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Darren Barany earned his PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center and his MPA from Columbia University. His research covers how social position, poverty, policy, and inequality are mediated by ideology and draws from political sociology, political economy, policy analysis, feminism, critical theory, and cultural studies. Dr. Barany’s dissertation and recent publications explore how the work of intellectuals and policy research institutions helped shape the discourse around welfare, work, family, and personal responsibility in the decades leading up to the 1996 Welfare Reform Bill and asserts that it represented a significant departure from the traditional structure of social and political movements. He has taught at Pace University, John Jay College, and Dutchess Community College.
Hara Bastas joins the faculty at LaGuardia as a Native Californian who continues to move east to meet her academic goals. New York City is the next ideal place to be since Hara’s dissertation of “Girls’ Rights: An Insight into the UN from 1995-2010” focuses on the development of girls’ rights within the United Nations using a feminist human rights framing analysis. With a Master’s in women’s studies (Minnesota State University, Mankato) and a PhD in sociology (University of Cincinnati), Hara blends social scientific analysis with social action to support her teaching and research areas in the sociology of children & youth, gender, and human rights/children’s rights/girls rights. Dr. Bastas serves as one of the UN representatives for the NGO Sociologists for Women in Society and is actively involved in sociological and women’s studies professional organizations.
Lara Beaty earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on student-school relationships and video production as a research method and as a way to promote development. She is currently investigating the influence of undergraduate research on student experiences and college progress through the Student Experiences Research Group (SERG). In the process, the development of critical literacy, individual and collective agency, and identity, have been investigated from a cultural-historical perspective. SERG continues to explore student experiences in the effort to understand college retention processes. She has also mentored the LaGuardia Psychology Club since 2009.
Dr. Vanessa Bing holds the position of Faculty Mentor/Director of LaGuardia's Student Center for Women, and previously served as director of the Women's Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Bing has worked in a variety of educational and clinical settings. Immediately prior to joining the faculty at LaGuardia, Dr. Bing was a supervising psychologist at the University Counseling Center at New York University, where she was also part of the adjunct faculty in the graduate applied psychology program. Dr. Bing also held staff positions at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital and the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Dr. Bing has published a number of articles addressing minority and gender issues in psychology and clinical practice, and has lectured extensively on the issue of trauma and domestic violence. She is a member of various professional organizations including the Association of Women in Psychology, American Psychological Association, and the New York State Psychological Association. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the New York Association of Black Psychologists. Dr. Bing received her formal training at New York University, the University of Delaware, the City University of New York (Graduate Center), and NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Bing's current research interest focuses on examining the experience of intimate partner violence in women attending urban commuter colleges.
Bojana Blagojevic received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Global Affairs (2004) and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (2000) from Rutgers University, New Jersey. The title of her dissertation was Ethnic Conflict and Post-Conflict Development: Peace building in Ethnically Divided Societies. Prior to her employment at LaGuardia, Prof. Blagojevic taught Political Science and Global Studies courses at Rutgers University. She also worked temporarily as a Conflict Prevention Consultant at the United Nations Development Group Office in New York. During the war in her home country,Bosnia, she worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Prof. Blagojevic’s research interests include causes of war, peacebuilding, human rights, and the role of sport in development and peace. Her recently published articles include“Human Development Tree Life Cycle Model” (co-written with Luka Jordan), Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice (August2012); “Causes of Ethnic Conflict: A Conceptual Framework,” Journal of Global Change and Governance(Spring 2010) and “Peace building in Ethnically Divided Societies,” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice(October 2007). Her paper “Sport and Peace building: Healing the Wounds of War” is forthcoming as book chapter in Sport, Peace and Development by Common Ground Publishing. Prof. Blagojevic’s non-academic publications include a war memoir through poetry, Story of One Heart: How Poetry Became One Girl’s Dance for Life in the Midst of a Raging War (2010). Prof. Blagojevic serves as the Faculty Mentor of the Political Arena student club and as a campus faculty coordinator for CUNY-wide Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs.
Lorraine Cohen earned her PhD in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her M.A. in Political Science from Ohio State University, and her B.A. in History at SUNY Potsdam. Dr. Cohen’s published research is on critical theories of social change, anti-racist pedagogy, and women as agents of social change in labor and community organizations. Throughout her career Dr. Cohen has combined political activism, teaching, and scholarship. In 2004 Dr. Cohen was selected by the New York Stated United Teachers Organization to be the recipient of the Higher Education award. In addition to Introduction to Sociology, SSS100, Dr. Cohen teaches two courses that reflect her areas of specialization, SSS102 Social Movements, and SSN 103 Introduction to Labor and Community Organizing, an Urban Studies course. If you are interested in learning more about the Labor and Community Organizing option, please contact her by email or phone.
A native Californian and former Peace Corps Volunteer, Dr. Coogan earned his BS at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, his MA & MAT at San Francisco State University, and his PhD at New York University. His published articles have appeared in Labor in Massachusetts: Selected Essays, the Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-Class History, the Dictionary of American History, New York History, New England's Disharmony: The Consequences of the Industrial Revolution, Diplomatic Claims: Latin American Historians View the United States as well as Disasters, Accidents, and Crises in American History, In Transit, and Working in the Blackstone Valley. In addition, he has presented numerous papers at various conferences. Currently he is writing about the shaping of public opinion in the early American Republic.
Dr. Nurper Gokhan is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. from Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ in 1995. Since 2001, she has been faculty teaching various psychology courses at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York. Trained in the cognitive behavioral approach, Dr. Gokhan specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Her research interests include parenting skills training, children's emotion regulation processes, and creative pedagogy in teaching psychology. In recent years, she has been examining affect regulation and temperament differences among young children in relation to various parenting styles and exploring the value of mindfulness and other contemplative practice as a therapeutic adjunct to Cognitive Behavioral Treatment and as a training modality for psychology interns.
Dr. Vincent André Keeton holds a PhD from Rutgers University in Urban Systems and Criminal Justice. He received his B.A. in history and Spanish at The University of Texas at Austin, and completed his Master of Public Affairs and Doctor of Jurisprudence concurrently at The University of Texas at Austin. He has held teaching responsibilities at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (SCJ), Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), The New School for Social Research: Eugene Lang College and research responsibilities with the Newark Schools Research Consortium. He has developed curricula for and teaches various courses including: Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Gender Crime and Justice, Case Processing and Ethical and Philosophical Foundations. His research interests are in educational assessment, academic achievement, achievement gaps, crime and justice and Constitutional Law.Dr. Keeton’s most recent publication Keeton and Eren (2014). Invisibility, Difference and Disparity: Alcohol and Substance Abuse on Two-Year College Campuses, explores the disparities in methodology and focus of substance abuse between two-year and four-year college and university campuses. Additionally, Dr. Keeton will be presenting another publication Keeton and Eren (2014). The U.S. Supreme Court’s War on Minorities: Disparate Impact in the age of Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington at the 2014 meeting of the American Society of Criminology.As a member of the New York State Bar, Dr. Keeton is a former Assistant District Attorney for Bronx County from 1998-2005, where he primarily prosecuted cases for the Sex Crimes and Narcotics Bureaus.
Dr. Kietlinski received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Her research focuses on East Asia, specifically modern Japanese history. In 2011, she published her book titled Japanese Women and Sport: Beyond Baseball and Sumo, which examines the history of Japanese women's participation in sport, and questions the notion of the submissive Japanese woman that has been created by popular and academic discourse alike. Dr. Kietlinski was an exchange scholar at Columbia and Princeton Universities, and a visiting researcher at Tsukuba University in Japan. She taught history at Fordham University and Baruch College before coming to LaGuardia. Dr. Kietlinski teaches courses in global history and east Asian civilizations.
Soloman Kone received his doctoral degree in economics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He also holds both an MBA and M.A. in Finance. He was trained in the Ivory Coast, France and England. His areas of study are quantitative economics and business. He has published the book entitled A Debt Composition Hedging Strategy for Nigeria(2008). Dr. Kone's research interests include financial risks management, trade, debt, and exchange rate issues in Africa. As a dedicated teacher of introductory economics at LaGuardia, he offers students a dynamic approach to the learning of economics through the infusion of collaboration and technology.
Choon Shan received her Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University. Her research interests are on international macroeconomics, microstructure of asset markets and risk premium in emerging markets. Choon Shan has years of teaching experience as a full-time faculty including Miami University and University of Southern Indiana. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and conference proceedings, as well as numerous presentations.
Arianna Martinez is an Instructor of Urban Studies at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. She received a Masters in International Affairs from the New School and is completing her Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the politics of Latino immigration and informal economies. Arianna is an active member of the Latinos & Planning Division of the American Planning Association, a New Yorker and an artist.
Janet Michello has been teaching social science courses at LaGuardia for over 12 years. Prior to that she taught at Wayne College, the branch campus of the University of Akron, where she was awarded a doctorate with a specialty in medical sociology. She is author of a number of publications including an urban sociology workbook and she is co-author of the text, A Sociology of Mental Illness. She is currently working on an urban sociology text. Dr. Michello resides in Rockland County where she is actively involved in community organizations.
Karen Miller teaches interdisciplinary urban studies classes and US History. She is currently completing her book, Managing Inequality: Northern Racial Liberalism, Black Activism, and Urban Politics in Interwar Detroit. Dr. Miller received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she also teaches Women's Studies.
Sreca Perunovic earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia (the former Yugoslavia). Her doctoral thesis, "Ethnic Identity and Cultural Traits," was based on the first large international sociological survey conducted in post-WWII Hungary. She was principal investigator of that project, undertaken by the Institute on Migration and Ethnic Studies of the University of Zagreb. Prior to coming to LaGuardia, she has taught at John Jay College, New School University, and was a visiting scholar in the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her academic interests include ethnicity/race, ethnic/political conflicts, nationalism, international war crimes tribunals, nonviolent policies/movements, reconciliation, minorities, culture/media, and social change. She offers courses on reconciliation in post-conflict societies, urban sociology, sociology of violence, race & ethnicity, multiculturalism, cultural anthropology, media and the war. She has published articles in Journal of International Law and Politics, European Journal of Intercultural Studies, and Journal of Ethnic Studies, among others.
John F. Shean received his BA at Hunter College, CUNY and earned an MBA in Finance from Baruch College, CUNY, an MA in History from the University of Delaware, and an MA in Classics and a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Shean has taught at various universities in the Midwest and the New York area, including Clarion University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan. Professor Shean's research interests focus mainly on Greek, Roman and Byzantine history, the history of religion, and early Christianity. He has published several articles, and given numerous conference presentations that describe how ancient regimes used religion as a way of furthering their legitimacy. He has recently published a book (Soldiering for God: The Roman Army and Christianity. Leiden and Boston: E.J. Brill, 2010) that describes the role of the Roman army in the Christianization of the Mediterranean world, and has also appeared in a History Channel documentary entitled Secrets of Christianity, Episode 5: Selling Christianity).
Nichole Marie Shippen received her Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 2011. Prior to her employment at LaGuardia Community College, she served as the Associate Director of the Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy and Visiting
Assistant Professor in Political Theory during the 2011-2012 academic year. Prior to returning to Rutgers, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Ohio University where she also taught courses in political theory for the
Political Science Department. Her areas of specialization include classical, modern, and contemporary political theory,the history of political thought, American political theory, American Politics,Women and Politics, Women and Public Policy, and Social Movements. Currently,
she is in the process of completing her manuscript, Decolonizing Time: Work, Leisure, and Freedom, which reconsiders discretionary time as a measure of freedom through the concept of temporal autonomy as developed through the Aristotelian-Marxist and critical theory traditions. Her
research is further enriched by the respective contributions of feminist, post-colonial, and critical race theory.
Dr. Shohat received her Ph.D in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University. She also received training in clinical psychology at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health for two years. She joined the faculty of this college in 1985. She taught different courses in the discipline of psychology: General Psychology, Developmental Psychology I & ll, Abnormal Psychology, Personality and Group Dynamics. Over the years she served on and chaired many different committees. She has been serving as the chair of the Social Science Department for four terms.
George Sussman teaches World History (a course he introduced in 2003) and a Liberal Arts Seminar on "Epidemics and History." Trained as a European historian at Amherst College and Yale University, Dr. Sussman has published a book on the wet-nursing business in France in the 18th and 19th centuries and articles on wet-nursing and the social history of medicine. He has won many awards, including recent fellowships in South Africa (Fulbright Foundation) and India (the National Endowment for the Humanities). His current research interest is the global history of plague.
Eduardo Vianna earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the CUNY-Graduate Center in 2007. Drawing on Vygotskian cultural-historical activity theory, his research and publications focus on connecting teaching-learning and development to promote social justice and development among underprivileged groups. He received an M.D. in 1991 from the Federal Fluminense University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1995, he completed his residency in Child Psychiatry, during which he became interested in studying and promoting human development from a cultural-historical perspective. In 2009 his book Collaborative Transformations in Foster Care: Teaching-learning as a developmental tool in a residential program was published.
Jennifer R. Wynn is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Coordinator of LaGuardia’s joint Criminal Justice Program with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a member of the graduate faculty at John Jay College. In addition, she performs mitigation investigations in death penalty cases and has testified as an expert witness in capital trials. Dr. Wynn’s research areas include supermax prisons, evaluations in capital sentencing, and prisoner reentry. She has over fifteen years’ experience as a practitioner, researcher, policy analyst and advocate in the field of criminal justice. Dr. Wynn is author of Inside Rikers: Stories from the World's Largest Penal Colony (2001), reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, coauthor of Fifteen-to-Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom (2004), and author of the upcoming book, Psychopathology in Supermax and Solitary Confinement, to be published by Carolina Academic Press in April 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, an MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College, and a BA in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder.