Professional student services staff assist students with their adjustment to life in DC outside of class. Our staff in DC is responsible for assigning and maintaining housing, managing the residential facilities, planning activities, and seeing to the general well-being of the student body.
Being away from home and familiar surroundings can sometimes be disorienting, and the student life staff is prepared to respond to any questions or concerns which may arise throughout the semester. Our full-time professional staff is always available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on an emergency cell phone to respond to any unexpected events that may present themselves during off-hours.
As with all of NYU’s Study Away Centers, NYU Washington DC is fully integrated into the University’s Security, Emergency Response, and Health & Wellness systems.
In addition to student life, NYU Washington, DC has a staff to coordinate external partnerships, connected the center to the city's many organizations and businesses. This staff is also responsible for special events at the site, exposing students to a wealth of experts and practitioners in their fields of study.
NYU Washington, DC
1307 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Michael Ulrich is the Director of NYU Washington, DC and began this role in Fall 2012 when the site opened for the first group of students. He also teaches experiential learning courses for first year students enrolled in the program. Before joining NYU, he worked for over eleven years at the University of Maryland. For most of that time, he directed study abroad and taught several short term courses for premedical students in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and Cape Town. When he left the University of Maryland, the institution had risen to #12 for study abroad participation among doctoral institutions, up from #43 when he began his oversight of study abroad. Prior to his time at the University of Maryland, he was on the biology faculty at Elon University where his duties included co-chairing the department, teaching biology and interdisciplinary courses and developing new study abroad programs. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Washington University in St. Louis and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with a BA in biology. He's the board chair for Jan's Tutoring House, a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing enriching educational activities for inner city Washington, D.C. children. He also enjoys being the captain of his bocce team, winning a competitive game of croquet and hosting friends at his home with his husband Paul and their Aussiedoodle dog Boomer.
Dr. Matthew S. Santirocco is Professor of Classics and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies; he also serves as Faculty Director of NYU-Washington, DC. From 2011 to 2017 he was Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and from 1994 to 2011 he served as the Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science at NYU. Before that, he was College dean at the University of Pennsylvania, and had also taught at Pittsburgh, Columbia, Emory, and Brown.
Dr. Santirocco's scholarly interests focus on Greek and Latin literature and thought. He is the author or editor of several books, including Unity and Design in Horace's Odes; Latinitas: The Tradition and Teaching of Latin; and What’s New about the Old (a special issue of “Daedalus” on new approaches to the Greco-Roman world), as well as numerous articles. He is currently working on a book about the poetics of patronage in Augustan Rome. A past editor of the American Philological Association's monograph series, American Classical Studies, and of the journal, Classical World, he currently edits the Palgrave Macmillan monograph series, The New Antiquity. He also founded and directs NYU's Center for Ancient Studies, which promotes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the past through conferences, student grants for international research, summer seminars for faculty from across the United States, and occasional publications.
In addition to his work in classics, Dr. Santirocco has promoted broader educational innovation. At Penn, he developed humanities curricula for the MBA and Executive Education programs at the Wharton School, with which he also partnered to create an undergraduate International Studies/Business program. At NYU, he led faculty in the design of a new core curriculum, as well as in the creation of a fully-funded undergraduate research program, Freshman and Advanced Honors Seminars, and cross-school programs. Having worked on curriculum and faculty recruitment for NYU's branch campus in Abu Dhabi, he oversaw the development of the academic program for NYU Shanghai.
A graduate of Columbia and Cambridge Universities, Dr. Santirocco has received research grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, American Numismatics Society, American Council of Learned Societies, and National Endowment for the Humanities. He has served as Vice President for Professional Matters and as Financial Trustee of the American Philological Association (now Society for Classical Studies), as a founding member of the executive committee of the Reinvention Center (now Collaborative), a national consortium of research universities committed to improving undergraduate education, and as a board member of the South Street Seaport Museum, The Classical Association of the Atlantic States, and Commonweal magazine. He currently serves on the boards of the artists' colony Yaddo and the Aquila Theatre. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2011 was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Academy for the humanities and social sciences.
Tom works to identify public programming opportunities for the Washington, DC site. He seeks out and manages VIP speakers, links programs to academic initiatives at NYU, builds audiences, and connects events to other NYU global sites. In addition, he initiates and facilitates the participation of national experts and scholars, policymakers, professionals and entrepreneurs in both classroom lectures and special program events. Coordinating with other NYU administrators and faculty, he creates and maintains a robust program and event schedule including symposium, speaker series, lectures, and extra-curricular programming. Tom oversees the NYU DC internship program by managing the relationships with the internship providers and ensuring placements for NYU students. He works with the Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs on State Department and Embassy initiatives in Washington, DC and abroad in order to ensure that technical issues such as visas are addressed and programmatic possibilities are explored. He is the founder and director of NYU Washington, DC's DC Dialogues program.
Tom is also the Assistant Director of New York University’s John Brademas Center where he oversees the Center’s program agenda, acts as the Congressional liaison and coordinates its Congressional Internship Program. Recently, collaborating with other Congressional centers, he has created The Young Leaders Network, connecting today’s young leaders to established policymakers, experts and mentors in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining the Brademas Center, he acted as the office administrator for New York University’s office of government and community affairs. From 1999 until 2004, Tom worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), and was the Senator’s Director of Correspondence. Tom received his B.A. from The Catholic University of America with minors in Philosophy and Religious Studies and earned his Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in management of public and nonprofit organizations from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
Tom enjoys running along the Potomac and exploring DC nightlife. He is an avid traveler having visited nearly 40 countries and has flown enough miles to circle the earth 40 times. He looks forward to working with students on their professional career goals while they live, study and work in the city he calls home.
Fatemeh comes to NYU from Georgetown University where she was a Doyle Faculty Fellow, taught in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and worked as a curriculum advisor with the Center for New Design in Learning and Scholarship. She also worked at the University of Maryland as an academic advisor and instructor where she obtained her PhD in Women’s and Gender History. Her scholarship focuses on the sex industry in the modern Middle East. She is currently completing a monograph on the history of Tehran’s red-light district. She has worked with several non-profit organizations in DC and in the Middle East. Fatemeh is an avid traveler. You can find her searching for graffiti and visiting contemporary art museums wherever she visits.
Alicia L. Gleason earned her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from George Mason University, where she was a teaching fellow. She writes short stories, flash fiction, and is at work on her first novel. Her fiction was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Shelley A. Marshall Fiction Contest, and has appeared in Cleaver Magazine and Oblong.
Alicia has taught writing and literature classes at George Washington University, and George Mason University. She finds that her work as a professional writer (or perhaps more accurately, as a professional reviser of her drafts) serves as a helpful model for students as they develop writing habits and techniques that acknowledge the power of revision. Alicia earned her BA from Colgate University and is TEFL certified.
Maria brings her experience to NYU Washington, DC where she serves as Manager of Finance and Administration. She joined NYU Washington, DC in August of 2017. In this role Maria collaborates with the Director to prepare annual operating budgets, and conducts strategic financial planning in collaboration with NYU management. In addition, she manages facilities operations, and oversees building management staff; among other administrative duties.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Earl G. Graves School of Business at Morgan State University. Maria cultivated her experience in administration assistance and financial accounting over the course of 6 years working at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, in the School of Medicine. She worked closely with administration in procuring for the department of Microbiology and Immunology, maintaining department funds and research grant funding, post-award. Her position as Accountant at University of Maryland-Baltimore sparked her love for working in the higher education environment.
Maria enjoys fashion and beauty, traveling, sightseeing and an aspiring avid “Yelper”. In her free time, Maria enjoys partaking in new experiences and creating lasting memories with family and friends.
Although a true New Yorker at heart where she was born and raised, Gaby has been a school counselor, health educator, and track coach in private and charter schools in the DC area since 2003, including Sidwell Friends School for 10 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yale University and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University with a concentration in health and mental health. Gaby has also worked at the NY State Psychiatric Institute, the Weill/Cornell Medical Center in their partial hospitalization program, and the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Gaby is passionate about working with youth and young adults on health and mental health-related topics. She has traveled with LearnServe International to Zambia with students to raise awareness about health education and HIV prevention. Gaby is a board member of the Girls Gotta Run Foundation and Girls Health Ed, two organizations that promote the empowerment and education of girls and women both domestically and abroad. She has been an avid runner for as long as she can remember and her passion for travel has taken her to over 40 countries across 6 continents. She is excited to be a part of the global mental health team at NYU DC.
Dewayne Stewart comes to NYU Washington, D.C. with over fifteen years of experience in television. He brings with him technical expertise that he has aquired through working at various television networks like Fox News, Bloomberg Television, C-SPAN, NASA TV, and many more within the Washington, DC area.
Dewayne received his Bachelor of Arts in Television Production from the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University. It was there that Dewayne started his career in television at the on campus PBS Affiliate Station, WHUT-TV32. He worked there while being a full-time student.
Dewayne is a Washington, D.C. native and enjoys movies, music and cooking in his free time.
Polly Terzian graduated from Dickinson College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Policy Management and Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies, with honors. She studied abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador and Mendoza, Argentina during her junior year and was a member of the cross country and track & field teams all four years. She worked at an event planning company in downtown DC before joining NYU Washington, DC.
Polly is a native of Washington, D.C. and in her free time enjoys running, baking, and being with friends and family. She also loves pugs and being outdoors.
Sharlene is a Bronx, New York native and serves as the Residential Life Coordinator at NYU Washington D.C. Her work involving international and experiential education has helped her build culturally aware and sustainable communities within residences in Boston, London and now in the nation’s capital. She received her B.A. in Journalism at Northeastern University and has studied and worked in five countries across five continents.
Before joining the NYU Washington D.C. team, she worked with The George Washington University in the Office for Study Abroad and with first-year Northeastern students in London. Her passion for learning, leading and adventure has taken her far beyond the borders of the Bronx and she looks forward to sharing this enthusiasm with the NYU Washington D.C. community.
In her spare time Sharlene enjoys listening to podcasts and reading about history, social justice, media and politics. She also enjoys live music, concerts and festivals of all kinds. On any free day you can usually bet she’s near a body of water whether a pool or the Potomac.
Originally from Cocoa, Florida, Jimmy serves as the Residential Life Coordinator at NYU Washington, DC. Jimmy's interest in the inclusive college student experience fuels his passion for creating awareness of self and others in living-learning communities. In his work, he strives to create intentional and educational programming for students 'studying away' in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining the NYU Washington, DC team, Jimmy served in Residence Life at the University of South Carolina, overseeing the daily operations and implementation of a residential curriculum of two housing communities.
Jimmy holds an M.A.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Virginia Tech, an M.A. in Teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida. When not in the office, Jimmy enjoys spending time with his partner and dog and exploring new restaurants in DC!
Imani is originally from northern California. She graduated from New York University in May 2018 with a double major in Politics and Middle Eastern & Islamic studies. While an undergraduate, she served as a Resident Assistant in the Residential College and studied away at both NYU Tel Aviv and NYU Washington, DC!
Marya is originally from a small beach town in North Carolina. She graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Literature and Creative Writing, with a focus on how different languages have impacted the stories we read and tell. While in undergrad, she served as a Resident Assistant for several different communities and loved every minute of it, so she's extremely excited to be a part of the NYU DC family! She is passionate about social justice, advocacy, and community outreach.
During her free time or when she's procrastinating, Marya likes to watch endless episodes of Grey's Anatomy while planning her next backpacking adventure. She doesn't like to cook, but she loves all Gordon Ramsey TV shows and can also be found wandering the city in search of Thai restaurants or playing marathon rounds of Monopoly Deal in the lounges and Play Station.
Sarah grew up in Michigan native before moving to D.C. to attend American University, earning a BA in Sociology and an American studies minor. She also recently earned a Master’s in Sociology at American University.
As an undergraduate she worked as a Resident Assistant for first and second year students and interned at Shared Hope International, an anti-trafficking NGO. For three summers, she worked with academically gifted middle school students as a Resident Assistant and Assistant Resident Director for the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. She is so excited about joining the NYU in D.C. staff and program!
In her free time, you will find Sarah watching movies, drinking copious amounts of coffee, or reading at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Sunny recently graduated from NYU with a degree in Applied Psychology. She plans to pursue a career in higher education and student affairs. Prior to her role as an RLA, Sunny served as a Resident Assistant in a first-year hall for two years.
In her spare time, Sunny enjoys playing with her dog, traveling, and taking long walks.
Laura is a Study Away Advisor based in NYC. In addition to NYU Washington DC, Laura is the site representative for NYU Prague and NYU Madrid. Laura provides pre-departure guidance and support to students as they prepare for their study away experience.
Laura is originally from Long Island, NY. She earned a BS in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology from the University of Vermont and an MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute.
As an undergraduate, Laura studied abroad in Kenya and Tanzania. She was a group leader with the Experiment in International Living, taking high school students to France and Spain. She worked as a Study Away Advisor at Keene State College in New Hampshire, designing an intercultural living/learning community for the campus and helping grow their Washington, DC program. She then moved to Poughkeepsie, New York to coordinate pre-departure and re-entry for Marist College’s Freshman Florence Experience, 4-year Bachelor’s Degree, and MA in Museum Studies programs at their Florence, Italy campus.
Laura is excited to be back in the NYC metro area! In her free time, she loves to cook vegetarian food, read a good book, and try her best at Jeopardy!