|Meechal Hoffman||Julia Goldstein|
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.
Writing Across the Curriculum Fellows
Scott Erich is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the CUNY Gradate Center, where his research focuses on natural resource governance in the western Indian Ocean region. Previously, Scott was a Fellow at the Institute of Current World Affairs, and has worked at the University of Chicago, the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, and the Middle East Institute. Scott teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College, and is a community scientist with the Billion Oyster Project.
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.
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.
Zaira Simone is a PhD candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Human Geography) at the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her MA in Latin American and Caribbean studies at New York University. From 2017 to 2020 she worked has a Graduate Teaching Fellow in Geography at Lehman College in the Bronx. She has also lectured in Anthropology at Hudson Community College in Jersey City. She embraces teaching as a practice of critical engagement.
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.