FFPP Welcomes Spring 2024 Fellows!

The FFPP Academic Directors and Mentors offer our warmest congratulations to the Spring 2024 Fellows. We look forward to another productive year of writing, peer review and professional development at CUNY.

Below are our 2023-2024 FFPP Fellows listed by Mentor group:

Faculty Mentor: Siraj Ahmed, Lehman College

Sherlock Hackney, Queens College, “The Birth of Digital Text”

Sawyer Kemp, Queens College, “Trans Shakespeare and Accessibility Theatre”

Alexander Manevitz, Baruch College, “The Rise & Fall of Seneca Village: Remaking Race and Space in Nineteenth Century New York City”

Victor Sierra Matute, Baruch College, “Spiritual Mediumship & the Soundscape of Purgatory in Úrsula de Jesús’s Diario espiritual (1647-1661)

Aleah Ranjitsingh, Brooklyn College, “The Asian Caribbean in the Caribbean Diaspora”

Danielle Zach, City College of New York, “Transnational Insurgency: Irish America, the IRA, and Northern Ireland’s Troubles”

Faculty Mentor: Ava Chin, College of Staten Island

Allison Berkoy, New York City College of Technology, “YOU ARE PREPARED: a body-controlling performance for self-optimization”

Ryan Black, Queens College, “I’ve Come to California”

Agustina Checa, Lehman College, “Analog Weavings: Cassettes, Alternative Economies and Relational Values in Argentina’s Independent Music Scenes

Jennifer Jolley, Lehman College, “Spacewalk, a One-Act Opera about the First All-Women Spacewalk”

Megan Paslawski, Queens College, “Instructional Desires: American LGBTQ Life Writing in the Twenty-First Century”

Stephanie Vella, Baruch College, “Primitivism, Embodiment, Performance: A Genealogy of Performance Studies Research Methodologies”

Faculty Mentor: Jonathan W. Gray, John Jay College

Jacob Adler, Bronx Community College, “Kasura: A Tale of Survival”

Keisha Simone Allan, Baruch College, “Verbal Marronage as Linguistic Resistance in Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber

Larry Au, City College of New York, “Dreams of Global Science: The Transnational Politics of Chinese Biomedical Innovation”

Uchenna Itam, Hunter College, “Feeling Visible: The Politics of Aesthetics, Identity, and the Senses in Contemporary Art of the United States (1990-2005)”

Janée Moses, City College of New York, “A House to Sing In: Extra/Ordinary Black Women’s Narratives”

Omari Weekes, Queens College, “Lurid Affinities: Sex and the Spirit in Contemporary Black Literature”

Faculty Mentor: Ted N. Ingram, Bronx Community College       

Gail Buffalo, City College of New York, “Supporting Early Childhood Education Graduates in the First Year of Teaching: How Teacher-Directed Growth Can Improve Child Outcomes”

Inés Corujo Martín, New York City College of Technology, “Unraveling the Mexican Rebozo: Multiculturalism and Intersected Identities”

Pedro De La Cruz, Brooklyn College, “Exploring the Role Identities of Students of Color in Educational Leadership Preparation Programs”

Evelyn Durán Urrea, Lehman College, “Developing Critical Language Awareness in Advanced Spanish Grammar and Linguistics Courses for Latinxs”

Carla España, Brooklyn College, “Escribiendo para desahogarme: Narrative Writing with Latinx Teens”

Nicora Placa, Hunter College, “Investigating the First Year Experiences of Latina STEM Students”

Faculty Mentor: Sarah Hoiland, Hostos Community College

Christine Choi, Hostos Community College, “The Myth of the “Good Woman”: Forced Motherhood and the Psychological Impact on Victorian Women”

Rhiannon Dowling, Lehman College, “We’re All Thieves Here: The Criminal and Society in the Soviet War on Crime”

Matthew Lindauer, Brooklyn College, “The Fruitfulness of Normative Concepts”

Michael Richter, Baruch College, “The Occupational Gender Gap”

Henry Smart III, John Jay College, “Racism, Colorism, Punitive Decisions, and Empathy: A Comparison of Data During Periods of Unrest and “Rest”

Joanna Stein, Kingsborough Community College, “Gender Bias and the Female Stand-Up Comedy Album”

Faculty Mentor: Lina Newton, Hunter College

Carolyn Abott, Baruch College, “The Politics of Public Pensions: How Strong Parties and Cooperative Politics Can Save State Government”

William Boland, Baruch College, “Reducing Inequality in College Outcomes for Latinx Students”

Yeju ‘Chloe’ Choi, John Jay College, “Millenials & Gen Z: The Experiences of Entry-level Women Engineers in Their Workplaces”

Seon Mi Kim, Hunter College, “Asian Americans’ Sense of Asian-Linked Fate and Their Intention to Report Anti-Asian Hate Crimes during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Nafiz Zaman Shuva, Queens College, “More than a Place for Social Capital Creation: Public Library as a Place for Newcomers’ Settlement in a New Country”

Monica Stanton Koko, Borough of Manhattan Community College, “Food Shopping Behavior, Food Environment and Food Security”

Faculty Mentor: Elys Vasquez-Iscan, Hostos Community College         

Meital Avivi-Reich, Brooklyn College, “How Does Linguistic Experience Affect Perceptual & Cognitive Processes in Monolingual & Bilingual Listeners”

Charlene Bryant, LaGuardia Community College, “Criminological Genocide: Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and Mass Incarceration”

Teresa Gray, Hostos Community College, “What Can Be Done to Prevent Black Women Losing Their Lives during the Process of Giving Life”

Noreen Mulvanerty, Borough of Manhattan Community College, “Implementing Culturally Diverse Training Strategies incorporating Healthcare Simulation Programs”

Carolyn Sun, Hunter College, “Reducing Elderly Falls in Assisted Living Facilities with AI-Assisted Surveillance Technology”

An-Yun Yeh, College of Staten Island, “Perceived Changes in Cognitive Performance of Patients with Active Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) or Recovered from COVID-19”

Faculty Mentor: Mara Schvarzstein, Brooklyn College

Junyong Choi, Queens College, “Allosteric Inhibition of Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase”

Richard Denton, Medgar Evers College, “Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Novel Isoxazoline DAG-lactone Mimetics as Protein Kinase C Activators”

Jonathan Gryak, Queens College, “A Machine Approach to Understanding Food Allergies”

Manpreet Kaur Kohli, Baruch College, “Novel Genomes of Arctic Dragonflies”

Venessa Singhroy, Queensborough Community College, “Enhancing Mathematics Assessment: Exploring the Efficacy and Insights of Ordinal Response Models (ORMs)”

Amy Vogel-Eyny, Hunter College, “Predictors of Lexical Accessibility of Common and Proper Nouns in Older Age: Evidence from the Tip-of-the-Tongue State”

Working-Class Studies Association: Call for Annual Awards Submissions

Dear Fellows, please consider submitting your work produced in 2020 and 2021 for one of the annual awards from the Working-Class Studies Association. Though you may not explicitly locate your work within “working-class studies,” those of you working on CUNY communities, precarity, race/class/gender intersections, and many other topics likely have significant overlap with this growing field. Awards are given out for different types of academic and creative writing, including books, scholarly articles, and media/journalism. Submissions are due by February 1, 2021. Full details here:

Share Your FFPP-related Publications, Awards, and Presentations on Our Live Google Doc

Dear Fellows and Mentors: Please join us in collecting and celebrating the good work of FFPP. Add your FFPP-related publications, presentations, and awards to the list below by typing directly into the editable Google Doc. Use your preferred citation style (alphabetized by your last name, even in cases where you are not the first author). We’ve added a few entries to start us off, and we look forward to watching the list grow! Read more

Being Intentional about Our Collaborative Writing Projects + New Resources and Opportunities

Dear FFPP Fellows,

A snowy beginning to the spring 2021 semester brings two new videos, plus another opportunity for working with the Transformative Learning in the Humanities initiative.

In the latest installment of our “Mentor Writing Stories” series, Ted Ingram reflects on ways to be intentional about our collaborative writing and editing projects.

See all of our Mentor Writing Stories on our updated Virtual Orientation page.


Ken Wissoker’s latest talk to the CUNY community, “From Dissertation to First Book: A Practical and Conceptual Guide,” is now available. Ken is Senior Executive Editor of Duke University Press and director of Intellectual Publics at the Graduate Center, CUNY, as well as a longtime friend of FFPP. Thank you to Ken and Chelsea Largent for their good work for CUNY.


Finally, applications are now open for the Transformative Learning in the Humanities 2021-22 Faculty Seminar.

Happy New Year from FFPP!

On behalf of our Mentors, Kelly and I wish all Fellows past and present a happy and healthy 2021. This past difficult year has taught us, once again, that we could not ask for better colleagues, nor could we be more excited about the writing projects you will advance in the months ahead.

Here is to taking some much needed rest and to crafting a reasonable writing schedule over the break. For the 2021 Fellows, we look forward to our Writing Groups in the spring–they are the heart of the Program. And to everyone, many thanks for making FFPP such a special place to do our good work.

All our best wishes,

Matt Brim and Kelly Baker Josephs

Academic Directors — Faculty Fellowship Publication Program

FFPP Welcomes Spring 2021 Fellows!

The FFPP Academic Directors and Mentors offer our warmest congratulations to the spring 2021 Fellows! We look forward to another productive year of writing, peer review, and professional development at CUNY!

Michael B. Gillespie,
City College 
Jason SchaferLaGuardia Community CollegeHumanities
 Carla SantamaríaBrooklyn CollegePuerto Rican & Latino Studies
 Cliff MakQueens CollegeEnglish
 Namhee HanQueens CollegeClassical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages & Cultures
 Patricia A. Milanes York CollegeEnglish
Ted Ingram,
Bronx Community College
Jennette Allen-McCombsYork CollegeSocial Work
 Paul ArchibaldCollege of Staten IslandSocial Work
 Sarah BaquetBrooklyn CollegeSchool Psychology, Counseling, & Leadership
 Nelson SantanaBronx Community CollegeLibrary Learning Services
 Natasha Nurse-ClarkeLehman CollegeNursing
William Carr,
Medgar Evers College
Zhu ZhouYork CollegeChemistry
 Zheng PengCity CollegeComputer Science
 Akm RahmanCity TechMechanical Engineering Tech
 Harsha RajapakseMedgar Evers CollegeChemistry & Environmental Science
 Maral TajerianQueens CollegeBiology
Nivedita Majumdar,
John Jay College
Sebastian AlvaradoQueens CollegeBiology
 Cara MurrayQueensborough Community CollegeEnglish
 Sophia HsuLehman CollegeEnglish
 Amin ErfaniLehman CollegeLanguages & Literatures
 Reynado Ortiz-MinayaBrooklyn CollegePuerto Rican & Latino Studies
Anahi Viladrich,
Queens College
Pei ChengBrooklyn CollegeSchool Psychology, Counseling, & Leadership
 Yung-Chen ChiuHunter CollegeEducational Foundations & Counseling Programs
 Jan Oosting KaminskySchool of Professional StudiesNursing
 Linda Ann ParadisoSchool of Professional StudiesNursing
 Sasha RudenstineCity CollegePsychology
Katherine K. Chen,
City College
Rhea RahmanBrooklyn CollegeAnthropology
 Phillip StaniczenkoBrooklyn CollegeBiology
 Natalie Bump VenaQueens CollegeUrban Studies
 Grace PaiGuttman Community CollegeInterdisciplinary Studies
 John LauermannMedgar Evers CollegeSocial & Behavioral Sciences
Moustafa Bayoumi,
Brooklyn College
Melissa Castillo PlanasLehman CollegeEnglish
 Shinjoung YeoQueens CollegeMedia Studies
 Kimberley McKinsonJohn Jay CollegeAnthropology
 Carolina Chaves-O’FlynnQueensborough Community CollegeForeign Languages
 Ryan Mann-HamiltonLaGuardia Community CollegeSocial Science
Bridgett Davis,
Baruch College
Sarada RauchLaGuardia Community CollegeHumanities
 Larry TungYork CollegePerforming & Fine Arts
 James HarrisBronx Community CollegeEnglish
 Noelia DiazQueensborough Community CollegeEnglish
 Dora Silva SantanaJohn Jay CollegeGender Studies
Lina Newton,
Hunter College
Donna Lee GranvilleBrooklyn CollegeSociology
 Shruti SharmaBorough of Manhattan Community CollegeSocial Sciences, Human Services, & Criminal Justice
 Rong ZhaoHunter CollegeSocial Work
 Harini MittalBronx Community CollegeBusiness & Information Systems
 Rubia ValenteBaruch CollegePublic & International Affairs