Sarah Lucie earned her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research explores relationships between humans and objects in contemporary performance through the lens of new materialism, posthumanism, and eco-critical theory. She is Assistant Editor of TDR: The Drama Review and teaches classes in theatre at Marymount Manhattan College and NYU. She has also taught courses in communication at Baruch College and worked as WAC Fellow at Borough of Manhattan Community College.


Ivana Mellers is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on immigration from Latin America, laborers and consumers in the food system in the United States, and the food movement. Her dissertation examines the role immigrants and the second-generation play in the food sector in New York. Ivana holds a BA in Anthropology from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and is a Fulbright Scholar. She has taught sociology courses at Baruch and food studies at NYU.


Charlie Rowe earned his PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research examines intersections between ethics and aesthetics in British and American Romantic poetry, with a particular focus on the embodied poetics of Walt Whitman. He has taught American history at Bronx Community College, literature and writing at Baruch College and Hunter College, and business communication at NYU’s School of Professional Studies.

Portia Seddon is a doctoral student in the Ethnomusicology Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She earned her BA and MA degrees in Anthropology from Hunter College, CUNY. Portia has taught at Hunter College, CUNY in the Women & Gender Studies Department since 2012, and in the Music Department since 2017. Her research concerns the intersection of music, gentrification, and citizenship discourse, and her dissertation examines the ska-punk scene’s connections to the Mexican immigrant community in New York City.


Reid Vancelette is a doctoral student in Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught various undergraduate and graduate linguistics courses at Queens College over the past several years, including hybrid and online classes. His research focuses on the use of psychological methods to investigate the language of English-Russian bilinguals here in New York City.


Ji Hyon (Kayla) Yuh earned her doctorate in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on the socio-politico-cultural implications of South Korean musical theatre and how it reflects and reveals Koreans’ understanding of race and racialized identities within and outside the domestic contexts. She has taught theatre and communication courses at City College of University, Brooklyn College, and Marymount Manhattan College. She is a contributing author in the Routeledge Handbook of Asian Theatre, the Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers, and Dancing East Asia.

Haya Zuberi is a doctoral student in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Centre. She has an MA in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University, an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge University and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University. Her research interests include post-colonial intellectual history and politics, modern political thought and in particular, the intersection between Islamic legal thought and contemporary politics in the nation-state. She is working on a dissertation exploring the relationship between South Asian Muslim identity and political citizenship in the liberal democratic state. She has taught courses on politics and culture as a graduate teaching fellow at Lehman College.

Writing Across the Curriculum Fellows

Fedor Marchenko is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology Program at the CUNY Graduate Center and an Adjunct Lecturer at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His research interests include informal learning of newcomer baristas in New York, empathy during COVID, and design of interactive digital narratives.  He was a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, San Diego where he studied harnessing children’s interests for learning in a community learning center for underserved population.

Shivani Shah is a doctoral candidate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center, housed at Baruch College. Her research focuses on diversity-related and mental health related issues in the workplace. Her dissertation will be focusing on how societal threats and movements and organizations’ responses to them impact employee behaviors in the workplace. She holds a BA in Psychology from The College of New Jersey. She has taught industrial-organizational psychology and diversity courses at Baruch College.

Bridget Woods is a doctoral student in Critical Social/Personality Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. They earned a joint BA/MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and have been teaching at John Jay in the Gender Studies and Psychology departments for over six years. Her research explores “queering” (and queer) spirituality and the intersection of political activism, spirituality, and the erotic. Bridget also hosts

Sexcavation Podcast, a deep dive into gender and sexuality research, through SexGenLab at Hunter College.