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Jesse Prinz
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center
http://subcortex.com/Jesse Prinz is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, Graduate Center.  His research focuses on the perceptual, emotional, and cultural foundations of human psychology.  He is author of Furnishing the Mind: Concepts and Their Perception Basis (MIT, 2002), Gut Reactions: A Perceptual Theory of Emotion (Oxford, 2004), The Emotional Construction of Morals (Oxford, 2007), The Conscious Brain (Oxford, 2012), and Beyond Human Nature (Penguin/Norton, 2012).  Another title, Works of Wonder: The Psychology and Ontology of Art is forthcoming.  Each of these books bring research in the cognitive sciences to bear on traditional philosophical questions.  Prinz’s work is a contemporary extension of the classical empiricist tradition in philosophy, which emphasizes experience and socialization, rather than innate knowledge and disembodied, amodal representations in thought.

CORE FACULTY

Joseph W. Dauben
Herbert H. Lehman Distinguished Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate CenterJoseph W. Dauben is a Herbert H. Lehman Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His Fields of Scholarship are History of Science, History of Mathematics, the Scientific Revolution, Sociology of Science, Intellectual History, 17-18th Centuries, History of Chinese Science, and the History of botany.
A debate between Dauben and Michael Crowe concerning the nature of revolutions in mathematics has led to a fruitful line of historical scholarship, as represented in the influential monograph Revolutions in mathematics.
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate CenterPeter Godfrey-Smith will join the faculty in fall 2011. A professor of philosophy at Harvard University since 2006, his main research interests are in the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind. His work also extends to pragmatism (especially concerning John Dewey), the general philosophy of science, and areas of metaphysics and epistemology. Godfrey-Smith is the author of three books, Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature (Cambridge University Press, 1996); Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Chicago University Press, 2003); and Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection (Oxford University Press, 2009). Before coming to Harvard, he taught at Stanford University and at the Research School for Social Sciences of the Australian National University. A native of Sydney, Australia, Godfrey-Smith received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. He has been an associate editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy and currently sits on the editorial board of Philosophy of Science.
Victoria Pitts-Taylor
Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, Queens CollegeVictoria Pitts-Taylor is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, where she is also Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society and Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Doctoral Certificate Program. She is author of two books, In the Flesh: the Cultural Politics of Body Modification and Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture. She is Editor of The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body, and co-Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Women’s Studies Quarterly. She is currently the Chair of the Section on the Body and Embodiment of the American Sociological Association. She is a past recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Advancement of the Discipline Award.
Joan Richardson
Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and American Studies at the CUNY Graduate CenterJoan Richardson is Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and American Studies at The Graduate Center. Author of a two-volume biography of the poet Wallace Stevens, she coedited, with Frank Kermode, Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose (Library of America, 1997). Her essays on Stevens, on Ralph Waldo Emerson, on Jonathan Edwards have been published in the Wallace Stevens Journal, in Raritan, and elsewhere, and essays on Alfred North Whitehead, William James, and pragmatism have appeared and will appear in the journals Configurations and the Hopkins Review. Review essays have appeared in Bookforum and other journals.

MID-CAREER FACULTY FELLOWS

Maureen Alwood
Associate Professor of Psychology, John Jay College
Email: mallwood@jjay.cuny.edu
Maureen Allwood, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College. She is a licensed psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri- Columbia and completed her clinical internship at the Boston Consortium where she focused on the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Following her clinical internship Dr. Allwood completed a two-year NIMH funded postdoctoral research fellowship at Brown Medical School. Dr. Allwood’s research focuses on the developmental effects of violence and trauma exposure. She is interested in both the psychological and biological aspects of youth posttraumatic stress response, and in how these aspects interact to predict negative outcomes, such as school failure, delinquency, and substance use among trauma-exposed youth.  Her research interests also focus on low-income, immigrant, and war-displaced youth. These interests stem from many years of direct services with trauma affected youth and families.
Alyson Bardsley
Associate professor of English, College of Staten Island
Email: alyson.bardsley@csi.cuny.edu
Alyson Bardsley’s original specialization was in British eighteenth-century and Romantic-era writing; to date most of her publications have been on Scotland and Romantic-era cultural nationalism, with forays into feminist pedagogy, law and literature, and trauma theory. This last partially led the way to her current project. In it she examines old and new materialisms in the intersections between the popular understanding of neuroscience and contemporary narrative, including both the novel and life writing, with particular emphasis on the depiction of cognitive alterity via characters with various forms of brain damage, characters with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and animal minds.
Megan Elias
Associate Professor of History at Queensborough Community College
Email: melias@qcc.cuny.edu
Megan Elias is Associate Professor of History at Queensborough Community College. She is the author of Stir it Up: Home Economics in American Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) and Food in the United States, 1890 to 1945 (Greenwood Press, 2009). She has just completed a cultural history of American cookbooks and co-authored a global history of barbecue. Her work uses writing about food and food science as a lens to understand American culture.
Glen Milstein
Professor of Psychology at City College of New York
Email: gmilstein@ccny.cuny.edu
Dr. Milstein is an associate professor of psychology at the City College of New York. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who worked for ten years in psychiatric hospitals, learning the limits of clinical care when used alone to treat chronic mental health problems. To thrive, people need communities. For most persons, communities include their religious congregations. Research based on these experiences led to the COPE model (Milstein, Manierre & Yali, 2010): a prevention science based continuum of care that acknowledges the complementary contributions of clinicians, clergy, families, and community. Professor Milstein’s work this year will be to explore community from a biological developmental perspective. The abstract ideas that form culture become material in the neuroanatomical consolidation of the developing human brain through interpersonal integration of culture across the lifespan. Dr. Milstein’s working term for individual human brain development through serial transmission of group knowledge and values, via multi-sensory rituals and interactions with our expanding circle of relationships is: Culture Ontogeny.
Massimo Pigliucci
Professor of Philosophy at Lehman College
Email: massimo@platofootnote.org
Prof. Pigliucci has a Doctorate in Genetics from the University of Ferrara (Italy), a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has done post-doctoral research in evolutionary ecology at Brown University and is currently Chair of the Philosophy Department at Lehman College and Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, in particular the structure and foundations of evolutionary theory, the relationship between science and philosophy, the relationship between science and religion, and the nature of pseudoscience.Prof. Pigliucci is the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Philosophy & Theory in Biology (philosophyandtheoryinbiology.org). He has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudoscientific attack.”Prof. Pigliucci has published 113 technical papers in science and philosophy. He is also the author or editor of 10 technical and public outreach books, including Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism and the Nature of Science (Sinauer), Making Sense of Evolution: Toward a Coherent Picture of Evolutionary Theory (with Jonathan Kaplan, University of Chicago Press), and most recently Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (University of Chicago Press). His new book is Answers to Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life (BasicBooks).More information can be found at platofootnote.org and rationallyspeaking.org
Irina A. Sekerina
Professor in the Program in Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center, Professor of Psychology at College of Staten IslandWhat are the mechanisms underlying rapid, incremental on-line language comprehension? How do preschool children develop fast and interactive processing system that allows them to successfully employ multiple sources of information on-line? Do bilingual speakers to rely on two independent sets of processing mechanisms or is the nature of the bilingual processing system universal? The answers to these questions come from experimental studies in Dr. Sekerina’s experimental psycholinguistic laboratory that utilize the free head eye-tracking technique in studying language processing in real time. Research in Dr. Sekerina’s laboratory focuses on both adults and children, and on two languages, English and Russian. She is a recipient of an NSF ADVANCE grant designed to advance careers of women in science. A native of Moscow, Russia, she has taught at several East European summer schools and brings in a strong international perspective to her research and teaching.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Sahar Sadjadi
Visiting Assistant Professor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies
Sahar Sadjadi is an anthropologist and medical doctor whose research lies at the intersection of science and technology, gender and sexuality and childhood studies. She studied medicine at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, worked as an emergency room physician, and studied medical anthropology at Columbia University. She conducted an ethnographic multi-sited study of the clinical practices (psychiatric and endocrine) around gender non-conforming children and the revision of the psychiatric category, Gender Identity Disorder in Children. Her work has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and National Science Foundation. Her research explores the relation of body, brain, identity and the self in the biomedical conceptualizations of difference; the status of children as research subjects in establishing scientific evidence of truth and authenticity; and the contemporary cultural and scientific appeal of innate and pre-destined notions of identity. She is currently working on a new project on the bio-social mechanisms of puberty and the bio-ethical dimensions of medical interventions which suppress or delay puberty in children.

DISSERTATION WRITING FELLOWS

Zoe Meleo-Erwin
Doctoral Candidate in Sociology
Email: zmeleo-erwin@gc.cuny.edu
Zoë Meleo-Erwin is is PhD candidate in Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She holds a previous MA in Disability Studies from the Graduate Center. Her dissertation research focuses on the biosociality of weight loss surgery support groups.
Zachary Samalin
Doctoral Candidate in English
Email: zach.samalin@gmail.com
Zach Samalin is a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. His dissertation, “The Masses Are Revolting,” explores the role of disgust in Victorian culture, in and out of the novel. In particular, his research focuses on the interrelation of 19th century sanitary reform and Enlightenment aesthetics, as well as on the intersections of 19th century physiology of the stomach and gastric medicine with Victorian theories of instinct and the philosophical rhetoric of judgment, gut reactions, and gag reflexes.

DOCTORAL STUDENT FELLOWS

Christopher Ewing
Doctoral Student in History 
at the CUNY Graduate Center
Email: cewing@gc.cuny.edu
As a Ph.D. studentin Modern European History, I research topics surrounding sexuality and homosexuality in Europe and North America during the 20th century, with a particular focus on the AIDS epidemic in the Federal Republic of Germany during the 1980s. Right now I’m working on a project examining the medicalization of homosexuality in the psychiatric institutions of Western Europe and North America during the mid-20th century. This project will also explore similar discourses of pathology which emerged later during the AIDS crisis and how such discourses shaped gay cultures and identities.
Erin Glass
Doctoral Student in English at the CUNY Graduate Center
Email: eglass@gc.cuny.edu
Erin Glass is a doctoral student in the English department at CUNY Graduate center. Her interests include objectivity as mythology, mind as narrative, language as technology and the limits of scientific imagination. After receiving her B.A. in English from UCLA, she worked as an arts writer and entertainment editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune. Before coming to the Graduate Center, she spent the better part of the year living off the grid and working on small farms in Upstate New York.
Javier Gomez-Lavin
Doctoral Student in Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center

Javier Gomez-Lavin received a double bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology at College of Charleston, where he was McNair Scholar and William Bischoff Memorial Scholar. Gomez-Lavin is interested in Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Psychology. His research addresses working memory as it helps elucidate possible mechanisms underlying cognitive processes.

Zoe Jenkin
Doctoral Student in Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center
Email: zoe.l.jenkin@gmail.com
Zoe Jenkin is interested in the philosophy of mind, especially issues concerning the contents of perception, modularity, and cognitive architecture. She received her B.A. in English and Philosophy from Williams College. She plans to pursue interdisciplinary research that engages results from psychology and neuroscience.
Kaitlin Mondello
Doctoral Student in English at the CUNY Graduate Center
My ecocritical work explores the complex role of the natural world in American literature and culture. I am especially interested in 19th and 20th century poets’ representations of human relationships with animals and the environment, from worship and pastoral harmony to exploitation and pollution. After receiving my B.A. and M.A. in English, both from Stetson University in central Florida, I worked as the Director of Stewardship (donor relations) for my university and as an adjunct instructor of English at Daytona State College in the Daytona, Florida area.
Fernando Quigua
Doctoral Student in Critical Social Personality Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center
Fernando Quigua’s research interests concern the philosophy of psychological science, mythology and social imagination, and the relationships between psychopathology and oppression.  In particular, Fernando is interested in deepening our ‘psychopolitical’ literacy of contemporary social problems through an archetypal / psychoanalytic lens and through dialogical and critical social theories.  He has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and an MSW from NYU.  He is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City.
 
Derek Skillings
Doctoral Student in Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center
Email:  derek.skillings@gmail.com
Derek has a PhD in biology and a MA in philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His research interests include philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, meta-ethics, Bayesian epistemology, and American pragmatism. His current research is focused on conceptual issues in speciation, biodiversity, conservation and sustainability. He is also interested in exploring naturalistic foundations for ethics.

 

Carissa Véliz
Doctoral Student in Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center
Carissa Véliz is a PhD student in the Philosophy Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her interests focus on the intersection between ethics, cognitive science, moral psychology, philosophy of mind, Buddhist philosophy, and philosophy of science. She is also interested in bioethics, international ethics, and feminism. She would like to develop a theory of ethical know-how in which morality is understood more as a set of skills and habits than as rational rule-following. Her research involves exploring the use of first-personal methods of inquiry in the study of consciousness, the possibility of developing moral skills and motivation through meditation, and the role of emotions in morality.