011 and recieved the Paul Sweezy Marxist Book Aware from the Marxist Section of the American Sociological Association in 2013. He has published in Historical Materialism, Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Agrarian Change and New Left Review.  His project at the ARC on "The Deep Determinants of Inequality: The Dynamics of Plant Closures in the U.S. Tire Industry, 1966-2008" is part of a larger project on labor-capital conflicts in the US rubber industry in the twentieth century.

Juan L. Rodríguez - ARC Scholar

Juan L. Rodríguez is an Assistant Professor of anthropology at Queens College, CUNY. His expertise is on semiotic and linguistic ideologies, specifically how these are mobilized to produce public political life in the process of state formation and the formation of diasporic identities. He has been interested in how material circumstances affect the way in which politicians, and the voters who support them, conceive of the linguistic practices and performances that sustain their relationship. His work relies on a discourse-centered approach to language and culture taking instances of language use, and performative practices in context, as the starting point of his ethnographic research. He combines this approach with an interest in practices of translation and semiotic transduction to understand how indigenous languages in Venezuela are translated into Spanish and how Spanish have been translated into Warao, an indigenous language of the Orinoco Delta in eastern Venezuela. He takes these translation practices as part of a more general process of transduction of political speech into political influence through the distribution of state resources. His book, Language and Revolutionary Magic in the Orinoco Delta (Bloomsbury Academic Press), explores the role of translation in the process of transforming oil revenue into political influence arguing that these are interconnected processes that help us understand the place of Warao speakers in the context of the Venezuelan public political sphere.  Over the last year he started a new research project in collaboration with Dr. Miki Makihara, funded by CUNY’s PSC-Research Foundation and a Research Enhancement Grant from Queens College, in which he explores linguistic intimacy in the Venezuelan diaspora both in Chile and the U.S. In this new project He will conduct a multi-site ethnographic investigation about the ways in which the largest migratory phenomenon in the hemisphere have produced new linguistic and semiotic practices. There are now over 5 million Venezuelans migrants and refugees in different Latin American countries and the United States. The Venezuelan diaspora in Chile is a very new phenomenon, and the linguistic ideologies that sustain this diasporic identity are being drawn in the context of the worst economic and political crisis in the history of Venezuela, and a profound political crisis in Chile.


Salar Abdoh

Salar Abdoh is an Iranian novelist and essayist who has authored The Poet Game and Opium. He has also edited and translated the anthology Tehran Noir, and his last book, 2014, was Tehran At Twilight. He lives in Tehran and New York City where he teaches Creative Writing. His prizes include the National Endowment for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts. His books have been translated in several languages, and his essays and translations have appeared in such publications as Guernica, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Millions, The New York Times, Words Without Borders, Callaloo, La Règle Du Jeu, Bomb, Tablet and Ploughshares. Formerly he was writer for the experimental theater group, Dar A Luz, led by the late Reza Abdoh. And in 2015-16 he was also field correspondent for the National Geographic series, Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS. Currently he serves, as well, as the Deputy Director of the English Department at the City College of the City University of New York.

Anthony Alessandrini

*Alcaly-Bodian Fellow*
Anthony Alessandrini is Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College-CUNY and of Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is also a member of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. He is the author of Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different; the editor of Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives; and the co-editor of “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey, and recently published Children Imitating Cormorants, a poetry collection. He is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya E-Zine and is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

Sarah Bishop

Sarah Bishop is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Baruch College, with affiliations in the Macaulay Honors College and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Bishop specializes in research concerning the interactions of migration, citizenship, nationalism, and media. Her most recent book, Undocumented Storytellers: Narrating the Immigrant Rights Movement, is now available from Oxford University Press (2019). Her previous book, U.S. Media and Migration: Refugee Oral Histories (Routledge, 2016), won an Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association and the Sue DeWine Distinguished Scholarly Book Award. Bishop is a former fellow of the ZeMKI Center for Media, Communication, and Information at the University of Bremen and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Her work appears in national and international journals including Communication & Society, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication, Culture & Critique, Space & Culture, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, and the Journal of Studies in International Education.

Matt Brim

Matt Brim is associate professor of queer studies and English at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. His research interests include black queer studies, working-class studies, and critical university studies. He is author of James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination (University of Michigan Press, 2014) and coeditor of Imagining Queer Methods [] (New York University Press, 2019). His next book, Poor Queer Studies, reorients the field of queer studies away from elite institutions of higher education and toward working-class schools, students, theories, and pedagogies. It will be published by Duke University Press in spring 2020. Brim is former general editor of WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly[] and is a contributing editor for the James Baldwin Review. He served for six years on the board of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies and is currently academic director of CUNY’s Faculty Fellowship Publication Program.

Dee Clayman

*Alcaly-Bodian Fellow*
Dee L. Clayman is Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York where she is Executive Officer of the PhD Program in Classics. She is President of the Société internationale de bibliographie classique, former Editor-in-chief of Oxford Bibliographies: Classics, and Past-President of the American Philological Association, now known as the Society for Classical Studies. She is the author of books and articles on classical and Hellenistic Greek poetry notably Timon of Phlius: Pyrrhonism into Poetry (de Gruyter 2009) and Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt (Oxford 2014)She is currently under contract with the Harvard Univ. Press for a new edition and translation of Callimachus for the Loeb Classical Library and is Co-editor with Joseph Farrell of the forthcoming Oxford History of Classical Literature.

John Collins

Since the late 1990s, John Collins has conducted ethnographic and archival research on urban restoration programs and displacement in relation to national histories, racial politics, and conceptions of property and personhood in Brazil. This work generated his first book, Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian 'Racial Democracy' (Duke University Press, 2015). In addition to his ongoing research on urbanism, race, and ethnographic approaches to history and historicity in Latin America, John is currently involved in two new projects. The first, a life history project with three sisters in Salvador, Brazil who represent the first generation in their extended family to be raised entirely in a peripheral urban settlement founded by their grandfather, examines working class understandings of political economic shifts during the tenure of the Brazilian Workers Party (PT, 2003-17). The second, Hunters of the Sourlands, is a somewhat iconoclastic foray into human-animal relations and the politics of property and nature in the contemporary U.S. The project is based on experiences with hunters of white-tail deer, state game officials, and scientists involved in wildlife biology in central New Jersey. Here Collins seeks to understand more clearly how recent economic changes have altered landscapes in ways that affect both national politics and the ecology of North American woodlands. Hunters of the Sourlands articulates closely with his ongoing examination of U.S. imperial politics, which gave rise to Ethnographies of U.S. Empire, a volume co-edited with Carole McGranahan (Duke University Press, 2018).

Elena Frangakis Syrett

Elena Frangakis-Syrett is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in England. She holds a dual appointment as Professor of History at Queens College and at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.  She is also a member of the Faculty of the M.A. Program in Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Center. She has a PhD in Economic History from King’s College, London University and a BA in Modern History from University College, London University; she undertook graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Paris as French Government Scholar.  In addition, she has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, Cambridge University, UK; Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Business History Unit of the London School of Economics, UK; Senior Residential Fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, İstanbul, Turkey and Visiting Professor and Resident Scholar at the Izmir University of Economics, İzmir, Turkey.

Leigh Claire La Berge

Leigh Claire La Berge is an Associate Professor of English at BMCC CUNY. She specializes in the intersection of contemporary cultural production and economic forms.  Her research has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Professional Staff Congress.  La Berge is the author of Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s (Oxford, 2014) and the forthcoming Wages Against Artwork: Decommodified Labor and the Claims of Socially Engaged Art (Duke, 2019). She has published multiple articles which have appeared in venues including the Radical History Review, South Atlantic QuarterlyPostmodern Culture, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Beatriz Lado

Beatriz Lado is an Associate Professor at Lehman College (CUNY), where she directs the Linguistics Program and teaches all levels of Spanish and Spanish Linguistics courses. She is also affiliated with the LAILaC Department at The Graduate Center (CUNY) where she teaches different Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy courses. Her current research interests include: Bi/multiligual language acquisition; critical approaches to language learning & teaching; ideologies, identity, and investment in the language classroom; the interaction between pedagogical interventions and individual differences; and language placement. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Applied Psycholinguistics, Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, Language Learning, Foreign Language Annals, Language Teaching Research, International Journal of Multilingualism, and Hispania.

Tomonori Nagano

Tomonori Nagano is an Associate Professor of Japanese and Linguistics at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). He has received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Linguistics from the CUNY Graduate Center and his MA in TESOL from New York University. His research interests are second language acquisition and Japanese as a heritage language. His publicatons include acquisition of transitivity in second language (Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism), demographics of heritage language speakers in the U.S. between 1980-2010 (Modern Language Journal), and a national survey on teaching and learning of foreign languages at community colleges (Foreign Language Annals) (see publication list). He is a certified tester and rater (Japanese) for OPI and AAPLE of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and is currently serving as a board member for the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) at MLA.

Brigid O'Keeffe

Brigid O’Keeffe is an Associate Professor of History at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a specialist in late imperial Russian and Soviet history.  Her first book, New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance, and Selfhood in the Early Soviet Union, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2013. She is currently writing a book tentatively entitled Tongues of Fire: Esperanto and Languages of Internationalism in Revolutionary Russia. She has also recently published an article on Ivy Litvinov in Slavonic and East European Review.  O’Keeffe has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University; a Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities; and a Visiting Research Fellowship with the Reluctant Internationalists Project Team at Birkbeck College, University of London.  In 2017-2018, she was a faculty fellow at the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College and a Writer in Residence at the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.  

Leslie Paik

Leslie Paik is an associate professor of sociology at The City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are youth, families, and law and society. Her scholarly works include Discretionary Justice: Looking Inside a Juvenile Drug Court  (2011) from Rutgers University Press and journal articles in Theoretical Criminology, Law and Society, and Law and Social Inquiry. She currently is working on two research projects: the first focuses on how family multi-institutional involvement perpetuates social inequalities and the second addresses families’ experiences dealing with the fines and fees generated by their youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Arnold Ventures, and the PSC-CUNY Research Award Program. 

Dahlia Remler

Dahlia Remler is Professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College (CUNY) and the CUNY Graduate Center Economics department. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an affiliate of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. She is the author, with Gregg Van Ryzin, of Research Methods in Practice: Strategies for Description and Causation. Her past research focused on health care policy, including health care cost-containment, health care and insurance markets, cigarette tax regressivity, and health care information technology. Current research includes incorporating health insurance needs and benefits into poverty measurement. New research focuses on teaching and learning of quantitative and analytical skills in higher education, especially a joint project with Esther Wilder and Eduardo Vianna to infuse engaged quantitative data collection and analysis into a wide variety of previously non-quantitative undergraduate courses at CUNY. As a participant in the Advanced Research Collaborative, she will analyze the first available data from that project. 

Susan Semel

Susan F. Semel is Professor of Education and Coordinator of Social and Psychological Foundations at The City College of New York and Professor of Urban Education and Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Among her publications are: Exploring Education: An Introduction to the Foundations of Education (co-authored, Fifth Edition) Routledge, 2018; "Schools of Tomorrow," Schools of Today: Progressive Education in the 21st Century. New York: Peter Lang, co-edited, 2016; Foundations of Education: The Essential Texts. New York: Routledge, edited, 2010; Founding Mothers and Others: Women Educational Leaders During the Progressive Era. Palgrave, co-edited, 2002; "Schools of Tomorrow," Schools of Today: What Happened to Progressive Education? Peter Lang, co-edited, 1999; The Dalton School: The Transformation of a Progressive School. Peter Lang, authored, 1992; “Progressive Education in the 21st Century: The Enduring Influence of John Dewey.” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, co-authored, 2017; “Afterword: Caroline Pratt, City and Country School, and Progressive Education in the United States,” in Caroline Pratt, I Learn from Children: An Adventure in Progressive Education (Third Edition). New York: Grove Press, authored, 2014. She received American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Awards for The Dalton School in 1995, “Schools of Tomorrow” in 2000, and Founding Mothers in 2002. Her research interests include progressive education, women in progression education, the social foundations of education, special education and disability studies and small schools.  She is currently writing a book with her intellectually disabled daughter titled I Want to Live at Home, I Wouldn’t be a Problem: Raising and Living with an Intellectually Disabled Daughter. The academic research for this book is the subject of my ARC Fellowship.

Jessica Van Parys

Jessica Van Parys is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Hunter College, CUNY. She received her PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 2015 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in 2016. Her research focuses on inefficiencies in the American health care system. One strand of her research shows how competition in health care markets affects patients, while another strand of her research shows how differences in provider practice styles explain variation in health care utilization and outcomes across patients. This year, as a participant in the Advanced Research Collaborative, she is researching how physician career trajectories contribute to inequality in access to high-quality health care.  

Eduardo Vianna

Eduardo Vianna is Professor of Psychology at LaGuardia Community College and at the Graduate Center-CUNY. He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the CUNY-Graduate Center after completing his medical studies, including a specialization in child psychiatry in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following recent advances in Vygotskian theory, especially the Transformative Activist Stance approach, he has carried out research in various settings that serve underprivileged populations. His research on applying critical-theoretical pedagogy to build the peer activist learning community (PALC) in a community college was featured in the New York Times. Among his awards, Dr. Vianna received the 2010 Early Career Award in Cultural-Historical Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Vianna has published in premier journals in his field, such as Human Development and Theory & Psychology, and he now serves as lead editor of the journal Outlines Critical Practice Studies. He is currently Co-PI in the five-year NSF grant titled  "Building Capacity: A Faculty Development Program to Increase Students' Quantitative Reasoning Skills" (NSF DUE #18325078) with Esther Wilder and Dahlia Remler. This research focuses on infusing engaged quantitative data analysis into a wide range of undergraduate courses at CUNY. As a participant in the Advanced Research Collaborative, he will analyze qualitative data from that project with a focus on the dynamics of learning and identity development among students with weak QR skills.

Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith

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.

Heath Brown

Heath Brown 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 DelaCruz

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.

Lynn DiIorio

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.

Terrie Epstein

Terrie Epstein 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.


Marta Gutman

Marta Gutman 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] 

Amy Hsin

Amy Hsin 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 Limbert

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.

Vanessa Perez Rosario

Vanessa Pérez-Rosario
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

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.

Irina Sekerina

Irina Sekerina 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. 

Amy Wan

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.

Oswaldo Zavala

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ( 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:

Cathy Mulder

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.  

Christopher Bonastia

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.

Jose Cao Alvira

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

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 Chin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (, 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

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

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.

Timothy J. Amrhein

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

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.

Medhi Bozorgmehr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

David Brotherton

David Brotherton 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.

Hester Eisenstain

Hester Eisenstein 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 Freeman

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 Garcia Colon

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.

Kwasi Konadu

Kwasi Konadu 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.

Nicole Marwell

Nicole Marwell 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.

Ruth Milkman

Ruth Milkman 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.

Celina Su

Celina Su 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.

Patricia Tovar

Patricia Tovar 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.

Sharon Zukin

Sharon Zukin 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.

Lakshmi Bandlamudi

Lakshmi Bandlamudi 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.

Grace Davie

Grace Davie 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.

Marc Edelman

Marc Edelman 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 Fernandes

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.

Nancy Foner

Nancy Foner 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

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.

Judith Stein

Judith Stein 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.

Student Fellows

Gladys Aponte

Gladys Y. Aponte is a doctoral student in Urban Education at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, Gladys was a dual language bilingual teacher in New York City public schools. As an adjunct instructor and CUNY-NYSIEB Research Assistant, Gladys has continued to work closely with teachers of bilingual students to transform classrooms in culturally/linguistically-sustaining ways. Gladys holds a BA in Elementary Education from Hunter College, and a M.S.Ed. in Dual Language Bilingual Education and Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College.

Varnica Arora

Varnica Arora is a doctoral student in the Critical Social Personality Psychology at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York and an Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Psychology, City College of New York. Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, Varnica worked for over a decade with a Non-Profit, PRADAN, in conflict affected regions in rural India. At PRADAN, Varnica was involved with organizing over 6000 women in Self Help Groups, to address issues of economic development, governance and Gender Justice. In 2017, Varnica was selected as a Visiting Atlantic Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science where she undertook research to study the impact of Self Help Groups in addressing issues of gender inequality among the Gond indigenous community in India. Varnica has a Masters and Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi.

Tania Aviles Vergara

Tania Avilés is a Ph.D student from the sociolinguistic track in the Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures program at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a member of the Grupo de Glotopolítica. She has a BA and a Master in Hispanic Linguistics from the Universidad de Chile. Her dissertation project examines private letter writing as a social practice among the lower ranks of Chilean society during its nation state building process in the second half of the nineteen and the beginning of the twentieth century. From a Glottopolitical perspective, she is interested in observing how subjects constitute and negotiate political subjectivities in the process of national constitution through private and intimate linguistic practices. She is also engaged in establishing theoretical connections between the field of historical sociolinguistics and the Glottopolitical perspective.      

Fernanda Blanco Vidal

Fernanda Blanco Vidal is a doctoral student from the Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center (CUNY) interested in forced displacement, people`s relationship to land and water and political suffering. She is Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Psychology, City College of New York where she teaches a course of her creation “Psychology of People in Places – From Climate Changes to Gentrification. She holds an M.A in Sociology from University Federal of Bahia focus on people`s forced displaced by dams and published the book “Longing yes, Sadness no – Social Memory, Psychology and Forced Displacement”. Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, she has worked with communities and social movement that fights against dispossessions such as Gamboa de Baixo (Fishman community in Salvador), the MST (Landless Workers Movement), Cascalheira (affected by technological disasters) among others and she has worked as Coordinator and Faculty member in two colleges in Salvador. She has been working with social memory and narratives, social and political subjectivity, social movements in Latino America. Email:

Stephanie Cruz

Stephanie Cruz is a doctoral student in the Cultural Anthropology program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the Colegio de La Frontera Norte, Mexico and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Previously, Stephanie worked as a research assistant and translator for the National Institute of Anthropology and History and the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. As part of an interest in theory and politics of movement, her research will focus on the relationship between imaginaries, ideology, and migration. Her dissertation project will examine the experience of staying or non-migration in places in Mexico with a long history of migration to the United States. 


Patrick DeDauw

Patrick DeDauw is a Ph.D. student in Geography at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation research traces the uneven geographical and demographic expansion of incarceration in Canada since the 1990s, particularly the sharp rise in the incarceration of Indigneous people. Examining the reorganization of industrial, agricultural, and extractive complexes and the transformation of urban and rural welfare states, he hopes to show why things are the way they are, and, drawing on struggles over regional development visions from above and below, how they could be made otherwise. Patrick’s research is supported by the Québec Research Fund (FRQSC), the Gittell Urban Studies Collective, and the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. He holds a BA from McGill University in Montréal and an MA from Freie Universität-Berlin. He has taught social sciences and urban studies at FU-Berlin and Queens College, CUNY, and has been active in labor organizing and prisoner solidarity work for the past decade.

Joanna Dressel

Joanna Dressel is a Ph.D. student in Sociology. She received her B.A. in Sociology from American University, where she developed an interest in narratives of place, specifically in the context of urban development and what is good for the city. Recently she has been working on a project that considers the role of venture capital and the startup economy in cities. Two related questions guide her research: first, how do the particular cultural, historical, and political dynamics of urban places shape the venture capital market; and second, in what ways does venture capital shape and enact power in social-geographic space?


Angela Dunne

Angela Dunne is a doctoral student and Social Media Fellow in the Urban Education Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She works in the First Year Experience Program at Guttman Community College, CUNY where she develops curriculum as well as teaches in a collaborative course called City Seminar. Her research revolves around community college, open enrollment, democratic classroom practices, social identity, and the development of critical consciousness. As an ARC Research Praxis Student Fellow in the Critical University Studies Track, Angela will 1) examine and interrogate the ways that political discourses are constituted through CUNY’s institutions and practices 2) analyze how those systems contribute to the ways that different groups of students come to understand themselves in this social context 3) to develop practices that engage students as historical actors and incorporate their lived histories within this research 4) provide historical context for the present conditions of public higher education and 5) develop and enact institutional visions and practices that incorporate these critical analyses.

Andre Eliatamby

André Eliatamby is a doctoral student in the Linguistics program at the CUNY Graduate Center. His main research interests concern the acquisition of meaning and structure during childhood. In particular, he’s interested the mechanisms that underlie the development of children’s understanding of literal and inferred meaning, and the implications this has about our understanding of cross-linguistic diversity and human cognitive architecture. His current work takes experimental, computational, and formal analytic approaches to these questions. In addition to language acquisition, he is interested in methodological issues in the sciences and humanities, epistemology, and the factors that govern disciplinary boundaries. He received a BSc (CompSci)/BA (Linguistics) and an MA (Linguistics) from the UNSW Sydney, Australia.


Juan Ferre

Juan Ferre is an MD from Argentina, journalist and political activist pursuing a PhD in Sociology. He's co-founder of the Political Economy Workshop at the CUNY Graduate Center. Juan holds a Master in Public Policy (Johns Hopkins). His research areas are Latin America, labor, political economy, welfare states and inequalities.


Jessica Fletcher

Jessica Fletcher is a doctoral student at the Graduate Center, CUNY in the Art History Department. She is currently researching how voluntary organizations and the state built housing and health centers for working-class women in New York City and London in the 1920s and '30s, focusing particularly on how the needs of mothers and single women were formulated and responded to architecturally. Since moving to New York, Jessica has also worked at the curatorial departments of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney, as well as Artists Space. She holds a B.A. from University College London and an M.A. from Columbia University.



Beiyi Hu

Beiyi Hu is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Beiyi received her B.A. in Sociology from Minzu University of China and M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include ethnoracial categorization, immigration, citizenship, nationhood, and urban sociology. Her current research focuses on the myth of Swedish national identity and its relations with refugees. Rather than framing refugees and asylum seekers as “invaders” or “threats” to the national community, her study flips the gaze around and examines “what symbolic and material work are the refugees doing for the construction of the nationhood?”

Andrea N Juarez Mendoza

Andrea N. Juarez Mendoza is a scholar-activist, artist, and organizer whose work has centered on community and youth-driven change in San Francisco, California. She holds degrees in Psychology and Ethnic Studies from Mills College. Andrea uses creativity-based praxis in working with organizations, large and small, to bring communities together to discuss difficult topics through art and expressive modalities. Her work is rooted in an understanding that community needs and desires must be at the center of equitable and visionary research and justice work. As a doctoral fellow of Urban Education at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, Andrea’s current research broadly looks at transnational migration experiences, family separation, social movements and response to deportation regimes. She works as a translator with the Feerick Center for Social Justice for mothers and children in detention; by accompanying families and individuals to court; and through a national project on documenting and archiving migration stories through Participatory Research and art, with the American Psychological Association.

Luis Angel Monroy Gomez Franco

Luis Angel Monroy Gómez Franco is a Ph.D student in  Economics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His main research interests lie at the intersection of labor and development economics, particularly the topics of social mobility, inequality of opportunity, income inequality, poverty, human development and economic growth. Before coming to the GC, he worked as part of the research team on social mobility commissioned to design the ESRU Social Mobility Survey 2017 for the Centro de Estudios Económicos Espinosa Yglesias in Mexico. He holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the Colegio de México, and a B.A. in Economics from the School of Economics of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


Pablo Lara

Pablo Lara is a PhD student in Economics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research interests are mainly related to macroeconomics and monetary policy and theory. Currently, he is working on the effect of crime and weak rule of law on Mexican firms’ outcomes in terms of expenditures and size. He is also working on the effect of monetary policy on house prices and household consumption, in the context of a New Keynesian model. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and an M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.


Cass Lowry

Cass Lowry is a PhD student in Linguistics and the lab manager of the Second Language Acquisition Lab (SLAL) at The Graduate Center, CUNY, as well as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Linguistics Program at Brooklyn College. His research uses psycholinguistic methods to investigate the morphosyntactic processing of heritage languages. As an ARC Student Fellow, he will conduct a study investigating the differential processing of (un)grammatical structures—relative clauses, nominal agreement, and island violations—between first- and second-generation Spanish-English bilinguals using event-related potentials, under the direction of Prof. Gita Martohardjono.  

Ashley Marinaccio

Ashley "Ash" Marinaccio is a theatre artist and scholar who creates work to challenge the status quo. She is dedicated to documenting the socio-political issues that define our times. As a director and playwright, her work has been seen off-Broadway, at the White House, United Nations, TED conferences across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Currently, Ash is working on her Ph.D. in the Department of Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center, where her research is focusing on the intersections of theatre and war. Ash is a member of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy certificate program, a New Media Lab fellow, contributor to Visible Pedagogy and a NY Public Humanities Fellow. She is the founding Artistic Director of the theatre company and United Nations NGO Girl Be Heard, where she received numerous accolades, including LPTW’s Lucille Lortel Women’s Visionary Award. She is a co-founder/director of Co-Op Theatre East and creator/host of the new web series Stage Left. Learn more: [].

Lorena Paz Lopez

Lorena Paz López  is a Ph.D. student in the Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and a M.A. in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela. She is researching the work done by Spanish intellectual women in Argentine publishing houses during the years of the republican exile, after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). She is focusing particularly on the role of these women as translation agents.



Carmin Quijano

Carmín Quijano is a doctoral student in Sociolinguistics in the Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures Department at The Graduate Center (CUNY). She is also a member of the Grupo de Glotopolítica, which brings a new perspective in the field of Sociolinguistics that focuses on the intersection between language and politics. She is currently interested in the formation of racialized and gendered identities through the perception and evaluation of linguistic practices by creole elites in the context of Puerto Rico. She has two Master’s Degrees, one in Hispanic Lexicography and another in Communications, and a Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies.


Nick Rodrigo

Nick Rodrigo is a PhD student in Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is a founding member of "The Social Anatomy of a Deportation Regime" a research working group based out of John Jay College, which examines the nature of the deportation and punitive immigration enforcement system in New York City and the country more broadly. He is also the host of the Groups podcast "They are just Deportees", which interviews scholars and community organizers on specific aspects of the deportation regime, whilst also providing historical context to the current immigration crisis in the US. His dissertation research focuses on the US/Mexico border and the way in which a border security nexus of private and state actors use violence and moral panics to build policy frameworks to justify and expand their mandate. He teaches Crime and Migration at Queens College, and is active in the Palestinian solidarity movement in New York City.

Maya Rose

Maya Rose is pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Prior to entering the program, she worked on the evidence development team at an educational technology startup that designed video games to improve attention. Her current research examines how varying the input of the language that is received and individual differences effect second language acquisition among late adolescents and young adults. Specifically, she is creating a computer assisted language learning platform for Turkish language learning along with test variations, to pinpoint the most effective methods for language learning. This work aims to have border implications for resettling populations and CUNY students acquiring a variety of second languages. She is also interested in designing and assessing cognitive game-based trainings and researching the development of behavioral and neuropsychological indices of executive functions.

Janina Selzer

Janina Selzer is a Ph.D student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, who received her B.A. in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge, UK and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, immigration and gender in an urban context. More specifically, she is interested in the ways that those inequalities become inscribed in space and how spatial boundaries are constantly contested and redefined - spatially as well as symbolically. Currently, her research looks at the causes and consequences of the converging anti-refugee narratives by the German far-right and feminists.



James Tolleson

James Tolleson is a PhD student in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He received a B.A. in Ethnic Studies (Interdisciplinary program) from Davidson College. Broadly, his work seeks to draw connections between critical race studies, economic anthropology, and the anthropology of space and place, with a focus on the southern United States. His current research explores the articulations of race and capital in the 20th-century agricultural and land development of south Florida, paying particular attention to changing meanings and values across an extended process of industry restructuring, mechanization, and financialization. He has taught at Hunter College (CUNY) and currently works as a Social Media Fellow for the GC Anthropology Program.

Karen Zaino

Karen Zaino is a PhD student in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center and a Teaching Fellow in the English Education program at Queens College. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Education from Villanova University. Before pursuing a PhD, Karen taught high school English for 12 years. In her scholarly work, she is interested in exploring the subversive histories, theoretical possibilities, and disruptive forms of community that can and do exist in educational institutions.

Anna Zeemont

Anna Zeemont is a PhD student in the English program at the Graduate Center, where she concentrates in Composition-Rhetoric and American Studies. Broadly speaking, she studies the politics and movement of literacy, particularly in and around urban educational settings such as CUNY. As an ARC fellow in Critical University Studies, Anna is especially interested in using critical-race and decolonial approaches to conceptualize the academy, writing pedagogy, and education justice. Other research areas include digital/multimodal rhetorics, critical and activist pedagogies from K-college, cultural geography, and feminist theory. Anna is currently at work on her dissertation, a transdisciplinary, archival project that brings together New Literacy Studies, urban education, (neo)liberal critique, and histories/legacies of college student activism. Prior to starting her PhD, Anna earned a BA in English and Biology from Oberlin College and worked as a secondary educator in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she grew up. She teaches composition courses at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and work as a professional consultant at Baruch College’s Writing Center.

Ke Zeng

Ke Zeng is a student in the Doctoral Program in Sociology at the Graduate Center. His major research topic focuses on the labor market and Dual-track economic system in China. Currently he is taking the research project on the intergenerational mobility in China using the micro data. After implementing the Open-up-and-reform policy in 1978, China witnessed an enormous economic boom, and rocketing inequality. However, due to the socialist ideal aim, government is manipulating the inequality data. Therefore, for this project, he hopes to reveal the circumstance of (intergenerational) inequality in current China.

Param Ajmera

Param Ajmera 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.

Lara Alonso

Lara Alonso 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.


Jorge Alvis

Jorge Alvis 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.


Twisha Asher

Twisha Asher 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.


Mani Bayani

Mani Bayani 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.



Tyese A Brown

Tyese Brown, 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.

Chris Campanioni

Chris Campanioni 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).

Merrit Corrigan

Merrit Corrigan 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.


Aminata Diop

Aminata Diop 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.


Scott Erich

Scott Erich 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.


Amelia Fortunato

Amelia Fortunato 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.

Pamela Franciotti

Pamela Franciotti 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.

Thayer Hastings

Thayer Hastings 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.


Yuchen Hou

Yuchen Hou 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.


Shima Houshyar

Shima Houshyar 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. 


Zehra Husain

Zehra Husain 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 Ip

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.

Omnia Khalil

Omnia Khalil 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).

Marty Kirchner

Marty Kirchner 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.

Khanh Le

Khánh Lê 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.

Brenna McCaffrey

Brenna McCaffrey 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

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.


Sheehan Moore

Sheehan Moore 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.


Ercio Munoz

Ercio Munoz 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.

Sejin Oh

Sejin Oh 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

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 Bernado Quesada

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.


Christie Sillo

Christie Sillo 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

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.

Hilary Wilson

Hilary Wilson 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.

Kasey Zapatka

Kasey Zapatka 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.

Miguel Acosta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (, and has been working on issues of trauma and intimate violence since 2006. He is originally from Queens, New York.

Martin Jenson

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

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 Ju

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

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 Kinniburgh

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

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

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

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 Monet Martin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sumru Atuk

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

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

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.

Maria Cioe Pena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Maura McGee

Maura McGee is a PhD student in the Sociology program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her areas of interest are urban sociology, immigration, race and ethnicity, and environmental sociology. Her current research examines the intersection of immigration and gentrification in Brooklyn and Paris. Using qualitative and comparative methods, she studies how ethnic/racial minorities and immigrants navigate changes in the retail landscape in gentrifying neighborhoods in the two cities. She focuses on local shopping streets and the social spaces that comprise them to interrogate the ways in which processes of gentrification may disrupt important networks of social and economic capital.




Sarah Molinari

Sarah Molinari is a doctoral student in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY, who is researching the politics of debt and citizen struggles amid Puerto Rico’s current debt and economic crisis. Her work examines how the debt crisis is shaping emerging social movements, citizen coalitions and alternative political parties such as the Partido del Pueblo Trabajador (Working People’s Party) in Puerto Rico. Anti-debt coalitions in Puerto Rico and the US mainland have sought to influence negotiations between creditors and the state to demand that citizens’ basic needs and public goods are prioritized before the debt and bondholders. At the same time, Sarah’s research examines how the debt crisis is renewing debates about Puerto Rico’s political status and sovereignty in relation to the US federal government and financial markets. Sarah received her BA from Fordham University and worked for four years as a research assistant and oral historian at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY. Her work has been published in Anthropology Now, the FocaalBlog and Souls.

Teresa Ober

Teresa Ober is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program at the Graduate Center, CUNY, specializing in Learning, Development, and Instruction. She has prior classroom experience as a primary school educator and her past research pursuits have included the study of cognitive theories as applied to the area of reading comprehension. Her current research interests include cognitive development and the emergence of early language and literacy skills. As an ARC student fellow, she hopes to better understand how educational technologies can be used to improve the learning of academic skills, as well as resilience and self-regulated learning, both within the United States and abroad.


Karen Okigbo

Karen Okigbo is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology program at the Graduate Center. Karen serves as a Research Fellow at CUNY’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS) and the Office of Research, Evaluation & Program Support (REPS). In 2009, she earned a Bachelors in Politics from Princeton University. She also holds Masters degrees in Sociology from North Dakota State University and Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on issues pertaining to immigration, race, ethnicity, and education. She plans to use the ARC Research Praxis Fellowship to explore and analyze the assimilation experiences of Nigerian immigrants at historically selective colleges and universities.

Mert Peksen

Mert Peksen is a doctoral student in the Earth and Environmental Sciences program (Geography Specialization) at the Graduate Center. His research interests include forced migration, borders, migrant detention and deportation, and the spatial implication of changing migration control strategies in Turkey and Europe. His current research explores the spaces of the Aegean Sea and the Turkish-Greek border. Focusing on the changing border control strategies in Europe and on the overlapping involvement of various local, national, and global actors in managing refugee flows in the area, he is investigating the processes through which the Aegean Sea has turned into a highly complex border zone. He analyzes the consequences of the policies implemented by the European Union, and Turkish and Greek nation-states regarding the mobility of refugees. Furthermore, he suggests taking a more bottom-up approach in understanding the current refugee reception crisis, and investigates the local responses to the influx of refugees,

Rachel Rakov

Rachel Rakov is currently working towards her PhD in the Linguistics Department at The Graduate Center at CUNY. She studies computational linguistics, with a focus speech processing. Some of her previous work includes training a computational model to distinguish between sarcastic and sincere speech based on intonation in human speech. Her current work involves investigation of modeling speech prosody (intonation) for the purpose of distinguishing between native and nonnative English speech. Using several different approaches to modeling pitch curves, Rakov seeks to identify whether there are common types of intonation patterns in the speech between and among native and nonnative English speakers. She will then use information intonation patterns to build an automatic system to distinguish between native and nonnative English speech. A deeper understanding of intonation patterns could lead to technological improvements such as automatic speech systems that are more effective at recognizing the speech of nonnative speakers, or automated computer systems that can assist nonnative speakers in their production of the English language in a more individualized and targeted way.

China Sajadian

China Sajadian is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her preliminary dissertation research examines how Lebanon’s current policy against creating refugee camps for Syrians impacts rural property relations and labor arrangements in the Biqa Valley. Her ethnographic inquiry will trace new assemblages of local, municipal, state-level, and international development actors involved in negotiating rent agreements, access to informal housing, housing-for-labor arrangements, and infrastructure rehabilitation. She will contextualize her ethnographic investigation within a longer history of rural social life, property relations, and labor migration in the borderland region between Syria and Lebanon. As a 2016 Summer Fellow at the newly established Middle East Political Economy Summer Institute, she aims to contribute to a growing scholarly focus on political economy in Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean Studies. She holds a BA in Government from Smith College and an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University, where she was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship.  She previously worked as a researcher for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency in Lebanon and has also researched and worked in Palestine and Jordan. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Brooklyn College.

Mara Getz Sheftel

Mara Getz Sheftel is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on the life course trajectories of post-1965 immigrants to the United States. Using quantitative methods she specifically looks at the labor market outcomes, economic status, living arrangements and morbidity and mortality outcomes of low status elderly immigrants trying to understand how mechanisms of gender, race and ethnicity, legal status, geographic location and lifetime income and wealth inequality intersect to determine immigrant well-being at the end of their life course. This research is an important contribution to the literature on assimilation trajectories of immigrants because definitive conclusions about outcomes can only be made at this final stage in one’s life course. Recently, Mara has specifically looked at the relationship between naturalization, as a measure of immigrant incorporation, and the health of immigrants at older ages, using a counterfactual approach, finding a different relationship depending on age of migration. In addition, using demographic methods she has investigated the persistence of the immigrant health advantage at older ages, finding evidence of a crossover effect among foreign born Mexican immigrants whereby disability rates among the working age population are lower than native born groups, but among the highest once they reach older ages. Mara has a BA from Northwestern University and an MA in Public Policy from Hebrew University.

LaToya Strong

LaToya Strong is a scholar-educator-activist. She is a former New York City public school teacher and has worked in both formal and informal science education settings. LaToya is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Learning Sciences strand of the Urban Education program here at the Graduate Center. Her research interests focus on the ways in which coloniality has mediated and structured the teaching, learning and research of science education. Specifically, she is looking at the intersection of settler colonialism and anti-Blackness in the science classroom and how these systems can be disrupted. Her work is situated in BlackCrit, critical race theory, decolonizing theories, and critical feminist theories.

Susie Tanenbaum

Susie Tanenbaum is a fourth-year doctoral student in the sociology program at the CUNY Graduate Center.  She earned a Master’s degree in urban studies at Queens College, and her Master’s thesis was published as the book, Underground Harmonies: Music and Politics in the Subways of New York (Cornell University Press, 1995).  A lifelong Queens resident, Ms. Tanenbaum worked as program director and associate director of the Jackson Heights Community Development Corporation, where she designed initiatives with neighborhood youth and local artists to foster a shared public culture in a community experiencing significant demographic change.  Currently, as director of immigrant and intercultural affairs in the Queens Borough President’s Office, she promotes immigrant integration and multicultural civic engagement in partnership with diverse community advocates and nonprofit leaders.  Ms. Tanenbaum has a particular interest in ethnography, and with a background in public service she aims to contribute to the sociological literature on immigration, race and ethnicity, and urban policy.  As a doctoral student, she has researched claims-making activities in a local Muslim community, and she has conducted a case study on demographic representation at Community Board meetings.  Her dissertation will critically examine the construction of multiculturalism in Queens, focusing on several strategic sites of negotiation in “district-level political fields.”  Susie Tanenbaum earned a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Oberlin College, and she attended the United Nations International School.

Nga Than

Nga Than is a PhD student in the Sociology department at the Graduate Center. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany. Her research interests include international migration, urban sociology, social inequality, race and gender. She is working on a project that compares integration experiences of two Vietnamese migrant groups in Germany: former refugees, and former contract workers. The first group migrated to West Germany as war refugees after the Vietnam War, while the later migrated to East Germany as contract workers under the auspices of the East German government right before the end of the Cold War. She plans to use the ARC Research Praxis Fellowship first to strengthen her methodological understanding in linking theory and empirical research, then to further explore her research by focusing on integration experiences of the 1.5 and 2nd generation Vietnamese in Germany.

Luis Guzman Valerio

Luis Guzmán Valerio graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, with a B.A. in Modern Languages (French and German). He went on to pursue a Certificate in Hispanic Studies and an M.A. in Translation, also from U.P.R., Río Piedras. He earned the M.Phil. degree in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures from The Graduate Center, CUNY, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the same program where he is specializing in Hispanic Linguistics. He defended his dissertation proposal in the Spring, 2016. His doctoral dissertation is titled Perspectives from the Streets and the Classrooms in the Same ‘Hood: Linguistic Landscapes of Sunset Park, Brooklyn and studies the linguistic landscape at the intersection of societal multilingualism, language policy, and bilingual education. Luis is also an Inter-University Program for Latino Research / Mellon Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Laurel Wright

Laurel Wright, MPH, MA is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at CUNY Graduate Center & The City College of New York. As part of a research team led by Dr. Sasha Rudenstine, Laurel's research interests attend to the intersections of diverse identity categories and health-related outcomes as they emerge within patient-provider dynamics. Currently, Laurel's research employs mixed-methods data collection strategies to model co-existing identities among patients within a community-based mental health clinic.  In addition, Laurel will serve as the 2016-2017 Psychological Evaluation Extern with The Gender & Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, facilitating clinical evaluations with gender expansive youth and their families. Laurel plans to use the Spring 2016 ARC Fellowship as an opportunity to integrate research and clinical practices to improve provider knowledge and service provisions for underrepresented populations. 

Nishant Yonzan

Nishant Yonzan I am a doctoral student in Economics at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. I am interested in studying inequality through the wealth and income lens. Among other things, I would like to quantifying inequality, understand and measure peoples’ perception towards inequality, and improve the role of policy in mitigating issues that arise due to inequality. I am currently studying the effect of nudges to reduce the inefficiencies related with (re)distribution. Redistributive policy is a primary tool to limit the increasing divide due to inequality. It can be made better if we could weed out the inefficiencies that exists in the use of these resources. I am trying to understand what role availability of information plays in peoples’ decision in using these redistributed resources. I particularly want to answer – can we optimize, using information or education, the consumption of resources. I am trying to do a randomized control trial to answer this issue.


Alisa Algava

Alisa Algava is a learner and educator committed to engaging theory and practice, reflection and action. Her research interests focus on the possibilities and limitations of “child-centered” schooling as lived and perceived by children from racialized and economically marginalized families and communities. Discussion about the unequal academic outcomes of low-income children of color is prevalent in both educational research and policymaking, but we seldom listen to children’s voices or consider their expertise about their school experiences. The progressive school context, which Alisa knows as an elementary school teacher and principal, offers a unique counterpoint to the “closing the achievement gap” rhetoric and the high-stakes standardized curricula, pedagogies, and testing that dominate contemporary education reform. Her project examines how minoritized children in public progressive schools engage with, accept, resist, and transform larger discourses about schooling, race, class, and childhood. Their perspectives and experiences ultimately share a vision of what is possible.

Emily Brooks

Emily Brooks is Ph.D. student in the History Department. She studies the history of nonviolent crime in the United States in the twentieth century, and focuses particularly on the construction and policing of social deviance. Brooks looks at changes in laws pertaining to drug and alcohol prohibition and sexual practices to consider the origins of these legal changes and how they reflected and reinforced inequalities delineated along lines of race, class, gender, and perceived ability. Currently, Brooks is exploring the role of the criminal justice system in creating and maintaining gender-based inequalities through the experiences of women charged with sex crimes in New York in the 1940s, a moment of unsettled gender norms and heightened concern about female sexuality. Through this research, Brooks will contribute to the fields of women’s history and criminal justice history by considering the experiential and theoretical role of criminal codes and law enforcement practices in gendering citizenship, and in examining how gender discrimination interacted with other modes of inequality to create particular experiences for women of color, immigrant women, poor women, and women who were perceived to be disabled.

Jennifer Chmielewski

Jennifer Chmielewski is a doctoral student in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology program at the Graduate Center. Her work uses critical feminist theories and methods to explore women and girls’ lived experiences of gender, desire and sexual identity through an intersectional and social justice lens. She is currently conducting a qualitative investigation into how queer girls in New York City experience their bodies and desires as policed within institutional practices of surveillance in schools and communities. Along with her academic research and teaching, she is also a research blogger for SPARK, an inter-generational feminist activist organization that works with girls to push back against the sexualization of girls and women in the media.

Greg Gagnon

Gregory Gagnon is a Ph.D. student studying Clinical Psychology at The Graduate Center. He provides psychotherapy to children and adults at The Psychological Center of City College, a community mental health clinic in West Harlem staffed by doctoral students. Additionally, as a Clinical Research Fellow with The Healthy CUNY Initiative at the CUNY School of Public Health, he works to increase access to psychological services for students at urban public universities. He plans to use the ARC Research Praxis Fellowship to develop a program of research focused upon meeting the particular psychological needs of LGBT students, strengthening their sense of belongingness and their institutional ties, with the long-term goal of reducing health disparities by supporting the completion of their undergraduate education.

Eduardo Ho-Fernandez

Eduardo Ho-Fernández is a Ph.D. student in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His interests include Spanish grammar from a functional perspective, the interface between linguistic and literary analysis, and language contact issues from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives. His ARC funded research project involves the study of how the preferred word order configuration patterns of Spanish speakers in the United States differ from those of Spanish speakers in Latin America, while seemingly mirroring the patterns of English speakers in the United States. The findings of this study may defy the notion that Spanish is a “free” word order language. Also, they will help showcase an instance where a grammatical feature is susceptible to direct transfer from a dominant language to a subordinate one in a contact setting. For the expanded version of this research project, he was awarded a Fellowship by the Columbia School Linguistics Society for the upcoming academic year.

Michelle Johnson-McSweeney

Michelle Johnson-McSweeney is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the Graduate Center at CUNY. She studies language adaptation in response to the affordances of digital communication technologies. Her current project focuses on how urban bilingual youth navigate their languages academically, socially, and digitally. By understanding the language performed on digital platforms (i.e., texting and chatting) as an emergent language forms with a distinct set of rules and norms, it is possible to document the evolution of a new language form and gain insights into how human languages develop. This language is emerging in parallel to a trend towards increasing multilingualism and multinationalism. By bringing together these parallel (and deeply interconnected) trends, Johnson-McSweeney’s research seeks to capture this historical moment in the evolution of human language. She is also working on a micro-mapping project exploring the accents of New York City and created an interactive map exploring the language spoken along the New York City Subway line.

Sarah Kostecki

Sarah Kostecki is currently working toward her PhD in Political Science at the Graduate Center. Her research interests are centered around the relationship between politics, policy and economic outcomes for men and women in a cross-national perspective. Her current research involves utilizing a new income definition that takes into account the value of unpaid work (in the form of both housework and childcare) and non-cash services (health care, education, early childhood education and care, and housing) to measure inequality and poverty outcomes across different household types in the US and 5 additional high-income countries. The study shows that other factors, beyond income, are important for household well-being, especially for households in the bottom and middle of the income distribution. Sarah is also currently analyzing how political arrangements in high-income countries impact the creation and sustainability of gender egalitarian labor market and social welfare policies, and in turn how these policies affect economic outcomes both among women and between men and women across the income distribution.

Angelica Ortega

Helen Panagiotopoulas is a doctoral student in anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center, whose research focuses on alternative currencies amid the recent fiscal crisis in Greece. Her work examines the ways in which Greeks rely on the circulation of multiple informal currencies—trading goods and services without euros. These social and solidarity economies have sought to reclaim community resources for local citizens in protest to the staggering inequalities precipitated by Greece’s rising government debt, privatization of public assets, and structural reforms. People use barter schemes, time banks, mutual credit clearing systems, and crypto currencies to survive in a context where coinage is scarce. Helen’s dissertation research takes current struggles over monetary value in Greece and the proliferation of alternative means of exchange alongside assertions that a single European currency is unitary and cohesive. Her work analyzes informal currencies in relation to formal structures such as official money, statehood, and the European Union; ways local currencies seek to redefine nationalism and national belonging; and whether alternative forms of exchange can facilitate broader social change and reduce inequalities by drawing on local resources and through reconceptions of monetary value. Helen received her MA from Hunter College in 2012, where her research focused on the U.S. domestic workers’ movement, commonalities in the workplace experiences among immigrants in New York City, and passage of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. Helen has worked with Domestic Workers United and as a surveyor for the first nationwide report on the domestic work industry led by the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance. Her work has been published in Anthropology Now and, as an invited speaker, appeared at the United Nations International Labor Organization’s 2013 World Day of Social Justice.

Gwendolyn Shaw

Daniel Vallee

Daniel Vallée, MEd is a doctoral student in the Leadership and Policy stream of the Urban Education Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His research interests are in issues of educational and health inequalities with a focus on student dis/engagement, school non-completion (dropout), public/private systems of school governance, and charter schooling. Charter schools have disproportionately lower numbers of high-need special education students and English Language Learners than traditional public schools—those students most expensive and challenging to teach. Daniel’s proposed study Health Disparities and Charter School Exclusionary Practices in New York City will focus on the role of charter school student composition on student, teacher, and school health (e.g., stress, “disability”). This research will provide a theory of health and educational inequality that both embraces the complexity inherent in a diverse typology of charters (i.e., standalone v. network), and synthesizes the political, structural, geographic, economic, and social dimensions that buoy those inequalities of education and health.

Gordon Barnes

Gordon Barnes is a doctoral student in Latin American and Caribbean history at the Graduate Center. His research examines political ideology, violence, and the post-emancipation experience in the British Empire during the 19th Century. Barnes' current project focuses upon the political ideology of the British plantocracy, specifically in Jamaica and Mauritius. He is interested in how the transitions from slavery to apprenticeship and then to “free” labor, in conjunction with episodes of plebeian political violence (as well as fears of such), influenced planter perceptions of race and labor. Furthermore, his work examines and analyzes the changing nature of elite power being juxtaposed to subaltern mobilizations against such power, and how these frictions fomented, altered, and foreclosed various political discourses locally, in Jamaica and Mauritius, as well as within an imperial context.

Emily B Campbell

Emily B. Campbell is a PhD student in Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY and a quantitative reasoning fellow at Lehman College. Her current research focuses on human rights responses to the Mexican drug war launched in 2006. Scholars of human rights note that current human rights paradigms and frameworks are out of pace with the changing nature of conflict. She asks to what extent this is true in Mexico, through a methodological combination of archival and bibliographic research, and through interviews with human rights workers from government and civil society in the United States and Mexico. The research will contribute to scholarly literature in the sociology of human rights, political sociology and social movements and shed light on current limitations of human rights infrastructure, state-centered paradigms, and their relationship to the protection of human rights in messier, ‘new wars’-type conflicts.

Marie Lily Cerat

Marie Lily Cerat is pursuing a doctorate in the Urban Education Program. Through the theoretical lenses of post-colonialism and culturally responsive pedagogy, her work examines the exclusion of Haitian language and culture in the education of Haitian learners. Cerat has worked in the New York public education system as both a classroom teacher and a bilingual/ESL resource specialist. Currently, she serves as a WAC Writing fellow and an adjunct lecturer with the Africana Studies Department at Brooklyn College. In addition to her academic work, Cerat has a long history of organizing within the Haitian community in New York. She is the co-founder of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, a group that was established in 1992, and initially provided ESL and adult literacy programs to Haitian immigrants and refugees in the Brooklyn area. Over the years, the 23 year-old organization has extended its scope of work to begin advocating on behalf of Haitian refugees and immigrants, defending worker exploitation, and lobbying against anti-immigrant policies. Cerat’s writings have appeared in several publications, including the Journal of Haitian Studies, and most recently, in the London-based International Journal of the Sociology of Language.

Maggie P Fay

Maggie P. Fay is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the Graduate Center, and a Research Associate at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Fay received a master’s degree in Higher Education from New York University. Her research interests include deviance, race, class, gender, and sexuality, social identities as they intersect with academic performance and students’ experiences in educational institutions, and the high school to college transition. Her current project focuses on how institutional context impacts student and faculty experiences with computer-mediated developmental (remedial) mathematics. While the computer-mediated delivery of developmental mathematics shows promise as a reform that may help students to become college-ready, little research has been done on institutional implementation factors that may affect the efficacy of this reform.

Orkideh Gharehgozli

Orkideh Gharehgozli is a doctorate student in Economics at CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on income inequality, growth, and allocations between different classes of income in Iran in recent decades. On one hand, her research focuses on shares of different components of income in each class and contribution of each to the current “unequal” growth rate; on the other hand, it explores income allocation decisions of these classes, mainly the share each class allocates on “schooling”. She studies labor market and wage differentials to foresee the direction of future gap among different classes of income in this country.

Jennifer Hamano

Jennifer Hamano is a Ph.D. student in the Linguistics Program at the CUNY Graduate Center and a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Hostos Community College. Her project focuses on multilingual assessment, and aims to describe the degree of bilingualism and the repertoire in each of an emergent bilingual's languages without using the deficit model prevalent in public school standardized testing. The goal of the assessment is to describe vocabulary, grammar, fluency, and comprehension skill sets in both/all of a speaker's languages, including under-valued language varieties, and will validate phenomena relevant to bilingual language practices such as code-switching, domain-specific language use (e.g. home vs. school), and a perceived disparity between productive and receptive skills.

Hamadi Henderson

Hamadi Henderson is a Ph.D. student in educational psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He received a BA in psychology from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in educational psychology at Hunter College. His research focuses on how the use of video games and other forms of multimedia technology can increase the accessibility of education and improve learning outcomes in the fields of mathematics, science, foreign language, and social & emotional learning. Additionally, his research aims to understand how media-induced flow states can mitigate deficits to learning caused by learning disabilities and stereotype threat.

Eric Ketcham

Eric Ketcham is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and a Demography Fellow at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. His proposed research will use the American Community Survey to address the following questions: What are the socioeconomic and demographic profiles of first- and second-generation immigrant Muslims in the United States? Do the socioeconomic profiles of the first and second generation indicate an upward or downward trajectory of social mobility by generation? Are there gender differences in experiences between these two generations as indicated by socioeconomic and demographic data? Using ethnic and ancestry data as a proxy to estimate the Muslim immigrant population in the United States, this research seeks to fill an empirical gap in the literature due to the absence of information on religion from governmental agencies such as the Census Bureau. Moreover, this research will seek to situate the trajectory of the understudied Muslim immigrant population within the broader assimilation literature.

Abigail Kolker

Abigail Kolker is a Ph.D. student in sociology at CUNY Graduate Center. Her research compares Filipinos working in the elder care industry in Tel Aviv and New York City, examining the impact of immigration policy and labor law on those two migrant communities. Although governments are able to influence migrant careworkers’ quality of life, determine their form of inclusion in the country, and set standards for working conditions, laws and policies are not created in a vacuum -- they reflect society and culture, and often constitute and reconstitute structural inequalities. This research employs an intersectional analysis to explore how these migrants’ social location, specifically their gender, race, class, and citizenship status, affect the creation and enforcement of relevant laws. Research on conditions in the care sector also is important because the ‘feminization of migration’ is mostly seen in care work; as such, immigration and labor policies in this industry impact a large number of women worldwide.

Parfait Kouacou

Parfait Kouacou is a student in the French Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research interests explore literature and international law, especially West African oral traditions and international human rights. He seeks to elucidate the conflict between some cultural practices relayed through the oral tradition such as the social position of children and women, which undergird a pervasive social inequality. Prior to enrolling at the Graduate Center, Parfait received a B.A. and a M.A. in Law from the University of Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire. He also received a M.A. in Conflict Resolution from the University of Cocody, Cote d’Ivoire, and a M.A. in French Literature from the Arizona State University. He previously worked as a journalist, covering conflicts in West Africa, and more specifically the civil war in Cote d’Ivoire. He also worked for the United Nations, advocating for peace building and human rights. Parfait is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Brooklyn College. He has taught French at Arizona State University, the CUNY-Graduate Center, and at the City College of New York. In the summer 2015, he completed an internship with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York, working on a database for public statements of the Office’s senior officials and designing strategies pertaining to the promotion of human rights in New York colleges.

Sarah Litvin

Sarah Litvin studies immigration, class, gender, material culture, and high art in Progressive Era New York. She is beginning to research immigrant and migrant piano playing in early 20th century New York. Why did New York’s immigrant (and migrant) families choose to spend their limited time, money, and space on purchasing pianos and learning how to play? How did different ethnic and racial populations encounter and interact with pianos upon arrival in New York? And how was piano-playing and purchasing a gendered pursuit? Sarah’s interest in cross-cultural immigration history was shaped by her work developing exhibits and leading tours at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum from 2008-2013. She currently teaches immigration history at John Jay College, and works as a guide and researcher at Turnstile Tours. Sarah is co-founder of the Grad Center’s Public History Collective and serves as a consultant with several area museums.  

Emanuel Moss

Emanuel Moss is a Ph.D. student in anthropology at CUNY Graduate Center. His studies how the visualization of data influences understandings of human behavior. He is particularly interested in the role of 3D visualizations the production of knowledge and in professional training, as well as questions of how 3D visualizations are produced, what knowledges and communities of practice enable the production of 3D visualizations, and how those working to develop 3D visualization technologies understand their role in relation to the production of knowledge. This work builds upon and is informed by his role as the Spatial Data and Digital Technologies Specialist on a Bronze Age excavation project in Western Anatolia, where he has examined the development of 3D visualization in archaeological research, and how such visualizations have affected understandings of human behavior in the past, the significance of past human activity in the present, and the role of 3D visualization in educating various publics about archaeological practice and the claims it makes about the past.

Ian Phillips

Ian Phillips is a Ph.D. student in the Linguistics Program and the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (ITP) certificate program at CUNY Graduate Center. His research interests span second language acquisition, multilingualism, sentence processing, learnability theory, and new roles for technology in education. He is currently working on a project using the event-related potential technique (ERP) to investigate the Spanish of second immigrant generation Spanish-English bilinguals (aka Spanish heritage speakers) in New York City. Using electrophysiological measures to investigate the home language—the social minority language—of this population has the potential to provide more accurate characterizations of linguistic knowledge, because results are not susceptible to the influence of non-linguistic factors, unlike typical behavioral measures. Preliminary results support the idea that ERP may have the potential to reveal more subtle aspects of multilingual linguistic competence, especially in circumstances where the languages are not on equal footing. For the ITP certificate, Ian is also developing an original web-based application to aid beginning linguistics students in learning linguistic principles and practices. The Linguist’s Kitchen provides space, tools, and recipes for students to “cook” raw language data collected at home and in the community, analyze their own data, and foster learning linguistics content by allowing students to investigate their own language practices.

Kate Seltzer

Kate Seltzer is a doctoral student in Urban Education. Her proposed dissertation aims to expand the boundaries of the traditional high school English Language Arts classroom to make space for linguistically diverse students to grapple with their multilingual, multidialectical voices, identities, and experiences. Through a collaboration with a high school English teacher, Kate will co-plan instruction that engages students in discussions about their own linguistic repertoires, hones their critical metalinguistic awareness, and emphasizes the multivocality of all speech and texts by having students read the work of writers who bring together multiple languages and/or language varieties in their writing. The unit will culminate in students writing their own texts that integrate multiple languages and/or language varieties. A former high school English teacher herself, Kate hopes that her project will provide an outlet for students to express themselves in writing using all their language practices and for teachers to accompany them – and learn from them – throughout the process.

Douaa Sheet

Douaa Sheet is a doctoral student in Cultural Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her current research examines the transitional justice process in Tunisia that was launched after the 2011 uprising and the ousting of Ben Ali. She focuses specifically on the politics of the “victim” category and the impact of the category on the lived reality of those that fall under it. She looks at Tunisian civil society as the middle ground where the category is contested since it’s organizations have been acting as the main mediators between the victims and the transitional justice commission that was formed to investigate all human rights abuses committed by the state between 1956 and 2011. Through this research, Sheet will contribute to the growing field of the anthropology of humanitarianism and the inadvertent role of humanitarian organizations in further entrenching structural inequality.

Lauren Spradlin

Lauren Spradlin is a Doctoral Student in the Linguistics Program at the Graduate Center. Her primary work focuses on the morphophonology of English slang and its relation to language change and implications for phonological theory. Her current project is a step in a different direction and focuses on the documentation of Mixtec, an underdocumented Otomanguean language of Mexico, and the facilitation of literacy classes for Mixtec speakers. Mixtec is spoken in a region spanning the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Puebla. Each town has its own variety, and the dialects are mutually intelligible only if speakers live within two days’ walking distance. This results in astounding language-internal variation, and as very little comprehensive comparative dialectology work has been undertaken across the dialect continuum, the heterogeneity is so far largely undocumented. Literacy classes are framed as an intercambio de idiomas, where our roles as students, informants, and teachers shift contextually. Classes provide an environment well-suited to engaging in urban language documentation, bi-directional language learning, valorizing otherwise marginalized minority languages, exposing students’ children to Mixtec, facilitating the production of self-authored multilingual written materials, and aiding linguists in our race against time to document minority languages before they disappear. Lauren hopes this work will result in a meaningful contribution to the body of Mixtec scholarship, the of creation bilingual and trilingual learning materials to be distributed for wider use, and an increase in students’ quality of life as their increased literacy allows them access to vital social, legal, and medical services available in New York City.

Siqi Tu

Siqi Tu is a doctoral student in sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She received a BA in sociology from Fudan University and a master’s degree in sociology from Columbia University. Her work is primarily within the areas of urban sociology, immigration, education and inequality. She was born and raised in Shanghai, China and moved to New York City in 2012. She developed her interest in immigration and urban neighborhoods as an observer of diverse communities in different metropolitan areas. Her proposed research seeks to examine the impact of a very recent phenomenon, the enormous influx of Chinese students into U.S. private high schools. The number of Chinese attending American secondary institutions grew almost 60-fold in the past decade. She intends to figure out the causes of such a drastic increase and what does it mean for Chinese parents and students, and the U.S. private high schools. She proposes to understand this phenomenon from three perspectives: social mobility and education attainment, international migration and elite education.

Erik Wallenberg

Erik Wallenberg is a Ph.D. student in the History Department, studying the intersection of environmental and labor movements. Inequality in environmental health which leads to inequality in human health is generally examined in environmental justice literature on the community level. The aim of this current project is to move from an examination of the toxic community to a view that incorporates the toxic workplace. In addition, the changing nature of capitalism in the neoliberal era offers a compelling framework through which to understand the convergence of the growth of toxic workplaces and environmental inequality. Too few examples exist looking at the people who work in toxic industries and their role in organizing for environmental justice. The particulars of deregulation and privatization are often behind some of the worst cases of environmental racism. Bringing a focus to the workplaces that produce toxic sites can move us beyond the impact and response of particular neighborhoods and illuminate connections to the broader labor market and working conditions. It also holds the possibility of creating space for imagining united struggles for justice and equality in the urban environment. Erik has taught on the environmental justice movement at the University of Vermont and currently teaches global history at Brooklyn College.

Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa

Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa is a Ph.D. student in sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and fellow at the Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) in Baruch College. He received a BA in political science from Tec de Monterrey and a master’s degree in regional development from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. His dissertation work focuses on the social mobility and family life of parents born in Mexico and living in New York City after the last major immigration reform in North America. Two central questions in his research project are: How and why do certain migrant parents of U.S.-born children, considering migratory status, do better than others in terms of social mobility and family life?  How can ethnographic cases and spatial demography methods contribute to understanding this social phenomenon and the variations within a social group in “America’s quintessential immigrant city”?  The literature suggests that irregular immigrants will experience extremely limited life prospects for themselves and their children. However, he proposes to explain some variations in families analyzing differences in levels of human capital, social networks, and sociocultural micro-dynamics by migratory status and across neighborhoods.

Shiraz Biggie

Shiraz Biggie is a Ph.D. student in the Theatre program.  Her research takes a microhistorical perspective surrounding the comparative diasporic experiences of the Irish and Jewish communities in the United States from 1880-1920.   She is exploring various types of amateur performances, language learning activities, and poetry publications with a particular eye to how these communities interacted with their imagined homelands.   Her research is aimed at complicating the idea of performed identity within the diaspora.  She is particularly interested in the question of how performance in immigrant communities effects the revival and maintenance of language and contributes to the evolving nature of culture in the places they have left behind as well as in their new communities. Her goal is to demonstrate the ongoing connection to the perceived homeland as a vital part of the immigrant experience beyond traditional assimilationist narratives.

Timothy Griffiths

Timothy M. Griffiths is a Ph.D. student in English at the Graduate Center. His primary work involves historical representations of transgressive sexuality and mutual care in nineteenth-century culture, particularly in the archives of women-authored novels and African-American literary canon formation. He is currently exploring the genealogies of American queer and queer-of-color thought through the archives of women-authored texts of nineteenth-century America. His research will explore the ways in which sentimental texts depict American family life as perpetually ruptured, concurrently calling into question dominant narratives about the gender-based division of public and private spheres; this research will also attempt to link these texts with recent queer theory-based critiques of the family as a technology of heteropatriarchal capitalism in order to broaden the archives of transgressive sexuality beyond the twentieth-century and against the sometimes confining discursive formation of queer theory proper. Finally, he hopes that the work undertaken for this project — as part of a “No More Separate Spheres!” critical impulse — will aid in rethinking the structure of contemporary literary projects to account for and push against the given ways in which fundamental literary critical methods reinforce gender hierarchy and its division of labor.

Thomas Hauner

Thomas Hauner’s research focuses on the economic consequences of inequality and explaining why one should care about inequality in an economic context, in addition to a moral context. One perspective is macroeconomic, exploring the link between national inequality and financial and economic instability. The other is microeconomic, focusing on the role inequality within communities’ impacts public goods and services.


Carly Huelsenbeck

Carly Huelsenbeck’s proposed multisited ethnography – focusing on middle schools and Internet cafés in two New York City neighborhoods – will contribute to the literature by relying on first and 1.5 generation adolescent immigrant students’ stories to construct a theory of the “Chinese American path to success” (or lack thereof) for Fujianese youth.  Seeking neither to explain nor to directly contradict the model minority myth (the dominant explanation for Asian American students’ performance), but rather to provide a fuller picture and an alternative theory of how Fujianese immigrant youth are doing in school and why, this study will demonstrate the importance of considering a wider range of factors as potential influences on school performance and social relationships, rather than relying solely on cultural assumptions.

Rebecca Karam

Rebecca Karam: The purpose of my proposed study seeks to identify patterns of incorporation, identity formation, racial and religious exclusion, socio-economic opportunity, and communitarian investments among second-generation Muslim adults in Metropolitan Detroit. Additionally, I seek to explore the extent to which the participation of immigrant households in American mosques and Islamic parochial schools impacts the religiosity and/or social mobility of this group, as compared to the immigrant generation. My study seeks to fill an empirical niche by using a culturally grounded interview approach. The survey instrument augments typical approaches to concepts such as religiosity and religious participation in Muslim communities by considering the myriad ways religious practices and beliefs take shape in American Islam.

Lillian Polanco Roman

Lillian Polanco-Roman is currently working on a project examining the relation between bicultural identity and cognitive flexibility, as a possible explanation for the well-documented association between biculturalism and psychological adjustment. She is drawing from the extant literature that has demonstrated that bilingualism may promote cognitive flexibility by increasing the cognitive demands among individuals learning more than one language. She will propose that this pattern may extend to the development of a bicultural identity, as learning to navigate more than one cultural environment may also place additional demands on an individual's cognitive processes. Perhaps a bicultural identity may promote cognitive flexibility, which may buffer the harmful effects of social stressors such as racial/ethnic discrimination. This project will serve as a foundation to my broader interest of how cultural experiences may interact with cognitive processes to impact the manifestation, expression and response to psychological distress, particularly among racial/ethnic minority and immigrant adolescents and young adults.

Jennifer Stoops

Jennifer Stoops is a doctoral student in Urban Education and the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy certificate program. Her work examines alternative and informal education; issues of urban sustainability and ecology; educational technology; and theoretical questions on the commons and networks. Along with Erin Glass (2014-2015 ARC Research Praxis Fellow), she is building a free and open source tool for graduate students to easily compose, socialize, and archive not only their writing, but also comments both received and given. The project, Social Paper, investigates how institution-supported online social networks empower students to workshop, share, improve, and extend their scholarship. Research and development on Social Paper is made possible by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Graduate Center. A former middle school English educator, Jennifer is the Social Media Fellow for the Urban Education PhD program

Anne Virnig

Anne Virnig’s research integrates ethnobotany, the study of how people use plants; metabolomics, the study of all compounds present in a plant; transcriptomics, the study of all genes active in a plant; and conservation biology, the science of biodiversity preservation, to study the local knowledge, health benefits, and conservation of queremes. Specifically, my research seeks to: (1) document local classification and use of queremes and evaluate how plant knowledge is disseminated throughout the community; (2) analyze how compounds interact to achieve high antioxidant activity, (3) identify how cultivation affects gene expression and antioxidant activity in the fruits, (4) investigate how socioeconomic and ecological factors can be balanced to ensure conservation of these culturally important, endemic species. The findings can help us to understand how local plant knowledge is maintained, add economic value to quereme products by investigating antioxidant health benefits in queremes, and contribute to socioeconomically sustainable conservation initiatives of Colombian biodiversity. 

Dirk Witteveen

Dirk Witteveen is a student in the Doctoral Program in Sociology at the Graduate Center. His research interests are concentrated in the overlapping fields of the sociology of education, social inequality, and immigration. Most recently, he completed studies on mechanisms explaining retention among American college students and on the current labor market position of the children of Moroccan and Turkish immigrants in The Netherlands. Dirk’s sociological work often includes the question of how – in addition to structural social background factors – individual trajectories are shaped by social institutions that are immediately affecting the social stratification of young adults. These sequence analyses are often based on longitudinal datasets that follow individuals for an extensive period of time and through different phases of the life course. For his dissertation, he compares the ‘school-to-work transition’ during the Great Recession in five different countries, emphasizing the effects of social and educational policy on labor market outcomes in terms of employment and educational (mis-)matching.

Andrew Alger

Andrew Alger studies how urban space was shaped in mid-century Baghdad by private and state-led initiatives for developing new neighborhoods and social services for growing immigrant populations. By mapping the construction of schools, hospitals, and roads onto the Baghdad landscape from 1921 to 1968, Alger aims to examine how development plans affected daily life in the country's largest city. It is hoped that this project will complicate Iraq historians' understanding of trends that have largely been studied in national and international terms.

Jeffrey Binder

Jeffrey Binder is a PhD student in English at CUNY who specializes in nineteenth century American literature, digital humanities, and critical theory. Jeff comes to the humanities from a background in computer programming, and much of his work involves putting new digital technologies into dialogue with their historical precedents. His present research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century thinking about language, especially in relation to the regimented forms of writing characteristic of law, bureaucracy, and computational technology. For this project he is looking at early American dictionaries, linguistic theories, and educational texts, along with contemporary quantitative methods of understanding language change.

Mila Nasimento

Mila Burns (Nascimento) is a Ph.D. student at the History Department. She studies diplomatic and political relations between Chile and Brazil from the election of Salvador Allende, in 1970, to the early years of the Augusto Pinochet regime. Focusing on documents recently declassified by the Brazilian Truth Commission, her work also includes research in various archives in Chile, Brazil, and United States. By mixing archival research and oral history, Burns also expects to offer a new perspective on the role of exiles in Chile on the international image of the Brazilian dictatorship. Filling the gap in the scholarship of the period by presenting a new perspective, her project may help us to think differently about the mutual influence South American countries exerted during the military period. It is possible that, by looking at neighbors’ diplomatic history, one can find that the global relations at the time were much different than previous academic works have led us to think. This project will also contribute to the fields of political science, international studies, military, and transnational history.

Syelle Graves

Syelle Graves is pursuing a Ph.D. in linguistics at the Graduate Center. Her current project, in sociolinguistics, investigates dialect discord in medical discourse, and how it may lead to misdiagnosis, stemming from work on with a case study in collaboration with two physicians. As an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow, she served as lab coordinator of the Language Acquisition Research Center in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College, as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at Hunter College, and a writing fellow at the New York City College of Technology. She received her en-route MA in linguistics from the Graduate Center, and now teaches in the humanities department at LaGuardia Community College.

Abigail Lapin

Abigail Lapin is a second year Ph.D. student in Latin American Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. She studies the visual arts produced in support of the Afro-Brazilian anti-racism movement in the 1950s through 1990s. The circle of artists associated with civil rights adopted diverse aesthetic strategies that exposed the country’s pervasive religious and racial inequalities. Abigail contends that the visual arts and architecture were critical to the propagation and development of the movement and forever altered the depiction and imagery associated with blackness in Brazil. Placing religion as fundamental to the formation of ethnic identity, her project explores how space and art embody religious imagery to become signs of resistance against government repression and dominant inequalities, forming an Afro-Brazilian ethno-religious identity through the visual arts and architecture. Thus far, art historical scholarship has segregated African-derived art in Brazil from the mainstream history of Brazilian art. Her topic seeks to break the barrier in current scholarship and rightfully integrate such artwork into the canon of Brazilian art history.

Kimberly Livingstone

Kimberly Livingstone, LMSW, is currently working towards her PhD in Social Welfare at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her areas of research interest include homeless service-users’ experiences and evidence-based homeless service models like CTI and Housing First. Ms. Livingstone has 12 years of professional experience in homeless services and program management. She is a Silberman Doctoral Fellow working with Dr. Herman and Ms. Conover at Hunter College. She is co-investigator on a qualitative research study exploring service-users’ experiences while residing in supportive housing and how people successfully move on to more independent living situations. She has been selected to receive an Advanced Research Collaborative Research Praxis Fellowship Award by the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has also been awarded a Doctoral Student Research Grant for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Chun Yi Peng

Chun-Yi Peng is a 3nd year doctoral student in the Linguistics Program. He is interested in second language acquisition (SLA) and sociolinguistics, especially the syntactic variation across spoken Mandarin varieties. His current research project looks at the effects of media exposure on the grammaticality judgment made by ‘standard’ Mandarin speakers. Chun-Yi has taught Mandarin and linguistics courses across CUNY campuses. He has also worked on the LENS Assessment projects in the SLA lab at the Graduate Center. He received his MA from Michigan State University and BA from National Taiwan University.

Christopher Rominger

Christopher Rominger studies how the experience of the First World War transformed Tunisia's political landscape. His research, in looking at a variety of movements and individuals active in the early 1920s, attempts to redirect focus towards a wartime and postwar experience in Tunisia which should not be viewed as a linear, singular march towards anti-colonial nationalism, but rather as a diverse set of overlapping, competing, and contingent political and social visions which defied simple categorizations. That these visions emerged, competed, evolved, succeeded, or even failed, can reveal more to us about a people in crisis than can any linear retrospective. Rominger's project proposes to situate Tunisia’s experience during the war and its immediate aftermath within the wider context of colonial and non-Western societies around the Mediterranean, with implications for our understanding of how trauma, inequality, and mobility can impact political engagement and identity.

Jeremy Sawyer

Jeremy Sawyer is studying the relative impacts of play-based and pre-academic preschool pedagogy on children's development of private speech and intrinsic, mastery motivation, which has been shown to be a strong predictor of long-term gains in cognitive, social, and communication skills. Vygotskian theory and modern research suggests that sociodramatic play is the most important source of preschoolers' overall development, but the corporate-driven obsession with high stakes assessment and accountability has led to a resurgence of highly didactic, developmentally inappropriate pre-academic preschool programs ("child cognitive labor"), which are disproportionately imposed on poor and working class children. President Obama and Mayor De Blasio have instituted initiatives to expand preschool funding and access, which is expected to benefit poor and working-class children and families, yet the pedagogical methods of these programs, remain an open political and educational question. It is expected that studying children's private speech and motivational processes in play-based vs. pre-academic settings will help to illuminate beneficial and equitable pedagogical approaches for the development of all children.


Patrick Smyth leverages new modes of presentation in ebooks to explore the untapped potential of the scholarly edition as a form. His research examines new economic, social, and creative trends in ebook dissemination and consumption, with particular emphasis on experimental forms such as the ebook/archive and ebook/app hybrid forms. Patrick also investigates new avenues for creating appealing, accessible scholarly editions by leveraging new advances in web technology, including new methods of formatting ebooks for mobile devices.

Sangdong Tak

Sangdong Tak is a former student activist in Korea. He has pursued master’s degrees in Philanthropic Studies and Public Administration in the US, looking at civil society organizations for bringing justice to society. Now, as an immigrant sociologist, he has a keen interest in immigrant organizations and their political participation, and is a volunteer at the Korean American Civic Empowerment. One of his future goals is founding a national college student organization that focuses on peace in the Korean Peninsula.

Sarah Tosh

Sarah Tosh is a student in the Doctoral Program in Sociology at the Graduate Center. Her research centers on the parallel and intertwined developments in drug and immigration policy which have occurred in the United States in recent decades. For her dissertation, she plans to utilize a multi-method approach (legislative history, content analysis of print media, and secondary data-analysis of public opinion polls) to assess the extent to which a “moral panic” linking drugs and immigration played a role in shifts towards more punitive policy in both of these areas, specifically during the 1980s and 1990s. Ultimately, she hopes that untangling the way in which these persistent policy frameworks were originally initiated will help to inform a more fact-based approach towards legislation in these persistently controversial areas. The working title of her dissertation is, “Moral Panic and the Construction of Repressive Policy: Drugs and Immigration in the United States.”

Fellows below are organized by research topic:


Rachel Brown studies the emotional experiences of exclusion from citizenship among largely Filipina migrant domestic workers in Israel. Brown hypothesizes that because domestic work involves caring for and often living with their employers, the line between work and non-work is blurred, leaving the workers undercompensated, alienated from other migrants, and bound to the private realm. Brown’s research will contribute to literature on migration and citizenship by detailing the emotional—rather than legal—experience of exclusion from citizenship. It will also suggest how the particularly intimate nature of carework influences the emotional experiences of transnational migrants. Using Israel as a case study, it will assess the ways immigration regimes in ethnic and civic democracies overlap and diverge. Finally, this research will suggest how a growing migrant population affects the debate about citizenship, ethnicity, nationhood, and belonging within the nation-state.

Vandeen Campbell studies the question of whether plaguing inequality in American schools and student outcomes can be tackled with a smarter combination of school organization factors. In order to develop a more comprehensive quantitative analysis of schools as organizations, her research will apply data mining methods to the nationally representative 1998–99 Kindergarten Cohort of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey to examine the relationship between elementary school organization and academic and behavioral outcomes. Successful completion of this research project will contribute to the sociology of education field both conceptually and methodologically.

Kim Chunrye

Kim Chunrye studies the effect of acculturative stress on the quantity and quality of abusive behaviors among Chinese immigrant intimate partner violence (IPV) offenders. Using clinical and administrative data for 500 Chinese immigrant IPV offenders and victims provided by Garden of Hope, a Chinese-language victim service agency in New York City, Chunrye will identify offender/victim-related correlMes associated with different types (e.g., physical, psychological, and sexual) and severity of abusive behaviors. Extant studies of IPV among immigrants mainly focus on the victimization experience from the woman's perspective, but little research pays attention to the conditions or circumstances leading immigrant men to initiate or intensify their aggression against intimate partners. By exploring factors connected to IVP offending and victimization, Chunrye’s study will shed light on the hidden side of problem.

Brenda Gambol

Brenda Gambol explores what some scholars have called a "paradox": second-generation Filipino Americans graduating from college at lower rates than the first generation and many of their seemingly less-advantaged Asian American counterparts, contradicting the predictions of most theories of assimilation. Research on this topic is especially important given that Filipinos constitute the second-largest Asian American group in the US, totaling over 3 million in 2010. All too often research assumes that human capital is supposed to advantage immigrants and their children without understanding exactly how immigrant human capital plays out in the lives of immigrant families. Further, literature on immigration, race, and ethnicity tends to lump Filipinos with Asian Americans and does not explain how Filipinos are racialized in schools. Gambol hopes her research will broaden our understanding of human capital, race and ethnicity, and education.

Hyein Lee

Hyein Lee studies how different forms of capital (social, economic, and cultural) affect the propensity of native-born Asian Americans to engage in interracial (e.g., Asian-white, Asian-black) and interethnic (e.g., Chinese-Filipino, Indian- Korean) marriage, as well as the effects of these unions for those involved. Lee uses census data to examine whether higher socioeconomic status (e.g., educational attainment, income, neighborhood effects) among Asian American groups affects the likelihood of exogamy and qualitative interviews to understand how factors such as social networks, cultural perceptions, and personal experiences affect an individual's opportunity to engage in interpersonal relationships, and ultimately intermarriage traversing racial and ethnic boundaries. Key questions are whether, and how, intermarriage fosters assimilation and affects ethnic/racial identities and social networks between partners.

Shirley Leyro

Shirley Leyro studies whether the fear of deportation creates social disorganization. Focusing primarily on the residential mobility, ethnic heterogeneity, and low social economic status that generally result from migration into the US, social disorganization theory has been the dominant framework used to link immigration with crime. Yet recent criminological scholarship has challenged this position, suggesting that the social capital and integration fostered in communities resulting from immigration actually reduce, rather than increase, crime. If this is true, then it is possible another mechanism within the immigrant experience leads to social disorganization. Leyro’s two-phase study seeks to explore how deportation, as a consequence of immigration control policies—which in part seek to make communities safer by ridding them of “criminal aliens—actually leads to more of that which it seeks to curb: crime.

Andrew Shield

Andrew D. J. Shield studies how gay-identified immigrants used gay and lesbian networks—both romantic and platonic—to navigate pathways to employment, lodging, and integration in the 1960s and 1970s. During these decades, when so-called "guest-worker" immigration boomed, gay and lesbian activists called for individuals to “come out" and live openly with regard to sexual orientation. Shield’s research hopes to highlight not only the unique position of gay-identified immigrants with regard to integration, but also to show the contributions of immigrants and overseas individuals to gay and lesbian emancipation movements based in Northwest Europe. In addition, his research pays close attention to critiques of secularism, particularly with regard to media/political depictions of purportedly religious (Muslim) immigrants in contrast to the supposedly "secular" European state.

Tommy Wu

Tommy Wu’s research explores some of the racial and labor dimensions inherent in the recently proposed immigration bill which creates a dilemma for many NYC grassroots organizations and activist groups that work with immigrant and low-wage workers. In this new political geography, how will worker and immigrant advocacy groups contend with conflicting immigration, labor, and race issues? What will be their new organizing strategies? And what new logics are invoked to build or oppose support for the proposed legislation? Wu also hopes to address how various groups of undocumented immigrants and low-wage workers understand their positions in this new political landscape. His goal is to better understand the complexities of immigrant/worker organizing in NYC and the interplay of racial, class, and immigrant identities during this key moment of immigration reform.


Kevin Ambrose

Kevin Ambrose received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in learning, development, and instruction from the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research interests are in human-computer interaction, virtual worlds, social skills training, substance use disorder, educational games, and autism.

In her research, Andreina Isabel Torres Angarita addresses the ways in which overlapping claims over the use of urban land and housing are negotiated and contested in the city of Caracas, Venezuela, where struggles to access dignified housing have seemingly been granted state recognition. With the redistributive efforts of Hugo Chavez's administration, aided by the largesse of an oil-based economy, this struggle has intensified. Thus, state and grassroots efforts have emerged and sometimes merged in order to address a persistent drama in the production of urban inequality: access to land and housing. Angarita studies whether the current efforts to provide "appropriate" housing for the urban poor in Caracas are producing new forms of property relations, along with new ideas of the "proper citizen", infected by gender, class, and racial/ethnic notions of difference.

Tahir Butt

Tahir Butt considers the extraordinary expansion of public institutions of higher education after World War II through the lens of the City University of New York (CUNY). While this expansion in New York state was marked initially by restricted growth until 1960, it was proceeded by a period of massive expansion under Governor Nelson Rockefeller. By 1975, the State University of New York (SUNY) and CUNY, both of which had been formed by consolidating existing colleges, had become the first and third largest public university systems in the country. Butt seeks to investigate the unsuccessful efforts by Governor Nelson Rockefeller to implement a uniform tuition policy at the City University of New York in the 1960s, and to develop a deeper understanding of the political economy that led both the State and CUNY to use notions of inequality to legitimate their contrasting tuition policies.

Paul Fess studies print culture and the formation of race in early American literature, investigating the shifting iterations of the sensus communis surrounding enslavement and the construction of race in the antebellum US as articulated and manipulated by the material cultures of print. Focusing on how social texts, such as autobiographies, periodical accounts, novels, and political books circulated and manipulated the discursive fields they participated in yields evidence that texts which took up race from within the slavery debate were consistently redefining the discernible world surrounding this issue and that this negotiation had both positive and negative effects for the advent of African American subjects during the period.

Meg Gorsline

Marjorie Gorsline seeks to identify tangible traces of white power and privilege at historical sites in the US, asking how white violence, power, and privilege are made 'invisible' in dominant historical archaeological interpretations of white and plural domestic sites and how historical archaeologists can re-define our interpretations of these sites to incorporate an understanding of the terror and oppression such places held for many people of color and to acknowledge the visibility of white power? Gorsline investigates how space was constructed to define identity, control and negotiate relationships, and manage access to resources and labor. How have dominant and normative interpretations of space in historical archaeology perpetuated a lack of critical attention to white power and privilege, and how might an “accountable” archaeological perspective be revised to account for past and present racialized inequality? Finally, how might historical archaeologists take an active role in speaking out against white power in the communities in which we work?

Aboozar Hadavand

Aboozar Hadavand analyzes the impact of globalization on inequality among countries through four channels: trade, foreign direct investment, migration, and technology spillover. In a more globalized world, trade happens without any barriers and at minimum shipping costs; capital is free to move and is highly mobile; there is a relatively integrated labor market; and technology, once invented, can be used and diffused internationally. The current trend shows that the world is on the path to more globalization in almost all of these the four areas. Hadavand proposes that, although globalization happens, there are borders and countries have different factor endowments such as capital (natural resources, land, infrastructure, etc.) and labor. Labor is mobile but migration of workers is still limited and costly. International trade provides the same set of consumption choices for the people in all countries. Since capital moves freely due to a more facilitated foreign direct investment and there is an integrated credit market, all countries have access to capital. However, because of imperfections in the credit market, countries do not have "equal" access to it.

Stephanie Jones

Stefanie A. Jones pursues the questions: What elements of capitalism operate according to the logic of white supremacy? To what extent does neoliberalism depend on that logic? If we understand capitalist class formation as, currently, a stunningly influential system of power distribution, and neoliberalism as a particularly powerful contemporary manifestation of capitalism, how can we understand a white supremacist racial formation and a patriarchal gender formation as central components of maintaining and expanding neoliberalism? Through an examination of public discourse on black representation in the 1970s, primarily in the realm of theatre and performance (notably around Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death and The Wiz), but also in other popular media such as blaxploitation films and pop music, Jones suggests that a fear of blackness and resistance to black power (as well as Black Power) serve as foundational forces in the capitalization of global inequality.

Mohamad Junaid

Mohamad Junaid studies the military occupation of Kashmir using a phenomenological, but historically contextualized, analysis of everyday experiences of Kashmiris under occupation; critical analysis of how poetry and religious practices cultivate ethical and political sensibilities; and ethnographic exploration of how, despite incredible odds and painful individual losses, Kashmiris try to rebuild their lives, while generating a collective political life. The study will reveal how the formation of political subjectivity among Kashmiris relates with the State's hegemonic projects of pacification and inculcation of lndian nationalism.

Madhuri Karak researches the paradoxical deployment of "indigenous" as an emergent strategy of resistance by the Dongria Kondh, an 8,000-strong tribe in the densely forested, upland regions of central India. Karak is especially interested in the elision of social inequalities for discursive gains in social movements. Her research explores how Indian constitutional law and transnational indigenous rights discourses enshrine alterity as a condition for citizenship, and the consequences of this politics of recognition in terms of the reproduction of social inequality within and between communities. Karak hopes her research will contribute to debates on inequality's specificities across temporal and spatial scales in the postcolonial present.

Vanessa Paul analyzes inequality in Brazil using the framework of Anthony Marx's "Making Race and Nation," in which Marx compares Brazil to the United States and South Africa, and illustrates how "states play a role in constructing and enforcing the institutional boundaries of race." Brazil has forwarded an image of a "racial democracy” in which racism is said not to exist on the macro (and rarely, on the micro) level. Paul studies whether or not the racial equality implied by this phrase is statistically demonstrable, and asks whether there is more inequality in Brazil then in the US, where cultural deficiencies are identified as the reasons for minorities' failures. She also seeks to determine if the racial breakdown in Brazil corresponds to economic stratification, and considers other demographic variables. The study will contribute to literature on race, racial discrimination, and cross-national inequality studies and its conclusions will hopefully inform the ways in which we view the intersection of public policy, race, and nation-building.

Lydia Pelot Hobbs

Lydia Pelot-Hobbs studies how the U.S. state is both reliant upon and reproduces the logics and structures of racial, gender, and class inequity. Her research charts the development of mass incarceration in the American South from the1970s to the present and the oppositional movements that emerged in response. Utilizing a combination of archival and ethnographic methods, Pelot-Hobbs traces key moments of Southern antiprison activism in order to illuminate the dialectical relationship between antiprison organizing in response to the shifting Southern penal system, and in turn, how the prison system has adapted to such pressures. Her research will contribute to debates on the role of mass incarceration in the US and play an important role in shaping discussions on potential avenues for change that will support policymakers and activists alike in their work for prison reform.

Chelsea Schields

Chelsea Schields studies how ongoing debates over the extent of Antillean autonomy manifest in transatlantic discussions on sexual politics. Focusing on the recent implementation of Dutch law on same-sex marriage on the islands of Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius, Schields analyzes political debates and press sources in circuit between the Netherlands and the Antilles from 2007-2013 to show how concerns over so-called 'ethical laws' factored into the process of constitutional restructuring that brought Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius willfully under Dutch rule in 2010. Her research will contribute to the literature on the history of imperialism and non-sovereignty by demonstrating how lingering colonial relationships in the Dutch Caribbean have rendered the advancement of sexual rights and resistance to Dutch political hegemony as incommensurable goals. Inn addition, this research will play an important role in reenergizing discussion on equitable, transnational forms of citizenship, both in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the non­ independent world more broadly.

Julie Viollaz

Julie Viollaz studies a lesser-known side of wildlife poaching: the illegal killing of carnivores, specifically leopards, in retaliation for livestock predation. This type of poaching is perpetrated to avoid economic losses rather than to profit from the animal killed (contrary to elephant poaching for ivory), but is just as detrimental to sustainability. Viollaz focuses on creating GIS mapping models of where leopard poaching takes place in three areas in South Africa and India in an attempt to determine if the several environmental factors result in more retaliatory leopard killings. Viollaz hopes her research will determine where human-leopard conflict is most likely to provoke poaching so conservationists can target the hardest hit areas. She also hopes to explore interdisciplinary solutions to prevent leopard killings.

Tom Waters

Thomas Waters studies the role of public policy in shaping New York City neighborhoods since the middle 1960s. Waters compares two study areas of roughly 30 blocks each, one in the central Bronx and one on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Both areas have been deeply affected by New York City's cycle of disinvestment, abandonment, and renewal over the past 50 years, but are sharply different in their perceived potential for increased real estate value and in the intensity of local political conflict over housing issues. Focusing on the roles played by middle-level bureaucrats in the city's housing and planning agencies and their organizational partners in the advocacy and real estate worlds, Waters hopes that his research will provide insight into the ability of the bureaucracy to respond to different economic and political contexts, and to the relative importance of factors related to the bureaucracy, the real estate economy, and public politics in explaining both policy outputs and policy outcomes

Gregory Zucker examines how an ongoing engagement with the thought of the German philosopher, G.W.F. Hegel, serves as a pivot point for understanding the emergence, development, and transformation of political debates over social and economic inequality in different national contexts. The history of the reception and appropriation of Hegel's political philosophy illuminates how political discourses in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States became deeply entwined. Tracing this appropriation, Zucker hopes to provide an intellectual history that examines the ways in which the migration of ideas and individuals introduced new conceptual tools to intellectuals in different national contexts. In each of these contexts, the recipients of these concepts refashioned them to make them applicable to the particular problems of social and economic inequality posed by their national setting.


Manuela Arciniegas’s research involves conducting interviews of members of religious brotherhoods in San Cristobal (Dominican Republic), Zavala Grande (Cuba), and New York City in order to analyze the music, dance, and religious practices in those communities. She examines song texts, instrumentation, melodies, rhythmic sequences, movements and gestures, discourses around ethnic and racial identity, and affects in order to understand the relationship among religion, music, and a Central African derived identity. Her work will contribute to the sparse scholarly writing on Central African cultural retention and discourses in New York City, Dominican Republic, and Cuba's connections to Central African religion.

Patrick Byers’s previous research in the development of numerical/mathematical thinking in preschoolers has led him to re-conceptualize "knowledge of number" as a discursive construct that is only meaningful in relation to normative socio-cultural practices, rather than as a structural quality of an individual mind. Through this lens, he now studies how novel technological devices become utilized for educational purposes through engagement with preexisting discourses and practices surrounding math education, and how historically derived forms of activity (including thinking and knowing) are deeply shaped by the (technological) media In which they occur.

Ezgi Canpolat examines the recognition process of Alevis, a non-Sunni Muslim minority constituting about 20 percent of the population in Turkey, by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). He explores how in this process the negotiation of the legitimacy of Alevism as a religious practice and identity reveals deeper contradictions and ambiguities at the very foundation of Turkish secularism. He also considers how transnational networks enable Alevis in Turkey to produce contesting definitions of Alevism, by conducting multi-sited ethnography in Alevi organizations in Germany and Turkey. His research will contribute to the general literature on secularism and religion by examining the particularities of Turkish secularism and deconstruct binary oppositions such as religion vs. secularism, or AKP vs. secularism.

Gordon Dale

Gordon Dale’s research focuses on four aspects of Haredi popular music and spiritual health: a history of the discourse on music in Haredi life as part of a particular moment that is both within, and in conflict with, modernity; a characterization of the music that is socially sanctioned by Haredi leaders, including an analysis of the rhetoric of spiritual health attached to this repertoire; an examination of moments of conflict, with a focus on the censoring of Hasidic singer, Lipa Schmeltzer; and an exploration of an emerging alternative music scene through which those on the margins of Haredi society interact with non-Jewish culture through rock and rap music that espouses Orthodox Jewish themes. His research will contribute to recent scholarship on religion and xenophobia, as well as ethnomusicological investigations of religious music and modernity.

Jeff Diamant

Jeff Diamant explores communal transformations in African-American Muslim history from the 1970s through the 1990s. His work touches on transnational elements common to various religious communities in the United States. His work will examine the relationship between immigrant Muslims and African-American Muslims.

Salman Hussain considers how recent changes in Pakistani legislation, prompted by the petitioning of higher courts to intervene in different kinds of social, political, and economic “injustices,” represent a new imagination of Pakistani law. With particular focus on the successful petitioning by the hijras (transgendered performers) for protection of their civil rights, Hussain considers: how the “Lawyers Movement” mobilized around the liberal, legal language of rights and whether this way of framing social and political wrongs began a transformation of social and political life in Pakistan; how the movement re-articulated gender relations in the legal arena; and what the hijra case and the mobilization of lawyers tells us about the relationship between secular and Sharia law in Pakistan, where law has remained a site of contesting and defining, in both secular and Sharia Courts.

Joanna Tice

Joanna Tice seeks to consider the political thought of the Christian right by asking what their theory of being or ontology is and how that informs their political thought and behavior., Her research will provide crucial theoretical grounding for empirical scholarship on the sexuality and gender policies of the U.S. Christian right at home and abroad and enable feminist and LGBTQ politics to confront their biggest domestic opposition.