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Global Faculty at Queens College

Many faculty members at Queens College are leaders in research on global themes and issues. Many also do research that examines the impact of globalization on higher education in the US and around the world. You can read more about their work here. 

John Waldman

Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences


Dr. John Waldman, a professor of biology at Queens College, is fascinated by waters, international and otherwise.  


Waldman’s primary research interests include the ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of temperate North American fishes, especially the species that migrate between fresh and salt water. In recent years, he has been involved in projects ranging from the nearby (Bronx River fish passage, the environmental resilience of Jamaica Bay), to the regional (migrations and stock identification of Atlantic coast striped bass), to the national and international (conservation and restoration of sturgeons and shads, the fish of Mongolia).


Over many years of research, Waldman has traveled all over the world. In 1997 he led a 10-day investigation down Ukraine’s Dnieper River that was supported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In 1998, he assisted one of his colleague’s fish researches in Japan. Waldman was also on the governing committee and spoke at the 5th International Symposium in Iran in 2005.  In March 2014 he traveled with a team convened by Whole Foods to examine sustainable fisheries in Norway.


In addition, Waldman has ongoing international interests in the conservation of sturgeon and other freshwater-sea migratory fishes and dam removals and other forms of river restoration. He also remains involved with environmental issues in Mongolia and is guiding an undergraduate student to complete a genetics study of fish in its Lake Hovsgol-Eg-Ur watershed—a product of a nearly month-long expedition in 2011 reported in the CUNY Decade of Science.


Waldman also has given invited talks and conference presentations in Iceland, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, and Mongolia, and in 2012 spent a month working on a book at Lake Como, Italy, on a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship


Waldman has a strong CUNY background: he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from CUNY’s Lehman College and a Master’s degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences from Long Island University. In 1986, he completed his Ph.D.  in the Joint Program in Evolutionary Biology between the Graduate School of the City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History . 


Waldman is a member of many societies, including the Society for Conservation Biology, and is a life member of both the American Fisheries Society, and Trout Unlimited.   In his career he has published approximately 90 journal articles and book chapters, and a number of edited volumes and book including, most recently Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and their Great Fish Migrations.  Waldman serves as an advisor and mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Cecilia Gonzalez-McHugh
Division of Earth and Environmental Science



Dr. Cecilia Gonzalez-McHugh received her bachelor’s degree in Earth Science/Geology from Western Connecticut State University and a Ph. D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics from Columbia University.  She is currently affiliated with The American Geophysical Union and The Geological Society of America.


Within the past 15 years, Gonzalez-McHugh has been a precursor for the emerging field of submarine paleoseismology, developing tools and finding answers for better understanding earthquake risk along submarine transform boundaries, and most recently along convergent plate boundaries. She also worked in the Marmara Sea, Turkey after the 1999 Izmit and Duzce earthquakes. In 2011, she led an NSF RAPID expedition from the R/V Endeavour to Haiti after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and in 2013 participated in two Japanese led expeditions to better understand the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. 

Additionally, Gonzalez-McHugh has participated in three Ocean Drilling Expeditions to study relative sea-level changes offshore of the coast of New Jersey and offshore of the Southern Island in Canterbury Basin, New Zealand. Her research also focuses on paleoclimate and paleoceanography studied in the Marmara Sea and Black Sea, Turkey. 

As a result of a NSF RAPID response grant in 2013, Gonzalez-McHugh and colleagues surveyed and sampled the devastation caused by super storm SANDY offshore and within the bays and inlets of Long Beach Island on the southern shore of Long Island.  Coastal work for characterizing sediment processes and sediment contamination also includes the Hudson River estuary and Long Island Sound.

These research programs would not be possible without the participation of Queens College and City University of New York student that have contributed extensively to their success, especially in the adjacent to New York City coastal and estuarine environments.

Her recent research focuses on Bangladesh, a country where seismic risk is high, fluvial processes mighty, and where ~160 million people inhabit at or near coastal zones. An international, multi-institutional program is being implemented to study tectonics, seismic risk and fluvial processes of the mighty Ganges-Brahmaputra fluvial system.


Despite all of the time she spends on expeditions and publishing her research, Gonzalez-McHugh is dedicated to her students, as she is constantly acting as an advisor and mentor. She teaches Oceanography, Dynamics of the Ocean and Its Atmosphere, Coastal and Estuarine Processes, and Marine Geology in The School of Earth and Environmental Science at Queens College.   


Joel Spring

Division of Education

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Joel Spring is a professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, whose scholarship focuses on educational globalization, educational policy, the politics of education. Joel Spring has published over twenty books on American and global school policies (a short list can be found below). Joel Spring is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation. His great-great-grandfather was the first Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. He lived for many summers on an island off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. His novel, Alaskan Visions, reflects these Alaskan experiences. His recent novel is about Native Americans, slavery, racism, gay, marriage, and hippies is An All-American Family. His novel, Common Core: A Story of School Terrorism has recently been nominated for an academic award.

Joel Spring has been given numerous educational awards and lectureships including the Society of Professors of Education Mary Anne Raywid Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Field of Education; the University of Wisconsin Alumni Achievement Award; Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecturer; Presidential Lectureship, University of Vermont; Mitstifer Lectureship; Green Honors Chair Lectures, Texas Christian University; R. Freeman Butts Lecture; and the John Dewey Memorial Lecture.

Professor Spring has given invited lecture nationally and internationally, including Singapore, Turkey, China, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan. In the fall of 2012, he will lecture on “Global Issues: Schooling Minority Cultures and Languages” to honor the opening of the multicultural center at Minzu University, Beijing China.

At Queens College, Professor Spring teaches "Education 105: Education in Global Times: Radical to Conservative Agendas" each Fall semester and this Spring he will give the Charles DeGarmo Lecture: "Global Education: Corporatization of the Worker and Family."

Published Books on Globalization by Joel Spring:

2009  Globalization of Education: An Introduction (New York: Routledge, 2009).
2007  A New Paradigm for Global School Systems: Education for a Long and Happy Life (New York: Routledge, 2007).
2006  Pedagogies of Globalization: The Rise of the Educational Security State (Mahwah, N. J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006).
2004  How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society (Mahwah, N. J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004).
2001  Globalization and Educational Rights (Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001).
2000  The Universal Right to Education: Definition, Justification, and Guidelines (Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000).
1998  Education and the Rise of the Global Economy (Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998).


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