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Queens College Welcomes Our New Faculty for 2018

Division of Art and Humanities

Kirsten Beck (Assistant Professor, Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages) received her BA from Barnard College (Mathematics; Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, 2006), her MA in Religion from Columbia University (2007) and her PhD in Arabic literature from the University of Texas at Austin (2016). Her scholarship engages critical theory to study the role that premodern Arabo-Islamic literature plays in discourses on theology, philosophy, and the natural sciences. Before coming to Queens College, Beck taught Arabic language and literature courses at Hunter College and at Williams College.

Melissa Maxwell (Macaulay Scholar Sub Assistant Professor; Drama, Theatre & Dance) is a director, actor, and playwright. Select credits include director: Safe House (Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis), Slashes of Light (Kitchen Theatre), American Slavery Project’s Unheard Voices, Nathan the Wise (Pearl Theatre Company), Carl Djerassi’s (creator of the contraceptive pill) Taboos (Soho Playhouse). Actor: Great River Shakespeare Festival performances: Queen Elizabeth I/Nurse (Shakespeare in Love), The Countess and Marianna (All’s Well that Ends Well), Queen Margaret (The Tragedy of Richard III), The Abbess (Comedy of Errors ). TV and Film: Hostages, The Thomas Crown Affair, Law & Order, The Sopranos, Third Watch, Oz, Law & Order: SVU, Never Again, Petty Crimes, As The World Turns, All My Children, and countless commercials. Playwright: Salt in a Wound, Unrequited Love, and Fetus Envy. TEDx Talks: “On Courage” at TEDxBarnardCollegeWomen and “Taking Ownership” at TEDxMosesBrownSchool.

Sara P. Alvarez (Assistant Professor, English) is a Cultivating New Voices Fellow at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Alvarez’s three-year qualitative research focuses on the multilingual and academic writing practices of self-outed undocumented young adults in the South and New York City. Her past research ethnographically examined multilingual social media literacy practices among second-generation Latino youth and their transnational families in Kentucky. A Colombian by way of New York City, Alvarez is the winner of the 2017 Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and the 2015 Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award from the NCTE. She is also corecipient of the 2015 Research Initiative Award from CCCC. Alvarez’s publications have appeared in the journals  Equity and Excellence in Education and  The International Journal of the Sociology of Language, among others.

Briallen Hopper (Assistant Professor, English) teaches creative nonfiction. She began as a scholar of 19th- and 20th-century American literature but has been teaching and writing memoir and cultural criticism for almost a decade. Her forthcoming book, Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions (Bloomsbury, 2019), explores the complexity of love and friendship through essays on authors and texts including Joan Didion, Gwendolyn Brooks, the Women's March, and Moby-Dick. She is also an editor at the literary magazine Killing the Buddha and at the independent press And Other Stories.

Naomi Jackson (Substitute Assistant Professor, English) is the author of The Star Side of Bird Hill. The novel was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and longlisted for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and the International Dublin Literary Award. The Black Caucus of the American Library Association named Jackson’s novel an Honor Book for Fiction. A graduate of Williams College, Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright Scholarship and received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Jackson’s writings have appeared in Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poets & Writers, The Caribbean Writer, and Obsidian. She is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from Bread Loaf, MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, Hedgebrook, the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Camargo Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Eunjeong Lee (Assistant Professor, English) completed her PhD in Applied Linguistics at Pennsylvania State University with a specialization in Second Language Writing. Her research interests include multilingual writers, translingual and translanguaging practices, composition pedagogy, and Global Englishes. Her work has appeared in Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher EducationCrossing Divides, and Korean Englishes in Transnational Contexts. Recently, she was elected chair for the Second Language Writing Standing Group at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. She is excited to work with students and faculty at Queens College as well as local communities in New York City.  

Hillary Miller (Assistant Professor, English) specializes in 20th- and 21st -century drama, with interests in theatre post-World War II in the United States, performance and urban development, and contemporary playwriting. Her book, Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York (Northwestern University Press, 2016) considers how the framework of municipal and fiscal crisis shaped theatre practices in 1970s New York. Her writing has appeared in publications including Theatre JournalPerformance ResearchThe Radical History ReviewTheatre Survey, and PAJ. Most recently, Miller was assistant professor of Theatre at California State University, Northridge, and has taught writing and communications at Stanford University and Baruch College. She is a native of Flatbush, Brooklyn, and received her PhD in Theatre and Performance from the CUNY Graduate Center, her MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and her BA in Theatre and Women’s Studies from Dartmouth College.

Nicola Lucchi (Substitute Lecturer, European Languages and Literatures) received his PhD in Italian Studies from New York University in 2016. His main research interests are 20th-century Italian art and literature, interart criticism, industrial history and history of labor, and representations and negotiations of Italian culture in the United States. He has published essays on Eugenio Montale, Bruno Munari, and Italian Futurism. He is currently working on his first monograph, dedicated to the cultural impact of Fiat and automobile production on Italian society during the interwar years. Lucchi teaches language courses as well as courses on Realism and Italian industrial design.

Paul Fadoul (Lecturer Doctoral Schedule; European Languages and Literatures) researches French Literature, Jewish Studies, the French Caribbean, and francophone writers from Africa and the Levant. His dissertation,  How to be a French Jew: Proust, Lazare, Glissant (August 2016), challenges the hierarchical division between an author from the French canon and one from the “francophonie.”

Qiong Xu (Library Instructor) is Data Services Librarian at Benjamin Rosenthal Library where she also has responsibilities in the subject fields of Sociology and Asian Studies. Qiong received a PhD in Communication and Information Sciences, a MS in Applied Statistics, and a MLIS, all from the University of Alabama. She also holds a MA and BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Wuhan University. She is versed in quantitative and qualitative research and is proficient in multiple data collection and data analysis software, such as Qualtrics, SPSS, SAS, R, MS Excel and NVivo. Her research interests include user engagement in interactive information searching, data management, and the intersection of culture and social media. Her library instructional teaching interests lie in integrating information literacy, data literacy, and statistical literacy into college classes.

Edward Wall (Library Instructor) , Business Research and Instruction Librarian, also serves as Coordinator of Instructional Services. He is subject liaison to Accounting and Information Systems, Economics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. In addition to the Queens College Libraries, he has worked at the Brooklyn College Library. Prior to becoming a librarian he held positions in the financial side of trade magazine publishing. This fall, he will be teaching the introductory reference sources and services class as an adjunct lecturer at the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. He received his MLS degree from Queens College, did his undergraduate work in Religious Studies, and is interested in the daily pursuit of information.

Alyssa Golden Kipnis (Library Instructor) is the Electronic Recourses Librarian at Benjamin Rosenthal Library. A longtime member of the Queens College community, she received her BA in Sociology (2005), MLS (2009), and MA in Urban Affairs (2010), all from Queens College. Throughout her studies, she has been an employee at the library, moving up from student aide to college assistant to college office assistant, to her current position. She is interested in providing the best resources to both students and faculty.

Annie Tummino (Library Instructor) joins Queens College as Head of Special Collections and Archives. She oversees the acquisition, preservation, and use of archival materials, as well as their integration into the college curriculum. Prior to Queens College, she served as the Archivist and Scholarly Communications Librarian at SUNY Maritime College for two and a half years. She has also worked in a variety of grant-funded positions, completing projects at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Queens Museum. She received her MLIS and Archives Certificate from Queens College in 2010 and is working toward a second master’s, in Maritime Studies, at SUNY Maritime College.

Leila Walker (Library Instructor) is the Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian. After completing her PhD in British Romantic Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center, Walker facilitated collaborative digital projects and pedagogies between the academic faculty and libraries at St. Lawrence University as a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow. She cofounded The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy in 2010, and she continues to work at the  intersection of literature, digital scholarship, pedagogy, and access. 

Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich (Assistant Professor, Media Studies) has an MFA (2015) in film and media from Temple University. She most recently worked as a producer for NPR with a special focus on documenting creative youth documentary projects. She has held visiting positions at Villanova University, Temple University, Elon University, Saint Augustine University, Duke University, George Mason University, and other colleges. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her own work in film. In her filmmaking practice, she experiments with form and narrative structure, mixing still image and video to tell the stories of women and female subjectivities. This has included multimedia projects on women in the work of disability justice, cricket players in Brooklyn and Queens, and an experimental piece on the punk zine Evolution of a Race Riot . She has an ongoing project on the secrets of the oldest, covert African American women’s group, the United Order of Tents, which represents the culmination of a decade-long collaboration with the artist and sculptor Simone Leigh. Her work in progress also includes a New York-based narrative film about a single mother who dreams of succeeding as a professional opera singer.

Sara Veronica Hinojos (Assistant Professor, Media Studies) has a PhD (2016) in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work focuses on popular film and television representation of Latinos and Latinas and cultural studies with an emphasis on gender, race, language politics, digital media, humor studies, and sound studies. She is currently working on a book, The Racial Politics of Chicana and Chicano Linguistic Scripts in U.S. Media (1925-2014).


Division of Education

Pam Gershon (Doctoral Lecturer, Educational and Community Programs) earned her PsyD in Clinical Child/School Psychology at New York University. She is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist in clinical practice for over 20 years. Over the last 13 years, Gershon has taught college and graduate level courses at Queens College, including Counseling and Play Therapy, Advanced Practicum in Counseling, Cognitive Assessment, Human Development, Language and Literacy, Tests and Measurement, and Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. Her research interests include culturally responsive counseling and play therapy and social emotional learning and preschoolers.

Nakia Gray-Nicolas (Assistant Professor, Educational and Community Programs) earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development. Her research focuses on college readiness, distributed leadership, and community engagement. She has over 10 years of combined experience in secondary teaching (7-12), college and graduate level teaching, nonprofit management, higher education administration, and research. Gray-Nicolas holds a BA in English from Cornell University and two MSEd degrees (English Education and Inclusive Special Education) from the Syracuse University Graduate School of Education. An avid volunteer, she mentors high school and college students.

Robert Kelly (Assistant Professor, Elementary and Early Childhood Education) worked as an elementary school teacher, school literacy specialist, and district literacy specialist in a large urban school district in Florida before completing his PhD in education at The Ohio State University. He uses empirical methods to research factors that impact a beginning reader’s progress, particularly the books teachers select and the instructional procedures they use to support beginning readers. He is also interested in the ways representations of gender and race of characters, authors, and illustrators in children’s literature shapes children’s perceptions of the world around them. Kelly seeks to continually develop and provide professional learning opportunities for educators regarding considerations for selecting appropriate books and instructional methods for beginning readers.

Karla R. Manning (Lecturer, Doctoral Schedule; Elementary and Early Childhood) earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum and Instruction (2017) with an emphasis in Urban and Multicultural Teacher Education Studies. Her dissertation, Teacher Humanity: No Body Left Behind, theorized the concept of “teacher humanity,” which can be best understood as an ontological framework consisting of practices that K-12 teachers can engage to support their personal and professional lives in an effort to achieve an optimal, humanizing educational environment for themselves and for their students. Her scholarship has been published in the Race, Ethnicity, and Education Journal, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and book chapters in Black Feminism in Education: Black women speak back, up, and out and Diving In: Bill Ayers and the Art of Teaching into the Contradiction. Prior to her graduate studies, Manning enjoyed her time as a high school English and ESL teacher in Chicago Public Schools. She has also taught ESL in South Africa and has organized poetry slams for her students. Manning is the director of Queens College’s Big Buddy program, which has the mission of providing inspiring mentoring services to homeless K-12 youth. Her current research examines how culturally relevant restorative literacies can increase the self-esteem of girls of color experiencing urban homelessness.

Marcela Ossa Parra (Assistant Professor, Elementary and Early Childhood Education) investigates language and literacy development in Spanish-English bilingual children. Her expertise centers on bilingualism, biliteracy, and the development of curriculum and instruction for bilingual students. Her current teaching focuses on bilingualism, second language acquisition, and literacy development. Additionally, she has taught diverse undergraduate and master’s- level courses related to curriculum theories, constructivist pedagogies, and self-regulated learning. Currently, she is a senior research associate in a project that studies the use of dynamic representations to support math learning in Spanish-English bilingual students. Previously, she was an assistant professor at the School of Education in Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. She obtained her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on language, literacy and culture from Boston College. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Universidad de los Andes.

Salvatore Garofalo (Lecturer, Secondary Education & Youth Services) teaches in the science education program. His expertise is in the pedagogical content knowledge related to the integration of technology in science education. He has earned a BS from Stony Brook University in Biology and master’s degrees from Queens College in Secondary Science Education and English Literature. He is a coauthor of the research book Spatial Intelligence: Why it Matters from Birth through the Lifespan. His current work investigates whether digital devices hinder cognition of spatial concept formation. In addition, he is currently working on his doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Susan McCullough (Substitute Lecturer, Doctoral Schedule; Secondary Education and Youth Services)  holds a doctorate in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center. She has taught at Hunter College, City College, and Brown University. Recently, she was an Evaluation and Research Fellow in the Education Department at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her research interests include art teachers and socially engaged teaching practice, art museum education, gender and public schooling, and teacher identity development. McCullough has published in a variety of journals including Gender and Education, Girlhood Studies, and Journal of Museum Education. She has worked in art museum education for 20 years at different institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Mitchell Wood (Substitute Lecturer, Secondary Education and Youth Services).

As a teacher of American history and culture, and as documentary filmmaker, Wood has aimed to encourage people to explore the American experience, to examine their communities, and to understand their role in those communities and as citizens of the nation. To foster an ongoing social dialogue, he developed and taught programs that enabled middle school students to explore history through filmmaking. For the last 12 years, he has been developing curricula, teaching American Studies and mentoring returning adult students at Empire State College (SUNY). In 2016 he was presented with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. For the last five years he has also been teaching classes and seminars in Social Studies Education at Queens College. At Queens he has supervised student teachers and taught graduate seminars that encourage prospective and working teachers to creatively stimulate dialogue in their classrooms.


Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Sebastian Alvarado (Assistant Professor, Biology) earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Biotechnology from Carleton University in Ottawa and his PhD in Pharmacology from McGill University in Montreal. His doctoral studies, undertaken in the laboratory of Moshe Szyf, examined the function of DNA methylation in miRNA transcription, chronic pain, and hibernation. After receiving his PhD, Alvarado moved to Stanford University where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Russell Fernald. In the Fernald lab he performed pioneering research on the role of DNA methylation in pigmentation and social dominance in African cichlid fish.

Maral Tajerian (Assistant Professor, Biology) received her Bachelor’s in Biology and Psychology from American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She then moved to McGill University in Montreal where she earned her PhD in Neuroscience. Her dissertation work, performed in the laboratory of Laura Stone, focused on epigenetic changes during chronic pain in mammals. After receiving her PhD, Tajerian accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of David Clark at Stanford University, where she performed groundbreaking studies on alterations in the brain’s extracellular matrix following injury.

Chen Wang (Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) obtained a BS degree in Applied Chemistry from Fudan University in 2004 and an MS in Physical Chemistry, also from Fudan University, in 2007. His graduate work, under the supervision of Weiming Hua, was on the synthesis and catalytic applications of layered metal phosphate materials. He entered the PhD program in Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego in 2008. His doctoral thesis, “Spectroscopic studies of triplet excited states in conjugated organic dyes, and the singlet fission process,” was carried out under the supervision of Michael J. Tauber. He earned his PhD in 2014 and moved to Northwestern University to carry out postdoctoral research with Emily A. Weiss, working on energy transfer between quantum dots.

Sateesh Mane (Substitute Doctoral Lecturer, Computer Science). A highly experienced software developer in both scientific computing and financial services, he did his undergraduate work at Cambridge University, U.K., earned his PhD in Physics from Cornell University, worked as a physicist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory, and worked as a software designer and developer at Morgan Stanley and Kynex Inc.

Anoop Balachandran (Assistant Professor, Family Nutrition & Exercise) holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology from University of Miami and was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute on Aging, Department of Aging & Geriatric Research, University of Florida in Gainesville. He will continue his research on the role of exercise in improvement of body composition and physical function in aging adults. He is also interested in methods to assess physical fitness in older adults.

Ray Fredrick (Assistant Professor, Family Nutrition & Exercise Science) is completing his EdD in Physical Education at Columbia University. His primary research focuses on the mechanisms underlying the relationship between physical activity and academic achievement. He has investigated attitudinal influences on youth physical activity in addition to collaborating on research on physical education and the core curriculum. In addition, he has taught and coached on the collegiate level.

Nicholas Vlamis (Assistant Professor, Mathematics) held the position of RTF Postdoctoral Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD from Boston College in 2015 and has research interests in low dimensional topology, Riemann surfaces, Teichmuller theory, mapping class groups, hyperbolic geometry, and geometric and topological group theory. Since receiving his degree he has written nine papers, six of which have been published in top tier journals. Vlamis has an extensive history in outreach, running several REU’s and working with high school teachers in workshops to improve their classroom instruction, train them in inquiry-based learning, and develop new and interesting materials for the classroom. He has also worked with underserved middle and high school students in a rigorous program to offer a pathway to college. Students who successfully completed this program were accepted to the University of Michigan and received a full-tuition scholarship. Vlamis has given numerous seminars and talks, and he has received a large number of awards and grants, including the Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Award and the Donald J. White Teaching Award.

Qiang Zeng (Assistant Professor, Mathematics) was a Boas Assistant Professor, a position of distinction, at Northwestern University. He held one postdoc at the Mathematics Research Institute at Berkeley and another at Harvard University. He received his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 and has research interests in probability theory, functional analysis, operator algebras, and mathematical physics. Since receiving his PhD, he has refereed papers for the Journal of the London Math Society, the Journal of Functional Analysis, the Michigan Math Journal, Frontiers of Mathematics in China, and Advances in Mathematics and has written ten papers, six of which have been published in top tier journals. He has given numerous invited talks in the U.S. and internationally.

Mohammad Ali Miri (Assistant Professor, Physics) was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has an excellent record of research and publications and broad experience in several of the most exciting areas in photonics. He has published approximately 50 papers in leading refereed journals, including Nature, Science, ​Physical Review Letters, Nature Photonics, Nature Physics, Nature Communications, Physical Review A, Optics Letters, Scientific Reports, Lasers and Photonics Reviews, Optics Express, New Journal of Physics, and Europhysics Letters. These papers have garnered an extraordinary and rapidly increasing number of citations; in 2017, Google Scholars recorded that Miri had been cited 765 times. These papers deal with the topics of non-Hermitian photonics and micro-/nano-optomechanical cavities with direct applications to enforcing single-mode lasing and breaking the reciprocity of light to realize compact optical isolators and circulators. Miri is interested in fundamental questions at the same time that he is interested in developing novel photonic devices.

Sara Bauer (Doctoral Lecturer, Psychology ) is the Director of the Master’s and Advanced Certificate programs in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Queens College. She received her BA and MA in Psychology from Queens College, and her PhD in Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis from The CUNY Graduate Center. During her graduate studies, Bauer concentrated on examining behavior analytic interventions to address characteristic weaknesses associated with the Down syndrome behavioral phenotype. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals (i.e., Research in Developmental Disabilities; Behavioral Interventions) and received funding from CUNY (Doctoral Dissertation Year Fellowship and the Adjunct/CET Professional Development Fund) and the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (i.e., Sidney W. and Janet R. Bijou Fellowship). She has served as a substitute lecturer in the Psychology Department at Queens College and has taught at Lehman College and Touro College. Throughout her career, Bauer has worked as a BCBA/LBA supervisor, providing support and guidance to students pursuing their licenses and certification in behavior analysis. Most recently, she was Assistant Director of the Master’s and Advanced Certificate programs in ABA at Queens College.

Desiree Byrd (Associate Professor, Psychology ) is a board-certified neuropsychologist. Her research focuses on the roles of health disparities and culture in the expression of cognitive dysfunction in central nervous system disease. Her interests are in HIV/AIDS, substance use, and under-represented populations. Byrd earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Africana Studies at San Diego State University. Her doctoral studies were completed at the University of California, San Diego. During her postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, she refined research methodology for use in cross-cultural cognitive assessment. She spent 14 years in the Department of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she was the attending neuropsychologist at the HIV Brain Bank, part of the National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and numerous private foundations. Byrd is very active in academic service at the national level and sits on numerous committees and advisory boards. She brings to Queens College a passion for quality teaching, mentorship and equitable cultural representation in psychology.

Veronica J. Hinton (Professor, Psychology) is a developmental neuropsychologist who works with children to better understand the cognitive consequences of atypical brain development. She is a graduate of the CUNY Clinical Psychology (specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology) graduate program at Queens College. Hinton completed a graduate fellowship at the Center for Developmental Neuroscience, a clinical internship in neuropsychology at Long Island Jewish Hospital/Hillside Hospital, and postdoctoral fellowships at the Consortium for Medical Education in Developmental Disabilities at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities and the Psychobiology Training Program at Columbia University. She was appointed an Assistant Professor in Neuropsychology at the G.H. Sergievsky Center and Department of Neurology at Columbia University in 1996. Hinton worked at Columbia University for over 20 years on multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies investigating the neuropsychological profile in children with developmental anomalies. This research included examining the impact on brain functioning associated with specific genetic disorders, seizure disorders, preterm birth and sleep duration. She published on the findings and presented work at national and international meetings with both a scientific and a family-oriented focus. She mentored undergraduate and graduate students on research projects, including overseeing the dissertation research of three doctoral students from the QC Clinical Psychology program. Hinton also initiated and ran the Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinical Service in Child Neurology in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, where she did neuropsychological evaluations on children with a wide range of neurological concerns. She initiated and oversaw the clinical training externship in pediatric neuropsychology, and worked with graduate students from 20 different graduate programs in psychology. Hinton considers herself a scientist and a clinician focused on investigating the development of brain-behavior relationships, but her main objective is to improve the quality of life for the children and families she works with. She is excited to return to her former graduate program as a faculty member.

William Krause (Substitute Lecturer Doctoral Schedule, Psychology) received his BSGS from Northwestern University (1997) and his MA from Queens College (2003). In 2014 he received his PhD in Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center, under the supervision of Joan Borod, with a dissertation that analyzed the psychometric qualities of the New York Emotion Battery. Over the last 15 years Krause has taught a broad range of psychology courses, primarily at Adelphi University and Queens College. He also had been in part-time private practice for 20 years, working on the cognitive rehabilitation of children with ADHD and learning disorders. While he is not actively engaged in research, he hopes to return to a previous project exploring interpersonal differences in saccadic eye movements.

Francis Rotella (Substitute Lecturer Doctoral Schedule, Psychology) has over a decade of history at Queens College as a student, educator, and researcher. As a Macaulay Honors College student, he received his BA in Psychology – Neuroscience and continued his education in the field, receiving his PhD in Psychology – Neuropsychology at Queens College through The CUNY Graduate Center. He has nearly a decade of experience teaching undergraduate psychology courses at Queens College, such as psychological statistics, psychopharmacology, human motivation, and life-span development, in addition to serving as a teaching assistant in a general education course for four years. His research interests and dissertation at Queens involved the behavioral pharmacology of learned flavor-flavor associations in rodents; he served as researcher, project coordinator, and mentor for over a dozen graduate and undergraduate students. Thus far, he has coauthored three and authored four published, peer-reviewed articles relating to his laboratory research and dissertation, as well as coauthoring two published, peer-reviewed articles involving effective methodologies for teaching large, general education courses.

Shih-Jen Weng (Substitute Lecturer Doctoral Schedule, Psychology) received her PhD in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2009. Her doctoral research focused on examining brain connectivity in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She did postdoctoral training at the University of Washington, Seattle before moving to Singapore as a research fellow in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. There she was involved in clinical assessment and diagnosis of children with ASD and conducted social groups for children with neurodevelopmental conditions, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Disruptive Behavioral Disorders (DBD). She is currently a principal investigator and collaborator on several research studies in Singapore aimed at conducting evidence-based research in a variety of childhood disorders. An Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College since 2015, she has taught core courses as well as electives at the Department of Psychology.

Jacquelyn Bracco (Assistant Professor, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences) is an environmental geochemist who studies the structure and reactivity of mineral surfaces. She received a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Wright State University where she studied the kinetics of mineral growth at the nanoscale using analytical chemistry techniques. Bracco subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Argonne National Laboratory, where she studied the interfacial structure of minerals and the mechanisms of ion sorption to mineral surfaces using synchrotron x-ray scattering techniques. In her free time, she volunteers with Argonne's Educational Programs.

Dax Soule (Assistant Professor, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences ) received his PhD (2016) from the University of Washington's School of Oceanography and his BS in Geophysics (2008) from Texas A&M University. His research uses seismic tomography to explore the structure of the ocean crust near mid-ocean ridge-spreading centers. He is currently planning a multi-year experiment in the Bransfield Strait near the Antarctic Peninsula focused on seafloor volcanism and the formation of a passive margin. He is also interested in pedagogical science and is a contributor to EDDIE, an NSF-funded effort to develop and test active-learning modules focused on archived and real-time environmental data. Soule’s teaching background includes introductory courses in oceanography, geology, and environmental science; upper-level courses in geophysics; and international field courses focused on environmental science and experiential learning. He is excited to continue creating undergraduate research opportunities that explore the Earth using a wide array of cutting-edge data sets, computing resources, and near-surface geophysical experiments.


Division of Social Sciences

Leticia Arroyo Abad (Associate Professor, Economics) is an economic historian who specializes in the long-term economic development of Latin America and the Caribbean. Her research takes her around the world to gather historical data from a variety of archives. Her research agenda answers questions about development and growth in historical perspective. Specifically, she asks quintessential questions that have inspired many economists since economics emerged as a discipline: Why are some nations richer than others? What are the determinants of inequality? Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, she obtained her MA and PhD degrees in Economics at the University of California, Davis. Before joining Queens College, Abad was an associate professor of Economics at Middlebury College.

Dwayne Baker (Assistant Professor, Urban Studies ) is an urban planner whose research and teaching interests focus on the interconnections between neighborhood development and transportation planning. His work pays special attention to Transit-Oriented Developments and gentrification. He received his PhD in Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016 and subsequently served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Manitoba, exploring equity in the decision-making processes of Bus Rapid Transit projects across Canada. Baker’s research and teaching incorporate qualitative and quantitative methods – especially, utilizing spatial analysis and interviews to uncover the complexities within planning processes and neighborhood impacts. His work particularly explores the contradictions that often exist with largescale transit projects: While expected to enhance urban accessibility, they may also displace vulnerable residents and those needing the improvements the most. He has published on and is currently examining gentrification and light rail transit, equity in bus rapid transit developments, transportation network companies and public transit ridership, and, most recently, analyzing the impact of Chicago’s proposed Red Line Extension – predicting new household locations for potentially displaced residents. He will be teaching the undergraduate course Contemporary Urban Theory (URBST 330W) and GIS: Mapping Urban Infrastructure (URBST 265/760). Prior to joining Queens College, Baker was a faculty member in the Geography Department at the University of South Carolina.

Seymour Mintz (Distinguished Lecturer, Accounting) has been a full-time faculty member of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Queens College since 2003. He holds a BBA and MBA from Baruch College as well as a JD from Touro Law School. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1985 and has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant since 1976. Uniquely, Mintz has taught classes in both Accounting and Law, including financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and business law. Prior to joining Queens College, he held positions at large accounting firms specializing in audit and taxation.

Kevin Shih (Assistant Professor, Economics) received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis in 2015. A labor economist, he specializes in issues related to immigration and its relationship to various sectors, including labor markets, higher education, and trade. He has published several articles on the growth of international students in U.S. higher education and the impacts of skilled immigration through the H-1B visa program. This latter research was utilized by the Council of Economic Advisors to motivate several of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Shih’s current projects examine how undocumented youth respond to educational incentives and whether foreign-born investors generate local spillovers. He has taught courses on topics ranging from labor economics to applied policy evaluation and served as an advisor for student research projects. He grew up in Kew Gardens, is an alumni of Francis Lewis High School, and is excited to be returning home.

Johnathan Thayer (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies) holds a PhD in History and an MLS. He is Coordinator and Advisor for the Certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials and Coordinator for the MLS/MA Dual Degree in the L.I.S. and History program. Thayer teaches courses in archival theory and practice, digital archives and digitization, and public history. Potential topics include the relationship between archival access and political power, archival records as tools for accountability and justice, archival ethics, and intersections among community archives, public history, and social memory. He also serves as advisor on student internships and capstone research projects. His current research interests include intersections among maritime, labor, and urban history; the contexts of creation, use, and disposition of government records; archival advocacy; rethinking “archival literacy”; and critical approaches to archival education. A veteran practicing archivist, Thayer has coordinated student-led collaborations with Olde Towne of Flushing Burial and Documentation Services at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He is also the lead researcher on Mapping New York City’s Sailortown, which uses digitized archival material and data visualization to represent the cultural palimpsests of New York’s historical waterfront. Other projects include the Seamen’s Church Institute’s American Merchant Marine Veteran’s Oral History, a publicly accessible digital archive consisting of over 800 audio clips from interviews with more than 70 veteran merchant mariners. Since 2010 Thayer has been the lead archivist for the Seamen’s Church Institute’s Digital Archives, which hosts more than 12,000 items.​

Bryan Cooper Owens (Substitute Lecturer, History) received his BA in Anthropology from West Virginia University, an MA in African American Studies from Clark Atlanta University, and an MA in African Studies from UCLA. He focuses on the archaeology and history of precolonial North and West Africa, with a particular emphasis on the role of art in the archaeological record.

Vanessa M. Perez (Assistant Professor, Political Science) specializes in American politics, with a focus on electoral institutions, campaigns, race and ethnicity, political behavior, health policy, and research methods. She was also a senior policy analyst in the nonprofit sector in Washington, DC. She holds a PhD, MPhil, and BA in Political Science from Columbia University.

Sandy Placido (Assistant Professor, History ) is a researcher at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. She received her PhD from the American Studies Program at Harvard University. Her research and teaching examine social movements in the Americas, with a special focus on the contributions of women and people of African and Caribbean descent. Her book manuscript, A Global Vision: Dr. Ana Livia Cordero and the Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle, emphasizes the influential role of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in Cold War-era freedom struggles by centering the life of Cordero, a physician who forged connections between anti-imperialist movements across the Third World. Placido worked to preserve Cordero’s archival collection at Harvard's Schlesinger Library, and she has received support for her research from the Ford and Mellon Foundations.

Rosemary Twomey (Assistant Professor, Philosophy) researches Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, with a concentration on how Plato and Aristotle's theories of perception impact their accounts of knowledge. She also works in contemporary epistemology, especially in areas where she thinks ancient philosophers can contribute to contemporary discussions. She teaches courses in ancient philosophy, psychology, and ethics, as well as both ancient and contemporary epistemology.

Hongwei Xu (Associate Professor, Sociology) holds a PhD in sociology from Brown University. For the past seven years he was an Assistant Research Professor at the Survey Research Center and the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. His substantive research interests include social determinants of health, population aging, child development, place and space effects, and residential segregation. His methodological research areas include hierarchical modeling, spatial statistics, survival analysis, causal inference, and survey methods. He has conducted social research in diverse settings, including the United States, China, India, and Kenya. His research has been supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.





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