Dr. Torre is the Director and co-founder of The Public Science Project. For the last 15 years she has been engaged in critical participatory action research projects nationally and internationally with schools, prisons, and community-based organizations seeking to further social justice. Her work introduced the concept of ‘participatory contact zones’ to collaborative research, and she continues to be interested in how democratic methodologies, radical inclusion, and notions of solidarity impact scientific inquiry. Before becoming director of The Public Science Project, Dr. Torre was Chair of Education Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. She is a co-author of Echoes of Brown: Youth Documenting and Performing the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and Changing Minds: The Impact of College on a Maximum Security Prison. Her writing can also be found in volumes such as the Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology (American Psychological Association), Participatory Action Research Approaches and Methods: Connecting People, Participation, and Place (Routledge), the Handbook of Action Research (Sage), and in journals such as Feminism and Psychology, the Journal of Social Issues, Qualitative Inquiry, and the Journal of Critical Psychology. Dr. Torre was a recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 35 Adolescent Girls Task Force Emerging Scientist and the Spencer Fellowship in Social Justice & Social Development in Educational Studies, and is on the national board of the National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project and What Kids Can Do.
The GC's Public Science Project (PSP) has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to fund its "Just Methods for Participatory Youth Policy" project.
The GC's Public Science Project today announced the launch of a national survey of LGBTQ and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) youth that promises to yield groundbreaking insight into a vastly unrecognized and underserved population.
The Public Science Project at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, has announced the launch of a national survey of LGBTQ and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) youth, created in partnership with LGBTQ and GNC youth, that will yield groundbreaking research of a vastly unrecognized and underserved population within the United States.
A White House forum on citizen science and crowdsourcing featured faculty and researchers who contribute to two projects sponsored by the Graduate Center.
Graduate Center Faculty Experts in Criminal Justice, Police Policies and Racism Available for Media Interviews
Faculty experts at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, are available for media interviews on queries relating to criminal justice, police practices and policies and racist institutional structures in America and globally.
Michelle Fine and Maria Torre, GC professors of psychology and co-founders of the Public Science Project (PSP), were invited by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office to join the Data and Research Working Group of the Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline.
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Professor Maria Elena Torre, the Director of the Public Science Project at the Graduate Center, has received the 2013 Michele Alexander Early Career Award, an extremely competitive and prestigious award given by The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).