Through new scholarly publications and online projects, community members highlight the accomplishments of the Digital GC. Meet some of these faculty, students, and staff, and learn about their affiliated research.
Faculty & Staff | Digital Fellows | Program Social Media Fellows | Videography Fellows
Before joining the Graduate Center, Lisa was associate director of research and research assistant professor at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM)
at George Mason University, where she oversaw technical development of PressForward
. She was also editor of the Journal of Digital Humanities
and Digital Humanities Now
. She earned her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland. Her research combines advanced computational methods such as topic modeling and social network analysis with more traditional literary analysis to study 20th and 21st-century American literature, particularly ekphrastic poetry (poems that take the visual arts as their subject) by contemporary women poets. More broadly, she is interested in the 20th and 21st century American literature, verbal-visual studies, scholarly communication, and digital humanities.
Faculty & Staff
Stephen I. Klein, the Digital Services Librarian at the Mina Rees CUNY Graduate School Library, spends much of his work-life behind the scenes insuring that the pulse of the GC’s library systems continue to work seamlessly for library users. He also spends time ‘freaking-out’ about the crisis of how our cultural heritage is quickly disappearing, because of the acceleration of modern ephemera with the advent of the web as one of the central forums for popular conversation and academic scholarship. Feel free to contact Stephen @ firstname.lastname@example.org
if you need research support.
is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center
and on the doctoral faculty in the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program. At the TLC he supports GC students in their teaching across the CUNY system and beyond, and contributes to a variety of pedagogical and digital projects. He previously was the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Baruch College, where he developed the college’s hybrid course initiative, co-directed the Writing Across the Curriculum program, and led two educational technology projects, Blogs@Baruch
. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the CUNY Graduate Center, serves as the Director of Community Projects for the CUNY Academic Commons and on the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
, and has contributed essays to Matthew K. Gold’s Debates in the Digital Humanities
and, with Thomas Harbison, to Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki’s Writing History in the Digital Age
. His research examines the shifting roles of technology in liberal arts pedagogy and the structural evolution of American higher education.
The GC Digital Fellows work with Graduate Center faculty members on digital scholarly projects, design websites for special initiatives, receive skills training workshops, and, more broadly, explore new ways for Graduate Center faculty, students, and staff to share their academic work through new technological platforms and social media tools. Their reflections on this process can be found on our blog, Tagging the Tower.
Hannah AizenmanComputer Science Program
Hannah Aizenman is a doctoral student in Computer Science. Her research is in using machine learning to make sense of and visualize large, mostly climate, datasets. She has contributed to projects on evaluating how well forecasts predict things like temperature and rain, profiling risk and sustainability of coastal deltas, visualizing climate data online, running global climate models on super computers through a web interface, and giving students rapid feedback through an automated code runner that ties into blackboard and other CMSes. She was an adjunct at CCNY for the past 5 years, mostly teaching engineers how to program. For the past 3 years, she has taught and mentored high school students for the CREST HIRES REU program. She’s spoken at a couple of Python conferences, is on the planning committee of the AMS Python Symposium, and is an organizer for the New York Linux Users Group (NYLUG).
Tahir ButtUrban Education Program
is a sixth year doctoral student in the Urban Education program at the Graduate Center. His research is on the history of educational opportunity in American higher education, specifically at the City University of New York in the 1960s. Before graduate school, he worked as a software engineer at an educational software company.
Kelsey ChatloshCultural Anthropology Program
Kelsey Chatlosh is a doctoral student in the Cultural Anthropology program. Her research focuses on Afro-Chilean activism for recognition, memory and territory, and how activists are contesting dominant narratives of Chilean history and racial identity, re-envisioning the future, and linking with other activist networks. In part, Kelsey is interested to explore how varying configurations of Afro-descendant Chilean consciousness and activism are emerging online through digital ethnography. Additionally, as teacher at Queens College, Kelsey is keen on further exploring and applying methods of digital pedagogy within and beyond the classroom. Prior to the CUNY Graduate Center, Kelsey worked as the Language Access Monitor at the Washington, DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs. There, among other projects, she co-founded the website LanguageIsARight.org and worked on a public art and social media campaign to spread awareness of city residents’ right to access city programs and services in their own languages.
Agustín IndacoEconomics Program
Agustín is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at CUNY, The Graduate Center. His research interests lie in the intersection of applied microeconomics and big data. He is particularly interested in exploring ways in which we can study economic behavior in societies through data collected from social media. Agustín is a research fellow for Lev Manovich at the Cultural Analytics Lab as well as a research assistant for a National Science Foundation funded project studying the economic impact of high-skilled immigration in the US. You can view his website at http://aindaco.com/
Jojo KarlinEnglish Program
is a second-year doctoral student in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY, researching transmissions of memory after periods of rapid technological transformation, specifically in epistolary communication. Coming from a theater background, Jojo loves the intersection of disciplines, multiple media, and diverse expertise she finds in Digital Humanities. For her first big DH project, she did outreach for TANDEM, a web tool that gathers text and image data, and she now proudly coordinates outreach for DH Box, the GC’s NEH-funded DH cloud laboratory. She is a freelance editor for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia, and is developing a digital interface for a collection of historical letters. Jojo is deeply interested in digital editions preserving past materiality while exploring new materials
Mary Catherine KinniburghEnglish Program
Mary Catherine Kinniburgh is a doctoral student in the English Program. Her research focuses on book history and the digital humanities, with particular interest in embodied readership, materiality, and critical posthumanism. She is currently working on a maker project titled “Digital Alchemy,” funded by a Provost’s Grant for Digital Innovation, as well as archival research on the contemporary poet Diane di Prima as part of Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative
. Prior to The Graduate Center, CUNY, Mary Catherine served as a Digital Fellow at Columbia University Libraries in the Digital Social Sciences Center
during the completion of her M.A. in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. There, she completed a geospatial and networked map of place names in the medieval Icelandic outlaw sagas, and taught workshops on TEI for library applications. She is a former contributor to Archipedia
at the University of Virginia, where she received her B.A. as a Jefferson Scholar.
Jeremy MarchClassics Program
Jeremy March is a doctoral student in the Classics program. He came to the Graduate Center with a BA in Classics and Philosophy from the University of Mary Washington. Jeremy’s research interests include the Greek language and literature with a focus on stylometrics and digital humanities. His doctoral research uses dependency trees to reveal and analyze word order choices in the poet Pindar. Jeremy’s other projects include philolog.us
, a website and iPhone/iPad app which offers Greek and Latin lexica digitized by the Perseus Digital Library. He is also working on a Greek verb conjugation game for iPhone and Android. Jeremy has taught at Brooklyn College, Queens College and the CUNY Latin/Greek Institute.
Javier Otero PeñaEnvironmental Psychology Program
Javier Otero Peña
is a Venezuelan 2nd year student in Environmental Psychology. He coordinates Events for the Digital Fellows and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Working Group. He is currently involved in a research project to study the politicization of a public space in East Harlem through participatory art on a wall. He is also interested in exploring how the presence of public spaces in social media can transform the perception of these spaces and even become part of their identity; in other words, how the virtual space becomes an extension of the physical space. Javier holds a Master in Environmental Policies and Sustainable Development, and taught a class on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean at the Paris Catholic University. He also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme for three years.
Ian PhillipsLinguistics Program
Ian Phillips is a doctoral candidate in the Linguistics Program at CUNY Graduate Center. His research interests span second language acquisition, multilingualism, sentence processing, learnability theory, and new roles for technology in education. His current research uses the event-related potential technique (ERP) to investigate the Spanish of second immigrant generation Spanish-English bilinguals (aka Spanish heritage speakers) in New York City. For the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (ITP) certificate program, Ian is developing an original web-based application to aid beginning linguistics students in learning linguistic principles and practices. The app is called The Linguist’s Kitchen and provides the space, tools, and recipes for students to “cook” and analyze language data collected from their own communities. Ian also teaches various courses in linguistics and society at City College as well as language learning and teaching at Hunter College and works in the Second Language Acquisition Lab at the GC.
Rachel RakovComputational Linguistics Program
Rachel Rakov is a doctoral student in the Linguistics Department, with a focus in Computational Linguistics. Her research is on improving speech prosody modeling techniques for a variety of tasks that fall within automatic speech recognition. Her current research is using prosody modeling to train computational models that can distinguishing between native and non-native speech. She has also worked on building tools for automatic language identification, and tools for automatic detection of sarcastic speech. She has presented her research at Interspeech as well as at Python conferences. Rachel has helped develop and teach courses in Python programming and Natural Language Processing for the Computational Linguistics MA program at The Graduate Center. She was also a consultant on O’Reilly book “Introduction to Machine Learning”, where she provided input on how to make the content of the book more accessible to readers without a math or CS background. Rachel has been an intern with the Speech-Language Technology team at Interactions, works in the Speech Lab at Brooklyn College, and teaches at Hunter College.
Patrick SmythEnglish Program
Patrick Smyth is a fifth-year doctoral student in English. His research focuses on Utopian thought and the history of science in 18th and 19th century British literature. As a digital humanist, Patrick is concerned with digital platforms for research and pedagogy. He is currently a developer on the NEH-funded DH Box, a cloud-based platform for accessing digital humanities tools, and has received a Provost’s Digital Innovation grant for an online archive of science fiction works. His most recent publication is “Ebooks and the Digital Paratext: Emerging Trends in the Interpretation of Digital Media” in Examining Paratextual Theory and Its Applications in Digital Culture. Patrick was a 2010 Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Berlin, Germany, and teaches composition and literature at Queens College.
Patrick SweeneyCritical Social / Personality Psychology
Patrick Sweeney is a PhD candidate in Social/Personality Psychology.
His research touches on media and communication, social categories, and justice in contexts such as news reports of conflicts over urban space, online scholarly public engagement, and the methods by which scientists and marketers construct social categories from digital personal data. In his dissertation, he analyzes how methods for making sense of digital personal data raise questions about social categories, the nature of persons, and the future of research ethics. As a GC Digital Fellow, he has directed the development and administration of GC Digital Initiatives’ workshop series, and created curricula and open educational resources for topics including Digital Research Ethics, Social Media for Academics, HTML/CSS, and Git & GitHub. He is currently the Digital Fellows Coordinator, and is curating a seminar and workshop series on Researching Social Media that will launch in Spring 2019.
You can view his website at http://patricksweeney.info
Alise Tifentale is a PhD candidate in Art History and a research assistant to Lev Manovich, professor of Computer Science and director of the Cultural Analytics Lab at the Graduate Center. Her research focuses on the history of creative photography, ranging from the international network of salon exhibitions in the 1950s to the aesthetics of photography shared on Instagram today. Her books, articles, and talks are available online at www.atifentale.net
The Graduate Center Social Media Fellows are a team of graduate students who model and promote digital strategies to foster community engagement with the academic and scholarly work of the students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the Graduate Center, CUNY. You can see their work on the Social Media Fellows blog, Social Mediums.
Naomi BarrettaraMusic Program
Coordinator, Program Social Media Fellows
Naomi is a Musicology PhD Candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her primary areas of research are music and digital technology, opera history, and public musicology. Her research is focused on the portrayal of the Internet and digital technology in modern opera, specifically focusing on the influence of cultural tropes and metaphors in framing technology within musical and theatrical narratives. Naomi is also a student in the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program at The Graduate Center. In addition to her studies, Naomi works as a Program Development Consultant in the Lectures and Community Engagement Department of The Metropolitan Opera Guild
, where she teaches various adult educational programs, is involved in several public outreach initiatives, and is a producer and co-host of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast
. For more information about Naomi, see https://nbwrites.com/
Courtney DrayerEarth and Environmental Sciences Program
Courtney Drayer is a doctoral student in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) department at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her interests are in environmental health, stable isotope geochemistry, heavy metal geochemistry, and public health. As a current Program Social Media Fellow, she is working towards integrating information from many sources into a usable and focused series of social media pages.
Paul L. HebertEnglish Program
Paul is a doctoral candidate in the English Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He teaches at Queens College, CUNY. His courses have included English Composition, Great Works of American Literature, Literary History, and Literary Theory. Paul’s dissertation focuses on early nineteenth century popular maritime literature and the ship as a critical paraspace. His research interests include critical race studies, transnational literature, and queer theory. In 2014-2015 he served as co-chair of the English Student Association (ESA) and in 2012-2013, co-chair of the ESA Conference. In his teaching, Paul emphasizes democratic pedagogy and open access.
Jennifer PrinceHispanic and Luso-Brazillian
Literatures and Languages Program
Jen is a PhD candidate in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages who studies 20th and 21st century Peninsular (Spanish) literature. She also has completed the coursework for the Women’s Studies Certificate Program. Jen’s dissertation research includes representations of the Spanish Civil War written by women from America and Spain who were eyewitnesses to the conflict as well as how eyewitness accounts have been transmitted intergenerationally. Besides her work with the Program Social Media Fellows, Jen is the Doctoral Students’ Council Co-Chair for Business. She is a native Michigander and a former middle and high school Spanish teacher.
Jennifer StoopsUrban Education Program
Jennifer received a BA in English Literature from New York University and a MA in English education from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Prior to matriculating in the Ph.D. program in Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY, she taught middle school English Language Arts as a New York City Teaching Fellow in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Other education ventures include volunteering with 826NYC, a nonprofit organization that promotes adolescent literacy through creative writing, and instructing in-service teachers at Hunter College as an adjunct lecturer. Currently, she is a program officer at a private foundation that primarily funds children’s health and education organizations. A member of the Urban Education department’s Executive Committee, she also serves on the technology team and the general editorial board for the newly launched online journal, Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education. She has served as a research assistant on the efficacy of the Anytime, Anyplace Learning Grant Program funded by the Sloan Foundation as well as on a study examining how civic educators of immigrant adolescents view their craft and the inherent tensions between social cohesion and cultural distinctiveness. Her own research interests explore the intersections of political economy, critical urban studies, education policy, and technology, with a focus on school restructuring.
Mark Porter WebbAnthropology Program
Mark Porter Webb is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology. His dissertation examines the student debt crisis and the financialization of education in the United States. He has been the anthropology program social media fellow since 2012, managing their Facebook page, Twitter stream, and WordPress website. He is particularly proud of digitalizing the collection of anthropology student resources, which has made more accessible a wide array of materials that aid students as they advance through the program.
The Videography Fellows work with the GC’s Ph.D. programs, centers, and the three Mellon committees to produce high quality videos that promote the GC’s scholarly activities online, making them more available and accessible to public audiences.
Diego MedinaPolitical Science Program
Diego Medina is a fifth-year doctoral student in political science. He received his B.A. in Film, Philosophy, and Political Science from Hunter College; and his M.A. in Political Science from the CUNY Graduate Center. His research interests include state-society relations in Latin America, the role of international financial institutions in Latin American development, and Latin American economic development.
He has been a video producer for the past 15 years working for a wide number of advertising agencies and production companies; his portfolio includes clients like Macy’s, Tide, Sleepy’s, White Castle, Live from Daryl’s House.
He is also a passionate youth soccer coach and an avid capoeira practitioner.
Stephen OgumahClassics Program
Stephen Ogumah is a doctoral candidate in the Philology track of the Classics program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York. Stephen is also an assistant professor in the Communications department at Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York, where he teaches video field production, and television studio production courses. He received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, MFA in Television Production from Brooklyn College, New York, and M.Phil. in Classics at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research in the Classics focuses on the 5th Century Greek poetry, namely, tragedy, Greek mythology, religion, history, Greek and Roman ethnographic tradition, and reception studies.