Fellows

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Filipa Calado
Digital Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, English

Filipa Calado is a Ph.D. student in the English program at the Graduate Center. She focuses on queer modernist literature, theories of cognition and aesthetics, and digital methodologies. Currently, she is interested in conversations about digital methods and hermeneutics, especially those that engage affect and feeling within a queer context. She is also interested in histories of composition and experimental writing by queer authors, and in the digitization and transcription of print artifacts. As an English instructor, she incorporates social reading practices, particularly digital annotation, to teach close reading. Most recently, she uses and develops annotation tools that engage affect and feeling as part of larger critical interventions in the classroom.

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Rafael Davis Portela
Digital Fellow and Ph.D. Student, History, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Rafael Davis Portela is a Ph.D. student in the History department, where he researches the role of transnational capital in the urban development in Latin America. He is also a member of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies–CLACLS, and Adjunct Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he teaches courses on Latin American History. He is also into digital tools, and interested in anything related to teaching.

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Kristen Hackett
Digital Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Psychology, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Kristen Hackett is a scholar, activist and educator living and working in New York City. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Psychology Program at the Graduate Center of the City of New York, a Digital Fellow with the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, a Digital Pedagogy Fellow with the OpenLab at City Tech, a Coordinator of OpenCUNY, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Justice For All Coalition. Her research interests are in housing and community development in NYC, political and social responses to increasing insecurity and precarity and how art and technology can be used in consciousness-raising and resistance efforts and to advocate for community/human-centered policy development. For her dissertation, Kristen is exploring these themes through the lens a proposed rezoning in Long Island City, NY.

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Olivia Ildefonso
Digital Fellow and Ph.D. Student, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Olivia Ildefonso is a Ph.D. Student in Earth and Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Human Geography at the Graduate Center (CUNY). She studies the political economy of school segregation. Her research focuses on Long Island, New York. Olivia is a Long Island native and has worked as a racial justice activist on Long Island for the past ten years. She has worked for civil rights organization, ERASE Racism since 2010 and she has served on the board of directors for STRONG Youth since 2013. Olivia is currently a GC Digital Fellow. She specializes in GIS Mapping, website management, and multi-media storytelling. Before becoming a GC Digital Fellow, Olivia was an Adjunct Lecturer at Queens College and a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) fellow at John Jay College.

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Jojo Karlin
Digital Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, English, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Jojo Karlin researches transmissions of memory after periods of rapid technological transformation. Coming from a theater background, Jojo loves the intersection of disciplines, multiple media, and diverse expertises she finds in Digital Humanities. For her first big DH project, she did outreach for TANDEM, a web tool that gathers text and image data, and she now proudly coordinates outreach for DH Box, the GC's NEH-funded DH cloud laboratory. She is a freelance editor for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia, and is developing a digital interface for a collection of historical letters. Jojo is deeply interested in digital editions preserving past materiality while exploring new materials.

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Stefano Morello
Digital Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, English

Stefano Morello is a Ph.D. candidate in English. He holds an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Naples "L'Orientale” and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Torino. His academic interests include American Studies, pop culture, poetics, queer theory, and transnational screen cultures. Oh, and punk-rock.

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Javier Otero Peña
Digital Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Psychology, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Javier Otero Peña is a GC Digital Fellow since 2016 and a member of the Public Space Research Group, and currently works as a research assistant for the PARCS study in the CUNY School for Public Health. His dissertation will study the contextual impacts of park renovations in New York City, and will involve a map analysis using GIS technologies, a mini-ethnography using Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) software, and natural language analysis of social media posts. Javier’s field research paper studied the politicization of public spaces through a participatory mural in East Harlem. In 2016, he took part in the CUNY-Humboldt University Summer School in Berlin, and in 2017 he participated in the Digital Humanities Research Institute in Victoria University, Canada. He also received the 2017 Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant. Javier holds a Master in Environmental Policies and Sustainable Development, and taught a class on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean at the Paris Catholic University. He also studied Urban Planning and Management at UCV, and Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries (UNITAR). Javier worked as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme for three years.

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Tom Ribitzky
Coordinator, Graduate Center Digital Initiatives

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Patrick Smyth
Research Computing Coordinator, Columbia University and Ph.D. Candidate, English as well as former Digital Fellow, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Patrick Smyth's research focuses on Utopian thought and the history of science in 18th and 19th century British literature. As a digital humanist, Patrick is concerned with digital platforms for research and pedagogy. He is currently a developer on the NEH-funded DH Box, a cloud-based platform for accessing digital humanities tools, and has received a Provost's Digital Innovation grant for an online archive of science fiction works. His most recent publication is “Ebooks and the Digital Paratext: Emerging Trends in the Interpretation of Digital Media” in Examining Paratextual Theory and Its Applications in Digital Culture. Patrick was a 2010 Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Berlin, Germany, and teaches composition and literature at Queens College.


Faculty

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Jill Cirasella
Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication at The Graduate Center, CUNY

Jill Cirasella is Associate Professor and Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In this position, she oversees reference, instruction, outreach, circulation, interlibrary loan, thesis/dissertation services, and scholarly communication initiatives. A vocal advocate of open access (OA), Jill spurred the creation of the CUNY Academic Works repository, and she continues to promote understanding of OA at CUNY and beyond. Her research also centers on OA, including the anxieties surrounding OA dissertations, and she serves on the boards of three OA journals, including the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

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Katina Rogers
Director, Programs and Administration, The Futures Initiative, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Katina Rogers is the Director of Administration and Programs of the Futures Initiative and HASTAC at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Rogers' work focuses on many aspects of higher education reform, including scholarly communication practices, professionalization and career development, public scholarship, and advocacy for fair labor policies. She previously worked with the Modern Language Association as managing editor of MLA Commons, the MLA’s online platform for collaboration, discussion, and new modes of scholarly publishing. Her study on perceptions of career preparedness, which she conducted as senior research specialist for the Scholarly Communication Institute, provided valuable data on the skillsets and career paths of humanities graduate students. While at SCI, she contributed to the development of the Praxis Network, a multi-institutional and international effort geared toward sharing model programs and experiments in humanities methodological training. Katina is the editor of #Alt-Academy, a digital publication dedicated to exploring the career paths of humanities scholars in and around the academy. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Luke Waltzer
Director, Teaching and Learning Center, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Luke Waltzer is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he supports GC students in their teaching across the CUNY system and beyond, and works on a variety of pedagogy and digital projects. He previously was the director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Baruch College. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the CUNY Graduate Center, serves as a Community Advisor to the CUNY Academic Commons and on the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and has contributed essays to Matthew K. Gold's Debates in the Digital Humanities and, with Thomas Harbison, to Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki's Writing History in the Digital Age.