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Headshot for Ammiel AlcalayAmmiel Alcalay grew up in Boston. A poet, novelist, translator, critic, and scholar, his books include a little history, from the warring factions, “neither wit nor gold”(from then), Islanders, Scrapmetal: work in progress, Memories of Our Future: Selected Essays, 1982-1999, and After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture. In the 1980s, Alcalay worked with various grass roots organizations in Israel/Palestine, including East for Peace, The Oriental Front, the Committee Confronting the Iron Fist, and the Alternative Information Center, while also reporting for Amnesty and other Human Rights organizations.During the war in former Yugoslavia, he was one of the only translators working from Bosnian, and translated numerous texts emerging directly from the war, including Sarajevo: A War Journal by Zlatko Dizdarević and The Tenth Circle of Hell by camp survivor Rezak Hukanović. A Dove in Flight, by Syrian poet and former political prisoner Faraj Bayrakdar, co-edited with Shareah Taleghani, is forthcoming, as well as Ghost Talk and A Bibliography for After Jews and Arabs. He is the founder and general editor, under the auspices of the PhD program in English and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, ongoing work which was recognized in 2017 with a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award.


Headshot for Kandice ChuhKandice Chuh is a professor of English and American studies at The Graduate Center, where she is a member of the M.A. in Liberal Studies faculty, and affiliate faculty to the Africana Studies program. The author of The Difference Aesthetics Makes: on the humanities ‘after Man’ (2019) and Imagine Otherwise: on Asian Americanist Critique (2003), which won the American Studies Association’s Lora Romero Book Award, Dr. Chuh is the co-editor, with Karen Shimakawa, of Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (2001).  She has published in such venues as Public Culture, American Literary History, Social Text, and the Journal of Asian American Studies. Dr. Chuh served as President of the American Studies Association from 2017-18. Her current research focuses on Asian racialization in the era of globalization, and she teaches courses on aesthetic theory, queer theory and queer of color critique, decolonial studies, and Asian and Asian American racialization.


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Alyson Cole is Professor of Political Science, Women & Gender Studies, and American Studies at Queens College and The Graduate Center. Cole’s work bridges political theory and American politics/culture, linking central questions of political thought with an examination of political ideologies, rhetoric, and law/policy-making, emphasizing gender, sexuality, and race. Her books include The Cult of True Victimhood, Derangement and Liberalism, and How Capitalism Forms Our Lives. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Signs, American Studies, Theory & Event, Gender, Work & Organization, Critical Horizons, and WSQ. She serves as co-editor of philoSOPHIA: A Journal of transContinental Feminism, and is the recipient of the 2008 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Mellon Resident Fellowship at the Humanities Center (2009-10). She is currently serving as a principal investigator in the “Vulnerable & Dynamic Forms of Life” International Network of Research, an interdisciplinary research collective supported by funding from the National Center for Scientific Research.


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Dána-Ain Davis is Professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology.  She is the director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center. Davis’ work covers two broad domains: Black feminist ethnography and the dynamics of race and racism. She is the author or co-editor of five books and her most recent book Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth (2019). Davis has participated in reproductive rights and reproductive justice and has worked with a range of organizations on reproductive justice issues including NARAL-NY, the Reproductive Rights Education Project at Hunter College, and the National Network of Abortion Funds. Davis worked with Sexual and Reproductive Justice Project for the New York City Department of Health, and Mental Health and served on Governor Cuomo’s Maternal and Morality Task Force.  Davis also supports birthing people as a doula and trained at Ancient Song Doula. Davis is the co- editor of the new journal Feminist Anthropology, and has served as editor of Transforming Anthropology. She is on the board of directors of the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) and is involved in making grants for community organizing.


Headshot for José del ValleJosé del Valle is Professor of Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultutes, and Professor of Linguistics at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research and teaching are theoretically anchored in sociolinguistics and glottopolitical studies (political theorizations of language). He has mainly focused on the institutionalization of Spanish in the 19th- and 20th-centuries and, through this topic, on the relationship between language standardization, normativity and power. In 2010, he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his research accomplishments.

 


Headshot for Michelle FineMichelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies, American Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY and founding faculty member of The Public Science Project. Fine taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1981 – 1991, and then came to the Graduate Center. She has served as an expert witness in a range of educational , racial and gender justice class action lawsuits including girls suing for access to Central High School in Philadelphia and The Citadel in South Carolina, students of color suing for racial equity in Wedowee Alabama, youth fighting for equitable financing and facilities in Williams v. State of California, and most recently a finance inequity lawsuit for the children of Baltimore. She has authored many “classics” – books and articles on high school push outs, adolescent sexuality – called the “missing discourse of desire,” the national evaluation of the impact of college in prison, the struggles and strength of the children of incarcerated adults, the wisdom of Muslim American youth. Fine has been recognized with a range of awards from Stanford University and Teachers College Columbia, the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association.


Headshot for Jean Graham-JonesJean Graham-Jones is the Lucille Lortel Professor of Theatre at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, where she served as head of the PhD Program in Theatre and Performance (2009-2016). A practicing actor and director, she is a scholar and translator of Argentine and Latin American theatre and performance. Her translations of plays by Lola Arias, Federico León, Ricardo Monti, Rafael Spregelburd, Claudio Tolcachir, and Daniel Veronese have been used as supertitles and/or staged in New York, Chicago, London, Liverpool, and other cities. Major publications include Exorcising History: Argentine Theater Under Dictatorship (2000), Reason Obscured: Nine Plays by Ricardo Monti (ed. and trans., 2004), BAiT: Buenos Aires in Translation (ed. and trans., 2008), Timbre 4: Two Plays by Claudio Tolcachir (ed. and trans., 2010), Evita, Inevitably: Performing Argentina’s Female Icons Before and After Eva Perón (2014), and Lola Arias: Re-Enacting Life (ed., 2019). A former editor of Theatre Journal, she recently completed her term as President of the International Federation for Theatre Research (2015-2019). Her latest monographic project centers on contemporary performance translation.


Headshot for Alexis JemalAlexis Jemal, LCSW, LCADC, JD, PhD, assistant professor at Silberman School of Social Work-Hunter College, is a scholar, artivist, educator, social entrepreneur and critical/radical social worker whose work facilitates the potential to transform consciousness into action. Dr. Jemal studies and practices the consilience of racial justice and healing with the mission to recognize and respond to oppressive policies and practices to prevent and eliminate domination, exploitation, and discrimination that pose barriers to life, wellness, liberty, and justice. Dr. Jemal’s scholarship uses participatory action research methods to develop and test multi-level and multi-systemic socio-behavioral health practices that integrate the creative arts (e.g., applied theatre), sociodrama, critical theory, community and cultural organizing, restorative justice frameworks, radical healing and liberation health models to address structural, community and interpersonal violence. Dr. Jemal’s work spans epigenetics to cultural study, and draws from the disciplines of Public Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Public Health, Criminal Justice, and Neuroscience. The interdisciplinary nature of Dr. Jemal’s research and practice creates an innovative synergy leading to holistic and dynamic discoveries for intervention.


Headshot for Erika LinErika T. Lin is an Associate Professor in the PhD Program in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Materiality of Performance, which received the 2013 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies. Her prize-winning articles have appeared in Theatre JournalNew Theatre Quarterly, and many edited collections. She is currently writing a book on seasonal festivities and early modern commercial theatre, a project recognized by various honors and grants including an Andrew W. Mellon Long-Term Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library. In addition, she is editing a volume of essays with Gina Bloom and Tom Bishop on early modern games and theatre. She is the Book Review Editor for Theatre Survey and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Shakespeare Association of America.


Headshot for David PetrainDavid Petrain is Associate Professor of Classics at Hunter College and The Graduate Center. A scholar of Greek and Latin poetry and Roman material culture, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and held fellowships at the American Academy in Rome and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). He is the author of Homer in Stone: The Tabulae Iliacae in their Roman context (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and co-editor of The Muse at Play: Riddles and wordplay in Greek and Latin poetry (de Gruyter, 2013). He has published articles on Latin love poetry, Greek epigrams preserved on papyrus and stone, the decoration of ancient Rome’s public libraries, and visual storytelling in the ancient world. He is also an enthusiastic performer and composer of verse in Greek and Latin, and his Latin poems have appeared in The Classical Outlook and Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada.


Headshot for Tanya PollardTanya Pollard is Professor of English at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, and a member of the Council of Scholars at Theater for a New Audience. Her research focuses on early modern theater, bodies, and audiences. Her most recent books are Reader in Tragedy, co-edited with Marcus Nevitt (2019), and Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages (2017), which won the Roland H. Bainton Book Prize in early modern literature. Earlier books include Milton, Drama, and Greek Texts, co-edited with Tania Demetriou (2016); Shakespearean Sensations: Experiencing Literature in Early Modern England, co-edited with Katharine Craik (2013); Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England (2005), and Shakespeare’s Theater: A Sourcebook (2003). A former Rhodes Scholar, she has received awards from the NEH, Whiting, and Mellon foundations, and the Warburg Institute. She is currently editing Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist for Arden Early Modern Drama, working with theater productions in New York, and writing about the contributions of early modern actors to the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.


Headshot for Jama SheltonJama Shelton is an Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, and Chief Strategy Officer for True Colors United, a national organization working to address LGBTQ youth homelessness through public education, legislative advocacy, and local systems change. Dr. Shelton’s research focuses on LGBTQ youth homelessness, with specific attention on transgender and gender expansive youth. They are particularly interested in the ways in which systems rooted in cisnormativity limit service access and constrain successful exits from homelessness for transgender youth. Most recently, Dr. Shelton led a group of LGBTQ youth with lived experiences of homelessness in the development of a national LGBTQ youth homelessness research agenda. Dr. Shelton is also the Associate Director of the Silberman Center for Sexuality and Gender, where they work to advance sex positive social work practice and moving beyond the gender binary in social work education and practice.


Headshot for Lotti SilberIrina Carlota (Lotti) Silber is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies at the Colin Powell School, CCNY. She is also on the Doctoral Faculty in Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her book Everyday Revolutionaries: Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador (Rutgers 2011) won the 2013 Mariposa Award from the International Latino Book Awards and was subsequently published in Spanish with UCA Editores in El Salvador (2018). Dr. Silber’s work spans ethnographic genres and she received a First Prize in Poetry from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. She has two major projects underway. The first, Numbers and Bodies: Stories of El Salvador’s Postwar, under contract with Stanford University Press, explores the longue durée of El Salvador’s postwar through the lives and narratives of the 1.5 insurgent generation—the now adult children of the too-often-forgotten rank-and-file Salvadoran revolutionaries. The second project, Luminous: Children in Chronic Times, pursues her interest in embodied trauma through an ethnography of childhood genetic difference. Dr. Silber is co-chair of the University Seminar in Disability, Culture, and Society at Columbia University. Committed to public scholarship, she most recently provided an expert anthropological dictamen for the El Mozote Massacre case currently underway in El Salvador.


Headshot for Brett StoudtBrett G. Stoudt is an Associate Professor in the Psychology program at The Graduate Center, where he heads the PhD program in Critical Social/Personality and Environmental Psychology. Dr. Stoudt has worked on numerous participatory action research projects with community groups, lawyers, and policy-makers, both nationally and internationally. His interests include the social psychology of privilege and oppression as well as the human impact of the criminal justice system. Dr. Stoudt’s work has been published in volumes such as Geographies of Privilege, as well as journals such as The Journal of Social Issues. He is the recipient of The Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. He has also received the Haupert Humanitarian Award from Moravian College and, with his participatory collective, received the Truth to Power Award for Excellence in Collaborative Research from the Education Node of the Urban Research-Based Action Network. Dr. Stoudt is currently the Associate Director of the Public Science Project.  He is also actively involved with Communities United for Police Reform as a steering committee member.


Headshot for Mark UngarMark Ungar is Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and the GC, and of Criminal Justice at the GC. His publications include five books and about 40 articles on policing, human rights, and violence. He serves as an advisor on citizen security with the United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank, governments, and NGOs in Latin America. Current initiatives include helping draft arms control regulations with the Congress of Honduras; mapping out post-transition police reform with the political opposition in Venezuela and Nicaragua; helping build environmental police forces in the Amazon Basin; co-chairing an initiative by a gun control coalition against US arms exports; and chairing the academic branch of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE). Grants and fellowships supporting his work have been from the Ford, Tinker, Tow, and Henkel Foundations; the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and the National Democratic Institute’s Latin American Political Leadership program, among others. He is an adjunct professor at the Universidad Nacional in Argentina and was the Dae Chang International Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University.


Headshot for Monica VarsanyiMonica Varsanyi is Professor of Geography and Executive Officer of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, and in the Political Science Department at John Jay College, CUNY. She is a scholar of migration, membership, and the state, with a specific focus on unauthorized immigration and immigration federalism in the United States. Her books include Taking Local Control: Immigration Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States (Stanford University Press, 2010, edited volume) and Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines (with Doris Marie Provine, Scott Decker, and Paul Lewis; University of Chicago Press, 2016; winner of the “2018 Outstanding Book in Policing Award” by the American Society of Criminology). Her current research project, with Marie Provine, traces the evolution of immigration policies and the tensions of immigration federalism as they have played out in New Mexico and Arizona from the Territorial Period to the present.  She is also working on a project that explores the nativist roots of voter disenfranchisement in the United States. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities, and she serves on the Research Advisory Board of the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City.


Headshot for Bianca WilliamsBianca C. Williams is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at The Graduate Center and Faculty Lead of the PublicsLab. She earned her PhD in Cultural Anthropology and a graduate certificate in African & African American Studies, from Duke University. Dr. Williams is a recipient of the American Anthropological Association & Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology. Her research interests include Black women and happiness; race, gender, and equity in higher education; feminist pedagogies; and emotional labor in Black feminist organizing and leadership. She is the author of The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism (Duke University Press, 2018). Dr. Williams has also written about “radical honesty” as feminist pedagogy in the collection Race, Equity, and the Learning Environment, and has published on #BlackLivesMatter, plantation politics and campus activism, and tourism in the journals Souls, Cultural AnthropologyTeachers College Record, and on the blogs Savage Minds and Anthropoliteia.

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