Current and Past Fellows
Rachel Marie Brooks Atkins is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Management and Organizations Department at the Stern School of Business. She received a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy from The New School, an MPA from NYU, a Master of Government Administration from The University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S., summa cum laude, from West Chester University.
Rachel's research centers on the entrepreneurial activity of blacks in the US. Using economic theory and econometric methods as a foundation, she explores some of the unique dynamics that black entrepreneurs face as a group in the US economy. Her dissertation, “Black Entrepreneurship and the Business Cycle: Firm Entry and Outcomes During Economic Downturn,” examined how black-white disparities in entrepreneurship changed over the last two business cycles and evaluated the role of labor and housing markets in explaining those changes. During this postdoctoral fellowship Rachel will embark on the next project in her research agenda, which seeks to understand how black firm owners utilize technology and engage in innovative activity.
Daniel Burbano is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Tandon School of Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. in Control Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, and an M.S. in Industrial Automation and B.S in Electronic Engineering, both from the National University of Colombia, Colombia.
Daniel’s research focuses on the modeling, analysis, and control of complex systems with applications to engineering and applied science. Using his background in dynamical systems and control theory, Daniel has been studying the control mechanisms allowing large ensembles of cooperative units - such as a school of fish or a flock of birds - to self-organize and behave as a whole. He also studies the use of such decentralized control strategies on engineering applications, such as teams of cooperative robots or synchronization of power generators. Daniel is also conducting research on fish behavior. The aim is to uncover the underlying strategies through which they interact with their conspecifics and the environment and develop mathematical models capturing their locomotion.
Ashli Carter is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Management and Organizations Department in the Stern School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Management from Columbia University and received her B.A. in Psychology with Honors from Stanford University.
Ashli is a management scholar who studies how seeing the “forest” versus seeing the “trees” shapes three common workplace experiences: 1) How individuals respond to unexpected or unwanted outcomes, 2) The way individuals work with similar and dissimilar others, and 3) How individuals exchange information and ideas to reach group decisions. For example, she examines when managers should provide big picture explanations of why decisions are made versus more concrete explanations of how decisions are implemented in order to increase perceptions of fairness in the face of organizational change. Another area of her research investigates the consequences of considering diversity more as an abstract idea versus a concrete reality for individuals' attitudes towards, and choices to promote, diversity within the workplace. Ashli's academic work has appeared in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Making Processes, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, and The Social Dynamics of Organizational Justice.
Patricia Eunji Kim is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She received her B.A. in Near Eastern Studies and History of Art, summa cum laude, from University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Patricia is an art historian and archaeologist of the Mediterranean and Middle East, with a focus on the Hellenistic period. Her scholarly interests include the representation of gender, postcolonialism, cross-cultural interaction, and political imagery and cultures. Her current book project is the first synthetic study of the art and archaeology of Hellenistic royal women, in which she examines how dynastic women shaped royal art as subjects and patrons. Patricia has written and curated on issues of gender, culture heritage and public art, and the environmental humanities. She is co-editor and co-author of Timescales: Ecological Temporalities Across Disciplines, and author of an article about intersectionality and cultural heritage (Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, 2020). Her work has also featured in MonumentLab, Newsworks, Washington Post, The New York Times, and France24. Patricia experiments with research and curatorial methods that create open knowledge communities, collaborating with artists, scientists, museum leaders, and experts in civic tech and data to tell stories across media. In 2016, she co-founded Data Refuge, a public archive that drew attention to how climate denial endangers federal environmental data.
David N. Lopez is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Politics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, where he specialized in comparative politics, political economy, and research methodology, and received his B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs summa cum laude from the University of Florida.
David’s research sits at the intersection of comparative political economy, political sociology, and economic history. His current research focuses on the role of elite ideology and state-building in shaping the timing and centralization of national education systems. His other work examines the relationship between subnational state capacity, government legitimacy, and public attitudes toward redistribution. David also has active research interests in Latin American and European politics, political development, inequality, and education reform. At the University of Washington, David was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His research has been supported by the Chester A. Fritz and Boeing International Research Fellowship, American Political Science Association Minority Fellows Program, ScanDesign Foundation, and Penn Social Science and Policy Forum Institute on Inequality, among others. Prior to his doctoral studies, David taught 6th grade social studies and English language arts in Houston, Texas.
Supriya Misra is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Global Public Health. She earned her Sc.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and her M.A. and B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University.
Supriya’s research focuses on how the ways in which society treats people influences their health, focusing on health inequities for individuals with socially marginalized identities (e.g., by ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation) and for socially stigmatized illnesses (e.g., HIV, psychosis). In particular, she focuses on the roles of discrimination, stigma, and trauma on the onset and experience of these illnesses in both local and global settings. She uses epidemiological methods and qualitative approaches for a combined understanding of population-level patterns across communities and lived experiences within communities. Previously, she worked for several years in nonprofit management, developing and implementing evidence-based health education and health technology tools to promote behavior change. She has also co-authored three textbooks on best practices in behavioral health.
Julie Park is Assistant Curator/Faculty Fellow in the Special Collections Center at the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, where she is developing rare books collections, curating exhibitions, performing outreach, and teaching book history. She holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr, a Ph.D. form Princeton, and an MLIS from University of California, Los Angeles. Previously, she was Associate Professor for Research in English at Vassar College, as well as Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Studies and Co-Editor of Eighteenth-Century Fiction at McMaster University.
Julie is a material and visual culture scholar of 17th and 18th century England who works at the intersections of literary studies, information studies, and textual materiality. She is the author of The Self and It: Novel Objects in Eighteenth-Century England (Stanford University Press, 2010) and several articles, as well as the editor of several collections, including special journal issues. Her current book projects are My Dark Room, which posits the camera obscura as a vital paradigm for interiority in eighteenth-century England's architectural and novelistic spaces, and Writing's Maker, which examines the materiality of self-inscription practices for writers of the long 18th century and beyond. Her co-edited collection, Organic Supplements: Bodies and Objects of the Natural World, 1580-1790, is forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press in 2020, as are articles on 18th century speaking machines and AI, the extra-illustration of printed books as heritage reenactment, sexual prostheses as instruments of libertine writing technology, and the early modern penmanship flourish as a medium for embodied creativity. She is a recipient of several research fellowship and grant awards, including long-term fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Huntington Library.
Silvia Rodriguez Vega is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Applied Psychology at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She holds a Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Transborder Latina/o and Chicana/o Studies from Arizona State University.
Silvia is a community engaged artist and scholar. Her research explores the ways anti-immigration policy impacts the lives of immigrant children through new methodological tools centering art and creative expression. Specifically, her research highlights the understudied preadolescent children of immigrants - both US-born citizens and undocumented immigrant children. Through creating and teaching a multidisciplinary theater class at a local elementary school in South Central, Los Angeles her data included family, child, and teacher interviews, class observations, artwork and performance videos, from recently arrived Mexican and Central American children ages 11 to 13. Before that, Silvia collected 150 drawings from immigrant children in Phoenix, Arizona during the tenure of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deportation campaigns. Her writing has been published in Latino Studies, Aztlán: The Journal of Chicano Studies, the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, and the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. At UCLA, Silvia’s research was funded by the Ford Foundation’s Dissertation Fellowship, as well as the Institute of American Culture and the UC MEXUS research grant.
Deborah Schlein is an Assistant Curator/Faculty Fellow in the Division of Libraries and the Libraries’ Humanities and Social Sciences Department. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, and she received her B.A. in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies from Emory University.
Deborah’s research focuses on the history of medicine in Mughal and colonial India by utilizing Arabic and Persian medical manuscripts to study the social, intellectual, and environmental practices within and surrounding the medical communities of these periods. Her interests in the history of the book and the history of science have helped inform her work pertaining to resource accessibility in libraries and through public engagement, and her past programming includes public lectures and classes on manuscripts of the Islamic world, resource guides and a digital exhibition on the history of early Arabic printing from 1500 to 1800, and museum exhibitions on the development of the Arabic script. Thus, in addition to developing her own research during this fellowship, she plans to teach for and put together workshops and programs aimed at reaching a larger community. Deborah will also be working to develop collections in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies as well as South Asian Studies at Bobst library, and she is looking forward to working with the various NYU departments and communities through library programming.
Ariana Valle is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Latinx Project. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles as well as a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. Her research and teaching focus on race/ethnicity, migration, ethnoracial politics, citizenship, colonialism, and Latina/os in the U.S.
Her current book project, I Am Not Your Immigrant: Puerto Ricans, Liminal Citizenship, and Politics in Florida, examines the intersection of colonialism, race/ethnicity, and migration in the United States. This research capitalizes on the rise of Florida as Puerto Ricans’ new and primary destination of migration and draws on 112 in-depth interviews and 12 months of ethnographic observation conducted in Orlando, Florida to analyze contemporary Puerto Rican migration and incorporation, intra-Puerto Rican and inter-Latino relations, and Puerto Ricans’ relationship to the institution of US citizenship and political participation. This research is published in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and it has been recognized by the American Sociological Association, receiving both the Latina/o Sociology Section’s Cristina Maria Riegos Distinguished Student Paper Award and the International Migration Section’s Aristide Zolberg Distinguished Student Scholar Award. Her second book project examines inequalities along political, racial, and cultural lines manifested during and in the aftermath of Hurricane María, a category four storm that devastated Puerto Rico in September of 2017. This research is supported by a grant from the Natural Hazards Center (University of Colorado-Boulder) and preliminary findings are published in the report “¡Puerto Rico Se Levanta!: Hurricane María and Narratives of Struggle, Resilience, and Migration.” As part of her broader interest in migration, race, and identity in the Americas, she also examines Central American migration to the United States. This work is published in Identities: Global Studies in Power and Culture and in Oxford Bibliographies.
Carolina Vélez-Grau is an Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. and MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work, and the equivalent of her B.S. and M.S. in Psychology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Facultad de Psicología, Bogotá, Colombia, her native country. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Carolina's research interests are suicide prevention and intervention development; adolescents’ mental health; implementation and evaluation of mental health services for Latinx adolescents; direct social work practice; quantitative and mixed-methods; and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). While completing her Ph.D., she was a graduate research assistant on a number of National Institutes of Health Research Project Grants. She was a consultant for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in a community-based pilot clinical service that included the use of an online platform to provide, in Spanish, culture-specific psychosocial support to mothers of children and adolescents who experienced toxic stress due to their migratory status. She was also a trainer in qualitative analysis at Columbia University Global Health Research Center of Central Asia and an adjunct lecturer in advanced clinical practice at Columbia University School of Social Work. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Carolina was a senior social worker and program leader in the Home-Based Crisis Intervention Program at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.