Brian Ford is a doctoral candidate in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Based at Queens College in the Dennehy Lab, his research explores both how relatedness affects gene flow between viruses and how prior host identity affects subsequent viral fitness. Prior to joining the Dennehy Lab, he worked for four years on microbicide development at the Population Council and two years in the BAC Transgenic Core of the GENSAT Project at the Rockefeller University. Brian received a BA in Organismal Biology and Ecology from Bard College and an MS in Biology from NYU. He has taught Labs in Introductory Biology and Microbiology for both majors and non-majors at Brooklyn College and Queens College.
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Kara Van Cleaf is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). At the University of Kansas, she earned an MA in Sociology and BAs in Psychology and Anthropology. Her academic interests include feminist and social theory, the family, cultural studies, and the economies of motherhood. Her dissertation research examines how motherhood and blogging inform each other. Prior to working as an ITF she taught sociology courses on the family, deviance, social control, fashion, and social theory at John Jay College, The Fashion Institute of Technology, Fordham University, and Brooklyn College. She also worked as a CUNY Writing Fellow at Kingsborough Community College and as a Teaching Fellow at Hunter College School of Public Health.
writingstudiestree.org). Amanda also serves on the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (http://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/) and is a co-organizer of both the Digital Humanities Initiative and the Graduate Center Composition and Rhetoric Group.Amanda Licastro received her BA in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Italian from Loyola College in Maryland, and an MA in English with a certificate in teaching in two-year colleges from DePaul University in Chicago. She has worked as an adjunct professor in both northeastern Pennsylvania and New York. Amanda is working on her doctoral studies in the English Program at the Graduate Center focusing on the relationship between technological progress and writing, and completed her certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy which included an independent study involving her work on the Writing Studies Tree (
Gwendolyn Shaw is a doctoral student in the Art History program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She received her BA in Art History and Women's Studies at Barnard College. Her academic interests include power, critical race theory, disability, gender and sexuality in Modern and contemporary art. At the Graduate Center, Gwen is also earning graduate certificates in Women's Studies, Film Studies, Africana Studies, and Instructional Technology and Pedagogy. She has previously taught at Guttman Community College and worked as a Social Media Specialist. In her other life, Gwen enjoys Jeopardy, coffee, and compassion.
Owen Toews is a PhD candidate in Geography at the CUNY Graduate Center where he researches neoliberalism, settler colonialism, and the production of space. In past years he taught Urban Life 101 and Urban Revitalization in the department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College. He is a founding member of the DIY museum collective Winnipeg Arcades Project, which experiments with different ways of combining knowledge and artistic production about everyday life.
Kevin Ambrose is a 6th year doctoral student in the Educational Psychology Doctoral program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research interests are in human-computer interaction, virtual worlds, social skills training, victimization, educational games, and autism.
Jennifer Corby is a Ph.D. candidate in the political science department at The CUNY Graduate Center. She is writing her dissertation on the temporalities evoked by—and tensions between—modern political philosophy, modern political institutions, and everyday life. She is interested in questions about the forces that shape our perception of time, and the impact these perceptions have on the development of subjectivity and political agency. Prior to becoming an ITF, she was a Mellon Fellow with the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. She also taught introductory and upper-level political philosophy courses at the City College of New York, where she was nominated for the Outstanding Teaching Award.
Jennifer is a proud Jersey native who can't imagine leaving Brooklyn, where the people and the parrots are the perfect balance of insanely loud and incredibly sweet.
Margaret Galvan is pursuing a PhD in English and a film studies certificate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She has taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Borough of Manhattan Community College and serves as one of the coordinators of OpenCUNY, the student organized, open-source, social media for the Graduate Center community. Her research focuses on the representation of women's bodies in twentieth and twenty-first century graphic, filmic, and text narratives.
Lydia Pelot-Hobbs is pursuing a PhD in Geography and a certificate in American Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Before attending the Graduate Center, she received a Bachelors in Comparative American Studies and English from Oberlin College, and received a Masters in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans. She previously taught in the Geography Department at Hunter College.
Her research centers on the rise of the (U.S.) Southern carceral state and the accompanying antiprison movements that emerged in response. Lydia's research is deeply informed by her experiences living and organizing in New Orleans for over five years prior to beginning her doctoral studies. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including Monthly Review Zine, The Abolitionist, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society and the forthcoming book Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (UC Press).
Prior to working as an ITF, Bronwyn worked in the CUNY system as a digital fellow with JustPublics@365 and as an instructor in Criminology and Introductory Sociology at John Jay College and Brooklyn College. Bronwyn is excited to apply her eclectic mix of passions for theater, film, science fair projects, and social activism to the interdisciplinary seminars at Macaulay Honors College.
Aaron is a PhD candidate in Archaeology at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. He received a BS in mechanical engineering from Wichita State University and MA in anthropology from Hunter College. He previously taught in the Anthropology Department at Queens College and is currently finishing the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy certificate program at the Graduate Center. Aaron’s research involves a comparative study of Viking Age material culture in the North Atlantic and focuses on the distribution of common artifact types found on settlement sites. The aim of his dissertation is to learn more about the scale and significance of trade between continental Europe and the North Atlantic islands and of trade and exchange among the islands during the Viking Age. Along with archaeology, Aaron is interested in issues related to teaching, interactive technology, digital social media, and the myriad ways that these topics intertwine.
Logan McBride is a PhD candidate in American History at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she researches everyday life and work in twentieth-century American prisons. She is the co-founder of The Prison Studies Group at The Graduate Center, which seeks to promote critical, interdisciplinary examination of the prison and criminal justice systems in the United States and around the world. Logan has previously served as a CUNY Writing Fellow at Bronx Community College, and has taught for several years at Lehman College. Before embarking on her doctoral studies, Logan worked as a social studies teacher in a Bronx public high school, and holds an MA in secondary education.
Aaron Slodounik is a doctoral student in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) where he also has received a certificate in Women’s Studies. Originally from central Illinois, he received a BA in Art History with high honors from Oberlin College. Aaron’s studies focus on nineteenth-century European painting, in particular, fin-de-siècle France, and he is a specialist in nineteenth-century photography. His dissertation research focuses on interactions between the artist Paul Gauguin and members of his symbolist literary circles. Prior to becoming an Instructional Technology Fellow, he taught art history at Parsons The New School for Design, Queens College and Queensborough Community College.
Anton Borst is a PhD candidate in English at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He specializes in antebellum American literature and Romanticism and is completing a certificate in American Studies. Interested in the intersections of literature and science, he is currently exploring the impact of phrenology on Walt Whitman and mid-nineteenth century American culture for his dissertation. As an ITF Anton is based at Hunter College, where he teaches American literature and previously worked as a Writing Fellow. He served in the Peace Corps in Nepal after receiving his BA in English and the Program of Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Pamela Burger is a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research covers post-1945 global literatures in English, gender and sexuality studies, and poetics. She received her MFA in creative writing from NYU and continues to write and publish poetry. She has taught writing and literature at several CUNY campuses, most recently at Queens College, where she also served as a writing fellow and Interim Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum. Before becoming an ITF, Pamela worked as a communication fellow at the Bernard L. Schwartz Communiation Institute at Baruch College.
Tahir Butt is in the Urban Education doctoral program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His academic work focuses on the developments in public higher education in the United States after the Second World War with specific attention to the case of CUNY. Before becoming an ITF he taught for a year at Brooklyn College in the Political Science department. And before coming to the Graduate Center he was a software developer at an education technology company, where he continues to work as a part-time data analyst.
Jesse Goldstein is working on his PhD in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. His work focuses on the history of capitalist socio-spatial relations, and his dissertation will focus specifically on waste, from agricultural wastelands to disposable consumer products, to current green invectives not to waste the planet that we all inhabit. Jesse is a founding member of the SpaceTime Research Collective and of the Historical Materialism New York organizing collective. Prior to arriving at CUNY, Jesse spent 5 years working as part of an art collective in Philadelphia called Space 1026, and he continues to work as a printmaker in his free time, often collaborating with members of the art collective JustSeeds. Prior to becoming an ITF, Jesse spent three years teaching sociology at Baruch. He has an MA in Politics from York University (Toronto) and a BA from Brown University.
Karen Gregory is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her interests are ethnography, contemporary social theory, and the sociology of labor. Her dissertation, entitled “Enchanted Entrepreneurs: The Labor of Psychics in New York City”, is an ethnographic account of the labor of spiritual practitioners and is drawn from two years of work at an esoteric school in the city. Her dissertation explores the intersection of contemporary spirituality, care work, and social media. Karen is also an Instructional Technology Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College (Hunter College) and is currently an adjunct lecturer in the Labor Studies Department of Queens College. Karen has also held a Teaching and Learning Fellowship in the Office of General Education at Queens College, as well as a Writing Fellowship at LaGuardia Community College. Karen has several years of teaching experience and is also a photographer. She is deeply committed to critical, experimental pedagogies that explore the relationships between teaching, learning, and the labor of “making things” in the classroom.
Fiona Lee has worked with Macaulay students and faculty members from a wide range of disciplines to develop digital learning and teaching practices for their New York-based seminars. While teaching writing and literature courses at the Queens College English Department, she was an early user of blogs and multimedia technologies in the classroom, and participated in a pilot program for implementing digital composition and research assignments. She is committed to collaborating with students and teachers to cultivate the literacies and skills necessary to harness the potential of digital social media for the public good.
Fiona is also a Ph.D Candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation is a transmedia study on the significance of translation, as evident in literary and visual texts, in the production of the national racial imaginary in multi-lingual, multi-ethnic Malaysia. Her writing on postcolonial literature and cinema, and critical theory has been published in venues including Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies; Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies and Reviews in Cultural Theory.
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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Scott Henkle has an MFA in fiction from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is slowly eking out a dissertation on failure and literature. He has published non-fiction work in Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The Massachusetts Review, The Green Mountains Review, and frequently at The Classical. His play Our Greatest Year (created with Robert Attenweiler) has been produced in New York and Ohio, and his visual/textual work has been featured in Web Conjunctions, Seattle's City Arts Magazine, and other places. He lives, with his wife and sons, in Brooklyn.
http://writingstudiestree.org), a collaborative site for gathering and displaying information about academic mentoring relationships. He is also a founding member of the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (http://jitpedagogy.org).
Prior to becoming an ITF, Ben was a Writing Fellow at Lehman College, working with professors in biology and theatre; before that, he was a graduate teaching fellow at Hunter College, teaching Theory and Practice of Expository Writing as well as First-Year Composition. He holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, where he has taught workshops and seminars in both creative and academic writing. Ben has had poems printed in a number of journals, including RHINO, The Greensboro Review, and Pleiades, and his first book of poems, Without Compass, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in April 2014. Ben also contributed a chapter to the collection Rhetoric/Composition/Play through Video Games (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), on "Metaphor, Writer's Block, and The Legend of Zelda."
Chris has over 20 years experience training social movement organizations in the strategic use of new media. He has trained dozens of grassroots organizations across the United States, as well as in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand. Chris has been recognized as a pioneer in the grassroots use of the Internet and has received numerous grants and fellowships for his work combining technology, education, and anti-poverty organizing. He is a member of the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary.
Lindsey Freer is a scholar of American poetics, with additional expertise in digital pedagogies for higher education. She has taught courses in literature, history, research, and writing at Hofstra University and Columbia University as well as throughout CUNY. She is also a proud AmeriCorps alumna, having spent a year in national service as a volunteer teacher of technology skills with the Community Technology Empowerment Project of Minneapolis, MN.
Lindsey is a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is also earning a doctoral certificate in American Studies. She is currently examining the compositional strategies used by American poets throughout the 1980s as a means of predicting and negotiating probable long-term cultural effects of the Cold War. Most recently the editor of Edward Dorn’s Charles Olson Memorial Lectures, Lindsey’s writing has also appeared in XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and her photography has been published in a number of publications, including the Virginia Quarterly Review. She serves as a Senior Instructional Technology Fellow at Macaulay, and also teaches American literature and history at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She will be teaching Macaulay’s Honors Thesis Colloquium in Spring 2014.
Jenny Kijowski is a Ph.D. candidate in English at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where she has a certificate in Film Studies and is working on a certificate in Interactive Technology & Pedagogy. She is also an Instructional Technology Fellow at central Macaulay Honors College, having formerly been an ITF at Brooklyn College. Prior to becoming an ITF, Jenny taught composition and literature courses at Queens College and BMCC as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Her dissertation examines gender, nationalism and the literature of trauma.
She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children (twins Nico and Luca), and another sort of child, a pit bull named Iggy.
Emily Sherwood is a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is a Senior Instructional Technology Fellow at Macaulay Honors College and is a Project Assistant for JustPublics@365. Her teaching experience includes courses in Early British Literature, Shakespeare, and Shakespeare on Film at Hunter College. Emily is a member of the planning committee for the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance. Her dissertation, Precarious Wife, questions the cultural privilege and presumed stability of the category of wife in medieval and early modern literature and culture.
John F. Sorrentino earned his PhD in French Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center with his dissertation entitled "Gide in the First Person: The I of Religion and Same-Sex Sexual Desire." His academic interests include the 19th Century French Novel, Gide Studies, Queer Studies, and Digital Humanities. He has taught French language courses throughout CUNY and is currently teaching French at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as an online French course for NHTI, Concord's Community College in New Hampshire. John is currently developing articles on the queer representation of blindness in Gide's novel La Symphonie pastorale, as well as a digital study of the mise en abyme in Les Faux-monnayeurs. He serves as Macaulay’s Post-Doctoral Digital Learning Fellow.
Maggie Dickinson is an Instructional Technology Fellow at Queens College and a Doctoral candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation research looks at the response to growing hunger and food insecurity in New York City. She is interested more generally in the politics of poverty and the changing role of the welfare state in American life. She has taught courses in anthropology and sociology at Baruch and Queens Colleges, including “The Social and Cultural History of New York City” and “The Politics of Food and Eating”. She has also published articles on the politics of graffiti. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a labor organizer and grassroots activist.
Caroline Erb-Medina is a returning ITF at Queens College and doctoral candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is a native New Yorker and proud graduate of NYC public schools, having attained her B.A. from Hunter College and M. Phil at the CUNY Graduate Center. Caroline's teaching experience includes working for the Sociology departments at Hunter, Queens, Queensborough Community College, and the CUNY School of Professional Studies' online program. She has also been selected as a CUNY Writing Fellow at Hunter College and a Queensborough Pedagogical Practicum fellow. Her dissertation research is a study of identity and emotion through the acts of preparing and sharing a meal.
Andrés Orejuela is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature at CUNY's Graduate Center. One of his research interests is how information theory has impinged on literature, reading, and language. Born in New York and raised in Manhattan, Andrés studied at Baruch College for two years before he was graduated from Wesleyan University in May 2008. After, he was a teaching fellow in Spain and Italy for 3 years. Before selected to become an Instructional Technology Fellow at Macaulay, Andrés taught Composition in the department of English at BMCC, Italian and Spanish in the department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hunter College, and Spanish in the department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at Queens College.
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Stephen Boatright is a PhD Candidate in Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Originally from rural Georgia, he earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. Stephen’s academic interests include urban geography, continental philosophy, housing, and relationships to place. His dissertation research on first-time homeownership focuses on the roles emotion plays the home buying process. Prior to becoming an Instructional Technology Fellow, he taught geography at the College of Staten Island (CSI) and Hunter College and served as a Writing Fellow at CSI.
Kamili Posey received a B.A. in Individualized Study from New York University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests focus on American pragmatism, social (and formal) epistemology, and philosophy of science. Kamili is currently writing her dissertation about trying to square philosophical assumptions concerning truth, objectivity and formal methodology in scientific inquiry with consensus-based lab practice. Prior to becoming an ITF, Kamili taught philosophy at Lehman College and the City College Center for Worker Education and served as a Communication Fellow at the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College and as a Writing Fellow at Queensborough Community College.
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Instructional Technology Fellowships
Do you want an opportunity to link technology and learning? If so, apply for the Instructional Technology Fellowship with Macaulay Honors College at CUNY. Current doctoral students at the CUNY Graduate Center are eligible to apply.
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The application deadline for 2012-2013 ITFs is March 16, 2012
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