|Meechal Hoffman||Julia Goldstein|
|Melina Moore||Alana Rios|
Two cohorts of Fellows—Communication Fellows and Writing Across the Curriculum Fellows—constitute our core staff. Fellows support communication-intensive teaching and learning at the College in a variety of ways, including facilitating in-class workshops, meeting with students for supplemental instruction, supporting our faculty development programs, and working on collaborative projects to advance the Institute’s mission. They are early-career scholars who hold or have made significant progress toward terminal degrees, have rich teaching experience, and bring a range of disciplinary expertise to our work.
Michael Druffel is a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He has adjuncted in the CUNY system at both City College and Queens College since 2015. His doctoral research focuses on assumptions and portrayals of Black labor in US and Caribbean literature from 1830-1855. As a composition and literature teacher, he is interested in developing anti-racist approaches to assessing student work, providing more opportunities for students to democratically shape the syllabus, and using writing and revision as a tool for students to expand their thinking. He’s thrilled to start at the Schwartz Institute.
Eva Dunsky has a BA from Barnard College and an MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation from Columbia University, where she also taught a section of University Writing for International Students. As an alumna of the Writing Centers at both Barnard and Columbia, she is committed to inclusive writing pedagogy, helping writers land on a writing process that works for them, and ensuring that multilingual learners thrive. She is currently working on a novel and several translations from Spanish and Catalan into English.
Fabián Escalona is a doctoral candidate in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center. His dissertation surveys the circulation of theatre and performance in the Latin American Southern Cone during the late colonial/early republican transitional era. He has taught courses in Theatre History, Art History, Human Rights and Oral Interpretation in New York and Santiago, Chile. He also has two years of experience as a Writing Across Curriculum fellow. As a former theatre critic, he collaborated with theatre journals and magazines in the US, Chile, and France. With a background in Art History and Theory, as well as Latin American Studies, his research interests focus on Latin American Theatre and Performance, Human Rights, and Postcolonial Studies.
Eva Gordon Ryali holds a BA from The New School and an MFA from Spalding University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in English at The CUNY Graduate Center, where she studies nineteenth century female journalists and editors in New York City and their role in the emergence of celebrity culture at a time of shifting gender ideologies. Eva has taught First Year Writing at Baruch, Broward College, and Saint Louis University, Madrid, and she currently serves as a WAC fellow at Bronx Community College.
Debra Hilborn-Davis recently earned her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation explores how material objects shaped the devotional practices of people in medieval Europe. She teaches classes in critical thinking and literature at NYU’s School of Professional Studies, and has also taught courses in writing and communication at Baruch College and LaGuardia Community College. As a teacher, she is especially interested in inclusive writing pedagogy and helping students to create a writing practice that allows them to achieve their academic and professional goals.
Roderick Hurley is a PhD student in Critical Social/Personality Psychology at The Graduate Center and an Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Staten Island. His research explores the role of music in political and social expression, both as a tool for solidarity and social change in immigrant communities and communities of color, and in the lives of the musicians themselves. Rod is also a recording artist, songwriter, digital music producer, and a former Director at the Copyright Society for Composers Authors and Publishers in Barbados, where he has worked for many years as an advocate for intellectual property rights for independent artists.