Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice
Phone: +1 (212) 220-1219
I began teaching at BMCC in fall 2007, on the brink of receiving my Ph.D. in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center. My teaching career, however, really started in 1999 after my first year of graduate school, when I began teaching Introduction to Sociology at Queens College. Since then, I have also been an adjunct lecturer at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the SUNY Fashion Institute.
Before graduate school, I worked for six years as a reporter at New York Newsday, covering breaking news, as well as public education, immigration and Queens criminal courts; prior to that, I worked for my hometown newspaper The Los Angeles Times, and was among a team of reporters and photographers awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the civil upheaval that unfolded on April 29, 1992, after four white police officers were acquitted of brutally assaulting Rodney King, a black motorist. My doctoral dissertation Violence and Trauma as Constitutive Elements of Racial Identity Formation: the 1992 L.A riots/uprising/saigu reexamined that event, arguing that racist violence and its traumatic repercussions led to the construction of haunted, radicalized identities.
Racism Theory/Critical “Race” Theory, Race and Ethnicity
- B.A. The University of Chicago, Art and Design,1990
- M.A. Queens College, CUNY, Sociology,2005
- Ph.D. CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology,2007
- This course studies the social world and how it has evolved over time, as well as how individuals are influenced and structured by social interactions in small groups and by larger social forces. The course covers major sociological theories and research methods, and key concepts such as culture, socialization, social class, race/ethnicity, gender, technology, social inequality, and social change.
- A close relationship exists between the social problems and the values and structures regarded by society as normal and stable. In this course, students apply sociological principles, theory, methods, and research toward an understanding of social problems. Prerequisite: SOC 100
- This course involves a sociological analysis of the modern city and the urban way of life. Among the topics discussed are: the growth and decline of urban neighborhoods; social forces responsible for the modern urban community; urban ecology; urban blight and shifts in the residential distribution of racial, ethnic, and income groups; plans and policies for urban development; and the future of the central city. Prerequisite: SOC 100
- This course examines the basic functions of the family in contemporary society. The social processes involved in courtship, marriage, parenthood, alternative family models, the roles of family members, and the relationship between the various models and the community will be examined. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or ANT 100
Research and Projects
- Women at the Graduate Center: Personal Reflections on Public Higher Education
A book prospectus, entitled Women at the Graduate Center: Personal Reflections on Public Higher Education, is currently undergoing blind review at Palgrave Macmillan. The co-edited book presents 15 autobiographical essays by women who graduated from the CUNY Graduate Center; and examines the role of public higher education in their lives. It includes a history of public higher education, and CUNY, in particular; and also engages in contemporary debates regarding the future of public higher education.
- Occupying the New York Times?,Socialism and Democracy (2012)
- Sa-I-Gu, Twenty Years Later: I Still Love L.A.,Amerasia Journal Volume 38 Number 1 (2012)
- Violence and Trauma as Constitutive Elements in Korean American Racial and Identity Formation: the 1992 L.A. riots/insurrection/saigu,Ethnic and Racial Studies, pp. 1-20. (2011)
- Book Review of Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality and Blackness,,Visual Studies Vol. 27, Issue 3, p. 312, Routledge Journals, Oxford, England (2012)
- Book Review of Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary,Visual Studies Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 193-194, Routledge Journals, Oxford, England (2012)
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
- 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting
Member of a team of reporters and photographers from the Los Angeles Times covering the 1992 L.A. Riots
- 2010 PSC-CUNY Research Development Grant
Received $1,300 grant to expand and develop doctoral thesis
- 2000 Gustavus Myers Award, Honorable Mention