Meet the Writing Fellows 2011 - 2012
Bradley Gardener is a Ph.D candidate in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, New York. His dissertation is about the way migration affects the formation of racialized identities. Using a mixed methods approach consisting of interviews, oral histories, participant observation, and GIS based spatial analysis he considers the way in which intra-borough migration in the Bronx during the 1960′s and 1970′s determined the way Jews understood themselves as white.
Bradley is currently working on an edited volume titled “Geographies of Privilege” with France Winddance Twine. It should be in press by late 2012.
His research interests include racialized identities and geographies, migration, and gentrification. He is constantly trying to understand Jewish identity and figure why and how white people are so attached to being white!
The most fascinating, challenging, and rewarding part of Bradley’s professional career is teaching. In some capacity he has been teaching at the college level since the Fall of 2004. He has instructed courses in Geography, Urban Studies, and Communication and Culture at SUNY Binghamton, CUNY Hunter College, CUNY Queens College, and the CUNY School of Professional Studies. His favorite course to teach is Contemporary Urban Theory, which he has taught in several different contexts. He is excited that the age, race, gender, and career paths of his students vary greatly.
April Henning is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on the perceptions of doping and anti-doping policies among competitive New York City age-group runners. Prior to joining Medgar Evers College, April taught introductory, Core, and Social Movements courses at Brooklyn College and taught methods courses at Queens College.
Rachel Lumsden is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is also pursuing the Certificate in Women’s Studies (she will be the first scholar from the Music Theory department to receive the Women’s Studies Certificate). Her dissertation explores the intersections of gender and biography in the music of women ultramodernist composers during the 1930s. She has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences, and has published articles on gender and music in Gender and Women’s Leadership, Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, and Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World. Rachel holds two master’s degrees—in music theory and flute performance—from Queens College, CUNY, and previously taught courses in music theory, ear training, and women composers at Brooklyn College.
Frank Meegan is committed to interdisciplinary studies. A theater major as an undergraduate, Frank is working on a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the CUNY Graduate Center where his research touches on issues relevant to Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History, Music, Dance, and Performance Studies. Frank’s dissertation focuses on musical, dance, and cultural connections between traditional religious performance practices in Haiti and in Benin, West Africa. He is working to understand how such transatlantic and cosmopolitan connections inform people’s sense of origins, and inspire their performance practice. Frank is a singer, and has worked as a dancer, and actor as well.
Caro Munoz Porto
Carolina Muñoz Proto is a Chilean doctoral candidate in the Social/Personality Psychology Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research explores the psychosocial significance of nonviolence activism and the intergenerational implications of imprisonment and post-prison college. Between 2008 and 2010 she was a teaching fellow in the Lehman College and Hunter College psychology departments. While living in the Twin Cities, MN, between 2001 and 2006 she studied cross-cultural mentoring relationships as sites for effective alliance building and cooperation and was a mentor to ELL students. She is currently a research fellow at the CUNY New Media Lab and a 2011-2012 Mellon Doctoral Fellow with the Graduate Center Committee on Globalization and Social Change. Carolina is also affiliated with the Public Science Project at the CUNY Graduate Center.