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John R. Chaney is widely recognized as an authority in developing effective agency partnerships that deliver essential transitional services for formerly incarcerated citizens. Currently a full time Criminal Justice faculty member at the City University of New York (CUNY) LaGuardia Community College’s Social Science department, he is perhaps best known for his notable appointment as an administrator for the high profile Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. Between 2009 and 2014 he served as the Executive Director for the agency’s nationally acclaimed ComALERT (Community and Law Enforcement Resources Together) reentry program, simultaneously serving as the New York State-appointed coordinator for the Kings County Reentry Task Force. He is also an author and co-editor of Race, Education, and Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens published by Lexington Books. A frequent moderator and expert panelist, he has provided technical assistance for the Criminal Justice section for the American Bar Association, the ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation) division for the New York State Department of Education, and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. His work has received formal recognition from the NY City Council, NY State legislature, and civic awards from several community organizations. Born and raised in Harlem, New York, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Juris Doctorate 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.
Camila Gelpí-Acosta received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School University in 2013. She has extensive research experience, specifically conducting ethnographies, in-depth interviewing, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Her doctoral dissertation qualitatively explored the experiences of NYC street heroin users with the criminal justice system and methadone programs. These data led to her “Junkie habitus” theory, which has appeared in several publications (link below). From 2013-2014, she was a postdoc at the Behavioral Scientist Training program (NIDA T32 DA007233), where she received comprehensive training on grant proposal and scholarship development. In September 2014, she was appointed Assistant Professor at LaGuardia/CUNY, Criminal Justice Program. Here, she mainly teaches Criminology (SSJ 201), and Crime and Justice in the Urban Society (SSN 204); but also teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice (SSJ 101), and the First-Year Seminar (CJF 101). Dr. Gelpí-Acosta is a native Puerto Rican who, while in New York City, co-founded a syringe exchange program in Puerto Rico (El Punto en la Montaña, Inc.) to help address the pronounced service needs of rural injection drug users. Each year, she commits a portion of her time to in-kind grant writing to insure the maintenance of this program.
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. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations 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 since the 19th century. 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 in 2012. Dr. Kietlinski teaches courses in global and East Asian history, and has helped to build LaGuardia's International Studies Program.
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.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 1960s, 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 is originally from Bosnia where she spent her early teenage years in a war zone. She came to the United States after the war to pursue education. After attending a community college where she majored in Liberal Arts, International Studies, she transferred to Rutgers University and received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Political Science and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Global Affairs. Prof. Blagojevic’s experiences include working as a Conflict Prevention Consultant at the United Nations Development Group Office in New York and as a receptionist and radio operator at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Bosnia. Her research interests include causes of war, human rights, peacebuilding, and the role of sport in development and peace..
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 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 children's emotion regulation, fronto-executive processes using animal models, and creative pedagogy in teaching psychology. In recent years, she has been exploring the value of mindfulness and other contemplative practices as a therapeutic adjunct to Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, as well as a training modality for psychology students.
Dr. Imamichi has received his PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in Environmental Psychology.At LaGuardia Community College, he has been teaching General Psychology, Environmental Psychology (Urban Studies), and Social Psychology (Capstone).His research interests include environmental competence, specifically how people deal with challenging tasks and environments (such as newcomers adjusting to their new environments and marathoners preparing for and running a marathon) and the links of health/well-being, environmental justice, and sustainability. Dr. Imamichi has served as the mentor of Researchers in Student Environments (RiSE), the mentor of Japanese heritage language scholars of the Luce Project, and the mentor of Psi Beta (Community College National Honor in Psychology). https://lagcc-cuny.digication.com/tomo_imamichi/Welcome/
Shara Sand, Psy.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology, LaGuardia Community College and an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at CUNY's Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She is currently co-chair of the Sexualities and Gender Identities Committee of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. She has a wide range of clinical and research interests including sexual orientation, gender identity, performing and creative arts, and social justice issues. Dr. Sand also maintains a private practice in New York, where in a former life she was a free-lance trombonist.
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.
Dr. Lisa Silverman received an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from New York University. In her research, she examines contextual and sociocultural influences on development, acknowledging that both micro and macro level contexts shape individuals. Her more specific interests include exploring the connections between individuals’ relationships and their school experiences. For instance, Dr. Silverman has investigated the ways that family and peer contexts relate to friendship quality, social adjustment to school, and academic efficacy. While most of her research has focused on the experience of urban adolescents, Dr. Silverman has recently begun exploring issues that are more pertinent to emerging adults. She serves as Co-director for the Psychology Program and Faculty Mentor for the Psychology Club.
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.
As part of the Social Science department, Dr. Bastas 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. With a Master’s in women’s studies (Minnesota State University, Mankato) and a PhD in sociology (University of Cincinnati), hara's dissertation of “Girls’ Rights: An Insight into the UN from 1995-2010” focused on the development of girls’ rights within the United Nations using a feminist human rights framing analysis. Dr. Bastas serves as the lead delegate for the United Nations from the NGO Sociologists for Women in Society and is actively involved in sociological and women’s studies professional organizations. Dr. Bastas also serves CUNY through Faculty Council and Professional Staff Congress.
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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 Associate Professor of Urban Studies at LaGuardia Community College. She received her PhD from Rutgers University in urban planning and geography. She has analyzed the criminalization of Latino immigrant communities in municipalities where both space and citizenship are hotly contested. Martinez’s current scholarship focuses on national immigration policy, the urban transformation and empowerment of Latino communities, and LGBTQ immigrant enclaves. She is happy to call Queens her home.
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.