Graduate Fellows

Jayson Castillo (he/him/his) is a New York native of Salvadoran and Dominican descent, and is currently a Ph.D student in the Department of Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center. As a budding researcher, Jayson is focused on the challenges facing immigrant communities in New York City, especially as they are shaped by the intersections of immigration, education, and language. Specifically, Jayson is passionate about the community struggles for equitable education within the Latinx community, most recently concentrating on the educational experiences of Dominican youth living in North Manhattan. 

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Angela Dunne (she/they) is a Ph.D. student in the Urban Education Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Since 2015, Angela has worked to develop curriculum and has taught in a collaborative course in the First Year Experience Program at Guttman Community College, CUNY. Their academic interests center on collective agency, social identity, and the impact of community college policies & practices with a focus on the historical, present, and potential role of community colleges within the university system in New York City. As a Humanities Alliance fellow, Angela will join the Learning Communities project at Hostos Community College.

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Meagan Hammerbacher (she/her/hers) was born and raised in New York City where she has attended Public Schools throughout her academic career. #PublicSchoolProud She is a proud mother of three young children, and spends many of her days teaching 8th grade Special Education at a school in Washington Heights. She is a PhD student in the Urban Education Department and is interested in teacher identity, and the ways that it impacts collaborative teacher relationships. Specifically interested in Co-Teaching relationships in the K-12 classroom. She is excited to be working with BMCC this year as a Humanities Alliance Fellow and looks forward to joining the Experiential Learning team!

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Pianist Greg Hartmann is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY, as a student of Julian Martin. Greg has won first prize in the 2018 Memphis International Piano Competition, second prize in the top division of the 2021 Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, third prize in the 2019 Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, and third prize in the 2018 High Point University Piano Competition, among others. Also an accomplished composer, Greg won the 2018 Paula Nelson-Guenther Young Composer Competition. He has performed concerti with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony, Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, Concord Chamber Orchestra, and Waukesha Area Chamber Orchestra. He also maintains an interest in Music Theory, and recently presented a paper of his at the 2020 conference of the Society for Music Theory. Greg has participated in music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Pianofest in the Hamptons, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Sejong International Music Festival, Euro Music Festival and Academy, and the Gijón International Piano Festival. In his free time, Greg enjoys tennis, running, and ping pong.

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Ariel Leutheusser (they/them) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. They completed their B.A. and M.A. at The Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Their research interests include affect theory, queer theory, Frankfurt school theory, theories of photography and image and memory and sound studies. Ariel’s research pursues the study of documentary film and audio, photography, literary nonfiction writing, long-form journalism and the depiction of reality in writing.

Ariel is a passionate instructor and educator and has designed and taught numerous courses in English composition and literature at Brooklyn College. As a CUNY Humanities Alliance Graduate Fellow, they will be working with on the Learning Experience Design campus project at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Marianne Madoré: Hi everyone, my name is Marianne Madoré. I use she/her pronouns. I am a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the Graduate Center. In my research and through my teaching, I broadly wish to understand how regimes of oppression are being normalized and left unquestioned. Katherine McKittrick’s “Plantation Futures” helps me to articulate this: I am interested in what McKittrick’s calls our “collective participation in and rhetorical commitment to reproducing this system as though it is natural and inevitable.” I am excited to join the Humanities Alliance, I will be working at LaGuardia Community College with Andréa and Oriana.

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Oriana Mejías Martínez is a Venezuelan immigrant pursuing her PhD degree in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures program at The Graduate Center. She has worked as Spanish instructor at Hunter College, teaching basic and intermediate levels and adding up her Critical Pedagogy to represent everyone in the classroom and integrate everyone. She is also a tutor for Spanish and Italian at Modern Language Center at John Jay College.

Her research focuses on contemporary Venezuelan photography, film, and literature; with special interest in visual culture that reveals precarious and marginal lives within urban environments during 1980 to 2000 decades in Venezuela.

She is also co-founder and co-editor in Casajena Editoras publishing house based in Santiago de Chile.

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Mehrnaz Moghaddam is a PhD student in the Cultural Anthropology Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She holds a master’s degree in Economics with a background in Industrial Management. Her research focuses on the political economy of labor migration, intersection of im-migration and violence, and the intersection of economic and political processes of racialization in the Middle East. As a Humanities Alliance fellow, Mehrnaz will join the Learning Communities project at the Hostos Community College. 

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Rosalía Reyes Simon is a Ph.D. student in the Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her academic interests span theoretical approaches to archives with a focus on Latinx culture and literature. At CUNY’s Mexican Studies Institute, she founded and oversaw its digital archive. She also produced and scripted its TV series “Mexican Studies Oral History Project” and curated and coordinated the institute’s 2019 and 2020 international book fairs which featured scores of Spanish-language authors. In 2017 and 2018, Rosalía hosted and produced the TV show Nueva York Entre Letras, with the aim of disseminating the work of Latinx authors in Spanish. Rosalía co-authored a chapter on New York’s Central Americans for the book “Latinos in New York: Communities in Transition,” published by Notre Dame University Press in 2017. She taught Spanish at City College of New York (CCNY) and Lehman College. She holds a BA in Communication, UANL, (Mexico); an MA in Humanities, UDEM, (Mexico), and an MA in Spanish from CCNY. As a Humanities Alliance fellow she will join the Arts in New York City project at Guttman Community College.

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Jesse Rice-Evans (she/her/hers) is a disabled white neuroqueer doctoral candidate in rhetoric and composition. She’s a digital pedagogy fellow with the OpenLab at City Tech and writes about access pedagogy, abolitionist teaching for white educators, and disability justice. Since 2019, she has been the Web Development and Documentation Fellow with the CUNY Humanities Alliance. She has taught writing at Poets House, CCNY, Baruch College, NYU Tandon, and the Cooper Union. Read her work in the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, Visible Pedagogy, and in her full-length collection The Uninhabitable (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). 

Andréa Stella (she/her/hers) is a white neuroqueer PhD student in composition and rhetoric. She teaches Writing for Engineering at The City College of New York and researches ways to weave access and abolitionist pedagogies into STEM writing classrooms. You can read her work in the Journal of Basic Writing, Visible Pedagogy, Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics and LitHub.

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Sokunthary Svay  is a Khmer writer from New York City. A founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), she has received fellowships from the American Opera Project, Poets House, and Willow Books,, as well as commissions from Washington National Opera, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and ISSUE Project Room. In addition to publishing a poetry collection, Apsara in New York (Willow Books, 2017), Svay has had her writing anthologized and performed by actors and singers. Svay’s first opera, Woman of Letters, set by composer Liliya Ugay, received its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in January 2020 as part of the American Opera Initiative. The recent recipient of the OPERA America IDEA Grant, she is currently working on a new opera called Chhlong Tonle. She teaches English at Queens College (CUNY).