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Below are profiles of the Spring 2022 Distinguished CUNY Scholars

Carolina Bank Munoz
Carolina Bank Muñoz
is a Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her work focuses on immigration, globalization, labor, work, and Latin America. Her newest book, with Penny Lewis and Emily Tumpson Molina, A People’s Guide to New York City is the fourth in the People’s Guide Series by the University o f California Press. Her previous books include, Transnational Tortillas: Race, Gender and Shop Floor Politics in Mexico and the United States (Cornell ILR 2008), winner of the Terry Book Award. Building Power From Below: Chilean Workers Take on Walmart (Cornell ILR 2017) and Walmart in the Global South with Bridget Kenny and Antonio Stecher (University of Texas Press 2018). Apart from scholarly endeavors, she is Chapter Chair of her union at Brooklyn College and active with the Immigrant Student Success Office. Bank Muñoz received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside. She was a project director at the UCLA Labor Center before joining CUNY in 2004.
Myra Humphreys
Dr. Mayra Lopez-Humphreys
is an associate professor and director of the BSSW program at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her research focuses on restorative approaches with justice-impacted populations. Currently, she serves as the principal investigator on a research project with Exodus Transitional Community; the study examines interventions with justice-impacted adults transitioning to non-congregate hotel settings. Additionally, her interest in critical multiculturalism has concentrated on community-led solutions that foster equity and belonging.  Her work has appeared in Social Work, Journal of Social Service Research, Journal of Social Work Education and Urban Social Work. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in diversity, social welfare policy, and macro practice. Dr. Humphreys has 20+ years of non-profit leadership experience in organizational development, program evaluation, and asset-based community development. She has guided the development of participatory program designs and academic-community partnerships that endeavor to center the lives of historically stigmatized people groups.

Sarah Muir (Ph.D., University of Chicago 2011) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies at The City College of New York and Assistant Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research is situated at the intersection of linguistic, political-economic, and historical anthropology and examines the practical logics of economic investment, ethical evaluation, and political critique. Her first book, Routine Crisis: An Ethnography of Disillusion (University of Chicago Press, 2021), traces the lived consequences of Argentina's history of repeated financial crises. Her current project, Accounting for Kith and Kin: Pension Politics, Financial Ethics, and the Space-Time of Obligation, investigates the shifting logics of belonging and obligation that have shaped Argentine pension plans and other forms of social insurance and financial investment. Her work has appeared in journals such as Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Current Anthropology, Dialogues in Human Geography, Journal of Cultural Economy, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and Review of the Italian Academic Association of Cultural Anthropologists. Formerly the Co-Director of the Unpayable Debt Working Group (Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University), she has also helped curate and author works of public scholarship such as the Global Debt Syllabus ( and the Caribbean Debt Syllabus (​
Enrique Pouget
Enrique Rodriguez Pouget
is currently Associate Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College, CUNY. He is an epidemiologist who has focused on mechanisms of health inequity. He is an author of over 70 peer-reviewed publications, and he recently completed a NIDA-funded project to develop quantitative measures to study emergent social structural changes in response to complex emergencies (“big events”) that can make people more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS (R01DA031597). The links between structural racism and racial/ethnic health disparities are not well understood. Policies that lead to high rates of mortality and incarceration can influence disease transmission and stress-related health mechanisms, as they remove social and economic resources from communities. For his ARC project, Dr. Pouget plans to study population-level factors as indicators of structural racism, and as potential mechanisms of disparate outcomes in disease transmission and childbirth using data from the CDC, US Census and national health surveys.
Liza Steele
Liza G. Steele
is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York (CUNY), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a member of the doctoral faculty at The CUNY Graduate Center, and a faculty affiliate at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR). Her research is at the nexus of Sociology and Political Science, and has been published in journals such as the Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and presented in six countries.

Professor Steele researches attitudes towards income inequality, immigrants/refugees, ethnic diversity, social mobility, and social welfare policies ("social policy preferences" or "preferences for redistribution"), and is a co-founder of the Social Policy Preferences Network. Her ongoing work on policy preferences is divided into two lines of research: (1) ethnic diversity and migration, and (2) wealth and social mobility. More generally, Dr. Steele’s research focuses on how social stratification and economic inequality affect the development of policy preferences through the lens of cross-national comparison. Her previous research includes in-depth studies of Brazil and China. She uses both traditional and computational quantitative, as well as qualitative methods in her research, and has a working knowledge of French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Dr. Steele received a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University, and a BA in Political Science and Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Below are profiles of the Fall 2021 Distinguished CUNY Scholars

Jillian Baez
Jillian Báez
is an associate professor in the Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Department at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is also an affiliated faculty member at the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute and on the doctoral faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research expertise lies in Latina/o/x media and popular culture, transnational feminisms, and issues of belonging and citizenship. She is the author of In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media and Citizenship (University of Illinois Press, 2018), recipient of the 2019 Bonnie Ritter Award for Outstanding Feminist Book at the National Communication Association. Dr. Báez’s research has also been in published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Critical Studies in Media Communication; Communication, Culture & Critique; Women’s Studies Quarterly; Latino Studies; Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Chicana/Latina Studies.

Silvia Dapia is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures (LAILAC). As a literary scholar, she works at the intersection of Transnational Studies, Gender Studies, Affect Theory and Politics of Emotion in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Latin American Literature and Culture, with emphasis on Southern Cone. She is also frequently as concerned with philosophy and literature as she is with subjectivity and embodiment approaches. She is the author of Die Rezeption der Sprachkritik Fritz Mauthners im Werk von Jorge Luis Borges (The Impact of Fritz Mauthner’s Philosophical Critique of Language on Jorge Luis Borges, Böhlau, 1993), which examines the influence of the Austrian philosopher Fritz Mauthner on the Argentinean author; Jorge Luis Borges, Post-Analytic Philosophy, and Representation (Routledge, 2015), which shows how philosophical questions related to representation develop out of literature and actually serve as precursors to the various strains of post-analytic philosophy that later developed in the United States; and editor of Gombrowicz in Transnational Context: Translation, Affect, and Politics (Routledge, 2019), which illuminates the complicated web of transnational contact zones where Polish, Argentinean, French and German cultures intersect to influence Gombrowicz’s work. Her current research project examines the work of the Argentinean philosopher León Rozitchner, particularly his reflections on community, body, and affect, especially ressentiment, sympathy and terror. Her articles appear in numerous scholarly journals such as Chasqui, Diálogos Latinoamericanos, Polish American Studies, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Revista Iberoamericana, Semiotics, Siglo XX/20th Century, The Polish Review, and Variaciones Borges.

Jennifer Delfino
Jennifer B. Delfino
is a linguistic anthropologist who specializes in the study of language, racialization, and inequality in the urban United States. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics at Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York. She is the author of Speaking of Race: Language, Race, and Schooling Among African American Children (2020, Lexington Books). Her current project examines language and identity among Filipino Americans in the greater New York area.


Amita Gupta
Amita Gupta
is a Professor of early education at The City College of New York – CUNY with cross-cultural experience in teacher education, school administration and classroom teaching. Dr. Gupta's research interests focus on international and comparative education; postcolonial theory; and the impact of globalization on teacher preparation and parenting beliefs. She has authored several books and journal articles and has been invited to speak at international conferences in the UK, Denmark, Slovakia, Denmark, Indonesia, China, Singapore, India, Qatar, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Dr. Gupta is a Fulbright Senior Scholar and an early education consultant for culturally responsive professional development in educational institutions and organizations.


Anna Indych Lopez

Anna Indych-López is Professor of Art History at The Graduate Center and The City College at the City University of New York where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art among Latin American, U.S., transatlantic, Afro-diasporic, and Latinx networks.  Her work investigates art in the public sphere, especially in Mexico, as well as Latinx and U.S.-Mexico borderlands contemporary art, focusing on cross-cultural intellectual and aesthetic exchanges, the polemics of realisms, and spatial politics.  Her most recent book on Judith Baca probed the Chicana artist’s aesthetic strategies to activate the contested socio-political and racial histories of Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s. A frequent contributor to exhibition catalogues, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art (2020) and The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism: 1910-1950 (2016) she was awarded the Stuart Z. Katz Professorship of the Humanities and Arts at City College in 2018-2019. In Fall 2021, she will be a CUNY Distinguished Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative at The Graduate Center, an international hub of advanced study promoting interdisciplinary scholarship, where she will be working on her project examining geographies of class and race in the aesthetic shaping of the urban fabric of Mexico City. In Spring 2022 she will take up the Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professorship at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

Carlos Riobo

Carlos Riobó is Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures at The Graduate Center and at The City College of New York. He is also Professor of Comparative Literature at CCNY, the former Chair of his Department of Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures (2012-2019), and the current Chair of the Humanities and Arts Divisional Council (CLAS). Professor Riobó is the Director of CCNY’s Kaye Scholarship and Co-Director of its Cátedra Mario Vargas Llosa.  He is an Editorial Board member of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas.

Read about past Distinguished CUNY Scholars