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Below are profiles of the Fall 2020 Distinguished CUNY Fellows

GarlandLibby Garland teaches history at CUNY's Kingsborough Community College, and in the Master's of Arts in Liberal Studies program at the Graduate Center. She is the author of After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921-1965 (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

KaufmanDaniel Kaufman is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Queens College of the City University of New York. He received his BA in linguistics from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University. He is also a founder and co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance, a non-profit organization working to document and sustain languages spoken by Indigenous and immigrant communities in New York City. As a linguist, his research focuses primarily on the Austronesian languages of the Philippines and Indonesia and in this connection he also serves as co-editor of the journal Oceanic Linguistics. For the last several years he has collaborated with computer scientist Raphael Finkel on an NSF grant to produce online linguistic corpora in endangered languages. He is also involved in a long-term collaboration focusing on questions of health and language among Indigenous New Yorkers from throughout the continent. 

OcejoRichard E. Ocejo [] is associate professor of sociology at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, and the director of the MA program in International Migration Studies at the Graduate Center. An urban and cultural sociologist, he is the author of Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy [] (Princeton University Press, 2017), about the transformation of low-status occupations into cool, cultural taste-making jobs (cocktail bartenders, craft distillers, upscale men’s barbers, and whole animal butchers), and of Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City [] (Princeton University Press, 2014)about growth policies, nightlife, and conflict in gentrified neighborhoods. His work has appeared in such journals as the Urban Affairs ReviewPoetics, Journal of Urban Affairs, Sociological Perspectives, and City & Community. He is also the editor of Urban Ethnography: Legacies and Challenges [] (Emerald, 2019) and Ethnography and the City: Readings on Doing Urban Fieldwork [] (Routledge, 2012), a co-Book Review Editor at City & Community, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Contemporary Sociology, Work and Occupations, Metropolitics, and the Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography. Finally, he is a podcast host at the New Books in Sociology [], part of the New Books Network.

Charles Post teaches sociology at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and the Graduate Center. His first book was The American Road to Capitalism: Studies in Class Structure, Economic Development and Political Conflict, 1620-1877 (Haymarket Books, 2012) was shortlisted for the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Prize in 2011 and recieved the Paul Sweezy Marxist Book Aware from the Marxist Section of the American Sociological Association in 2013. He has published in Historical Materialism, Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Agrarian Change and New Left Review.  His project at the ARC on "The Deep Determinants of Inequality: The Dynamics of Plant Closures in the U.S. Tire Industry, 1966-2008" is part of a larger project on labor-capital conflicts in the US rubber industry in the twentieth century.


RodriguezJuan L. Rodríguez is an Assistant Professor of anthropology at Queens College, CUNY. His expertise is on semiotic and linguistic ideologies, specifically how these are mobilized to produce public political life in the process of state formation and the formation of diasporic identities. He has been interested in how material circumstances affect the way in which politicians, and the voters who support them, conceive of the linguistic practices and performances that sustain their relationship. His work relies on a discourse-centered approach to language and culture taking instances of language use, and performative practices in context, as the starting point of his ethnographic research. He combines this approach with an interest in practices of translation and semiotic transduction to understand how indigenous languages in Venezuela are translated into Spanish and how Spanish have been translated into Warao, an indigenous language of the Orinoco Delta in eastern Venezuela. He takes these translation practices as part of a more general process of transduction of political speech into political influence through the distribution of state resources. His book, Language and Revolutionary Magic in the Orinoco Delta (Bloomsbury Academic Press), explores the role of translation in the process of transforming oil revenue into political influence arguing that these are interconnected processes that help us understand the place of Warao speakers in the context of the Venezuelan public political sphere.  Over the last year he started a new research project in collaboration with Dr. Miki Makihara, funded by CUNY’s PSC-Research Foundation and a Research Enhancement Grant from Queens College, in which he explores linguistic intimacy in the Venezuelan diaspora both in Chile and the U.S. In this new project He will conduct a multi-site ethnographic investigation about the ways in which the largest migratory phenomenon in the hemisphere have produced new linguistic and semiotic practices. There are now over 5 million Venezuelans migrants and refugees in different Latin American countries and the United States. The Venezuelan diaspora in Chile is a very new phenomenon, and the linguistic ideologies that sustain this diasporic identity are being drawn in the context of the worst economic and political crisis in the history of Venezuela, and a profound political crisis in Chile.

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