Who We Are


lindaLinda Hirsch, Professor in the English Department at Hostos Community College/CUNY, has been coordinator of the Hostos WAC/RAC Initiative since its inception in 1999. Her areas of interest include language and literacy of both native and non-native speakers of English and children’s literature. She received her BA in English from City College/CUNY, her MA in English Literature from SUNY Stony Brook and her PhD in English Education from New York University. Her research on WAC and the language and cognitive needs of ELLs across the curriculum has appeared in journals and collections including Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places; Language and Learning Across the Disciplines and Writing Across the Curriculum in Community Colleges. She is a former president of the CUNY ESL Council and Writing Centers Association and currently hosts EdCast, a TV program airing throughout New York City on CUNY TV that examines issues in education. She has been co-coordinating the Hostos WAC/RAC Initiative with Professor Andrea Fabrizio since 2009.

andreaAndrea Fabrizio currently co-coordinates the Writing-across-the-Curriculum Initiative with Prof. Linda Hirsch. Her areas of interest are writing pedagogy, Women’s Studies, and early modern and eighteenth-century English literature. She received her BA in English from FordhamUniversity in 2000 and her PhD in English with a Certificate in Women’s Studies in 2008 from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Her dissertation, “Prophetic Authority and the Rhetoric of Passivity in Seventeenth-Century English Women’s Writing” examines the works of five female prophets who challenged nearly every level of English society, including the government, the church, and family structure through their representations of their connection to God. She has been a member of the Hostos community since 2003 when she worked here as a Writing Fellow.

Current Fellows: 2015-2016

jenniferJennifer Hamano is a Ph.D. student in the Linguistics Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on multilingual assessment, and aims to describe the repertoire in each of an emergent bilingual’s languages without using the deficit model prevalent in public school standardized testing. Jennifer is an Advanced Research Collaborative fellow and recipient of a Praxis Grant for her dissertation research in multilingual assessment. Jennifer has taught courses in Linguistics and Bilingualism at Lehman College, and is involved in public outreach related to multilingualism and language awareness. Website: https://chamano.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

elliottElliott Liu is a Ph.D. student in the Anthropology program at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research focuses on the science and technology of policing in the United States, exploring how new hardware and software infrastructures are reshaping the way public safety is conceived and operationalized. Before coming to Hostos, Elliott taught Introductory Anthropology at Baruch College. When he is not geeking out over his research interests, you can find him planting, harvesting and weeding in community gardens in the Bronx.

jessicaJessica Mahlbacher is a Ph.D. student in the Political Science Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her specialization is in Comparative Politics and International Relations, comparing popular nationalism and social movements in China and Russia.  Her dissertation looks at divergence and alignment between government articulations of the nation in policy and discourse and the mobilization of grassroots nationalist sentiment. She is a Mellon Fellow with the Globalization and Social Change Committee at the Graduate Center. Jessica teaches courses in American Politics, Chinese Politics, Comparative Politics and Nationalism at Baruch College and Hunter College.

laurenLauren Spradlin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistics at the Graduate Center whose slang research explores the morphophonology of English constructions, as well as the interaction between phonology and orthography in computer-mediated communication.  As an Advanced Research Collective Fellow and in conjunction with the Endangered Language Initiative and Endangered Language Alliance, she does documentational work on Alcozauca Mixtec and facilitates Intercambio de Idiomas, a neighborhood literacy class for Mam and Mixtec speakers.  Her dissertation work involves the construction of a searchable database of typologically diverse historical sound changes.  Lauren teaches Linguistics courses in the English Department at Hunter College, has taught Linguistics for Teachers at the City College of New York, and is currently woking as a TA at New York University.  When she’s not actively hustling from one gig to another, she can be found hanging out with her incredibly friendly cat, Percival, developing pedagogical games to bring to the Linguistics Games Nights hosts at Hunter, and enthusiastically telling anyone who’ll listen about her beautiful hometown, Tucson Arizona. You can visit her website at laurenspradlin.info.

roseRose Tomassi is a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her area of specialization is Long 19th century British Literature and her research focuses on the depiction of reading practices, the phenomenological experience of reading, and the educational and political ideologies shaping both, in the fiction and essays of George Eliot. Before coming to Hostos, she taught courses in writing, English literature, and World Humanities at City College of New York. She lives in a little apartment above a hair salon in Astoria, and enjoys exploring Queens in her free time.

nicoleNicole Webb is a Ph.D. student in Physical Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She studies the evolution of bipedalism in hominins, and her dissertation examines skeletal scaling trends of the pelvis across bipedal mammals. She teaches Introduction to Human Evolution and Human Variation at Lehman College and Human Origins at Brooklyn College. She is a member of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP) and regularly shares her research  through public outreach events held at the American Museum of Natural History.


Past Fellows:

Sean Gerrity
Jennifer Hamano
Elliott Liu
Evangelia–Lydia Manatou
Rebecca Salois
Danielle Stewart
Mercedes Vega Villar
Nicole Webb

Janne Gillespie
Emmy Williamson
Rebecca Salois
Fang Xu
Ryan DeChant
Sean Gerrity

Jeremy Greenfield
Pablo Guerra
David Houpt
David Monaghan
Preeti Sampat
Rebecca Traynor

Mary Hubbell
Stephen Ruszcyk
Laura Paskell-Brown
Elan Abrell
Emily Curtin

Shana Lessing
Monica Steinberg
Ryan Bazinet
Sophia Bishop
Kendra Brewster
Edwin Mayorga

Mark Alfano
Angelina Tallaj
Sarah Archino
Christopher Swift
Elisa Legon
Tudor Protopopescu

Mark Alfano
Adriana Perez
Sarah Archino
Christopher Swift
Elisa Legon
Tudor Protopopescu

Adriana Perez
Anamaria Flores
Dave Pier
Kate Wilson
Mayida Zaal
Roderick Graham