School of Liberal Arts

Faculty Profiles and Bios

Dr. Ethan Gologor
Dean
ethan@mec.cuny.edu

Department: Psychology

Psychology

Ethan Gologor will complete his fortieth year as a faculty member of Medgar Evers College in 2017-18.   He has served as chairman of the Psychology Department for 10 of the 15 years since its inception.  Prior to receiving his Ph.D. at The New School for Social Research in Personality, Social and Cognitive Psychology, he studied philosophy and literature at NYU (M.A.) and mathematics at CCNY (B.S.)

Dr. Gologor's first teaching position was in the Peace Corps in Somalia.  His experience in Africa was broadened when he became Field Director of a project in Culture and Cognition in Liberia under the auspices of Rockefeller University.  He is the author of three books, one of which was listed on Time Magazine's Summer Recommended list, and another chronicled his running of the New York Marathon two years after he became captain of the "Psyching Team."   He has continued in that capacity for over a dozen years, many of whose participants have been Medgar students, all of whom would testify to its being a perfect example of experiential learning, one which would illustrate many psychological themes.  He is also the author of many journal and news articles, ranging in subject manner from group processes in different cultures, to tennis court maneuvers in Manhattan, to trying to teach children how to navigate through the academic, urban, competitive, conflictual and complex world in which they find themselves

Dr. Clinton Crawford
Professor (Chairperson)
crawford@mec.cuny.edu

Department: Mass Communications

Mass Communications

Clinton Crawford is Professor and Chair in the Department of Mass Communications at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. He is a specialist in language communication and the arts. A graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, Crawford views language and the arts as encompassing all communicative behaviors that help the practitioner of language to construct and convey meaning that is culturally significant, shared, organized and dynamic. He has published more than 15 documentaries on ancient Egypt, the area of his expertise. Professor Crawford teaches Introduction to World Art, and History of African Art and Culture. In addition, he taught the first course on The Life and Works of John Henrik Clarke at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.

Crawford is the author of Recasting Ancient Egypt in the African Context: Toward A Model Curriculum Using Art and Language, 1996 (Africa World Press) and editor of Ebonics and Language Education of African Ancestry, 2001 (Sankofa World Publishers) as well as several critical esays and book chapters.

Dr. Brenda Greene
Professor (Chairperson)
bgreene@mec.cuny.edu

Department: English

English, Literature

Dr. Greene is Chair of the English Department, Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature, and Director of the National Black Writers Conference. Her research and scholarly work include composition, African American literature, and multicultural literature. She has extensive essays, grants, book reviews and presentations in English Studies.

Greene’s educational leadership and professional accomplishments span over 40 years. During her years at Medgar Evers College, she has served as Chair, Dean and Executive Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs.  She is the founding director of the Center for Black Literature, author of the BA Program in English, and Vice Chair of the Medgar Evers College Council.

As a professional in English Studies, Dr. Greene has led literary and writing seminars and served as a jurist for professional and literary organizations including the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Council on the Humanities, the Hurston Wright Literature Awards, and the PEN American Center Beyond the Margins Awards. 

In her role as Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature, Dr. Greene has continued the tradition of directing and hosting the National Black Writers Conferences (NBWCs) that have been given at Medgar Evers College since 1986. She also hosts a weekly radio program, 'Writers on Writing', which features writers from the African diaspora discussing their novels, poems, plays, nonfiction and their lives over the airwaves of WNYE, 91.5 F.M.

Dr. Vivaldi Jean-Marie
Professor (Chairperson)
vjean-marie@mec.cuny.edu

Department: Philosophy and Religion

Personal Identity in British Empiricism

Dr. Jean-Marie's philosophical interests are Personal Identity in British Empiricism, Hume's account of Causation, Kant's account of the Transcendental Unity of Apperception, and the Enlightenment's Attitude toward the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He is also interested in Hume's Account of the relations of ideas and impressions & Kierkegaard's Critique of Christendom

 

Dr. Eda Harris-Hastick
Professor
hastick@mec.cuny.edu

Department: Social Work

Social Work

Dr. Harris-Hastick is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 45 years of experience in mental health, substance abuse disorder services, social work administration and education. She is a Professor of Social Work and the founding director of the Medgar Evers College Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Program. Under Hastick’s leadership, the BSSW Degree Program was transformed into the Department of Social Work, effective Fall 2017. 

Dr. Iola Thompson
Professor
ithompson@mec.cuny.edu

Department: Mass Communications

Mass Communications

Dr. Thompson was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She became interested in dance education after viewing a dance performance, in an outdoor shopping center, staged by the Jewel McLaurin Contemporary Dance Company. Already out of high school, Thompson began to take classes with and  eventually joined the company. When deciding to return to school, Thompson attended Malcolm X Community College, where McLaurin taught dance, and thus began her interest and inspiration in collegiate dance education.

Dr. David Orenstein
Professor
dorenstein@mec.cuny.edu

Department: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Anthropology

Dr. David Orenstein serves as the American Humanist Association’s representative to the United Nations through the DPI/NGO program. Dr. Orenstein is a full professor and Deputy Chairperson within the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. He is a national and international speaker on issues related to the freethought movement. As an anthropologist and scholar, his current writings focus on the history of evolutionary science as well as producing ethnography related to the role Humanist and non-theistic communities in the U.S. and around the globe play in civil and human rights activism. As an ordained Humanist clergy and human rights activist, he is published in academic journals and is an ongoing contributor to print and online magazines such as American Atheist Magazine, American Humanist Magazine, and Tikkun.

Prof. Darrel Alejandro Holnes
Assistant Professor
dholnes@mec.cuny.edu

Department: English

English

Mr. Holnes is a researcher, playwright, and a poet from Panama City and the former Canal Zone of Panamá. As a researcher, Holnes conducted ethnographic interviews for the Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston (SKRH) project directed by Dr. Carl Lindahl and Pat Jasper, PhD, in partnership with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the University of Houston. His most recent play, TRIGGER, a play based on ethnographic interviews he conducted with African American military veterans suffering from PTSD, was just presented as a reading at the National Black Theater. TRIGGER was a semifinalist, twice, for the Neil Labute New Theater Festival at the St. Louis Actor's Studio, and a finalist for the LTC Carnaval of New Latina/o Work. Holnes is an Editor-at-Large for Stage & Candor, a new theater news site dedicated to intersectionality, diversity, and inclusion in contemporary American theater, and currently divides his time between New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

 

Dr. Todd Craig
Assistant Professor
toddcraig@mec.cuny.edu

Department: English

Composition and Rhetoric, Hip Hop pedagogy and DJ literacy, Creative writing pedagogy, African American literacies

Dr. Craig is a native of Queens, New York: a product of Ravenswood and Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City. He is an alumnus of the scholarship program A Better Chance, Inc., and Saint George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island. Craig's love of hip-hop music and culture led him to become a DJ during his high school years. Upon graduation, he attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Craig was awarded a Rockefeller Brothers Fellowship upon graduating, and was accepted into Harvard Graduate School of Education. While attending Harvard, he realized my career goal was to find a professional position that would allow me the time and freedom to engage in my love of writing, teaching, and music. After teaching in CUNY for over a decade, he came to Medgar Evers College to share his love of writing, music and popular culture with students in a way that can help them make sense of their infinite possibilities in the 21st century.

Dr. Hyo Kim
Assistant Professor
hkim@mec.cuny.edu

Department: English

English

coming soon

Prof. Elaine Reid
Assistant Professor
ereid@mec.cuny.edu

Department: Social Work

Social Work

Dr. Alicia Reid received her BSc. from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine with First Class honors and went on to do her PhD research at the University of Wales in Swansea in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. After receiving her graduate degree, Dr. Reid work as head of Research and Development at W&W Spices in Grenada before moving to Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), as a post-doctoral fellow in the Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Group. Her time at BNL was followed by a brief stint as an NIH Research Scientist before settling into her current position at Medgar Evers College. Dr. Reid is currently an Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Chemistry and Environmental Science Department.

Dr. Reid’s research interest is in the field of Radiotracer development for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging. PET is an extremely powerful scientific tool for probing the chemical anatomy of the human brain, understanding diseases and monitoring the efficacy of treatment. PET studies utilizing radiotracers have greatly advanced our knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases and diseases such as cancer and drug addiction. Advances in radiotracer chemistry continue to play a pivotal role in the growth and widespread applicability of PET. Central to this advancement is the need for new radiotracers that allow us to peer into the human body. Dr. Reid’s current research interests include the development of much needed radiotracers for the following targets: histone deacetylase (HDAC), phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PNMT), and the oxytocyin receptor. Her research in the PET field also extents to plant imaging where she’s interested in developing radiotracers for studying physiologic processes in plants.

Prof. Donna Hill
Assistant Professor (Substitute)
dhill@mec.cuny.edu

Expertise: English

English

coming soon

Dr. Obasegun Awolabi
Assistant Professor
awolabi@mec.cuny.edu

Department: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social & Behavioral Sciences

coming soon

Dr. Verna Green
Assistant Professor
vgreen@mec.cuny.edu

Department: Mass Communications

Mass Communications

coming soon

Prof. Joanna Sit
Associate Professor
 jsit@mec.cuny.edu

Department: English

English

coming soon

Dr. Victoria Chevalier
Associate Professor
vchevalier@mec.cuny.edu

Department: English

Enlightenment to contemporary literature. 

Dr. Chevalier is a born and bred Brooklynite whose love of reading and writing led her to a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at Cornell University. She always wanted to use her degree and experience to return to the student population at CUNY, since her undergraduate B.A. is from the City College of NY. Chevalier is thrilled to be a professor of English at CUNY's PBI, housed not very far from where she grew up.

 

Dr. Maria DeLongoria
Associate Professor
mdelongoria@mec.cuny.edu

Department: Social and Behavioral Sciences

English

Dr. DeLongoria  has a vast experience in education.  She has served as an Assistant Professor at the Community College of Baltimore, an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at The State University of New York (SUNY) - Suffolk County Community College and Dean and Associate Professor of History, Division of Business and Social Sciences, at  Northern Virginia Community College. DeLongoria was also Dean of Medgar Evers College’s School of Liberal Arts and Education from 2008-2011.  She also lends her expertise as a panelists on, Brooklyn Savvy, a community-produced talk show that gives voice to social issues from a woman’s perspective. DeLongoria received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia State University and a Master of Arts in History from Morgan State University. She earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Prof. Moses Phillips
Lecturer
mphillips@mec.cuny.edu

Department: Mass Communications

Ethnomusicology

Mr. Phillips was born in Bainbridge, Georgia. He became interested in music at an early age while singing in the choir at church. Phillips found the flute best allowed him to express his sense of performance and chose to become a professional flutist at age 14. After completing graduate school Phillips won an audition to perform in an opera company in Houston, while also playing on Broadway. Eventually, he made the transition to become a full-time New Yorker. Phillips came to Medgar Evers after the show "Sunset Blvd" by Andrew Lloyd Webber closed in the spring of 1997. Phillips states that "Medgar has been an answered prayer because it allowed me to give back to the community that I love and who loves me."

Prof. David Hatchett
Lecturer
dhatchett@mec.cuny.edu

Department: English

Professional Writing

Mr. Hatchett was born in Chicago, Illinois but  spent the majority of his formative years in Northern Indiana. He earned a Master's Degree in Black Studies from Cornell University in 1982 and thought journalism would be a way to express his ideas. Hatchett spent much of her 12-year journalism career freelancing. When writing assignments were not readily available, he taught English courses at Medgar Evers. Hatchett became a full-time member of Medgar's English Department in 2007.