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School of Liberal Arts News, ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-16


  • presented a paper entitled "Gomorra--la serie: Reception, National Identity, and TV Made in Italy" at the conference Intersections-Italy in Music, Art, Literature and Cinema in Florence, Italy on June 5.
  • published a review essay entitled 'Melodrama and Italian Culture' in the peer-reviewed journal, Italian Studies.
  • was an invited speaker at NOIAW Italian Short Film Festival, Calandra Institute, New York, November 5, 2015.
  • presented a paper, "Gendered Transformations in Gomorra from Book to Film to TV" and co-chaired panel at SaMLA, Durham, North Carolina, November 12, 2015.


  • co-authored a journal article, “Foreign Currency Lending and Banking System Stability: New Evidence from Turkey” in Central Bank Review, the official journal of the Central Bank of Turkey.
  • was invited to contribute to a special edition of Singapore Economic Review, the official publication of the Central Bank of Singapore. was invited to give a seminar titled “Dollarization Story: Causes and Impact on Financial Systems in Developing Countries” at Gediz University of Izmir, Turkey.
  • was invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the Center for Transition and Transformation Research (CTTR) at Gediz University in Turkey. He has now begun work on a new textbook to be used in introductory finance courses in community colleges across the US.
  • published the book, Understanding Dollarization: Causes and Impact of Partial Dollarization on Developing and Emerging Markets (Ozsoz, E. & Rengifo, E. W.).
  • had his chapter in a book translation Contemporary Logistics accepted for publication [Güncel Lojistik] Boston: Pearson.
  • had his article, "Ownership Structure and Corporate Governance in the Case of Turkey," accepted for publication in the International Journal of Financial Analysis.
  • delivered a conference presentation entitled: “Exploitation or Empowerment? The Impact of Textile and Apparel Manufacturing on the Education of Women in Developing Countries” at the 2015 Conference on Advances in Education and Social Sciences (ADVED), Istanbul, Turkey. October 12-14, 2015.
  • is awaiting publication of his book Understanding Dollarization: Causes and Impact of Partial Dollarization on Developing and Emerging Markets (Ozsoz, E. & Rengifo, E. W.)
  • had his journal article: Ozsoz, Emre & Gurarda, Sevin & Ates, Abidin. "Ownership Structure and Corporate Governance in the Case of Turkey," accepted by the International Journal of Financial Analysis.


  • was recognized as one of the 100 Women in STEM by Insight Into Diversity magazine.
  • presented “Educational Innovation in Design-related STEM through Interdisciplinary Sustainable Science Education” at the American Chemical Society 2016 National Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • is a member of the working group of the American Association of Colleges and University Crossing Boundaries “Transforming STEM Education”.
  • was an invited Speaker: Towson University, on Design-related STEM Education.
  • participated with Theanne Schiros in Morpho Permaculture Farm in Costa Rica, studying the role of science in sustainable development, including textiles, construction and interior design materials, based on project-based knowledge transfer.


  • published an article, "Ten Indispensable Pieces of Advice for Every College-Bound Student" in the New York Observer.
  • saw his novel Finding the Worm published in paperback.
  • will publish his collection of essays, Right Tool for the Job: A Memoir of Manly Concerns later this year.
  • published an article “Political Debates are Frustrating, Polarizing—and Good for You” in both, and Jewish World Review.
  • published his essay “Politics and the Writerly Imagination” on the New York Writers Workshop website.


  • delivered a lecture, “The Rise of BRICS Bank and its Global Implications”, at Madras University.
  • reviewed a book manuscript on World Bank for Oxford University Press.
  • spent five weeks doing further field research among the Nomads of Kashmir as well as Changtang in the Tibetan Valley. Part of this field research will be exhibited at MUSEO DE LA CIUDAD, in Mexico later this year.
  • exhibited his photography, “Invisible Nomads of the Himalayas: A Life Caught in Turmoil” at FIT, and gave an accompanying talk at the Presidential Scholars Dean’s Forum.


  • presented the paper “In Between Classes: the in-between place of the Adjunct Instructor” as part of the XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • presented, with Pilar Blanco, the theater performance of playwright and poet Rosebud Ben-Oni’s play On The Strange And Sad Disappearance Of Oni Montoya.
  • organized with Pilar Blanco the lecture Mexico @ NYC: The Muralists in New York (Rocío Aranda- Alvarado, Curator El Museo del Barrio.
  • organized the lecture “The Swamp, New Trends in Latin American Cinema” by Professor Richard Peña on April 18, 2016.
  • participated in a panel on” Politics and Aesthetics: Cuban Artists & Intellectuals” at CUNY Bildner Center on March 25, 2016 with a paper on the topic: “Race and Culture in the work of Fernando Ortiz after 1940.”
  • had his novel La Novela Teresa accepted for publication by the Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts.


  • chaired and moderated two separate symposia, each focused on conservation psychology: Psychological Dimensions of Green Decision Making and Contact with Nature and Sustainable Behavior at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • was invited by the Baruch College Research Integrity Officer to speak on Research Integrity – Scientific Record Keeping at Baruch College.


  • delivered a lecture, “The Geography of Primo Levi: A Physical, Spiritual and Intellectual Journey” at the ACIS (Australasian Center for Italian Studies) annual convention in Sydney, Australia.
  • delivered a lecture, “Petrarch’s Meandering Trajectories: Following Laura’s Footsteps.”at SCMLA (South Central MLA) annual meeting in Nashville
  • translated, along with Andrea Casson, L'autorita della morale, by Carla Bagnoli (Milano: Feltrinelli, 2007), funded in part by the Segretariato Europeo per le Pubblicazioni Scientifiche.
  • delivered a lecture: “Olive Oil: Gold of the Mediterranean,” at Cragsmoor Free Library, Cragsmoor, NY.


  • co-led national winning interdisciplinary research team comprised of FIT students in the Biodesign final competition at the Museum of Modern Art.
  • participated in two refereed publications, X-ray Spectroscopic Investigation of Chlorinated Graphene: Surface Structure and Electronic Effects. (2015) and Atomistic Interrogation of B-N Co-dopant Structures and their Electronic Effects in Graphene (2015).
  • collaborated on a paper, “Atomistic interrogation of B-N co-dopant structures and their electronic effects in grapheme” ACS Nano (2016) accepted.
  • collaborated on a paper, “Vertically grown nanowire crystals of dibenzotetrathienocoronene (DBTTC) on large-area graphene. RSC Adv. (2016) accepted
  • collaborated on a paper, “Imaging chiral symmetry breaking from Kekulé bond order in grapheme”, Nature Physics (2016).
  • collaborated on a paper, “Pasupathy and R. He. Modification of the G-phonon mode of graphene by nitrogen doping”, App. Phys. Lett. 108, 041907 (2016).
  • collaborated on a paper, “X-ray Spectroscopic Investigation of Chlorinated Graphene: Surface Structure and Electronic Effects. Adv. Funct. Mater, 25, 26, 4163–4169 (2015).  
  • collaborated on a paper, “Dopant Segregation in Polycrystalline Monolayer Graphene” Nano Lett. 15, 1428 (2015).
  • published “Plastic Pollution.” SHIFT411, Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY. 4/11/2015.
  • was interviewed for See it, Be it,” a publication and calendar for “women who love math and science” as science and tech role models to inspire girls to go further in STEM.
  • was awarded and utilized experimental time at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light Source (SSRL), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA, an international user facility, at x-ray and UV beamlines, under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) and ambient conditions. (July 2015-June 2016 (7 sessions).
  • presented “Beyond Silicon: Next Generation Electronic Devices based on 2-D materials and heterostructures.” Center for High Pressure Science & Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR), Shanghai, China. August 2016.
  • presented with Sasha Wright, “Growing Textiles using Microbial Leather.” Summer Institute in Sustainability and Fashion Conference, FIT, New York NY. June 9, 2016.
  • presented “Fundamental X-ray Science and its Application to Catalysis and Water Research: Future Directions.” Research Symposium, Stockholm University, Sweden. May 13-15, 2016.
  • presented“Science and Art: (Why) Opposites Attract.” American Physical Society Physics and Art Conference, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY. April 2016.
  • presented “Atomistic tuning of electronic structure in 2-D nanomaterials: Insights from X-ray Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory” at Queens University, Belfast, UK, October 2015, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, September 2015.Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light Source (SSRL), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA, June 2015.
  • was invited to “Unusual Pathways in Science” Faculty-in-Residence Dinner and Discussion Series. Living and Learning Center, Columbia University, New York, NY. October 7, 2015.
  • presented “Application of X-ray Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory to Study of Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Conversion and Catalysis: Hands-on Workshop.” University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, September 2015.
  • collaborated on a presentation, “Carbon, Oxygen and our Breathing Ocean.” Volvo Ocean Race, Newport, Rhode Island. 5/16-17/2015; collaboration with University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.
  • collaborated on a paper, “Intra- to Intermolecular Singlet Fission”. J. Phys. Chem. C, 119, 1312−1319 (2015).
  • presented “Connecting Atomistic Bond Motifs and Electronic Effects in 2-D Materials with X-ray Spectroscopy” at an invited seminar, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA. July 6, 2015.
  • was a Columbia University Maker Space Advisor (Wearable Technology Contest Judge), and a Peer Journal Reviewer for the Journal of Physical Chemistry, ACS Nano, and other publications.
  • was a panelist on “Leaving a Legacy”, for the Women’s Werk conference in celebration of International Women's Day, Columbia University, University
  • was featured in the Faculty Speaker Series at Columbia University where she spoke on “Behind the scenes: Paths to Science”.
  • has been named the Columbia University MRESEC Diversity Liaison – leading recruitment and mentoring initiatives in STEM research.
  • received the following grants: Adjunct Research Scientist, Columbia University MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) for Nanostructured Materials. IRG1; Primary Investigator: Heterostructures of van der Waals Materials; The Executive Committee of the Columbia University/CCNY MRSEC as a principal investigator for Phase II 2016 based on her research proposal: “Synchrotron-based Studies of 2D Semiconductors and Heterostructures”.
  • participated, with Karen Pearson, as part of an ongoing collaborative research study at the Finca Morpho Permaculture farm in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica that incorporates research and sustainable development and project-based science learning.  They each spent part of January in Costa Rica, and in April will discuss the way that a shared vision of the role of science and research is being used to create an accessible framework central to teaching the science of sustainability to FIT students.


  • published three articles: “Ideological Mappings of Gendered Bodies, Nations and Spaces in Louis Chu’s 1961 Chinatown novel, Eat a Bowl of Tea.”Ecologies of Seeing. Eds Mark Ledbetter and Asbjørn Grønstad. Cambridge Scholar’s Press (Forthcoming), 2015;“Oxhide II [牛皮二] (2009), Chinese Filmmaker Liu Jiayin’s new geography of the home” in Spaces of the Cinematic House: Behind the Screen Door.  Eds. Fran Pheasant-Kelly, Stella Hockenhull and Eleanor Andrews. New York: Routledge, 2016, and “It All Depends on What You Mean by Home: Metaphors of Return in Chinese American Travel Memoirs from the 1980s to 2010s." CoHaB: Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging. ed. Florian Klager, Berlin, Boston: Walter De Gruyter.


  • led a group of Moscow State University students on a tour of New York architecture and history, and will be teaching New York Architecture to Duke University students this fall as part of the Duke in New York program.
  • published his essay, “Postscript: Yishai Jusidman’s Prussian Blue series at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo,” in “From the Sublime to the Abject: Six Decades of Art" on the occasion of its republication by the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo.
  • had his essay Mikyung Kim’s Mindscapes,” Mikyung Kim (Teaneck, NJ: Nabi Museum of the Arts, accepted for publication.
  • presented “Artists Respond to Nazi Medicine and Its Legacy,” at “From Healing to Killing: Science and Genocide,” Holocaust Memorial Center, Budapest, Hungary.
  • presented “Medicine After the Holocaust in Ukraine,” Kiev, Ukraine; and “70 Years After: Remembering Nazi Medical War Crimes,” National Technical Museum, Prague, Czech Republic. April 2016.


  • was a research fellow in the department of archaeology and art history at Seoul National University with a grant from the Korea Foundation in August 2015. Her research project was entitled "Decoding Landscape in Portraiture Painting: A Cross-cultural Perspective."
  • gave a talk at a graduate seminar at Seoul National University, as part of the HK Civilization Research Project: “Toward the Hub of Civilization, A New Paradigm of Korean Humanities”. Her topic was "Approaching Portraiture: Portraying Monks in Medieval Service Books".
  • has been invited to submit articles to Art History and Visual Culture, the Journal of the History of Collection, Hyundai Misul Yoengu: Studies on Contemporary Art, and Joyung Misul: Plastic Art.
  • continued her work on the Radical Fashion project for a book she is editing: Radical Fashion: Dress Reform and Social Changes in Modern Asia.
  • spoke on, "Korean Art" at the Project Bridge Youth Ambassadors at the Korea Society, in February, and on "Lunar New Year in Korea: Tradition and Modern Adaptation," Kramer Levin's Celebration of the Lunar New Year, sponsored by Asian American Arts Alliance and Korean Cultural Service.
  • delivered a special lecture for diplomatic officials, “New York as the Center of Post-War Contemporary Art” at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York.
  • taught a colloquium for graduate students, “Approaching Portraiture: Portraying Monks in Medieval Service Books at SNU Department of Archaeology and Art History and SNU Center for Cultural Heritage, SNU Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea in August.
  • moderated a panel, “Contemporary Art Practice from a Trans-Asian Perspective” for the exhibition Reality Override: Mixed Media Art by Singaporean Artist Ren Zi at Skylight Gallery, The Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University in September.
  • was a manuscript reader for Arts of Korea: Histories, Challenges & Perspectives forthcoming from University Press of Florida.
  • published “Collectors of Asian Crafts in North America: Passion for Porcelain,” in the Journal for the Korean Society of Art and Design [Johyung Design Yeongu].
  • was session chair and organizer for Radical Fashion: Social Changes and Dress Reform in Modern Asia. Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Seattle Convention Center and University of Washington, Seattle.
  • delivered a lecture, "Lunar New Year in Korea: Tradition and Modern Adaptation," Kramer Levin's Celebration of the Lunar New Year, sponsored by Asian American Arts Alliance and Korean Cultural Service New York, February 8, 2016.
  • was the moderator for “Contemporary Art Practice from a Trans-Asian Perspective” for the exhibition Reality Override: Mixed Media Art by Singaporean Artist Ren Zi at Skylight Gallery, The Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, September 10, 2015.
  • was a manuscript reader for Arts of Korea: Histories, Challenges & Perspectives edited by Jason Steuber and Allysa Browne Peyton (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, forthcoming.


  • reviewed The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day by David J. Hand. Journal of the American Statistical Association 69.2 (2015): 151–152.
  • published, with Henry Gibson, Elementary Statistics, 4th edition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2016. Print and Ebook.
  • presented “The Write Thing to Do: Strengthening Student Comprehension in Introductory Statistics Classes” at the New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (NYSMATYC) Conference.


  • published two articles in Elevator World, "A Tin Hat at the Elevator Historical Society," in September, and "Why No Matchbox Elevators? In December.
  • his article, "Eliminating Tips Won't Make Things Fairer for Workers," was approved in Al Jazeera America in October.  
  • published A Twitter History of the Triangle Fire (146 tweets excerpted from the trial of factory owners Blanck and Harris) in February. 
  • conducted a workshop,"Paran Stevens Delegates His Way to Hotel Entrepreneurship," for Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Theory & Research, Portland, Oregon in March.
  • presented "Service Industries and Small-Scale Capitalism: Restaurants," at the Business History Conference in Portland, Oregon, in April, "Hotel Maintenance Made Easy," at The Maintainers Conference, at Stevens Institute, Hoboken, NJ in April, and "Experts Discuss the History of Tipping, Payment Preferences and Menu Price Sensitivity of Restaurant Customers," at The Tipping Conference, New York City Hospitality Alliance, New York Institute of Technology in March.


  • presented at the "Arts and Feeling in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture" conference at the University of London in July in a talk entitled "Mourning for France: Art in the Aftermath of ‘l’année terrible’ (1870-71)."
  • will publish an essay on the ambivalence of fashion and the discourse surrounding women after the war (“Mourning for Paris: The Art and Politics of Dress after ‘l’année terrible’ (1870-71)”) in Fashion in European Art: Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925, the volume Justine is editing for I.B. Tauris.
  • published “Fashioning the (Masculine) Interior: Tissot, Portraiture, Photography & the Fashion Plate: in Visualizing the Nineteenth-Century Home: Modern Art and the Decorative Impulse.


  • led weekly 6-hour whale watching trips from Montauk, and his 16th 51-hour trip to the Great South Channel.
  • has the following collaborative papers in preparation: “Determining Site Fidelity of Harbor Seals Outside of the Breeding Season Through the Use of Photo-Identification:
  • co-authored“Occurrence and distribution of large whales in the New York Bight: implications for marine spatial planning of the New York seascape” which was presented at the 21st biennial meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.
  • delivered a number of lectures: Greentree Foundation: Educators Program at Seatuck Environmental Association- Marine Mammals of NY, January 30, 2016; Seals of NY, at Seatuck Environmental Association, March 4, 2016; CRESLI Seal Volunteer Training: October 31, 2015 and November 01, 2015 at Molloy College’s Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring; CRESLI Whale Watch Volunteer Training at Molloy College’s Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring.
  • will be an invited presenter on water issues on Long Island on the webcast show “Water Matters, and continues to lead seal walks at Cupsogue Beach.


  • spent ten weeks as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As part of this fellowship she traveled to over twenty different American Indian mound sites along the Mississippi River, from Wisconsin to Louisiana. She is currently working with FIT colleagues from Photography and Communication Design to develop a visual and text-based essay describing these mounds and their history, and has been invited to present her findings in October at the University of Wisconsin.
  • delivered three invited lectures “Permanence and Ephemerality: a stone dialectic,” at BHQFU, New York, February 21, 2016; “Lithic Sense: On the Ontology of Objects,” New York Institute of Technology, February 10, 2016 and “Against the Grain of Conspicuous Unknowing of Land and Water: A Study of American Indian Mounds in the Mississippi River Valley,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, Fall 2015.


  • published a book review of A Feminist Perspective on Virtue Ethics, in Hypatia Reviews Online.
  • published a short piece on monograms in the December issue of Southern Living.
  • delivered a talk on “The Moral Implications of Fashion and the Media” at the Pioneer Mode Conference in November.


  • attended a two-week seminar and workshop on papermaking at the Haystack Mountain School in Deer Isle, Maine.
  • delivered a series of lectures on 19th century Paris, Roman and Muslim Spain, and Gaudi and Barcelona onboard the Viking Star.
  • delivered a lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled "In the Details: Craftsmanship and Islamic Art"
  • exhibited his prints at the Manhattan Graphics Center in NYC.


  • wrote a review of the catalogue to the exhibition Les Année Cinquantes at the Musée Galliera, for West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture.
  • published “Americans in Paris: Couturiers, Buyers and Journalists 1910-1920, in Femmes, mode et guerre: 1914-1918, (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2017).
  • collaborated on an article, An American Couturière in Paris,” in The Hidden History of American Fashion: Women Designers in the 20th Century, ed. Nancy Deihl (Bloomsbury Academic Press, forthcoming).
  • presented “Millennial Madness: Signs of Crisis in Contemporary Fashion and Systems of Dress," at the Fashion and Textiles Studies Symposium, FIT, May 7, 2016.


  • presented, with her former students from Bard College, “Flood Priming and Leaf Loss in Brassica Oleracea” at the 100th anniversary of the Ecological Society of America conference in Baltimore.
  • co-authored a paper “Shifting Grassland Plant Community Structure Drives Positive Interactive Effects of Warming and Diversity on Aboveground Net Primary Productivity,” for Global Change Biology.
  • delivered an invited seminar at the Huyck Nature Preserve in Upstate New York: “Living Close to your Neighbors: Competition and Facilitation in Plant Communities”.
  • collaborated on an article accepted, “Plant Species Richness and Functional Traits Affect Community Stability After a Flood Event” in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.
  • will be spending one month at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research in June in Leipzig, Germany.
  • developed a full semester of curriculum for the FIT Biodesign Challenge.
  • delivered a talk, “Mentoring young women in the classroom: you don’t need to act more masculine, we should be making the workplace more feminine” for the online forum Athena Talks on Medium. 
  • published several articles for the online forum PLoS Ecology Community: “Remotely-sensed cloud cover predicts biodiversity & climate change vulnerability’, “Bright lights big city: do energy-efficient LED lights cause unexpected ecological damage?”; “Existential questions in Ecology – three simply questions to ask yourself in the treatment of ecological zeroes”: “Life as a bird – biodiversity management in New York City”; “China leads the way: Intercropping for ecological and economic efficiency in agriculture”; Majority of Americans agree that anthropogenic climate change is happening: will we be fairly represented in Paris?”; Restoring what was lost: semi-natural grassland habitat restoration in Sweden”


  • spent two weeks at the Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender and Research at Indiana University and also at the National Archives and Records Administration investigating visual culture seized and suppressed under censorship laws in America between 1873 and 1915.
  • published an essay,“For Our Free Speech, We Have Censors to Thank” the September 14 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. 
  • co-curated a Gladys Marcus Library exhibit on “The Crime of the Nude: Censorship in New York City,” an outgrowth of her forthcoming book Lust on Trial: American Art, Law and Culture during the Reign of Anthony Comstock (Columbia University Press).
  • was named a 2016 Fulbright US Scholar Alumni Ambassador.


  • presented “Michelangelo and Bologna: The Heritage of the Artist’s Visits in His Later Work,” at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Vancouver, in October, and was panel chair for “Iconography of the Virgin Mary,” at the same conference.
  • published “Art and Patronage in Bologna’s Long Quattrocento,” in A Companion to Medieval and Renaissance Bologna, (Leiden: Brill).


  • wrote “CAA Members Go to Havana”, by invitation from CAA.
  • published a book review of Frances Archipenko Gray, My Life with Archipenko; and an Interview and afterword for the volume Neke Carson: Works on Art, forthcoming from Rollo Press in September.


  • chaired a panel and presented a paper at two conferences: “Proust, Hitchcock, Akerman: Vertigo and La Captive” at the Literature/Film Association Conference at York College in Pennsylvania, and “Theatre and Theatricality: All About Eve and The Clouds of Sils Maria” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference in Raleigh Durham, North Carolina.
  • chaired a panel and presented a paper, “Dick, Spielberg and Kansas City: A Minority Report” at the Popular Culture Association in Seattle this spring.


  • published a new Italian language workbook, Stellare: Learning Italian with Cultural Stars (all profits are assigned to the organization, EMERGENCY USA, to aid refugees in Sicily).
  • organized a panel, “Part-Time Faculty in the Language Classroom” for the Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) in Siena, Italy.
  • presented “Tu vuò fà l’italiano:” The Use of Song, Film and Visual Arts in the Italian Language Classroom at the same conference.
  • presented a paper on her new Italian workbook Stellare at the Georgetown University Italian Language and Culture Conference.
  • presented an invited talk on the same subject at a pedagogical program for k-12 teachers sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Italian Studies.
  • was interviewed on Salon Radio about the International Women Artists’ Salon, now a podcast on the Blog of EMERGENCY USA.
  • conducted a seminar, “A new Italian language workbook for art lovers, Stellare: Learning Italian with Cultural Stars,” at Italian Through Art: A Pedagogical Seminar for K-12 Teachers, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in October, and at the Italian Language and Culture Conference, co-sponsored by the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute at Georgetown University.


  • published “Random Walk Analysis for Reflection and Transmission of Turbid Media” in Color Research and Application, and “The Point Spread Function and Optical Dot Gain, a chapter in The Digital Imaging Handbook, Wiley, 2015.
  • has been invited to spend a month this summer at the Hubert Curien Laboratory at Jean Monnet University, Saint-Etienne, France as a visiting professor where he will conduct experiments on the reflection of light from colorant mixtures, testing a model he has developed. 


  • was the 2016 winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize for her collection of poems, “War of the Roses”, an award that includes publication of the collection in book form.
  • co-wrote a song, “When You Move,” on the new Parachute album, which was the #1 pop album on iTunes.
  • published five poems—“Short Essay in the Wild,” “Short Essay at the Sink,” “Short Essay Concerning a Higher Power,” “Short Essay with a History of his Skin,” “Short Essay on the Color of Her Hair,” in the inaugural issue of Two Peach. She also has two poems in the forthcoming issue of The National Poetry Review.
  • is a finalist for the prestigious Ruth Lily Prize, awarded by the Poetry Foundation.


  • was invited to be a part of several panel and book presentations at the Lima International Book Fair (Peru)—“Political Violence and the Peruvian Literature of Post-Memory” and “Peruvian Literature in dialogue with Latin American Philosophy.”
  • presented a paper, “Problematization of the Barbaric Device” at the LASA Conference in Puerto Rico.
  • published a book of political philosophy, Utopía y poder en Europa y América. (Madrid: Tecnos, February, 2016).
  • presented a lecture: "Political and epistemological resistance of the intellectual in XVII century Andes: the case of J. Espinosa Medrano", at LASA NY. His proposal was named the best of 2016 by the LASA-PERU committee.
  • participated in a Sociolinguistic Panel at LASA NY "Asedios a la glotopolítica y cuestiones lingüísticas y psicosociológicas en Latinoamérica.
  • published a book chapter "Cesar Vallejo's poetry translated and its dynamics in American Cultural Field" in Estudios y homenajes hispanoamericanos IV. (Madrid: Ediciones del Orto, 2016).
  • published an article "Crisis of the Occidental historical narrative of Progress projected in the body and in the production of space. Aesthetic Ontology as a form of political and biopolitical resistance” in Escritura y Pensamiento, humanities review of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima (8/2016).
  • published his book of poetry Partothotrol (Sudaquia Ed., New York) and the book of essays  Utopía, construcción de nación y resistencia política e ideológica en el mundo andino (XVII y el XX) (University of the Pacific-Peruvian Center of Cultural Studies, Lima).
  • won the CLACS (The Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY) award to finance his Summer research in Lima, Peru, about the production of post-memory narratives in symbolic places, art, and literature in Peruvian post-Political Violence era.


  • had a solo exhibition of video and photography, “Irma Vep: The Last Breath”, based on the French film icon Musidora at the The Henry Art Gallery, museum of The University of Washington.
  • collaborated on a translation of A Very Great Love: Letters 1908-1953, the complete writings of Colette to Musidora.
  • worked with University of Washington graduate students to develop a text based on the writings of Musidora, Colette, William Burroughs and Kathy Acker, and presented this text, along with research on Musidora and the newly restored version of the film Les Vampires in a month-long series of screenings, readings and performances at Anthology Film Archives, Participant, Inc, the Microscope Gallery and at FIT.
  • exhibited her video “Dorian: A Cinematic Perfume” in the exhibition Moving Time: Video Art at 50, a survey of the first fifty years of video art, at the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan State University.
  • published an article in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking (2015, Michigan State University Press).
  • was responsible for the following screenings: Irma Vep, The Last Breath, screening & panel, International House, Philadelphia; Flaherty Film Seminar, screening & panel, Anthology Film Archives, New York; Fashion in Film Festival, curated by Tom Gunning and Marketa Uhlirova, Miami; Love, group exhibition curated by Rachel Stern, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York; Marking Time: 50 Years of Video Art, curated by Michael Rush, Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum; Irma Vep, The Last Breath, screening, Anthology Film Archive; The Spectre of Musidora; Live film performance with musician MV Carbon, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn; The Spectre of Musidora, lecture with the Women Film Pioneers Project, Columbia University, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
  • Appeared in conversation presented by the XEM collective, Zero Station, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


  • organized with Pilar Blanco Ruiz Dr. Renqiu YU’s (Professor of History at Purchase College), presentation, “Between the New and the Old: Three Major Sources shaping Modern Chinese Thought” Fashion Institute of Technology. October 27, 2015.


  • published the following poems:  “Eidolon,” and “Lake Pleasant in Winter,” in The Cortland Review; “Ab Ovo,” in H.O.W. Journal, Fall 2015; “Manhattan Ave.”, Leveler, August 2015; “Mithridatism” and “Tornado Weather,” in Memorious, August 2015; “Harbor Number 1” in BLAAAH Magazine, July 2015; “University of Iowa Museum of Natural History” and “Captain’s Desk” in Pacifica Literary Review, July 2015; “Like Rain,” The Moth, June 2015 ; “Laisses-Moi Tranquille,” “Still Life with Fallen Candles,” “Tusk/River,” “Love Letter to Future,” and “Ferry,”, June 2015.
  • launched her online literary magazine, Two Peach, and published its second volume.


  • published an essay about James Leo Herlihy, author of the novels Midnight Cowboy and All Fall Down, in the Key West journal Salt.
  • published “How an Early Binge-Watcher Helped Change the Face of TV” appeared in the October 16 issue of OPENForum.


  • delivered a paper entitled “Humean Metaphysics and Grounding: A Peculiar Alliance” at the CUNY Graduate Center Philosophy Conference – ‘The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Grounding & Fundamentality.
  • delivered a paper, “Metaphysical Foundationalism and the Fallacy of the Argument from Transference”, October 2015 at the Northwest Philosophy Conference 2015 in Idaho.
  • delivered a paper entitled “The Nature of Metaphysical Necessity and the Possibility of Indeterministic Grounding” at the New York Logic and Metaphysics Workshop, at the CUNY Graduate Center April 2016.


  • sold her graphic memoir, ”The Flying Couch,” to Catapult Press, a division of Electric Literature.
  • published her first two cartoons in The New Yorker’s April 4 and May 30 issues.
  • published her short story, “Quantum Theory and the Entanglement of Oolong” in the Washington Square Review.


  • presented on a panel, "A Tribute to Claudia Emerson," at the Poetry by the Sea Conference, Madison, CT, May 29.
  • coauthored an essay with Kathrine Varnes, "The Masculine Delights of Mark Strand," in The Dark Horse Magazine 20th Anniversary edition.
  • was invited to become a member of the Poets’ Prize Committee, a group of 20 poets who nominate and select books published the previous year.
  • published “Fumbling Towards Xanadu, or the Man from Porlock Was Framed”, the first in her series Creativity Rules on The Best American Poetry Blog on October 23rd. 
  • organized the FIT campus visit of noted poet Claudia Rankine.
  • served as a Judge for the Poetry Out Loud competition in February.
  • participated in two events at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Los Angeles: she chaired the annual meeting of the AWP Art School Writing Faculty Caucus, and was elected president of the caucus for a two-year term; she was also on a panel titled, “We Don’t String Popcorn Necklaces Here: Brain Science and Assessment Beyond Craft,” with Laura Valeri and Brendan Constantine.   


  • was invited to present a paper “The Role of Reason in Grounding Moral Judgments” at the Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences, Dept. of Philosophy, Tianjin, China in March.
  • presented “Utilitarian vs. Rights-Based Constructions of Value” at the 13th Annual International Conference on Politics and International Affairs of the Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece. It will be published in the conference proceedings: Athens Journal of Social Sciences.


  • was appointed as a columnist for Nikkei, the largest financial daily in Japan with 3 million readers. She will be contributing a monthly column on New York fashion.
  • contributed an article, “Moving Beyond the Hegemonic Idea of Fashion as a Western Concept" to Mediality of Fashion: Clothing as a Cultural Practice (Transcript, 2015), edited by Rainer Wenrich of University of Augsburg, Germany and another entitled “NY Fashion from a Sociological Perspective" in The Fashion Business (Dobunkan, 2015) edited by the Department of Commerce, Meiji University, Japan.
  • gave a talk on the past, present and future of the Japanese Youth Culture at RuffleCon 2015, an alternative fashion conference in Stamford, CT.
  • was appointed by the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at the University of Aalto in Helsinki, Finland as an evaluator for a student’s doctoral thesis titled “In-between Fashion: A Study of Artisanal Design and Production”.


  • published her book, Teaching Autoethnography: Personal Writing in the Composition Classroom through Open SUNY Press.
  • published a short fiction piece, “Interstate 80,” that was chosen as a best story of the year and published in Crack the Spine’s Spring 2015 anthology.
  • continued as a volunteer workshop leader with the New York Writers Coalition, helping at risk and underserved populations find power through writing.
  • published an essay, “Practical Meditation: Musings of a Non-Religious Academic Seeking Enlightenment,” in Litro UK.


Organized the following events at FIT: 

  • Lecture: Rocío Aranda- Alvarado, Curator El Museo del Barrio, New York, “Mexico @ NYC: The Muralists in New York”;
  • Lecture: Dr. Renqiu YU, Professor of History at Purchase College- SUNY Between the New and the Old: Three Major Sources shaping Modern Chinese Thought;
  • Theater Performance (Hispanic Heritage Month): Rosebud Ben-Oni’s play “On The Strange And Sad Disappearance Of Oni Montoya”; 
  • film screening, Backseat Fighter (Spain); a lecture by Prof. Renqiu YU, Professor of History at Purchase College-SUNY entitled "Chop-Suey: Myth and Facts of the dish and a story of Chinese American community”;
  • a lecture by Dr. Peter Schulman, professor at Old Dominion University of the Virginia State University system and organizer of several French films festivals on contemporary France and French films; a screening "Before Neorealism: Italy's Forgotten Cinema" (2015) with the director (David Morea) and producer (Alberto Zambenedetti).


  • participated in the 50th Kanji Workshop. Kaetsu University, Tokyo, Japan, and the Japanese International Forum Conference. Tokyo. Japan (May 29, 2015).
  • chaired the panel "Culture and Japanese Language Education" on October 24, 2015, and delivered a lecture at the New York Buddhist Church entitled “Buddhism in our Everyday Life.
  • chaired a workshop for the Committee on Japanese Language Education at the Japanese American Association: “Traditional Japanese Culture and Japanese Language Education”.
  • was an invited judge at the high school students’ speech contest at the United Nations International School.
  • delivered two lectures, “Thankful Mind” and “To See the Truth in Buddhism” at the New York Buddhist Church, and will chair a workshop for the Committee on Japanese Language Education at the Japanese American Association, “A Teaching Method that Pursues ‘Inquiry’ and Technology.


  • participated in webinars sponsored by Voice Thread “Game based learning in voice thread”, “Voice Thread for Flipped, Blended and Hybrid Classes” (11 May 2016) and “Teaching languages with Voice Thread confirmation”.
  • was awarded a grant from ACTFL 2016 cultures SIG about using short films/ websites in class to introduce students to everyday up to date vernacular, politics and culture.


  • was Founding Executive Board Member (Treasurer), National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing.
  • was awarded NEA Learning and Leadership Grant: “Pathways to Global Communication”.
  • presented “Tutor Professionalization2.0: New Issues in Tutor Research and Teaching” International Writing Centers Association, Pittsburgh.
  • presented “Checking In: Monitoring Tutor Assumptions Throughout Their Writing Center Experience and Beyond” at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Salt Lake City.
  • was Keynote speaker, Gulf Coast Student Success Conference, Brazosport College, Lake Jackson, TX.
  • was awarded FDGA Research Grant: “Writing Centers and the Syrian Crisis: Effects of Political Migration on Writing Tutor Preparation in Germany”.
  • was awarded an NEA Learning and Leadership Grant for the “Pathways for Global Communication” project.


  • was a Respondent at the National Communication Association Conference on a panel entitled “(Re)imagining Women through Digital Media: Towards an NCA #hashtag Initiative”.
  • presented two papers at he same conference, “How to Win at Lying: Game Shows, Deception, and Ways to Mask the Truth”, and “Evolving from a Young Faculty Member into a Seasoned Veteran: The Shifting of Identity and Pedagogical Practice”.
  • presented “Evolving from a Young Faculty Member into a Seasoned Veteran: The Shifting of Identity and Pedagogical Practice” at the National Communication Association Conference in Las Vegas.
  • presented “Hofstede’s Dimensions of Culture: Using the Devil’s Playground to Detect Ways the Amish Negotiate Life” at the Western States Communication Association in San Diego.
  • was interviewed by WNYC concerning Princess Leia’s iconic gold bikini as a popular culture artifact.
  • was elected Member-at-Large for the Western States Communication Association.


  • conducted a workshop on "The Use of Multi-media in Language Teaching” at Bangalore University in August.


  • published a review of Texts Waiting for History: William Shakespeare Re-imagined by Migue Ramalhete Gomes, in Memoria di Shakespeare.
  • delivered a presentation, "From the Margins with Joy: Goliarda Sapienza’s L’arte della gioia,” Sicily: Language, Art, and Culture Conference at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • delivered a presentation: “Vigor and Softness: Aphra Behn Amongst the Libertines,” RSA Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 31-April 2, 2016.
  • delivered a presentation: “Titus Andronicus: Shakespeare’s Exceptional Violence,” 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 17-20, 2016. 


  • reviewed a textbook proposal for Routledge Press, and conducted research on paradigms of Jewish humor in Western literature.
  • published: “Peut-on être un écrivain juif en France au dix-neuvième siècle ?” in La Pensée et les hommes.



  • Afghan Vindication (novel), Oceanview, 2016;
  • “The Mills of the Gods Grind Exceedingly Fine—Most of the Time,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine;
  • “Hoosier Humorist, Three Letters,” Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015;
  • “A Demanding Mistress.” Military Writers 2015 Anthology: Hope and Courage;
  • “Brooklyn’s Elusive ‘Mr. G’: Bookies and Cops in the City of Churches.” Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, #17;
  • “Superman, Wonder Woman, or Dexter?” (panel), ThrillerFest, July 11, 2015;
  • Discussion of “Protagonists That Rock.” “Tangled Webs,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July-August 2015.


  • published “My Teenage Wasteland“ in Salon.
  • created and moderated the “Women Writing and Intersectionality” workshop at Barnard College.
  • published an interview with Valerie Steele on the Fashion Underground exhibit and book in the October edition of Autre, and in the same magazine, “Gender Tapes: Female Form and the New First Sex”.


  • delivered a lecture "Art and Propaganda in Iran," at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
  • published a book review on Hamid Keshmirshekan and Talinn Grigor, “Iranian or Not: DisLocations of Contemporary Art and Its Histories,” Art Journal.
  • exhibited her work, Surveilling the Naked City: Video Art from Tehran in the Haugesund Kunstforening art gallery, Norway.
  • presented, “Part Flesh, Part Data: Permutations of Black Square from Barbad Golshiri to Kazimir Malevich” at the 4th Annual Conference of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Turkey and Iran (AMCA) at New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE, in partnership with Barjeel Art Foundation.


  • published a poem in the Cortland Review.
  • was interviewed for the Poetry Foundation’s blog, Harriet.
  • was awarded an international at fellowship for study in Korea.
  • contributed an essay, “After Yi-Fen Chou: A Forum” to Margins, the blog of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
  • published “Young Poets Bare All: What is a Culture,” in Harriet the Blog, a publication of the Poetry Foundation, and “The Vox Populi Falls Silent (Stage 5)” in The Cortland Review.
  • was named the editor at VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts.
  • is a semi-finalist for the Boston Review 2015 “Discovery Prize”.


  • launched his production company, The Samba Project LLC . The first project is a documentary titled A Mission Impossible: The United Nations and the Congo. Production began over the summer.
  • has seen his documentary film, “East Timor: Betrayal and Resurrection” selected to tell East Timor history to the Lusophonic (Portuguese speaking) nations of the world.


  • saw her screenplay Water Through Rock become a Top-Three Finalist with Story Incubator and won Honorable Mention in Women's Independent Film Festival.


  • was selected to join the symposium sponsored by the 5th International Theatre Critics Association in Belgrade, Serbia, Sept.
  • represented the American Theatre Critics Association at the 15th International Theatre Critics Seminar in Beograd and Novi Sad, Serbia. Her presentation was entitled “The Critic is Present (Tense)”. The proceedings will be published by Sterijino Pozorje.


  • published an op-ed on the representation of Jewish lawyers in Alan Dershowitz’s new book in The Jerusalem Post.
  • published an essay on Judith Miller’s memoir, The Story, on the Los Angeles Review of Books’ website.


  • performed his compositions at the Julliard School, the Gallery MC, the Bitter End, Fordham Lincoln Center, Actors Temple, the Cutting Room, Spectrum NYC, St Mark’s Church In-The-Bowery, The Dimenna Center for Classical Music, and the Manhattan School of Music. 


  • published her poems: “To the Saugatuck River and Its Source at Sugar Hollow,” “Feeling Rare as a St. Kilda Wren”, and “The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket” in Hinchas de Poesia (Summer 2015); “Through the Tunnel of Sugars it Continued to Bleed” and “The Long House,” Ladowich (Summer 2015); “Making Jelly,” ”I Walk from Steeple to Steeple,” “The Coal Piles by the Canal,” and “What Happens in the Third Garden,” The Literary Review (Fall, 2015).
  • was Poet of the Week on the website of Brooklyn Poets from October 5-11. The website featured her poem “By Order of the Eastern Star” and an interview. New poems from her manuscript The Needle appeared in FENCE, Hinchas de Poesia, Ladowich Magazine and The Literary Review.


  • Published her debut poetry collection, Tender Data, which received a starred review from Publishers’ Weekly and was #4 on the Small Press Distribution bestsellers list for December, 2015. It was also the #2 pick of Best of 2015: Best Poetry Books & Collections in the December 7 issue of Entropy.
  • performed at MoMA in late February as part of Soldier, Spectre, Shaman, Poet: A Poetry Reading.


  • translated “Puissance de la douceur (Power of Gentleness)” by French theorist Anne Dufourmantelle for  Fordham University Press.
  • published a poem in the anthology Feast: Poetry and Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner, from Black Lawrence Press.
  • has translations forthcoming in The Agriculture Reader, Words Without Borders, and The American Reader.
  • attended the annual conference of the American Literary Translators Association, where she presented on two panels: “Theatre of the Translated: Translation in Play”, and “Navigating Troubling Waters”.


  • presented at the Keystone State Reading Association’s annual conference in Lancaster, PA, “Using Electronic Books in Practical Ways to Increase Reading Achievement”.


  • completed a writing residency at Sangram House in Bangalore, India, where she finished her nonfiction book, Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Pseudocide, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in summer 2016.


  • delivered two lectures, “Contemporary Moroccan zillij Tile Craft and ‘Meaning’ in Islamic Ornament and Architecture:  Notes from the Field,” Miami University, Oxford, OH, October 2015 and “Sacred Moments in Ancient Near Eastern Doorways,” College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, February 2016.
  • published “Re-Envisioning Information: The Maps We Make of Ancient Assyrian Palaces,” in How Do We Want the Past to Be? On Methods and Instruments of Visualizing the Ancient Reality, ed. D. Nadali and M. Micale, pp. 77-88 (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2015).
  • presented “Sacred Moments in Ancient Near Eastern Doorways,” College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
  • was an invited symposium speaker, “No Man is an Island:  Globalization and Resilience in the Fez zillij Tradition,” at “Jazirat al-Maghrib”: North Africa as an Island, Princeton University.


  • presented “The MBA/LBA Transition at Tell el-Ajjul in the Light of Economic Exchange Between Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean", at “Material Worlds: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Contacts and Exchange in the Ancient Near East,” New York University, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Workshop, March 7, 2016.
  • presented “Philistine, Cypriot or Aegean? The Ashdoda Figurine as Anthropomorphized Object,” at 10th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, (ICAANE), Vienna, Austria.
  • organized "Archaeology and Museums" day and held an archaeology workshop using archaeological artifacts borrowed from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Staten Island Museum, co-sponsored by the Museum, November 6, 2015.


  • continues her work on cataloguing the work of American Impressionist John Twachtman. This project was referenced in the New York Times on Aug. 13 in an article about digitizing of catalogues raisonne.


  • was one of twenty-five college faculty members from across the country who participated in a month-long, National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded scholars' think tank at Drexel University in Philadelphia on the topic of modern design history pedagogy, entitled “Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond”.
  • published “Paul Scheerbart, Josiah McElheny, and the Artist as Magus,” a review of Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!!: A Paul Scheerbart Reader, ed. Josiah McElheny and Christine Burgin, in The Journal of Architecture 20, 5 (Oct. 20, 2015): 919–22.
  • published “Imperial Anxiety and Aggressive Décor: Imaging the Domestic Interior of the German Kaiserreich,” in Visualizing the Nineteenth-Century Home: Modern Art and the Decorative Impulse, ed. Anca Lasc (London: Ashgate/Taylor & Francis Ltd, May, 2016.
  • interviewed artist Joshua White, founder of the 1960s light show performance group the Joshua Light Show, at the Museum of Modern Art on May 25, 2016, in conjunction with the museum's exhibition "From the Collection: The 1960s."


  • was in Grenada pursuing research on his book, The Grenada Revolution: Lessons for the Contemporary Caribbean.
  • participated in the Read Across Grenada 2015 project, reading from his book Petite Martinique: Traditions and Social Change, in St. George’s, in August.
  • was the subject of an article, “Paul Clement—Grenadan Political Scientist” in Caribbean Life News.
  • was cited in two editorials in the Guyana Times in January: “Why Integration is on ‘Pause’” and “Saving CSME”, about the movement to organize Caribbean states into a larger whole.
  • presented “Implementation Deficit: Why Member States Do Not Comply With CARICOM Directives” at the Forum on the Future of the Caribbean at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • presented a research paper, “Increasing Diversity in the Union: Race and Gender Identity,” at the 37TH Annual NYSUT Community College Conference in November in Cooperstown New York.
  • was a guest speaker at Advancing Diversity in the Workplace: Cuisines of the Cultures, November 17th 2015, at FIT.
  • presented his research paper, “Foreign Aid and Regional Integration: The CARICOM Case,” at the Cambridge University Business and Economic Conference, Cambridge, UK.
  • will be presenting his research paper, “The Politics of Regional Integration in the Developing World,” at the International Political Science Association (IPSA)Conference in Poznan Poland.
  • published, “Reclaiming the Promise of Racial Equity in Education, Economics and Our Criminal Justice System in the American Federation of Teachers Publication, AFT Washington D.C., 2015).


  • traveled to Rome in May to read from her book, Until You See Me, at the Almost Corner Bookshop.
  • presented to the Program Chairs at the University of the Arts , London College of Fashion, “The Psychology of Gender: Cognition, Perception and Expression in Fashion”.


  • publishes a regular dance review column (Between the Dancer and the Dance) in Fjord Review.
  • republished her interviews in Fjord with Baryshnikov, Wendy Whelan and Damian Woetzel from 2008.  Excerpts from these also appeared in Newsday.


  • presented a paper entitled "Reserve Bank of Australia Monetary Policy: Real-Time Rules Matter" at the Finance & Economics Conference 2015 in Frankfurt, German.
  • presented a paper at the Management International Conference in Pula, Croatia, “Forward – Looking Taylor Rules Without Forward-Looking Data: Case of the Australian Monetary Policy.


  • delivered a paper, "Mastery and Mirroring: Two Pictures of Courage and Responsibility” at the "Psychology and the Other Conference" in Cambridge, MA.
  • gave an invited talk at Bard College in November on "Animals and In Vitro Meat".


  • published an article, “Autonomía, democracia y gobierno de los comunes. El modelo Neozapatista” in Argumentos, Estudios críticos de la sociedad, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.


  • was awarded a two-week writing residency at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA to complete a new collection of short stories.
  • presented “Using Video Games to Engage Visual Learners” at the Tri-State Best Practices Conference, Bergen County Community College.


  • edited the book Flamenco on the Global Stage published by McFarland Press in October.  She has two additional books:  Spaniard, Indians, African and Gypsies: The Global Reach of the Fandango in Music, Song and Dance (Musica Oral de Sur, 2015), and Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2018.
  • was first reader for 13 chapters of 24; she translated 6 of them from Spanish, and contributed a chapter: “Jaleo de Jerez and Tumulte Noir: Primitivist Modernism and Cakewalk in Flamenco, 1902 – 1917.”
  • published “Changing Places: Toward the Reconstruction of an Eighteenth Century Danced Fandango.” With Thomas Baird and Paul Jared Newman. Música Oral del Sur, vol. 12 (2015).
  • published “Changing Places: Enlightenment Ideals and the Fandango Craze,” Encuentro: Flamenco, Department of Music and Center for Iberian and Latin American Music, University of California, Riverside.
  • conducted interviews and public conversations with Belén Maya for Duke Dance Program Oral History Project.
  • organized a conference on “Spaniards, Indians, Africans and Gypsies: The Global Reach of the Fandango in Music, Song, and Dance”.
  • organized “Beyond Sorrow: Rethinking Flamenco for the 21st Century,” New York Flamenco Festival, King Juan Carlos Center at New York University. table conversation exploring the place of suffering, and of the past, in the future of flamenco.
  • was Visiting Research Scholar, The Foundation for Iberian Music at The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at the CUNY Graduate Center.


  • saw his short film The Bravest, The Boldest (Original Story Writer, Co-Screenwriter and Executive Producer) win over 40 awards, including Best Screenplay at the Tacoma Film Festival, Best Drama at the NYC Short Film Festival and Best Film at the Capalbio International Short Film Festival.


  • wrote a peer-reviewed article for Asian Communication Research, titled "Fashion and the Construction of Korean Masculinity in Global Digital K-pop".
  • presented a conference paper titled "A Frame Analysis of Japanese, Indian, and Korean Global Popular Culture in US and Dutch News Media Between 2013-2015" at the Intercultural Communications Conference in Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • presented "Fashion, Masculinity, and Asianness in Digital K-pop Fandom" at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference.
  • was appointed to the American Sociological Association Taskforce (ASA) on "Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major" to rewrite the ASA's 2nd edition of the "Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major" guide. 


  • saw his play, The Beast in My Pants performed in workshop at the Alchemical Theater Lab.


  • led a workshop (“Dramatic Activities in the Higher Education Classroom”) at the Forum on Educational Theatre conference at NYU.


  • screened her two short films ("Contrail," "Nothing Personal") at The Anthology Film Archives (September 2015). These two films were also featured at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, the Big Apple Film Festival, and the Mini Media Film Festival, LIU, Brooklyn.


  • published two articles: “Palmyrenes in Transtiberim: Integration in Rome and Links to the Eastern Frontier” in Rome and the Worlds Beyond Frontiers: Proceedings of the 11th Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire, and “Pirro Ligorio’s Evidence for the Cult of Jupiter Dolichenus” in Rome and Religious Life at the Barracks in Pirro Ligorio’s Worlds.


  • serves as trustee for Société des Professeurs Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA). She is also on the committee of the French-English dual language education in New York City Program (sponsored by the French Embassy in the United States, and the French American Cultural Exchange, FACE).
  • served on Bourse Jeanne Marandon for American graduate students planning to go to France to do thesis research and Bourses du Québec for American students to study French for the summer at the University of Laval in Quebec.
  • participated in a roundtable sponsored by the Association de la Francophonie dans le Monde on teaching French culture to students in American universities. January 11th 2016, Paris.
  • served as trustee for Société des Professeurs Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA).
  • served on the committee of the French-English dual language education in New York City Program (sponsored by the French Embassy in the United States, and the French American Cultural Exchange, FACE). The committee awarded six scholarships to applicants enrolled in Master’s or Certificate Program in Bilingual Education who plan on teaching in a French-English Dual-Language Program in NYC.
  • served on Bourse Jeanne Marandon for American graduate students planning to go to France to do research for their thesis.
  • collaborated on the project “Camus: a Stranger in the City” (sponsored by The Albert Camus Estate, the Mellon Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy).


  • presented “Rapid Creation of Graphs for Algebra - Jazz Up Your Course” at the AMATYC conference in November.


  • lectured on the West Point Foundry with Mark Forlow, fellow co-author of West Point Foundry (Arcadia, 2014), to the Sons and Daughters of the Veterans of the Civil War, New York State division.


  • travelled to Europe twice for mini tours with her band, playing in Belgium, France, Germany, and Spain, performing at intimate venues as well as at the larger festivals EuroRock and Wave-Gotik-Treffen.
  • performed as the Enchantress of Bioluminosity (light, dance, Micronoise parasynth) with Gen Ken Montgomery (electronics, violin) and Chris Penalosa (modular electronics) performed "Dark Odyssey" at ALLGOLD's Commencement, PS1MoMA.
  • was selected by the Dance Parade New York in partnership with the NYC Department of the Aging to teach as part of their Ageless Action Program for 15 weeks in Corona, Queens.


  • continues to program the series "Beyond Cassavetes: Lost Legends of the New York Film World" at Anthology Film Archives. 


  • presented on a panel at the American Dance Therapy Association Annual Conference; San Diego.
  • published an article: “The Embodied Protege: Fifty Years of a Moving Legacy,” in the 2015 American Dance Therapy Association Conference Proceedings.


  • co-organized a conference (with the Cinema Studies Group at the Graduate Center, CUNY): “Mediating the Archive: A Conference on Moving Images and Social Histories”.


  • chaired a conference panel: Colonial Spaces panel (April 30, 2016) at the conference Migrating Objects: Material Culture and Italian Identities (John D. Calandra Italian-American Institute).


  • discussed “The Sexual Roots of Terrorism” during an interview at the Sexual Reawakening Virtual Summit online forum in June.