Grace Aneiza Ali is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts. Born in Guyana, Grace immigrated to the US with her family when she was 14 and earned an M.A. in Africana Studies from NYU and a B.A. in English Literature (with a concentration in African Diaspora Literature) and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Grace is the founder and editorial director of OF NOTE Magazine — an award-winning nonprofit arts journalism initiative reporting on the intersection of art, politics and global arts activism. Her curatorial research practice and exhibitions center on socially engaged art practices as well as contemporary art of the Caribbean and its diaspora, with a specialization on Guyana. She is the founder and curator of Guyana Modern, an online platform for the contemporary arts and culture of Guyana and its diaspora. Her essays on contemporary art have been published in Nueva Luz Journal, Small Axe Journal, Harvard’s Transition Magazine, and Wasafiri Journal (London), among others.
Grace is the recipient of the following awards: the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, and the NYU Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and serves on the Board of Trustees for Images and Voices of Hope, a non-profit organization committed to using journalism and media to create meaningful, positive change.
Mohammed Rafi Arefin is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow and Dean’s Fellow in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Arizona. He received his B.A. in Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rafi is a broadly trained geographer who studies the politics of waste and urban sanitation. In his current research he is investigating the development and contestation of Cairo’s garbage and sewage systems from the early 20th century to the present. Focusing on questions of urban history, accumulation, labor, and protest, Rafi’s work positions sanitation as a project of both state repression and popular resistance. Rafi also explores his interest in sanitation through collaborative projects on the North American hazardous waste trade and a more recent project on the microbiome and the microbiology of the built environment. His academic work has appeared in Geoforum, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Antipode, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. He has also published public scholarship in Edge Effects, Jadaliyya, and Discard Studies.
Amanda Boston is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Marron Institute of Urban Management. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Africana Studies from Brown University, as well as an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science and African & African American Studies from Duke University.
Amanda’s research, writing, and teaching focus on 20th century African American history, politics, and culture, with an emphasis on the politics and culture of race in the post-civil rights era. Her current projects combine these interests, and explore gentrification’s racial operations in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, and their role in the making and unmaking of the borough’s black communities. In addition to developing her own research, Amanda is assisting the Office of the Provost with cross-school projects including the Urban Initiative and the Strategies to Reduce Inequality Initiative. Amanda has received a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, as well as research and writing support from the Social Science Research Council, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, among other sources.
Christopher Campo-Bowen is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Music in the Faculty of Arts and Science. He completed his Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a B.A. in Music with honors in conducting from Stanford University and an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He is also a viola player, singer, conductor, and translator.
Christopher's research focuses on music in the Habsburg Monarchy in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially on the relationships between music, ethnicity, gender, and empire. He is particularly interested in the music of the composers Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, and Leoš Janáček and how conceptions of ruralness in Czech opera structured notions of subjectivity and identity. His current project investigates the institutional and imperial relationships between Prague and Vienna in the context of operatic performance and exhibition culture. He has published articles in the journals Nineteenth-Century Music and Cambridge Opera Journal and presented at various national and international conferences, including the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, the Council for European Studies annual conference, the North American Conference on Nineteenth Century Music, and the Branding "Western Music" conference hosted at the Universität Bern. Christopher received a Fulbright grant for the Czech Republic to perform dissertation research; he has also held a Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship from the American Musicological Society and was the recipient of a Council for European Studies Mellon Dissertation Completion Grant.
Fausto Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Marketing Department at the Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis.
Fausto’s research examines social and emotional influence in interpersonal, political, and consumer contexts. He is particularly interested in the processes that unfold when someone engages in perspective-taking, makes interpersonal decisions, or chooses a particular emotional influence strategy. According to his research, perspective-taking can bring renewed enjoyment to routine experiences by providing a unique lens, just as it can lead people to discount the perspectives of others in favor of their own. Understanding the context in which either outcome can occur is a key part of his research. He also examines the emotions that arise when people are responsible for decisions that affect others. He is conducting a series of studies to understand the types of strategies people use to exert interpersonal influence, and is examining how these strategies are affected by contextual factors, such as the personality of the influencer, socially constructed roles and identities (e.g., gender, age, culture), and relational factors.
Erin Gray is a Dean’s Fellow and Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Media, Culture, and Communication at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She holds a Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an M.A. in Social and Political Thought from York University, Toronto, and a B.A. in English from York University, Toronto.
Erin is an interdisciplinary theorist focusing on the intersections of politics, aesthetics, and critical theory. Her current book project engages the circulation of lynching across such media forms as the postcard, pamphlet, photography exhibition, magazine spread, newsreel, sound installation, and live and recorded reenactment to theorize an altered history of white supremacist violence in the U.S. Focusing on the co-emergence of legal lynching and racial liberalism, the manuscript theorizes the image of lynching as a dialectical object that illuminates the constitutive relationship of extra-legal terror to racial capitalism and U.S empire. Erin’s writing has been published in Truthout, Mute, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, Open Letter: A Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory, The International Feminist Journal of Politics, and Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action. Her co-edited anthology, The Black Radical Tradition in the United States, is forthcoming from Verso.
Prior to her appointment at New York University, Erin was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She has twice been awarded fellowships from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. At the University of California, Santa Cruz, Gray was the recipient of the Chancellors award, the President’s Dissertation Fellowship, and an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Next year, she will join the faculty of the Department of English at the University of California, Davis as Assistant Professor of Black Literary and Cultural Studies.
Gillian Gualtieri is a Dean's Fellow and Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in English Literature and Sociology from Kenyon College.
Gillian's research broadly considers the relationship between culture, organizations, and inequality. In her current project, she analyzes 120 in-depth interviews with critically-celebrated chefs in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area and 1,380 restaurant reviews in these cities to consider how processes of cultural production and evaluation reflect and reproduce systems of ethnoracial and gender inequality in a cultural field at the intersection of art and commerce--American fine dining. In so doing, she builds an argument about the relationship between ethnoracial and gender categorization of both producers and products and systems of material and symbolic prestige to illuminate the insidious mechanisms by which ethnoracial and gender bias shape the differential evaluation, legitimation, and consecration of restaurants, chefs, and cuisine in the field. Her previous research appears in Gender Issues and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management.
Keisha Lindsay is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU Steinhardt. She holds a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from New York University, a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the City University of New York-Queens College and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a specialization in Child Language, from Howard University.
Keisha’s research examines language acquisition in children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with a particular focus on language acquisition in children from the English-speaking Caribbean. A native of Trinidad, she has presented her research at a number of national and international conferences and meetings. In addition, she has been named an inaugural recipient of the Just-Julian Graduate Research Assistantship a Howard University and an inaugural Faculty First Look Scholar at New York University. With a deep commitment to the growth of research initiatives and clinical practice in the field of speech-language pathology within the Caribbean region, Keisha serves as a co-founder and Founding Board Member of the Caribbean Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CaribSHA). In addition, she has served as the Chairperson of the Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Therapy Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ifrah Magan is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Silver School of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago's Jane Addams College of Social Work, and also holds an A.M. from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a B.S. degree from Michigan State University.
With over a decade of professional experience in refugee and immigrant communities, Ifrah's research focuses on the lived experiences of refugees and their resettlement and integration processes. She utilizes an intersectional lens to gain an understanding of the complexities associated with forced migration narrative and the ways in which racial, ethnic, national, religious, and gender identities impact migration. In her dissertation, "Stories of Somali Refugees in Chicago: Exploring Roots and Routes of Migration,” she utilized a phenomenological method of inquiry to explore the migration paths of Somalis, and in particular, how ethnic, racial and religious identities impact their resettlement and integration in the United States. Her other research interests include the effect of immigration policies and executive orders on refugees and immigrant communities in the United States, access to health and mental health services amongst Muslim and refugee communities, community-centered research models, and indigenous methodologies.
Ifrah is the recipient of many awards, including the Kathryn W. Davis Peace Award, Rights of the Child Award from the University of Chicago’s Young Center for her advocacy work on behalf of unaccompanied undocumented immigrant children, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Abraham Lincoln Fellowship, and UIC’s Dr. Martin Luther King Service Award. She has served as an advisor to various refugee community centers in the US and has traveled internationally to present on issues related to refugee resettlement and integration. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia Ifrah lived in Egypt for nearly ten years prior to resettlement in the United States. She is deeply inspired by Islam and the rich tradition of poetry and storytelling in Somali culture and is fluent in Somali, Arabic, and English.
Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from NYU. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Zawadi's research focuses on how culture and urban development contribute to race and class inequality. Drawing on her training in sociology, policy, and geography, she uses multiple methods including secondary dataset analyses, document review, interviews, and spatial analysis to interrogate the relationships between urban change, race/ethnicity, media representations, and inequality. Her current book project examines how the media represents gentrification across the cities of Baltimore, Maryland and San Francisco, California between 1990 and 2014 and how those representations vary by the race and class composition of the affected neighborhoods. Zawadi's prior research includes studies of the relationship between neighborhood racial composition and neighborhood change, and how racial differences in ideal financial behavior contributes to the racial wealth gap.
Morgan C. Williams, Jr. is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Morehouse College, a Master's in Public Health from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center.
Morgan’s research interests span the fields of labor and health economics–utilizing both empirical and theoretical techniques within applied microeconomics to examine important topics of social inequality. His current research agenda addresses the economic consequences of crime and incarceration policy in the United States. In his recent work examining the differential impact of gun control policy liberalization in Missouri, Morgan provides causal evidence suggesting that the repeal of a “permit-to-purchase” law led to a sharp increase in gun proliferation within the state and an overwhelmingly disproportionate increase in firearm homicide among young Black Missourians in urban areas. Morgan’s research also investigates how criminal history disclosure laws influence labor markets and the role of incarceration policies on household economic behavior. In the past, he has received the National Bureau of Economic Research Predoctoral Fellowship in Aging and Health Research, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Predoctoral Fellowship, and U.S. Fulbright Scholar award.
Diane Wong is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She holds a Ph.D. in American Politics and an M.A. in Comparative Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration from Cornell University. Her intellectual interests include American politics, race and ethnicity, urban governance, comparative immigration, gender and sexuality, community studies, and qualitative research methods.
Her current research focuses on intergenerational resistance to gentrification in New York City, San Francisco, and Boston Chinatowns. Her work draws from a combination of methods including ethnography, participatory mapping, archival research, augmented reality, and oral history interviews with tenants, organizers, restaurant and garment workers, small businesses, public health workers, and elected officials. Her dissertation received the Byran Jackson Dissertation Research on Minority Politics Award, Susan Clarke Young Scholars’ Award, and Don T. Nakanishi Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Service in Asian Pacific American Politics. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, New York Council for the Humanities, New York Public Library, and Cornell University’s Engaged Research Program. Diane is a member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society and has been as an active participant of the McNair Achievement Scholars Program, Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative, Mellon Mays Fellowship Program, and American Political Science Association Minority Fellows Program. Her work been published in Urban Affairs Review, Asian American Policy Review, and a variety of books, journals, and anthologies.
Tina Wu is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Management and Organizations at the Stern School of Business. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her B.A. in Literature and in Sociology magna cum laude from Yale University.
Tina's research focuses on labor, work and organizations, and the care economy, particularly care services for an aging population. Her dissertation research was an organizational ethnography of a leading US provider of home health care services for the elderly or disabled, supplemented with industry reports and data from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. At NYU, she will begin new projects on technology in healthcare. Tina has published academic research on work and identity and paid childcare, social class and culture, and state administration of social welfare programs. At the University of Pennsylvania, Tina was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship as well as an Associate Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
Tina has taught undergraduate courses in medical sociology, sociology of work, and social stratification, and worked with undergraduate and graduate students as a Fellow of the Critical Writing Program at Penn. Outside of universities, she has mentored first-generation college aspirants in Philadelphia’s Chinatown and taught creative writing to high school students through an after-school program she created in West Philadelphia.