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John Chaney, J.D. is a full time Criminal Justice Lecturer in the Social Science Department at LaGuardia Community College. An acknowledged authority on prison reentry, he is the co-editor of “Counter-Stories and Counter-Spaces: A Critical Race Analysis of Education’s Role in Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens” due to be published by Lexington books in 2017. Prior to his current appointment with CUNY, John Chaney served as an executive staff member with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. As Executive Director for the agency’s ComALERT reentry program, he expanded the program’s service base targeting individuals recently released from prison. ComALERT received nation-wide media attention when the findings of a Harvard University study, announced in a New York Times editorial, highlighted the program’s success in significantly reducing rates of recidivism. As the New York State-appointed coordinator for the Kings County Reentry Task Force between 2010 and 2014, he developed strong partnerships with community and faith based organizations, and state agencies to refine “best practices” referral mechanisms when engaging Brooklyn’s reentry consumers. He has also developed annual reentry seminars for the Criminal Justice section of the American Bar Association, and organized several community reentry mentor training workshops through productive partnerships with local and nationally based organizations. His work has received recognition from the offices of the NY State Senate and NY City Council, and is the recipient of several civic awards. John Chaney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Juris Doctor degree with honors from Brooklyn Law School.
Colleen Eren, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice Program, earned her PhD in Sociology with a focus in deviance/criminology in 2013. She has taught as a lecturer at Queens College, Hunter College, and Hofstra University in both Sociology and Criminal Justice, for 10 years. At LaGuardia, she teaches the capstone course, Crime and Justice in Urban Society, as well as Criminology, Intro to Criminal Justice, and the First Year Seminar. She maintains an active and varied scholarship with a critical criminological focus on financial crime. Her book, "Bernie Madoff and the Crisis: Seeing Society through his Scam" will be published by Stanford University Press in early 2017. She has published in peer-reviewed and political journals such as New Politics and is an active member of the American Society of Criminology. Her interests also include risk-taking behaviors or "edgework" across a wide spectrum of activities. Dr. Eren has a background in social justice organizing around criminal justice issues. For over five years she was Director of Organizing at New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, which led a successful statewide campaign to keep capital punishment out of New York, and was a steering committee member of Amnesty International's Program to Abolish the Death Penalty. She is currently on the advisory board of Communities and Police Talk, an organization dedicated to improving relationships between the police and communities on Long Island.
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.
Jennifer R. Wynn, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and a member of the graduate faculty in the master’s program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Trained as a criminologist with a specialization in forensic psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center/John Jay College, she performs mitigation investigations in death penalty cases and has testified as an expert witness in capital trials on future dangerousness and the etiology of violent crime. For many years she ran a successful reentry program on Rikers Island and currently consults with the CUNY Next Step violence reduction program on Rikers. As a former monitor of prison conditions, she has visited over 75 prisons in the United States, including supermax prisons, and has interviewed several hundred individuals held in solitary confinement.
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.
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. 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.
Karen Miller is Professor of History at LaGuardia Community College and the CUNY Graduate Center, where she teaches in the Master’s in Liberal Studies Program. Her book, Managing Inequality: Northern Racial in Interwar Detroit (New York University Press, 2014). illustrates that “colorblind racism” emerged in northern cities well before the large-scale demographic shifts of the Second World War. Miller demonstrates that white northern leaders increasingly embraced egalitarian ideas about racial difference at the same time that they helped implement and maintain social and political practices that promoted racial inequality. In other words, she shows that northern segregation and egalitarian language were intertwined. This project combines a study of racial formation and urban policy with a consideration of black activism. As African Americans made clearer and more strident claims about their right to full equality, white liberal leaders used the discourse of northern racial liberalism to both respond to and manage those demands. Dr. Miller’s articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Middle West Review, The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Michigan Feminist Studies, and Against the Current. She also published a book chapter in Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Struggles in America.Dr. Miller has been a faculty fellow at a number of centers at the CUNY Graduate Center, including the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, the Center for Humanities, the Committee for the Study of Religion, and the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. She was also a visiting scholar at the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan. In 2015, she was awarded a Chancellor’s Research Fellowship from CUNY.Dr. Miller’s current research focuses on the American colonial state in the Philippines and its effort to Christianize majority-Muslim islands in the south of the archipelago. That study will examine this program into the 1950s, when it was continued under the independent Philippine Republic.
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).
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.
Nichole Marie Shippen received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 2011. Prior to her employment at LaGuardiaCommunity College, she served as the Associate Director of the WaltWhitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy and VisitingAssistant Professor in Political Theory during the 2011-2012 academicyear. Prior to Rutgers, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in theWomen’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.She is the author of Decolonizing Time: Work, Leisure, and Freedom_ (New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2014), 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. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/decolonizing-time-nichole-marie-shippen/?K=9781137364647
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.