Ricardo Callado is a postdoctoral fellow at the Stern School of Business working in the Information, Operations, and Management Science Dpeartment where he forms part of the Operations Management group. His main research interests are Optimization and Stochastic Programming with a focus on decomposition methods, risk-averse stochastic problems and applications to operations research, competitive energy markets, finance, and related feilds. Ricardo has a B.S. and the coursework for a M.S. in Pure Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico and has a Ph.D. in Operations Research at Rutgers University. While completing his B.S. and M.S. coursework Ricardo was a NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Fellow; during his Ph.D. he was a NASA Harriet Jenkins Predoctoral Fellow.


Myra Jones-Taylor is an Assistant Professor-Faculty Fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the Silver School of Social Work. She will receive her Ph.D. in American studies and anthropology from Yale University in 2010. She also earned an M.A. in African American studies and an M.A. in American studies from Yale University. She received her B.A. in American culture from Northwestern University. Myra is a cultural anthropologist who studies the ways social policy takes shape in people’s everyday lives. Her dissertation, “Blank Slates: Urban Childcare Policy in Neoliberal America,” considers the central question she observed community members grapple with throughout the four years she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in New Haven, Connecticut: When we advocate to improve the care young children receive outside of the home is our primary goal to support poor working parents and their families, or to advance the academic potential of poor children? As a fellow at the McSilver Institute she will begin her next project, which considers the unintended consequences of the school choice movement.



Michael Lens is a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Wagner and a fellow at NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Macalester College, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Science in Public Administration from NYU. In the fall of 2010, Michael will defend his dissertation, titled “Moving to safety? The effects of subsidized housing deconcentration on crime,” which explores the role that affordable housing policy changes have had in allowing subsidized households to move to safer neighborhoods and whether affordable housing investments can improve neighborhood safety. He is a former Research Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, where he evaluated adolescent substance abuse and mental health programs and juvenile justice policy reforms. He is a recipient of the doctoral dissertation research grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and he presented scholarly papers at national research conferences including the Association for Public Policy and Management and the American Society for Criminology.



Dr. Valerie Lundy-Wagner received her bachelor’s degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UCLA in 2002. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Education from Stanford University, spending the bulk of her time studying underrepresented engineering graduate students. After working in environmental consulting, she enrolled in a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in Higher Education. During this program Dr. Lundy-Wagner spent time conducting both qualitative and quantitative research related to bachelor’s degree completion, persistence in science, technology and engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and historically Black colleges and universities. Dr. Lundy-Wagner recently completed her dissertation titled, “The significance of interactions: Understanding gender, ethnicity/race and socioeconomic statues as related to the likelihood of bachelor’s degree completion.” This work recognizes the intersections of gender, ethnicity/race, and socioeconomic status in qualitative work, and attempts to model such interactions statistically to improve the conceptualization of postsecondary retention efforts. Dr. Lundy-Wagner has received research and writing support from the University of Pennsylvania (William Fontaine Fellowship/Pew Charitable Trust 2006-2010), Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (2008-2010), and the Ford Foundation (Dissertation Fellowship 2009-2010). She is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Higher and Postsecondary Education Department within the Steinhardt School of Culture. Education, and Human Development.



Lissette Olivares, an assistant professor and faculty fellow at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, pursues interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge production. As an artist, theorist, curator and storyteller, her work emphasizes feminist epistemologies and draws from a diverse range of methodological approaches in critical theory, performance theory, cultural studies, visual studies, postcolonial studies and posthumanities. She is especially interested in the interrelationship between aesthetics and politics and in analyzing the role of cultural resistance under periods of political repression. A doctoral candidate in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she is finishing her dissertation, Repertoires of Literary Resistance, which explores how literary performances during the 80s decade in Chile provide a symbolic space for the articulation of diverse democratic imaginaries. Her educational trajectory has taken her from the Americas to Asia, where she was granted scholarships from the Chinese government to pursue studies in Mandarin at Beijing University. Lissette is an alumna of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program and an independent curator and critic specializing in contemporary art with an emphasis in performance and transmedia. She has curated numerous individual and collective exhibitions, including Chile’s first Performance Biennial in 2006, Grotesques at Toronto’s A Space Gallery in 2008, and most recently Writing Resistance in Crisis and Collaboration at the UCSC Library. In 2009 she co-founded the Museum and Curatorial Studies faculty research group, which is dedicated to exploring the poetics and politics of display practices. Her own artistic production has been featured in museums and performance venues around the world. Currently, she is in the process of editing a volume about the queer Chilean performance collective Las Yeguas del Apocalipsis and co-editing another volume on contemporary curatorial praxis. Lissette has been granted the Fulbright, Andrew Mellon, Jacob K. Javits, and NYU Transition and Postdoctoral Academic Diversity Fellowships for her interdisciplinary work.



Marlene Pantin is a postdoctoral fellow at the College of Nursing, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research. She received her DrPH in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. During her graduate studies Pantin was a recipient of the National Institute for Drug Abuse Behavioral Sciences Training fellowship (2004-2008), and the National Institute of Health Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (2009-2010). Her research interests include adolescent health, health disparities, substance use, the social construction of gender and health, the social and structural determinants of HIV/AIDS and health policy research.