Faculty and Staff

Our faculty are renowned scholars and writers, many of whom have published popular and award-winning biographies or memoirs, including the Pulitzer Prize. Drawing from many CUNY campuses, our current teaching roster includes Jason Tougaw (The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism), Ava Chin (Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal), Katherine Culkin (Harriet Hosmer: A Cultural Biography) and Tahisha Ford (Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion). 

In addition, students in our program study and practice the art and craft of biography with guidance from eminent writers who are well connected in academic and publishing circles. Brenda Wineapple (author of The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and The Dream of a Just Nation) and Annalyn Swan (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of de Kooning: An American Master, and Bacon: Revelations) regularly teach small seminars.

Biography and Memoir Faculty

André Aciman (photo credit: Sigrid Estrada)

André Aciman

Distinguished Professor

  • French

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir
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Ammiel Alcalay

Professor

  • English

Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Professor

  • American Studies

Professor

  • Middle Eastern Studies

Professor

  • Medieval Studies

Professor

  • Africana Studies

Professor

  • Biography and Memoir
Ava Chin picture

Ava Chin

Associate Professor

  • Biography and Memoir
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Blanche Wiesen Cook

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir
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Sarah Covington

Professor

  • History

Professor

  • Global Early Modern Studies

Program Director

  • Biography and Memoir
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Joseph W. Dauben

Distinguished Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Distinguished Professor

  • Global Early Modern Studies
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Marc Dolan

Professor

  • English

Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Professor

  • Film Studies

Professor

  • American Studies

Professor

  • Biography and Memoir
Linda Grasso

Linda M. Grasso

Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Professor

  • Biography and Memoir
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Allison Kavey

Professor

  • History

Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Professor

  • Global Early Modern Studies
Thomas Kessner faculty photo

Thomas Kessner

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies
Wayne Koestenbaum faculty photo

Wayne Koestenbaum

Distinguished Professor

  • English

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • French

Distinguished Professor

  • Film Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies
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Sara McDougall

Associate Professor

  • French

Associate Professor

  • History

Associate Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Associate Professor

  • Medieval Studies
Nancy K. Miller headshot faculty

Nancy K. Miller

Distinguished Professor

  • French

Distinguished Professor

  • English

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies
David Reynolds

David S. Reynolds

Distinguished Professor

  • English

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies
Helena Rosenblatt

Helena Rosenblatt

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • French

Distinguished Professor

  • Political Science

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir
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Domna C. Stanton

Distinguished Professor

  • French

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • Global Early Modern Studies
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Araceli Tinajero

Professor

  • Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures

Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Mexican Studies Faculty Coordinator

  • Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

Staff

MARILYN WEBER
Academic Program Coordinator for the PhD Program in History
Academic Program Coordinator for the M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir
CUNY Academic Commons Community Facilitator
BAM@gc.cuny.edu
​​​​​​​Room 5114.06

EMERITUS FACULTY

Mary Ann Caws near microphone

Mary Ann Caws

Distinguished Professor Emerita

  • French

Distinguished Professor Emerita

  • English

Distinguished Professor Emerita

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor Emerita

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Distinguished Professor Emerita

  • Biography and Memoir
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David Nasaw

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • History

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • Biography and Memoir

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • American Studies