Maritsa V. Poros is Associate Professor of Sociology at City College and the Graduate Center at CUNY. She specializes in migration and refugee studies. Her research has explored the social networks of migrants and how they shape the ways in which migrants navigate the economy, their communities and every day lives. She is author of Modern Migrations: Gujarati Indian Networks in New York and London (Stanford, 2011) and co-author of Key Concepts in Migration (SAGE, 2014). Maritsa taught Refugee Studies at the University of East London from 2013-2015. Her new research examines the Syrian refugee crisis in Lesvos, Greece. It explores the interactions of locals, tourists, volunteers, refugees, NGOS, IGOs and government authorities amidst a background of austerity politics.
Karen Strassler is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Queens College and the Graduate Center. Her research interests include images and visuality, media and mediation, memory and violence. Her book, Refracted Visions: Popular Photography and National Modernity in Java (Duke University Press, 2010), received the Gregory Bateson award from the Society for Cultural Anthropology, the John Collier Prize from the Society for Visual Anthropology, and the Harry J. Benda prize from the Association of Asian Studies. She is currently completing a book on images and political communication in Indonesia’s post-authoritarian public sphere. A new project will explore memories of violence against the ethnic Chinese minority in Indonesia, particularly as these occluded histories are surfacing in work by contemporary Chinese-Indonesian artists.
Vanessa Pérez-Rosario is associate professor in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies and affiliate faculty in Women and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York where she teaches courses on Caribbean and Latino/a literatures and cultures, bilingualism, and transnational feminism. She is author of Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon (University of Illinois Press 2014) and editor of Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration: Narratives of Displacement (Palgrave 2010). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Latino Studies Journal, CENTRO: The Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Translation Review, and Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. She has received awards from the Woodrow Wilson and Mellon foundations, the American Association of University Women, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Pérez-Rosario is on the advisory board of the CUNY New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals (http://www.cuny-nysieb.org) She is managing editor of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (www.smallaxe.net)
Dissertation Writing Fellows
Rocío Gil is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation project revises the historical articulations between Mexico, the US, and the Mascogo/Black Seminole Afro-Indian people at the Texas-Coahuila borderland in order to explain this group’s current demands for recognition, reparations, sovereignty, and dual citizenship. Her ethnographic and archival research has been conducted in Texas, Coahuila, and Mexico City. She is a 2016/17 Fellow at the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas & The Caribbean (IRADAC) at CUNY and an Adjunct Instructor at Hunter College.
Sean Gerrity is a doctoral candidate in English and a member of the American Studies Certificate Program at the Graduate Center. His dissertation, “A Canada in the South: Slave Marronage in Antebellum American Literature,” examines a counter-archive of pre-Civil War US cultural production that imagines marronage as presenting alternate spaces of fugitive freedom outside the unidirectional South-to-North trajectory of the Underground Railroad. His writing has appeared in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of American Studies, and JMMLA. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Virginia Historical Society and the the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. Last year, he was a Fellow at the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Visiting Scholars / Fellows
Chiara Stenghel is PhD Student in Political Philosophy at the University of Padua (Department of Philosophy, Sociology Educational Science and Applied Psychology). She received her Master’s Degree in Institutions and politics of human rights and peace in 2015 at the University of Padua, presenting a dissertation on the concept of everyday in Henri Lefebvre’s thought. Her research project focuses on the right to the city and the everyday. She has worked several years in a nonprofit Organization named Karibu Afrika Onlus.
Mara de Gennaro received her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and she now teaches in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. Her main research interests are 20th- and 21st-century diasporic, expatriate, and immigrant literatures in English and French; comparative modernisms; Caribbean literatures; postcolonial theory; the visual arts; and ethnography. Her articles have appeared in Comparative Literature Studies, Textual Practice, Paideuma, differences, The Yale Journal of Criticism, and several essay collections including, most recently, Futures of Comparative Literature (Routledge, forthcoming). Her forthcoming book, Modernism after Postcolonialism, brings the study of francophone literature and theory to anglophone transnationalist debates over the cultural politics of modernism. This year she is beginning a new book project on narratives by immigrants and foreign visitors to the U. S. that have significantly shaped mainstream American conceptions of authentic “Americanness.”