Stay up to date on the latest from your fellow Violets! Read about what alumni are up to in academia, from receiving academic awards to getting their PhD and more.

Please note: Class notes are organized first by school (you may use the links on the right to jump to a school or college you'd like to view notes from) and within each school or college, notes are organized by class year (most recent graduates to older graduates).

College of Arts & Science

Caspar Lant (CAS ’20) won a Fulbright research fellowship to China. His Fulbright proposal was on environmental monitoring, specifically air quality, and was built up around work he did throughout his time as an undergrad. Over the course of the Fulbright grant Mr. Lant will be working with the UN Environmental Program to further develop these monitors and open-source their designs. (Winter 2020)

Gabrielle Kaplansky (CAS ’17) completed her Master's of Public Health from the George Washington University and has become an ORISE fellow. (Summer 2020)

Angela Karl (CAS ’16) was admitted into the Master of Liberal Arts program in extension studies, in the field of English, at Harvard Extension School. (Summer 2020)

Bhargavi Ganesh (CAS ’16) graduated with her Masters in Computational Analysis and Public Policy from the University of Chicago in June 2020. (Summer 2020)

Adela Hurtado (CAS ’14) was one of 97 students awarded the Yenching Scholarship to study at the Yenching Academy at Peking University. This includes full tuition, room and board, research grants, etc. She will be earning her masters in China Studies and focusing on Law & Society and Animation. (Summer 2020)

Shahida Arabi (CAS ’12) is excited to announce the publication of her latest research study on narcissistic and psychopathic personality traits in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences. She is also celebrating the sale of foreign rights to her book, The Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to Toxic People (published by New Harbinger Publications) worldwide and the upcoming translation of her book into 12 different languages. (Fall 2022)

Emily Marker (CAS ’04) has published her first book, Black France, White Europe: Youth, Race, and Belonging in the Postwar Era, which is out now with Cornell UP! The book explores how education reforms and programs promoting solidarity between French and African youth collided with transnational efforts to make young people in Western Europe feel more European after World War II. Black France, White Europe locates these competing generational projects at the center of the entangled history of African decolonization and European integration. (Fall 2022)

Elizabeth Meade (CAS ’04) completed her PhD in Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation was, "Prepare for Death and Follow Me: An Archaeological Survey of the Historic Period Cemeteries of New York City." (Summer 2020)

Becca Franks (CAS ’02) is a research scientist in the department of Environmental Studies at New York University and recently won a Refinement Grant from the Animal Welfare Institute. Dr. Franks is among four winners who will develop and test innovative methods of refinement to the care, husbandry, or housing of animals in research to improve their welfare. (Winter 2022)

Laura Lynne Vidler (CAS ’92) was appointed Dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. (Summer 2020)

Christine M. Alexander-Greene (WSC ’91) successfully defended dissertation entitled 'A Case Study of Key Program Elements Supporting the Occupational Participation of Foster Youth in the Student Role' and completed the Doctor of Science degree in occupational science at Towson University. (Summer 2022)

Kenneth Teitelbaum (CAS ’71) is a former professor and dean who has published three books, the most recent being Critical Issues in Democratic Schooling: Curriculum, Teaching, and Socio-Political Realities (Routledge, 2020). (Spring 2020)

Steven Allan Riess (HEIGHTS, ARTS ’68) retired as the Bernard Brommel Distinguished Research Professor, Emeritus, at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where he taught for 35 years. He was also awarded the Guy Lewis Award for Contributions to the field of Sport History at the 50th annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport History. (Summer 2022)

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls (GAL ’05, TSOA ’11) earned tenure at St. John’s University; their book Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City, is forthcoming from NYU Press in 2021. (Summer 2020)

Mary Kate Azcuy (GAL ’93), associate professor of English and graduate program director, at Monmouth University, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Core Award. Dr. Azcuy will lecture on American literature and culture at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, Russia this spring 2020. (Winter 2020)

Graduate School of Arts & Science

Özen Nergis Dolcerocca (GSAS ’16) was just awarded the Starting Grant by the European Research Grant for a comparative study of cultural reforms, linguistic renewal and literary renaissance movements in Russia, Ottoman Turkey, and Japan. (Summer 2020)

Daniel O. Prosterman (GSAS ’02, ’06), associate professor of history and race and ethnicity studies, is the Interim Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College at Salem College. (Summer 2020)

Paul Viskanta (GSAS ’93) defended his dissertation titled “Teachers Who Collaborate with a Professional Writing Organization: The Importance of Critical Stance” and received his Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in December 2021 from University of Denver in Colorado. Dr. Viskanta’s focus is on supporting the teaching of writing in secondary schools. (Spring 2022)

Hugo Freudenthal (GSAS ’59) had a new genus within the family Symbiodiniaceae named in their honor––Freudenthalidium. (Spring 2020)

Martin Nass (GSAS ’49, ’54, ’65) has been connected with NYU since 1948. After receiving his Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in 1965, he was appointed Visiting Professor of Psychology in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 1966-68; Visiting Professor in the Postdoctoral Program, 1969-2016, and Professor Emeritus, 2016-Present. (Summer 2022)

Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Ann Marie P. Mauro, Ph.D. (MEYERS ’98) has been named dean and professor of the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies and is the new president of the Eastern Nursing Research Society. (Summer 2020)

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Agustin Muriago (STEINHARDT ’13) has joined the faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies. (Fall 2020)

Laura Josepher (STEINHARDT ’88, ’90) wrote the textbook Performing in Contemporary Musicals with NYU Steinhardt Vocal Faculty, David Sisco. (Winter 2022)

Stern School of Business

Laura Persky (STERN ’90) worked in product management and advertising, then switched to academia. She recently earned a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College, August 2018. Ms. Persky had been working at Manhattanville College as a Graduate Program Director. Shortly after she was named Associate Dean at Manhattanville College School of Professional Studies in January 2019. (Summer 2020)

Jeffrey Jarrett (STERN ’68) is the former Chairperson of the Department of Management Science and Professor of Management Science and Finance at the University of Rhode Island. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and New York University where he studied with W. Edwards Deming, among others. (Winter 2020)

Tandon School of Engineering

Jasper Ojongyambia (TANDON ’08 ’11) is currently at his second year at Pace University for his PhD in Finance at the Lubin School of Business. He still teaches at CUNY-York College. (Winter 2020)

Tisch School of the Arts

Ada Limon (TSOA ’01) was awarded a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship for her poetry. (Winter 2020)

Terri Ginsberg, Ph.D. (TSOA, GSAS ’89, GAL ’97) has co-edited a new scholarly collection, Cinema of the Arab World: Contemporary Directions of Theory of Practice (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). (Winter 2021)

Frank P. Tomasulo, Ph.D. (TSOA ’73) recently received the Adjunct Teaching Award from the University Film and Video Association (UFVA) at its on-line conference. Tomasulo was the first-ever recipient of that honor; he was also the first-ever recipient of the UFVA's regular Teaching Award back in 2009. (Fall 2020)

Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service

Valesia Henriques Pichardo (WAG ’19) is the Scholarly Coordinator of the Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant (soon to be advanced practitioner) fellowship at NYU Emergency Department. For the first time this year, the program will accept nurse practitioners and move forward with an all-encompassing advanced practice educational program. (Summer 2020)