Kwami Coleman is a musicologist, pianist, composer, and a Postdoctoral and Faculty Fellow at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study. His research focuses on improvised music, jazz history, aesthetics, and twentieth-century American music and popular culture. Coleman received his Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University in 2014 and his dissertation, titled "The 'Second Quintet': Miles Davis, the Jazz Avant-Garde, and Change, 1959-68," compares Davis's stylistic evolution with the experimentalism of the 1960s jazz avant-garde, investigating their varied aesthetics, recording projects, and the critical backlash against new, experimental music in the context of social, economic, and technological transformations in postwar American culture. Kwami is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation, a recording project featuring his original compositions for quintet, and articles exploring free improvisation and experimentalism in music, and notions of race and authenticity in commercially-mediated hip-hop.


Rick García is an assistant professor/faculty fellow at the College of Nursing. Dr. García’s dissertation work examined the intersect of socio-demographics and transcultural teaching behaviors on the level of cultural competence of nurse faculty teaching in Bachelors of Science in Nursing programs in Florida. Dr. García’s work at NYUCN includes serving as study project coordinator for the Helping Women Help Themselves to Improve Heart Health: A Community Approach to Self-care as well as serving as a research assistant with the Geriatric Heart Failure in the Emergency Department and Palliative Care study. His research interests include cultural competence, health disparities, health policy and regulation. He earned his Associate of Science in Nursing at Miami-Dade College, his Bachelors of Science in Nursing at University of Miami, his Masters of Science in Integrated Health Systems Management at Georgetown University, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science with a minor in Nursing Education at Barry University.


Trevor Gardner is a Faculty Fellow/Assistant Professor at New York University Law School. Trevor received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2003 and worked as a public defender for the District of Columbia from 2003 to 2006, litigating both juvenile and adult criminal cases. Trevor’s primary research interest is in police-community relations, namely the degree of authority neighborhood residents, local governments, and various community groups hold over associated police departments. His scholarship addresses a variety of topics in criminal justice including racial peer-group identification among African-American police officers, social norms discouraging cooperation with police, and racial profiling. Trevor's current research investigates resistance among state and local governments to the Homeland Security model of integrated security governance, specifically in the cases of “immigrant sanctuary” and marijuana decriminalization. This inquiry highlights the significance of federalist jurisprudence to the quality and scope of state and local crime governance.


PhuongThao (PT) Le is a faculty fellow at the Global Institute of Public Health. She studies the health-related consequences of human trafficking, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. At NYU, she is disseminating the findings of and expanding on her dissertation study, “Human trafficking and psychosocial well-being: A mixed-methods study of returned survivors of trafficking in Vietnam.” She is also affiliated with several research initiatives at the Center for the Study of Asian American Health. She obtained her MPH in health policy and management from Columbia University School of Public Health in 2008 and her PhD in community health sciences from UCLA School of Public Health in 2014.


Tara Mandalaywala is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology, in the Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Laboratory of Dr. Marjorie Rhodes. Tara’s research takes a comparative approach to investigating the effects of experience on the development of social cognition and behavior in human and non-human primates. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago where she examined the effects of early life experience on the development of attentional bias to threat and stress physiology in free-ranging infant rhesus macaques. Tara’s current work at NYU examines whether racial identity mediates acute stress responses to social categories in human children as they acquire social essentialist concepts.


Matthew D. Morrison, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Columbia University. He completed a masters in Musicology at The Catholic University of America and was a Presidential music scholar at Morehouse College. Matthew has served a Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed music journal, Current Musicology, where he published a special issue on Race, Sound, and Performance (Spring 2012). His own published work has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society and the Grove Dictionary of American Music. Matthew also curates and contracts a variety of performances featuring some of the most dynamic musicians in New York City. Matthew's research and dissertation, “Sound in the Construction of Race,” considers the implications of positing sound as a major component in both individual and societal identity constructions.