Rachelle Brunn, a fellow at NYU Wagner, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Delaware in 2002. She received her Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies in 2007. She received a 2007-2008 Association for the Study of Higher Education/Lumina Foundation for Education Dissertation Fellowship. She plans to defend her dissertation, entitled "Intersectionality at Work: Race, Class, and Gender Gaps in Achievement and Attainment at Selective Colleges and Universities," in October 2008. Her research and teaching interests include the Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender; Race and Ethnic Relations; the Sociology of Education; Urban Studies; and Public Policy.
Cleopatra Charles, a fellow at NYU Wagner, was born and raised in Saint Lucia, West Indies. Her primary research interests involve public and nonprofit budgeting and financial management, public policy, and municipal finance. Her dissertation focuses on the financial impacts of tax and expenditure limitations and budget stabilization funds. Charles was honored with a Doctoral Fellowship from the Institute for Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations in 2007-2008. She has presented scholarly papers on topics including the Effect of Multiple Debt Policy Elements on Public Authority Use and Quality Uncertainty in the Nonprofit Sector at national conferences such as the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration and the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management Annual Conference. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
Marie Cruz Soto, a fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is a cultural historian. Her research and teaching interests center on the peoples of the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States of America. She is specifically interested in issues of identity negotiations, (post)memory and other historical narrations, nationalism, community formations, transnational networks, gender, race and imperialism. She has taught courses on U.S. and Latin American history both in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Her courses at Gallatin School of Individualized Study include “Feminism, Empire and the Post-Colonial World” exploring feminist solidarities and postcolonial experiences. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript delving into the five-century struggle of peoples to inhabit the Caribbean island of Vieques and of empires to control it.
Emiliano Pardo-Tristán, a composer and guitarist from Panama who is a fellow at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, is interested in the transmutation process and technique of converting intrinsic characteristics of folkloric music into new concert music. He has released three recordings and his music has been played by the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Grand Rapids Orchestra, Jackson Symphony, Panama National Orchestra, and Temple University Orchestra; and by ensembles and soloists from Europe, Latin America and the United States. As a guitarist, Pardo-Tristán has performed in Panama, Martinique, Austria, USA and Spain. He is the founder, president and artistic director of the Panamanian Guitar Association, which organizes the International Guitar Encounter. During his residency at the NYU Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity, Pardo-Tristán will work on a choral symphonic composition that derives its material from his own transcriptions and analysis of Panamanian rural music. He also plans to complete his book: "Mejorana Music from Panama: Transcription and Analysis," and will expand a classroom curriculum that introduces college students to Latin American art music through the exploration of its folkloric origins. Pardo-Tristán attended the Royal Conservatory Superior of Music in Madrid, Spain and holds a Masters degree in Classical Guitar and a Doctoral degree in composition from Temple University. He has received awards from the American Composer Forum, Presser Foundation, Society of Composers Inc., Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Society of Music Theory, Prism Quartet and Temple University. WYBE Public TV 35 has broadcast, on several occasions, the documentary "The Rhythm of Nostalgia: a portrait of Emiliano Pardo-Tristán," by Argentinean filmmaker Leo Aristimuño.
Gregory Ramsey is a postdoctoral fellow at the Stern School of Business working in the Information, Operations, and Management Science Department. At present Gregory has two research interests. His first interest is in modeling and simulating decision making processes to understand how people achieve goals in changing environments. His second interest is in identifying patterns in data that predict decision making processes which can lead to task-related errors. Prior to pursuing a doctorate Gregory worked as an information technology consultant specializing in the healthcare and real estate industries. Gregory received a B.S. in Engineering from Duke University, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. Currently he is completing his dissertation for a PhD at the University of Minnesota. While at the University of Minnesota Gregory was a KPMG Scholar.
Jennifer D. Williams, a fellow from the Faculty of Arts and Science, is at work on her book manuscript, which looks at trauma, visuality, and black subjectivity. Her most recent article "Jean Toomer's Cane and the Erotics of Mourning" is published in Southern Literary Journal (Spring 2008). Her other published reviews and essays can be found in Modern Fiction Studies, American Literature, and Africanizing Knowledge (Eds. Toyin Falola and Christian Jennings, 2002).