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DISTINGUISHED CUNY FELLOWS

Below are profiles of the 2019-2020 Distinguished CUNY Fellows

Salar Abdoh
Salar Abdoh is an Iranian novelist and essayist who has authored The Poet Game and Opium. He has also edited and translated the anthology Tehran Noir, and his last book, 2014, was Tehran At Twilight. He lives in Tehran and New York City where he teaches Creative Writing. His prizes include the National Endowment for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts. His books have been translated in several languages, and his essays and translations have appeared in such publications as Guernica, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Millions, The New York Times, Words Without Borders, Callaloo, La Règle Du Jeu, Bomb, Tablet and Ploughshares. Formerly he was writer for the experimental theater group, Dar A Luz, led by the late Reza Abdoh. And in 2015-16 he was also field correspondent for the National Geographic series, Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS. Currently he serves, as well, as the Deputy Director of the English Department at the City College of the City University of New York.
 
Anthony Alessandrini*Alcaly-Bodian Fellow*
Anthony Alessandrini is Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College-CUNY and of Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is also a member of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. He is the author of Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different; the editor of Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives; and the co-editor of “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey, and recently published Children Imitating Cormorants, a poetry collection. He is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya E-Zine and is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.
 
Sarah Bishop
Sarah Bishop is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Baruch College, with affiliations in the Macaulay Honors College and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Bishop specializes in research concerning the interactions of migration, citizenship, nationalism, and media. Her most recent book, Undocumented Storytellers: Narrating the Immigrant Rights Movement, is now available from Oxford University Press (2019). Her previous book, U.S. Media and Migration: Refugee Oral Histories (Routledge, 2016), won an Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association and the Sue DeWine Distinguished Scholarly Book Award. Bishop is a former fellow of the ZeMKI Center for Media, Communication, and Information at the University of Bremen and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Her work appears in national and international journals including Communication & Society, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication, Culture & Critique, Space & Culture, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, and the Journal of Studies in International Education.
 
Matt Brim
Matt Brim is associate professor of queer studies and English at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. His research interests include black queer studies, working-class studies, and critical university studies. He is author of James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination (University of Michigan Press, 2014) and coeditor of Imagining Queer Methods [nyupress.org] (New York University Press, 2019). His next book, Poor Queer Studies, reorients the field of queer studies away from elite institutions of higher education and toward working-class schools, students, theories, and pedagogies. It will be published by Duke University Press in spring 2020. Brim is former general editor of WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly [feministpress.org] and is a contributing editor for the James Baldwin Review. He served for six years on the board of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies and is currently academic director of CUNY’s Faculty Fellowship Publication Program.
 
Dee Clayman*Alcaly-Bodian Fellow*
Dee L. Clayman is Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York where she is Executive Officer of the PhD Program in Classics. She is President of the Société internationale de bibliographie classique, former Editor-in-chief of Oxford Bibliographies: Classics, and Past-President of the American Philological Association, now known as the Society for Classical Studies. She is the author of books and articles on classical and Hellenistic Greek poetry notably Timon of Phlius: Pyrrhonism into Poetry (de Gruyter 2009) and Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt (Oxford 2014). She is currently under contract with the Harvard Univ. Press for a new edition and translation of Callimachus for the Loeb Classical Library and is Co-editor with Joseph Farrell of the forthcoming Oxford History of Classical Literature.
 
John Collins
Since the late 1990s, John Collins has conducted ethnographic and archival research on urban restoration programs and displacement in relation to national histories, racial politics, and conceptions of property and personhood in Brazil. This work generated his first book, Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian 'Racial Democracy' (Duke University Press, 2015). In addition to his ongoing research on urbanism, race, and ethnographic approaches to history and historicity in Latin America, John is currently involved in two new projects. The first, a life history project with three sisters in Salvador, Brazil who represent the first generation in their extended family to be raised entirely in a peripheral urban settlement founded by their grandfather, examines working class understandings of political economic shifts during the tenure of the Brazilian Workers Party (PT, 2003-17). The second, Hunters of the Sourlands, is a somewhat iconoclastic foray into human-animal relations and the politics of property and nature in the contemporary U.S. The project is based on experiences with hunters of white-tail deer, state game officials, and scientists involved in wildlife biology in central New Jersey. Here Collins seeks to understand more clearly how recent economic changes have altered landscapes in ways that affect both national politics and the ecology of North American woodlands. Hunters of the Sourlands articulates closely with his ongoing examination of U.S. imperial politics, which gave rise to Ethnographies of U.S. Empire, a volume co-edited with Carole McGranahan (Duke University Press, 2018).
 
Elena Frangakis Syrett
Elena Frangakis-Syrett is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in England. She holds a dual appointment as Professor of History at Queens College and at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.  She is also a member of the Faculty of the M.A. Program in Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Center. She has a PhD in Economic History from King’s College, London University and a BA in Modern History from University College, London University; she undertook graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Paris as French Government Scholar.  In addition, she has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, Cambridge University, UK; Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Business History Unit of the London School of Economics, UK; Senior Residential Fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, İstanbul, Turkey and Visiting Professor and Resident Scholar at the Izmir University of Economics, İzmir, Turkey.
 
Leigh Claire La Berge
Leigh Claire La Berge is an Associate Professor of English at BMCC CUNY. She specializes in the intersection of contemporary cultural production and economic forms.  Her research has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Professional Staff Congress.  La Berge is the author of Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s (Oxford, 2014) and the forthcoming Wages Against Artwork: Decommodified Labor and the Claims of Socially Engaged Art (Duke, 2019). She has published multiple articles which have appeared in venues including the Radical History Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

 
Beatriz Lado
Beatriz Lado is an Associate Professor at Lehman College (CUNY), where she directs the Linguistics Program and teaches all levels of Spanish and Spanish Linguistics courses. She is also affiliated with the LAILaC Department at The Graduate Center (CUNY) where she teaches different Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy courses. Her current research interests include: Bi/multiligual language acquisition; critical approaches to language learning & teaching; ideologies, identity, and investment in the language classroom; the interaction between pedagogical interventions and individual differences; and language placement. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Applied Psycholinguistics, Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, Language Learning, Foreign Language Annals, Language Teaching Research, International Journal of Multilingualism, and Hispania.
 
Tomonori Nagano
Tomonori Nagano is an Associate Professor of Japanese and Linguistics at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). He has received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Linguistics from the CUNY Graduate Center and his MA in TESOL from New York University. His research interests are second language acquisition and Japanese as a heritage language. His publicatons include acquisition of transitivity in second language (Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism), demographics of heritage language speakers in the U.S. between 1980-2010 (Modern Language Journal), and a national survey on teaching and learning of foreign languages at community colleges (Foreign Language Annals) (see publication list). He is a certified tester and rater (Japanese) for OPI and AAPLE of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and is currently serving as a board member for the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) at MLA.
 
Brigid O'Keeffe
Brigid O’Keeffe is an Associate Professor of History at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a specialist in late imperial Russian and Soviet history.  Her first book, New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance, and Selfhood in the Early Soviet Union, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2013. She is currently writing a book tentatively entitled Tongues of Fire: Esperanto and Languages of Internationalism in Revolutionary Russia. She has also recently published an article on Ivy Litvinov in Slavonic and East European Review.  O’Keeffe has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University; a Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities; and a Visiting Research Fellowship with the Reluctant Internationalists Project Team at Birkbeck College, University of London.  In 2017-2018, she was a faculty fellow at the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College and a Writer in Residence at the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.  
 
Leslie Paik
Leslie Paik is an associate professor of sociology at The City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are youth, families, and law and society. Her scholarly works include Discretionary Justice: Looking Inside a Juvenile Drug Court  (2011) from Rutgers University Press and journal articles in Theoretical Criminology, Law and Society, and Law and Social Inquiry. She currently is working on two research projects: the first focuses on how family multi-institutional involvement perpetuates social inequalities and the second addresses families’ experiences dealing with the fines and fees generated by their youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Arnold Ventures, and the PSC-CUNY Research Award Program. 
 
Dahlia Remler
Dahlia Remler is Professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College (CUNY) and the CUNY Graduate Center Economics department. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an affiliate of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. She is the author, with Gregg Van Ryzin, of Research Methods in Practice: Strategies for Description and Causation. Her past research focused on health care policy, including health care cost-containment, health care and insurance markets, cigarette tax regressivity, and health care information technology. Current research includes incorporating health insurance needs and benefits into poverty measurement. New research focuses on teaching and learning of quantitative and analytical skills in higher education, especially a joint project with Esther Wilder and Eduardo Vianna to infuse engaged quantitative data collection and analysis into a wide variety of previously non-quantitative undergraduate courses at CUNY. As a participant in the Advanced Research Collaborative, she will analyze the first available data from that project. 
 
Susan Semel
Susan F. Semel is Professor of Education and Coordinator of Social and Psychological Foundations at The City College of New York and Professor of Urban Education and Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Among her publications are: Exploring Education: An Introduction to the Foundations of Education (co-authored, Fifth Edition) Routledge, 2018; "Schools of Tomorrow," Schools of Today: Progressive Education in the 21st Century. New York: Peter Lang, co-edited, 2016; Foundations of Education: The Essential Texts. New York: Routledge, edited, 2010; Founding Mothers and Others: Women Educational Leaders During the Progressive Era. Palgrave, co-edited, 2002; "Schools of Tomorrow," Schools of Today: What Happened to Progressive Education? Peter Lang, co-edited, 1999; The Dalton School: The Transformation of a Progressive School. Peter Lang, authored, 1992; “Progressive Education in the 21st Century: The Enduring Influence of John Dewey.” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, co-authored, 2017; “Afterword: Caroline Pratt, City and Country School, and Progressive Education in the United States,” in Caroline Pratt, I Learn from Children: An Adventure in Progressive Education (Third Edition). New York: Grove Press, authored, 2014. She received American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Awards for The Dalton School in 1995, “Schools of Tomorrow” in 2000, and Founding Mothers in 2002. Her research interests include progressive education, women in progression education, the social foundations of education, special education and disability studies and small schools.  She is currently writing a book with her intellectually disabled daughter titled I Want to Live at Home, I Wouldn’t be a Problem: Raising and Living with an Intellectually Disabled Daughter. The academic research for this book is the subject of my ARC Fellowship.
 
Jessica Van Parys
Jessica Van Parys is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Hunter College, CUNY. She received her PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 2015 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in 2016. Her research focuses on inefficiencies in the American health care system. One strand of her research shows how competition in health care markets affects patients, while another strand of her research shows how differences in provider practice styles explain variation in health care utilization and outcomes across patients. This year, as a participant in the Advanced Research Collaborative, she is researching how physician career trajectories contribute to inequality in access to high-quality health care.  
 
Eduardo Vianna

Eduardo Vianna is Professor of Psychology at LaGuardia Community College and at the Graduate Center-CUNY. He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the CUNY-Graduate Center after completing his medical studies, including a specialization in child psychiatry in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following recent advances in Vygotskian theory, especially the Transformative Activist Stance approach, he has carried out research in various settings that serve underprivileged populations. His research on applying critical-theoretical pedagogy to build the peer activist learning community (PALC) in a community college was featured in the New York Times. Among his awards, Dr. Vianna received the 2010 Early Career Award in Cultural-Historical Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Vianna has published in premier journals in his field, such as Human Development and Theory & Psychology, and he now serves as lead editor of the journal Outlines Critical Practice Studies. He is currently Co-PI in the five-year NSF grant titled  "Building Capacity: A Faculty Development Program to Increase Students' Quantitative Reasoning Skills" (NSF DUE #18325078) with Esther Wilder and Dahlia Remler. This research focuses on infusing engaged quantitative data analysis into a wide range of undergraduate courses at CUNY. As a participant in the Advanced Research Collaborative, he will analyze qualitative data from that project with a focus on the dynamics of learning and identity development among students with weak QR skills.
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