Justine Lewis is a researcher and practitioner at Binghamton University with a focus on refugee integration and social networks. Before academia, she was a Public Affairs Specialist and Acting Deputy Director of Public Engagement, working for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration (2013) from Cornell University’s Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and an additional Masters in Human Development (2011) from Cornell University’s School of Human Ecology. As a Public Humanities Fellow, she will explore the role of relationships in refugee integration. Lewis uses personal network analysis […]
Karis Jones is a PhD candidate in NYU’s Teaching & Learning English Education program. Her dissertation examines issues of power and transformation at the intersection of students’ fandom and disciplinary literacies and implications for designing more equitable contexts for learning in English classrooms. Karis is a New Media Scholar for the AERA Writing & Literacies Special Interest Group which is a role dedicated to promoting educational innovation, centering historically marginalized communities and facilitating scholarly engagement with practitioners and publics. As a Public Humanities Fellow, she will continue her research partnership with the non-profit New City Kids–an organization dedicated to mentorship in […]
Moisés Hassan Bendahan is a doctoral candidate in Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University, working on the visualization of ethnicity in comics and graphic novels. His dissertation will focus on the depiction and individual experiences of Asian American and Latinx communities in American comics. Through his Public Humanities Fellowship, he will develop and implement a project called “Empowering Through Visual Narratives”, a workshop series aimed at middle-school students which involves reading and creating comics. Guided by an instructor, pupils will read and discuss visual storytelling in comics and graphic novels that address ethnicity, race and gender. The reading material […]
Jessica Gilbert is a PhD Candidate in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Geography and a research associate at Partnership for the Public Good. Her research focuses on food justice and the just transition broadly and reflects and supports the priorities of the Crossroads Coalition. In addition, through her roles both at PPG and as a PhD Candidate, Jessica supports the campaign to bring the Good Food Purchasing Program to WNY both by working with Crossroads and by supporting the Good Food Buffalo Coalition, where she is helping to guide policy research and advocacy. When Jessica is not working, she can usually be […]
Luke Elliott-Negri conducts labor research at the School of Labor and Urban Studies of the City University of New York and is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is author of several articles about industrial unionism and is the coauthor of a policy report on Connecticut’s paid sick days law. His dissertation analyzes the history and prospects of the New York-based Working Families Party against the backdrop of the literature on American exceptionalism with respect to party formation, and his co-authored book project about social movement success and failure is under review at Oxford University Press. Luke’s Humanities […]
Busra Sati Doga is a PhD candidate in the Sociology department at SUNY Binghamton where she focuses on sociology of food, global labor studies and migration. Her Public Humanities project, titled “Immigrant Narratives from Past to Present: Writing Binghamton’s Food History,” aims to explore the ethnic diversity of the larger Binghamton area and make immigrants visible through the prism of food. Based on interviews with immigrants and their descendants from Binghamton, she will narrate the family and immigration histories of the participants as a recipe-centered piece and publish this on a website that I will create. This project will convey […]
Bibi Calderaro is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist, educator and researcher whose work circulates internationally since 1995. Her participatory sensorial walks explore ideas of hybridity within epistemological and ontological grounds. Her collaborative work with the Coastal Reading Group explores the intersections of the body, the psyche and the social within the frame of post-phenomenological thinking and eco-centric ethics. Her work aims at building ecological solidarity beyond the human. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships internationally. Bibi is an active Board Member for Holes in the Wall Collective’s Center for Creative Research, Reflection and Action. She holds a Sustainability […]
Tehya Boswell is a current Master of Public Health candidate at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is enrolled in the Population and Family Health Department with a certificate in the Epidemiology of Chronic Disease. She is most passionate about addressing the mental health gaps in communities of color both domestically and abroad. To begin to address these health gaps, Tehya has developed the DNA (Diaspora Named and Archived) program. DNA is a storytelling project that will guide school-aged children as they interview older family members about their medical and social history, eventually developing a podcast of the […]
Rustin Zarkar is a PhD candidate in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at NYU. His research focuses on regimes of mobility and cultural history in and around the Caspian Sea during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is the co-founder and editor of the Ajam Media Collective, an online space dedicated to culture and politics in Iran, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and South Asia. His project utilizes digital mapping, oral histories, and 360 and conventional documentary footage to explore the housing exchange that occurred between Armenian and Azerbaijani refugees in Baku and Yerevan during the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict.
Rohma Khan is a PhD Candidate in the History Department at the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on the experiences of working-class South Asian immigrants as they settled in New York City in the late twentieth century. Her project, “Rochester’s Immigrant Tales: Voices of a Local Pakistani Community,” is a collaborative oral history project that prompts community members in Rochester, New York to engage in heritage-based work to spotlight the lives and contributions of Pakistani Americans. The project will shed light on how they play an active role in shaping local politics, social activities, and supporting larger community causes in Rochester.