2007-2008 WAC Writing Fellows
Zachary Berman is a PhD candidate in the History department at the CUNY Graduate Center, and is working on a dissertation on the Sudan in the late-nineteenth century in relation to the slave trade, imperialism, and religious revolt. He taught World Civilizations for three years at City College where he required primary source research projects of freshmen.
Christine Hegel-Cantarella is a PhD Candidate in the anthropology department, specializing in legal anthropology and the Middle East. In particular, her dissertation focuses on the role of lawyers, negotiation, and mediation in the resolution of civil disputes in the coastal city of Port Saíid, Egypt.
Christine was formerly a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Hunter College. and was awarded an Instructional Technology Fellowship with the CUNY Honors College.
Megan Jenkins is in her fourth year at the Grad Center, working on a PhD in musicology. Her dissertation will be on the history of mental illness as it intersects with opera in the twentieth century. Her secondary interest is American music, and the country music scene in Brooklyn. Megan has taught courses at Brooklyn College and at the University of Iowa
Peter Langland-Hassan is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Centerís philosophy program, returning for his second year as a Writing Fellow at MEC. His dissertation concerns the nature of mental imagery, focusing particularly on its role in the explanation of cognitive disorders, and its use in philosophical thought experiments. Before coming to MEC, he taught philosophy at Baruch College.
Claudine Pied is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Centerís cultural anthropology program. Her interests include American identity, race, class and inequality the US. She recently returned from central Maine where she was conducting fieldwork for her dissertation on small town economic restructuring and its impact on peopleís understanding of how class works. Claudine has taught at Lehman College and Kennebec Valley Community College.
Janette Yarwood is a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department at the Graduate Center. She has just returned from two years of research in South Africa where she was able to spend time in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Her dissertation looks specifically at how the historically mixed-race population officially classified as coloured under apartheid are negotiating race, ethnicity and class within the new social and economic conditions of post-apartheid South Africa.
Steven Nardi (WAC coordinator) is an Assistant Professor in Medgar Eversís English Department. He earned his Ph.D. in American Literature from Princeton University. His publications include articles on Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Frank Horne, and Maxine Kumin. He is currently working on a book titled Automatic Aesthetics: Race, Poetics, and Technology in The Harlem Renaissance.