|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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