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Kate Pechenkina

Kate Pechenkina
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School of Social Sciences​
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65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens, NY 11367-15​97

News and Events​

Mellon sponsored event hosted by LALS: March 1st, 12:15 - 1:30 PM “Women Movements and Reproductive Rights Reforms in Argentina” Dr. Cora Fernández Anderson (Mount Holyoke College) and Natalie Alcoba (Independent Journalist, Buenos Aires). Click to register.

March 3, 12:15 - 1:30 PM Panel on Law School and Beyond Thinking about law school, but want to know more? Curious about the kinds of jobs you could have as a lawyer? Join us to hear from four lawyers, alumni of Queens and other CUNY colleges. Our panelists are all law school graduates who work in a wide variety of fields. They will be sharing their experiences, stories, and trajectories from college to law school to embarking on a career in law.  Q&A to follow.
Follow link to register.

March 4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM QC History Department presents: “A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism” by Paul Hanebrink, Professor of History and Jewish Studies and Vice Chair for Graduate Education at Rutgers University. Click here to register.

March 5, 10am-4:30pm CUNY Queens Sustainability Consortium: Please join us for presentations and discussion with Queens community organizations on (1) NYC Planning, ULURP, and Environmental Justice, (2) Coastal Resilience, Green Infrastructure, and Community Voices, (3) Public Health and Quality of Life for All in Queens. NYC Council Member and Chair of Environmental Protection Committee, Costa Constantinides, will give a noon keynote address.  Click here to register.​

Mellon sponsored event hosted by LALS: March 8th, 12:15 - 1:30 PM
“What’s Behind Bolivia’s Pandemic Woes?”
Dr. Jorge Derpic, Assistant Professor (University of Georgia) and Dr. Calla Hummel Assistant Professor (University of Miami)
Click to register.

Mellon sponsored event: March 16th 3:10-4:15 PM:
Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy and Premature Birth
by Dána-Ain Davis (Urban Studies). Click to register.

Mellon sponsored event: March 18th 3:10-4:15 PM.
Redefining Allyship: Racial and Gender Equity in Academia
by Tsedale M. Melaku. Click​ to register.

Mellon sponsored event hosted by LALS: March 22nd, 12:15 - 1:30 PM
“Caribbean Women and Anti-Imperialist Organizing: Scenes from the 1800s to the Present."
Prof. Sandy Plácido, Assistant Professor, History, Queens College and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow
Click to register.

Mellon sponsored event: March 25th 3:10-4:15 PM: Exploring Black New York History and Archives: Solomon Riley, Real Estate Entrepreneur, and the Jim Crow East Bronx of the 1920s
by Kara Murphy Schlichting (History). Click to register.

Mellon sponsored event hosted by LALS, April 26, 12:15 - 1:30 PM
"Who are the Republican Puerto Ricans (in FL) Prof. Vanessa Perez, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Queens College, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow Click to register

Mellon sponsored event hosted by LALS, May 10, 12:15 - 1:30 PM
“Language, Diaspora and Online Affective Stance in the Venezuelan Diaspora” Prof. Juan Luis Rodríguez Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Queens College, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow Click to register

Congratulations to professor James Vacca (Urban Studies) for being included in the City & State’s annual 50 Over 50 list of the "most experienced leaders in New York politics

Professor Leticia Arroyo Abad (Economics) has been been recently appointed as research fellow to a prestigious research network, the Centre for Economic Policy Research. In addition, her work on the impact of the Spanish flu on the US election was recently cited on the political website 538.

Congratulations to professor Megan Victor (Anthropology) for being accepted to w the NSF CAREER bootcamp.

New article by Professor Vanessa Perez (Political Science) America's first voter identification laws: The effects of personal registration and declining political party competition on presidential election turnout, 1880–1916 has been published in Electoral Studies.

Professor Strassler's book, Demanding images: Democracy, mediation, and the image-event in Indonesia.

Professor Tom Ort (History Department)  is the recipient of a NEH grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions for his project The Afterlife of a Death: Meaning, Memory, and the Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich.

Our alum, Raphael Kintzer (who graduated with Honors from Economics at QC) earned an M.S. in Data Science from Columbia University this Spring 2020.​

Priscila Soto, an Economics major, launched a new vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics line, Blameless by Pris​Her company supports blameless animals and helps stop animal cruelty by designing a 100% cruelty-free collection of makeup product.

New article by Professor Anna Bounds (Sociology) “New Yorkers’ Street Smarts and Survival Smarts During the Pandemic: Preppers, Community Resilience and Local Citizenship” is forthcoming in Urbana.

In case you missed our recent student-lead discussion with Stephen R. Jackson, Ashley P. Fils-Aime, Tamara Rice, Christina Rivera, Brandon Tatis, and Sujen Wu Wu, moderated by Karl A. Mitchell on​ Diversity and Inclusion in QC Curriculum​, please watch it on YouTube.​

Please join faculty and graduate students for a virtual Graduate Information Session to explore the Master's Program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research at Queens College. Wednesday, December 9 at 12:15 PM, on Zoom.​

We are delighted to share that Núria Rodríguez-Planas, QC Professor of Economics, has published an article, entitled "Is the math gender gap associated with gender equality? Only in low-income countries​" at the Economics of Education Review.

language-and-revolutionary-magicNew book by QC Anthropology Professor Juan Rodriguez Aponte: Language and Revolutionary Magic in the Orinoco Delta. Bloomsbury Academic.

In case you missed our recent panel discussion with Drs. Dr. Fiona Vernal and Karren Dunkley on “Bringing Fresh Perspectives to Diversity And Inclusion in Education” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 PM via watch the recording

New book by QC Professor of Sociology, Anna Maria Bounds: "Bracing for the Apocalypse" Routledge Press.

Latin American and Latino Studies Program Lecture and Discussion, Prof. Carla Santamaria, Brooklyn College, "The New Keys of History: Reggaeton as a Mirror of the Puerto Rican Socio-Political Context in the 21 Century."​ The event will be on Monday Nov 23rd 12:15-1:15 pm. To register, click here

Dana Davis’ book Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy and Premature Birth won the senior book prize given by the Association For Feminist Anthropology. It also won an honorable mention for the 2020 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, given by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. And it was listed by NY Magazine as one of the top 7 books on anti-racism for 2020! This makes Reproductive Injustice one of the most award winning books of the year!

QC Major/Minor Fair We are inviting all students to join the QC Virtual Major/Minor fair: Nov 4th, 2020 • 12:15 to 1:30 pm to meet with academic advisors and learn about QC programs.

Professor Melissa Checker on Daily News: Will Biden’s plan backfire on low-income communities and people of color?

Professor Deidre Flowers selection for the eight cohort of A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars program. During this time she will be conducting oral histories from students, faculty/staff, and parents associated with The Modern School its founder Mildred Louise Johnson.


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