Advising Fellows

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

Advising Fellows will hold office hours between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM at Room 4103, and by appointment. The schedule is as follows:

  • Mondays: Jacob Martin
  • Tuesdays: Michael Greer
  • Thursdays: Talya Wolf

Appointments are always recommended!


Jacob Martin

Office Hours: Mondays, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

MALS Advising Fellow

Jacob is a Ph.D. candidate in the philosophy department at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation concerns the nature of belief and interpretation, the connections between them, and their roles in the explanation of ideologies.

In addition to his doctoral work, Jacob has served as a graduate student advisor to the CUNY Pipeline Program and as an instructor for undergraduate logic courses at Baruch College. Besides contemporary philosophy of mind and language and their application to issues in social theory, he has interests in the history of philosophy as well as adjacent disciplines such as psychology, linguistics, and political science. He is from Phoenix, Arizona and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Arizona State University.

Jacob very much looks forward to helping MALS students navigate the program. He is open to working with and advising students from any concentration, but given his experience and interests, he is particularly well-placed to advise students with the following concentrations: American Studies; Approaches to Modernity; Archaeology of the Classical, Late Antique, and Islamic Worlds; Film and Media Cultures; Global Early Modern Studies; Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies; Literary Translation Studies; Western Intellectual Traditions; and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Michael Greer

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

MALS Advising Fellow

Michael (pronouns she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy department at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her interdisciplinary dissertation, “Political Subjectivity, Allyship, and Social Liberation,” thinks about the use and value of the concept of ‘allyship’ in social justice contexts, and its relationship with political subjectivity, drawing upon in-depth interviews with activists and other actors who are motivated to dismantle oppressive social structures.

In addition to her doctoral work, Michael is a Senior Ethics Fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, training medical students in bioethics, and participating in hospital ethics committee meetings and consultations. Michael’s areas of specialization include feminist and social philosophy, ethics (especially applied ethics), and critical phenomenology. She also has interests in biopolitics, fat studies, and philosophy of education. Michael holds a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Cardiff University in Wales, and an MA in Philosophy from The University of Sheffield in England. She has years of experience with teaching, mentoring, and navigating institutional and academic life at CUNY, having taught at Brooklyn College, worked as a student worker at the Graduate Center’s registrar, served on the steering committee of the DGSC, and organized reading and writing groups, conferences, and a summer school on feminist philosophy.

As a MALS advising fellow, Michael is excited to hear about students’ backgrounds and goals, and to work with them as they navigate CUNY and graduate life. She is open to working with students from any concentration, although she has experience with the following ones: Africana Studies, American Studies, Law and Society, Public Scholarship, Social and Environmental Justice Studies, Urban Education, Western Intellectual Traditions, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Tayla Wolf

Office Hours: Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

MALS Advising Fellow

Talya Wolf is a sixth year doctoral student in the Sociology department at The Graduate Center, CUNY, from which she holds an M.Phil in Sociology. Her dissertation, titled “Raising the Upper-Middle Class: Childcare in an Era of Rising Inequality” explores how classed value preferences and constraints inform childcare choices and contribute to the reproduction of inequality from early ages. She is a qualitative researcher with a focus on families, class, intergenerational transmission of inequality, and care work. She has taught courses such as Intro to Sociology, Research Methods, and Crime and Juvenile Delinquency at both Hunter and Queens Colleges, and served as a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Lehman College, where she developed tools for alternative grading and anti-racist pedagogy.

Originally from Worcester, MA, Talya has lived in New York City for the past ten years. Prior to that, she received a BA in Chemistry from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She worked as a science education researcher and curriculum developer at the New York Hall of Science in Corona, Queens, before joining the MALS program, where she received an MA in Liberal Studies with an Urban Education concentration. While completing her MA degree, Talya worked as an early childcare provider. Her MALS experience ultimately introduced her to sociology, and her work in childcare led to her current research interests.

As a former MALS student, Talya is eager to help current students navigate the program, think about how they want to use their degree to meet their personal and professional goals, and make the most of their time as students at the GC.