Academic Diversity Fellows 2015-2017

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Aram Hur is a Postdoctoral and Faculty Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.Her research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, political behavior, and political sociology. Broadly, she is interested in how identity and culture affect participatory and development outcomes in democracies, primarily in the context of East Asia and the United States. Aram received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. Her dissertation, “Making Good Citizens: Nationalism and Duty to the State,” shows how under certain conditions, nationalism motivates a uniquely ethical reason to respond to state needs. Aram is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation and a set of projects on democratic integration based on data from North Korean defectors, the moral psychology of redistribution, measurement of nationalism, and paradoxes in local and immigrant participation.

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Gina Moreno is a Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity Fellow at NYU’s College of Arts and Science in the Department of Psychology. Her research investigates how decision making changes across the lifespan, how stress may modify the relationship between decision making and aging, and the underlying neural mechanisms related to these processes. At NYU, she is working with Dr. Elizabeth Phelps to further explore the intersection between stress, decision making, and the aging brain. Gina is currently involved in various diversity initiatives, including the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) and Sigma Delta Epsilon Graduate Women in Science (SDE/GWIS). She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2011-2014). Originally from Houston, Texas, Gina graduated with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa in 2015.

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Shatima J. Jones is an Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Department of Sociology. She earned her doctorate in sociology at Rutgers University, where she also received her master’s degree; and she holds a BA in sociology from Hunter College. Shatima is interested in the intersection of race, space, gender, and culture. Her dissertation, “Performing Race and Shaping Community in the Black Barbershop” focuses on how black people interpret and perform their racial identity, the processes by which they create community based on these understandings, and the significance of place and space in shaping these sentiments. The bulk of Shatima’s research employs ethnographic methods to uncover what black people think constitutes an “authentic” racial identity, how they signal this to others in everyday interaction, and how racially exclusive places shape understandings and performances of race. At NYU, Shatima is writing a book manuscript based on her dissertation research. She is also embarking on a new ethnographic project focusing on women’s hair salons in order to explore gender differences in racial performance.

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Tamarie Macon is an assistant professor and faculty fellow of Applied Psychology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Rutgers University, a Master of Science in Psychology at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan. She is a two-time recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation for predoctoral work (2011-2014) and dissertation research (2014-2015). She also was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan (2010-2015). Her research interests focus on fatherhood (and parenting more broadly) and children's development of social-emotional competence. Specifically, she studies how fathers engage with their children in a variety of behaviors, and plans to study young children’s strengths in social skills and emotion regulation, particularly among children of color.

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Kimberly Hudson is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at NYU's Silver School of Social Work. Kimberly’s primary areas of interest include: (1) ideas of health and well-being; (2) how these ideas intersect with and across race, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic status; (3) discourse, narratives, and counternarratives; and (4) social justice education and anti-oppressive practice. These topics were explored in her dissertation study “Community borderlands: Exploring liminal and contradictory experiences of community and well-being,” which has since resulted in several journal articles and book chapter. Kimberly’s research is grounded in critical feminist and critical race frameworks and draws upon a variety of interdisciplinary methods, including community-based research, discourse analysis, and narrative and story-based inquiry. At the Silver School of Social Work, Kimberly teaches Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege as well as Social Work Research. Kimberly holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Washington.

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Myriam Villalobos is an assistant professor and faculty fellow at the Silver School of Social Work. Villalobos received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2013 and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University's Teachers College. In general, her research employs theoretical and methodological perspectives that allow for an in-depth understanding of cultural issues in the healthy development of minority youth. Her past research has focused on the role that cultural values play on Latino teens’ healthy autonomy development, relationships with parents, and problem behaviors. At the the Silver School of Social Work, Dr. Villalobos is working on a project that expands on this research to examine the sexual reproductive health of Latino youth.

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Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is a historian of architecture and urbanism, and Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her research into histories of architecture and urbanism focuses on modern sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, transnational spatial practice, and humanitarian and human rights studies. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and she teaches courses in the history and theory of architecture and cities. She is writing a manuscript drawing from dissertation research into sites, practices, and discourses in East Africa and Western Europe from the eighteenth century to the present that formed a history of encounters between architectural modernism and modern humanitarianism. Provisionally titled Humanitarian by Design: Dadaab, Industrializing Aid, and a History of Architecture as Emergency Technique, and based on archival and field research in the United Nations, European and African humanitarian NGOs, and refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, this history suggests that the intersection of these fields transformed the political potency and spatial practices of each, the former through entanglements with sovereignty and human rights, and the latter through aesthetic and cultural concerns. Siddiqi is also undertaking research in India, Sri Lanka, and England for a manuscript that examines constructions of an “Asian” architectural modernism and a politics of the archive, through the activity of figures and organs of building practice, pedagogy, and discourse in South Asia in the twentieth century, particularly that of the architect Minnette de Silva and institutions and projects with which she associated, such as the journal MARG. Siddiqi’s work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Graham Foundation, the Institute of Fine Arts and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University, and the Institute of Urban and Landscape Studies at the University of Basel. She has previously held positions at Bryn Mawr College and The New School.