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, and by appointment. The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesdays: Callum MacRae
  • Wednesdays: Friederike Windel

Appointments are always recommended!


Callum MacRae

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

Callum MacRae

Callum is a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy department at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation, “Equality, Exploitation, and Solidarity” argues for a novel philosophical account of equality’s place in the socialist ideal and explores the implications of that account for our understanding of the concepts of exploitation and solidarity, and their place within the socialist tradition. 

In addition to his doctoral work, Callum works as Managing Editor at the Journal of Social Philosophy and teaches undergraduate classes in political and social philosophy at Hunter College. Besides contemporary political philosophy and Marx and Marxism, his interests also include the broader history of philosophy and political thought, and adjacent disciplines such as political science, economics, sociology, and public policy (as well as other areas of philosophy such as ethics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of mind.) He is from West Yorkshire in England, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford. 

Callum 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: Africana Studies; Approaches to Modernity; Global Early Modern Studies; International Studies; Law and Society; Social and Environmental Justice Studies; Western Intellectual Traditions; and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As an international student himself, he is also very happy to assist in any issues specific to international students. 

Friederike Windel

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

Friederike Margarethe Windel

Friederike Windel is a Ph.D. candidate in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center. Her dissertation, “An Affective Technology of Heimat: Whiteness, Nation Building and Social Media in Germany,” uses social computational and qualitative methods to examine the patterns of attachments and affective investments in Whiteness, objectifications, and exclusions entrenched in the construct of Heimat, which is broadly defined as “homeland” in German-speaking contexts.

In addition to her doctoral work, Friederike is interested in public programming and interdisciplinary collaborations. Currently she is part of Mindscapes, an international and interdisciplinary cultural program organized by the Wellcome Trust, that engages public programming with a focus on mental health and wellbeing in public spaces. She holds a bachelor degree in social sciences from Bennington College, and a M.A. and M.Phil in Critical Social/Personality Psychology from the Graduate Center. Before pursuing her PhD, Friederike worked as an international student advisor. She has taught psychology courses at various CUNY colleges.

As a MALS Advising Fellow, Friederike is excited to support fellow GC students in navigating graduate school. She looks forward to advising students from all concentrations, and has experience in the following concentrations: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Social and Environmental Justice Studies, International Studies, Childhood and Youth Studies, Urban Education, and Digital Humanities. As an international student, Friederike can also assist in concerns that are specific to international students.