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Class of 2020: How Six Graduates Made It, and What’s Next

Completing a doctoral or master’s degree is a feat of faith and fortitude. It means staying loyal to your own goals no matter how great the obstacles or how rough the road. And, for the class of 2020, the road has been especially rough. They earned their degrees in spite of the innumerable hardships of a pandemic.

Here, we share the stories of a few of our many graduates who not only completed their degrees, but who, most importantly, are ready to share their hard-earned knowledge to make a safer, more just, more equitable society.

Char Adams (M.A. ’20, Women’s and Gender Studies) is a journalist who had compelling reasons to delve more deeply into issues of race, class, and gender.

Shortly after getting married last summer, Eric Ketcham (Ph.D. ’20, Sociology) parlayed his demography research on same-sex couples into a role at the New York City Department of City Planning, where he is involved in COVID-19 research.

Through community-based research, Sara Perl Egendorf (Ph.D. ’20, Earth and Environmental Sciences) seeks to make New York City safe for growing food and will continue her quest as a postdoctoral researcher with Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for Sustainability.

Anthony Wheeler
Anthony Wheeler (M.A. ’20, Digital Humanities) found a home for his wide-ranging interests — which include race, identity, open projects, and the accessibility of education — at The Graduate Center and will stay on for a Ph.D.

Salvador Gomez Barranco
Salvador Gómez Barranco (Ph.D. ’20, Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures) will soon start as an assistant professor of Spanish at Iowa State University, bringing with him “both a great joy and a great sense of responsibility, willing to be on the front line for the defense and strengthening of public education.”

Jody Williams Tutt
Antoinette Williams-Tutt (Ph.D. ’20, French) developed her interest in road novels by Québécois writers while at The Graduate Center, and this fall will share her passion with students at Southern Methodist University.

Submitted on: JUN 1, 2020

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