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Former WAC Fellows

Shane Breaux is a PhD candidate in the theatre program at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he is at work on his dissertation titled, "Just a Buncha Clowns: Comedic-Anarchy and Racial Transgressions in Early 20th-Century U.S. Musical Variety Performance." Shane is also an international playwright, actor, and dramaturg who has recently worked in Salvador, Brazil and Tokyo, Japan as well as here in NYC.

Rachel Brown is a PhD candidate in Political Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her areas of specialization are migration, citizenship and feminist political theory. Prior to being a WAC Fellow, Rachel taught at Brooklyn College. She also enjoys writing and performing poetry around NYC.

Drew Bucilla is a PhD candidate in the Art History department at The Graduate Center, CUNY, specializing in film projection, performance, and installation in Western Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, and was previously a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Queens College, CUNY.

Sissi Liu is a PhD Candidate in Theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interest ranges from musical theatre and cultural production, theorizing intercultural theatre and performance, Asian / Asian American theatre and performance, critical race theory, to digital art and jazz studies. Her articles and performance reviews can be found in Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre, Performance and Spirituality, Puppetry International, and Slavic and Eastern European Performance. When she is not busy working on her dissertation entitled Wukongism, or the Monkey King Consciousness: Kung Fu, Jazz, and the Performance of Asia/America, she works as a musical theatre composer and a dramaturg for off- and off-off-Broadway theatres.

Berglind Hólm Ragnarsdóttir is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research focuses on cross-national stratification and inequalilty, gender equality, and family well-being. She is currently a research associate at the Luxembourg Income study center.

Leslie Synn is a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research focuses on early American literature and religious rhetoric.

Peter Yu is a PhD candidate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research interests concern novel uses of archival, “big” data to inform industrial and organizational psychology. He is particularly interested in the a) the use if genetic archives to link to psychosocial outcomes such as work-family conflict, b) understanding societal and macro-level influences on human health impacts for employees in in hazardous job roles, and c) improving techniques to better integrate secondary sources into meta-analysis to achieve more precise estimates of effect sizes corresponding to employment and organizational outcomes.