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Queens College Welcomes Our New Faculty for 2012

Pamela R. Bennett (Associate Professor, Sociology) received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include race, ethnic, and nativity differences in college enrollment and postsecondary outcomes, as well as the social and economic consequences of racial residential segregation. Her current work investigates black immigrants’ relationships to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Bennett is also currently conducting research on Hispanic-Serving Institutions to develop a more substantive definition of those institutions as an alternative to the current demographic definition used by the federal government and academics. That research will examine how the college outcomes of Latino students vary across college types. Bennett's work has been funded by the Spencer Foundation through Dissertation and Postdoctoral fellowships, the American Sociological Association's Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline, and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council. Her work has been published in the American Sociological Review, Sociology of Education, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Science Research, Social Science Quarterly, and the Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. During the 2012-13 academic year, Bennett will be a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation where she will co-author a book manuscript on the sources of variation in educationally-relevant parenting strategies across race, nativity, and social class.

Salvatore Brienza (Lecturer, Linguistics and Communications Disorders) received his MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Queens College, and has extensive post-graduate training in the field. He has worked professionally as a certified Speech-Language Pathologist for the past ten years with children with significant speech and language disorders in a variety of settings. His areas of interest and clinical expertise include children with autism spectrum disorders, developmental language disorders, stuttering, and attention deficit disorders.

Limarys Caraballo (Assistant Professor, Secondary Education and Youth Services) received her doctorate from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she was a General Research Fellow. She was also a Cultivating New Voices among Researchers of Color Research Fellow of the National Council of Teachers of English, 2010-2012. Her research interests include students’ multiple identities and literacies, academic achievement, and teaching English in diverse sociocultural contexts. As a former English teacher, administrator, and consultant in public and private secondary schools, she is especially interested in culturally sustaining and socially just literacy curricula and pedagogies. The key purposes of her work include complicating conversations about students of color and curriculum, reframing deficit conceptions of lower-income students of color, and advancing the theory and development of curricula that supports the academic success and multiple identity construction of minoritized students. Her work has been published in the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the International Journal of Multicultural Education, and the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education

Anne Dilts (Lecturer, Education and Community Programs) joins Queens College as a lecturer in the Graduate Programs in Special Education. Previous to this position, Dilts was a special education teacher and administrator in Vermont for over 25 years. From 2004 to 2011, Dilts also served as site director for the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative, a state department initiative formed to increase the number of special educators in Vermont. Dilts has taught a number of courses in the areas of special education, cognitive assessment, and literacy at various higher education institutions in Vermont. She earned her Master's Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Education from the University of Vermont and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Tivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Kathleen Downing (Lecturer, Linguistics and Communications Disorders) received her bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology, and her MA from Queens College in Speech-Language Pathology. She has over twenty years of professional experience in a wide variety of clinical settings, working with infants, preschoolers, school age children, and older adults. She specializes in clinical teaching in the undergraduate Communication Sciences & Disorders Program and the graduate Speech-Language Pathology program.

Claudia Feldstein (Lecturer, Drama, Theatre & Dance) is a graduate of Queens College and received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She is a professional actress and some NY credits include: Manhattan Theater Club, Primary Stages, The Minetta Lane Theater, Century Center for the Performing Arts, The Public Theater, Westbeth Theater, H.B. Studio Theater, Westbank Cafe. Regional credits include: Actors Theater of Louisville, The Alley Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival, Yale Repertory Theater, Shepherdstown Theater, Fulton Opera House, Hudson Guild Theater, and the National Tour with The Acting Company. Television credits include: All the "Law and Order"series, "Deadline", "Louis", Showtime's "The Hoop Life", HBO's "Hardcore T.V.", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "All My Children", "One Life to Live", "The Guiding Light", as well as commercials and a few independent films. She is the recipient of the Raymond D. Gasper Chairman's Award and has been nominated for the President's award for excellence in teaching. She has enjoyed teaching the students at Queens for many years and has loved directing many student productions.

Helen Gaudette (Lecturer, History) serves as the founder and director of the Queens College Office of Global Education Initiatives since January 2011. In this capacity, she works to create, oversee, coordinate, and assess Queens College’s study abroad and international exchange programs. Gaudette manages programs and relationships with partner institutions, keeps faculty informed about programs, and supports faculty advising for study abroad, international internships, and service learning opportunities for current and prospective students. Gaudette earned her PhD in History at the CUNY Graduate Center. As an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College, she has taught a wide range of European history courses, including faculty led study abroad courses in France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, and Spain. In 2007, she won the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her current research interests include best practices in international education, innovative teaching through gaming, women's history and gender relations, and world religions, especially hagiography.

Carol Giardina (Assistant Professor, History) is Assistant Professor of History, specializing in contemporary U.S.  history and women’s history. She earned her PhD at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of Freedom For Women:  Forging the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1953-1970 (University Press of Florida, 2010) as well as other articles on the Second Wave of Feminism in the U.S.  She is presently working on a biography of Second Wave founder Judith Brown and a history of the feminist movement in Florida. She teaches Women’s Studies, Contempory U.S. History, and U.S. Labor History.

Renee Goodwin (Associate Professor, Psychology) completed her BS with Honors in Human Development at Cornell University and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University. She then completed her predoctoral fellowship in Clinical and Community Psychology at Yale University School of Medicine, after which she was a postdoctoral fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology at Columbia University and obtained an MPH in Epidemiology. She is trained as a clinical psychologist and psychiatric epidemiologist.

Goodwin comes to Queens College from the Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She was the recipient of a K23 from NIMH to study the relationship between childhood asthma and anxiety disorders, and an R01 from NIDA focused on understanding the roles of depression and anxiety in the tobacco epidemic.

Her current research focuses on comorbidity of mood/anxiety disorders and physical health problems; suicide behavior; and interrelationships between anxiety/mood disorders, smoking and nicotine dependence from an intergenerational life course perspective. She frequently uses large datasets, including longitudinal samples and birth cohort study data, to investigate these questions. She is also working with colleagues to develop integrated treatments for asthma and anxiety and depression, treatments for families of children with asthma/allergy, as well as interventions for other co-occurring physical and mental health problems.

Leslee Grey (Assistant Professor, Secondary Education and Youth Services) joined the Queens College faculty as Lecturer of Educational Foundations in Spring 2010.  She teaches historical, social, and philosophical foundations of education from a critical cultural theory perspective at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her scholarship offers several interrelated strands including privatization and education, gender studies and education, adolescent and youth culture, and teaching for social change. Grey's current publications include: critical investigation of school-business partnerships and corporate-sponsored educational reform movements; exploration of young adult literature relating to the schooling experiences of young people; and ethnographic study of the ways in which young people learn and negotiate multiple identities. She is currently researching the history and implications of parental involvement in public school reform in New York City since the 1950s. Grey earned a doctorate from Georgia State University, where she studied cultural and philosophical foundations of education, with concentrations in educational policy studies and qualitative research methodology, as well as women's and gender studies -- all of which continue to inform her teaching and scholarship. 

Miles Grier (Visiting Assistant Professor, English) received his PhD in American Studies from New York University and was a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University from 2010-12. His current book project is "Reading Black Characters: Atlantic Encounters with Othello, 1604-1855," which shifts investigations of race-thinking from expert legal and scientific discourse to the production of characters, those alphabetic and theatrical mass media used to delineate all the social types in the Atlantic world. Grier has published on the expansion of racial profiling after 9/11 and has forthcoming articles on Joni Mitchell's blackface drag and the fear of the prostitute in rock music culture.

Ron Hayduk's (Professor, Political Science) teaching and research interests focus on political participation, elections and voting, race and ethnicity, and immigration and social movements.   He has published Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting Rights in the U.S. and Gatekeepers to the Franchise: Shaping Election Administration in New York.  He is co-editor of From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization, Democracy’s Moment:  Reforming the American Political System in the Twenty First Century, and Radical Perspectives on Immigration. More recently, Hayduk has written about immigration reform policy, elections in New York, and the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Formerly a social worker, Hayduk worked in New York City government, and consulted to policy organizations (NAACP, Demos, and The Brennan Center). An active member of the Professional Staff Congress, Hayduk will be the Associate Director of Queens College's new Center on Immigrant Studies.

Lauren Heffernan (Lecturer, Linguistics and Communication Disorders) received her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University in 1991 and Master of Science: TESOL from Queens College in 2000. In 2006, Heffernan completed her certification in administration and supervision at C.W. Post, Long Island University.

Throughout her eleven years as an ESL teacher in New York City and on Long Island, she has worked in many diverse communities. After attending extensive training at Columbia University Teachers College, she began work as a literacy coach in New York City schools. Heffernan has been a part of many "think tank" committees, which have revolved around moving work forward in schools and toward academic achievement for English Language Learners. She has experience in curriculum development, specifically designed to integrate content area material and literacy, to maximize student understanding and growth. She has worked on various intervention teams aimed at using testing and assessment data analysis to plan for valuable targeted instruction.

Liang Huang (Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and Computer Science
Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Center)
received his PhD in Computer Science for the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 where his dissertation was nominated for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. He was subsequently a Research Scientist at Google Research, Mountain View, and then a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) where he taught graduate courses in computer science and conducted research in USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI). His main research interests are in computational linguistics (natural language processing), algorithms, structured machine learning, and computational structural biology. His work has been cited more than 1,100 times on Google Scholar and received the Best Paper Award at ACL 2008 (top conference in computational linguistics) and Best Paper Nominations at ACL 2007, EMNLP 2008, and ACL 2010. He served as Area Chair for ACL 2012, and was a recipient of 2010 Google Faculty Research Award. He also has a passion for teaching and was among the most popular teachers at both Penn and USC: he received the prestigious University Prize for Teaching by Graduate Students at Penn in 2005, and was nominated for USC's Engineering School Faculty Teaching Award in 2012.

Régine Isabelle Joseph (Assistant Professor, European Languages and Literatures) joins Queens College from Boston, where she served as Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Global Studies at Emmanuel College. She holds a PhD in French Literature from New York University and a BA from Harvard College. Her research interests span the intellectual movements of the post-war period in the Caribbean and France. She is presently writing a book on the literary responses to the suppression of radical politics in post-Duvalier Haiti. At Queens College, Joseph will join efforts to expand offerings on francophone literature and the French Caribbean, in addition to teaching in the core French program.

Seongyeon Ko (Assistant Professor, Classical, Middle-Eastern & Asian Languages
and Cultures)
primary research is in theoretical as well as historical phonology of Korean and Northeast Asian languages. His dissertation surveys the role of retracted tongue root harmony in the vowel systems of the Korean, Mongolic, and Tungusic languages and, as a result, rewrites their vocalic history. He has published papers on this topic in MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, Berkeley Linguistics Society, and prestigious Korean linguistic journals such as Eoneohag (Journal of the Linguistic Society of Korea), Language Research, and Altai Hakpo (International Journal of the Altaic Society of Korea). He has an extensive background in fieldwork and language documentation of the endangered languages spoken in Northeast Asia traditionally called "Altaic." He also has broad experience in teaching Korean language and linguistics.

Seongyeon was born in Jeju, Korea. He holds a BA and an MA in linguistics from Seoul National University, and a PhD in linguistics from Cornell University.

Michael G. Lacy (Assistant Professor, Media Studies) will be joining Queens College in Fall 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Media Studies. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Communication from Utah State University and his Master's and Doctorate degrees in Rhetoric and Political Communication from the University of Texas. His areas of teaching, scholarship, and expertise are communication, race, culture, and politics.

He has developed and taught several innovative courses, including critical race narratives, critical rhetorics of race, intercultural communication, social movements, film and culture, and civic participation. Lacy has received several teaching awards and commendations, including being listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers.

He is co-author (with Kent Ono, University of Illinois) of Critical Rhetorics of Race, a collection of critical race studies, published by NYU Press in 2011. His book chapter (with Kathleen Haspel, FDU) features an insightful analysis of the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. His scholarship and research appears in the Communication Yearbook 32, The Howard Journal of Communications and the Journal of Intercultural and International Communication. He was the principal investigator and writer for several essays published by the Education Communication of the States and online education journals, and has reviewed grants for the U.S. Department of Education.

He has presented original research at several conventions, and has served as chair, reviewer, and panelist for several caucuses and divisions for the National Communication Association (e.g., Black Caucus, and the African American Communication & Culture, Rhetoric & Communication Theory, Critical & Cultural Studies Divisions). He is also member of International Communication Association (e.g., Ethnicity and Race in Communication [ERIC] and Popular Culture Divisions). He also taught and delivered lectures at several colleges and universities, most recently serving as a Visiting Professor at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

Leslie Leach (Distinguished Lecturer, Accounting/BALA) is a former elected Queens County Supreme Court Justice who has served as the Appointments Secretary to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and as NYS Attorney General Cuomo's Executive Deputy Attorney General of the Division of State Counsel, tasked with defending the State, its agencies and employees in the Federal and State Courts. He is an alumnus of the college with a BA in Economics (1972), and MS in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1974), and JD from Columbia Law School (1978). He has taught Business Law as an Adjunct at York College, CUNY, since 1982 and will be teaching in our Accounting and Business and Liberal Arts (BALA) Departments. He worked for a New York City labor law firm and a Louisiana development corporation before serving as a law clerk from 1982 to 1993 in the Criminal Court, Supreme Court, Appellate Division First Department and NYS Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the NYC Criminal Court by Mayor Dinkins in 1993, reappointed in 2002 by Mayor Bloomberg and served as Acting Justice of Supreme Court in 1995, until elected to that court in Queens County in 2003. He has presided over both the Criminal and Civil Terms of Supreme Court and the Queens Treatment Court, a problem-solving drug court, prior to his appointment as Administrative Judge of all Queens County Supreme Court operations in 2004. He left the bench in 2007 to join Andrew Cuomo in the NYS Attorney General's Office and then the Executive Chamber.

Steven Leventhal (Instructor, Sociology) has been with the Business and Liberal Arts Department for several years. He has re-designed and teaches the department's capstone Problem Solving and Decision Making course. In addition, he teaches Introduction to Business and Computers with Business Applications. He comes to Queens College from an entrepreneurial background and last year designed and taught a course which produced and marketed the Queens College 75th Anniversary commemorative watch.

Jacob L. Mackey (Assistant Professor, Classical, Middle-Eastern and Asian
Languages and Cultures)
was raised in Austin, Texas and Kerala, India. After a first career working with natural foods and fine wine, Jake took his BA in Classics and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, his MSt in Classics at Christ Church, Oxford, and his PhD in Classics at Princeton University. Before joining the faculty at Queens College, he taught as a Lecturer in Stanford University's Structured Liberal Education, a classic Great Books program. He writes on the Roman world (especially Roman religion), ancient intellectual history, and theory in the study of religion. He enjoys teaching courses on ancient languages, ancient literature, ancient religion, and Roman history.

Maaza Mengiste (Visiting Assistant Professor, English) was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and lived in Nigeria and Kenya before settling in the United States. Her debut novel, the critically acclaimed Beneath the Lion's Gaze, has also been translated into several other languages and appeared on several "Best of 2010" lists. She is a Fulbright Scholar as well as the Runner-up for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and a finalist for a Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, an NAACP Image Award, and an Indies Choice Book of the Year Award in Adult Debut. Among other places, her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Callaloo Journal, and Lettre Internationale. She currently lives in New York City.

Kristin Mozeiko (Lecturer, Doctoral Schedule, Aaron Copland School of Music) is a full time lecturer of Music Education at Queens College, CUNY, where she conducts the Queens College Symphonic Wind Ensemble. She teaches at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music where she teaches private horn instruction. She is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and is associate faculty at ATNYC school for Alexander technique training. Mozeiko holds degrees in music education (BA), French horn performance (MM) and music education (DMA). In her dissertation she integrated the Alexander technique with music education/performance into her research and writing. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the New York State School Music Association, AmSAT, the Women's Band Directors Association, and IMTE (Instrumental Music Teacher Educator).

Ramona Lee Pérez (Instructor, Anthropology), Ford Foundation Fellow, avid cook, and mother, holds a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from New York University.  Her interests range from food habits and the anthropology of the senses, gender / kinship, ethnicity and personhood, U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and Latin American and Latino Cultures to ethnographic film, life history and narrative, alternative medicine and ritual healing, feminist research methods and critical pedagogy.  Her publications include “Livin’ la vida sabrosa: Savoring Latino New York” in Gastropolis: Tastes of New York City and “Cocinas Públicas: Food and Border Consciousness in Greater Mexico” in the journal Food and Foodways.

Wesley Sutton (Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology) obtained his BS in physical anthropology from Hunter College/CUNY, his Master's degree in molecular biology from Texas Tech University, and his PhD from NYU. His interests include evolutionary theory, the history of science, human evolution, the rise and spread of modern humans, and post-Ice Age migrations, with a focus on Mediterranean populations. He is a lifelong resident of New York City.

Juan R. Valdez (Assistant Professor, Elementary and Early Childhood Education) received his doctorate in Hispanic Linguistics from CUNY’s Graduate Center and a Masters in Bilingual Education from City College. As an interdisciplinary trained sociolinguist with an eye for political history, his research focuses on “metalinguistic discourses.” He has conducted fieldwork in the Dominican Republic’s multilingual Samaná region, where ideological projects such as the construction of national identity have been destabilized by migration (Valdez 2010). His book Tracing Dominican identity (2011, Palgrave Macmillan) is an effort to fully understand the sociohistorical meanings of the renowned Latin American humanist and dialectologist Pedro Henríquez Ureña’s linguistic texts. Valdez shows how, in his descriptions of Dominican Spanish, linguistic forms are embedded in sociopolitical contexts and images of race. Valdez has taught Spanish and sociolinguistics in diverse institutions of higher education throughout the US, including University of Wyoming, Michigan State University, Stanford University, NYU, City College, and LaGuardia Community College. Also, he was a bilingual teacher for several years in elementary schools in the South Bronx and Washington Heights. A native of Santo Domingo, Valdez grew up in the South Bronx.

Kathryn Weinstein (Associate Professor, Art) received her MFA from San Francisco State University. She began her career as an exhibiting artist with a focus on installation, image and text, and photography. Her work in Graphic Design has been widely exhibited; and she received two public art commissions from the San Francisco Arts Commission. One of her designs is in the permanent collection of the New York Historical Society. Her design projects include logos, posters, books, websites and web-based applications for non-profit organizations, including the Fund for the City of New York, the Center for Court Innovation, The Havens Relief Fund Society and Brooklyn Community Services. She has been teaching at Queens College as an Adjunct Lecturer in Graphic Design since 2004, appointed Instructor of Graphic Design 2010-2011, followed by appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor 2011-2012 and was just appointed Associate Professor of Graphic Design for 2012.

Changhe Yuan (Associate Professor, Computer Science) joins the Computer Science Department and Computer Science Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Center as an associate professor. Prior to joining Queens College, he has been an assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University since 2006 and received tenure in 2012. His research focuses on developing methods and algorithms for learning, inference, and decision making under uncertainty based on probabilistic graphical models. He also has keen interest in interdisciplinary research and has applied his work to application areas such as supply chain risk analysis, computational biology, and computational immunology. He was a recipient of the 2010 NSF CAREER Award. He received his PhD from the Intelligent Systems Program at University of Pittsburgh in 2006.

Emilio Zagheni (Assistant Professor, Sociology) received his MA in Statistics (2008) and his PhD in Demography (2010) from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Queens College, he was a Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, in Rostock, Germany. He also visited Bocconi University, in Milan, and Yahoo! Research Labs, in Barcelona. His main area of specialization is population studies. He has worked on a number of interdisciplinary projects, in areas like kinship microsimulation, population and environment, social determinants of the spread of infectious diseases, and the use of digital records for demographic analysis. At Queens College, Emilio Zagheni will strengthen the research areas of computational social science and demographic methods. In the Fall 2012 semester he will teach Social Statistics.



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