Linda 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.
Andrea 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: 2017-2018
Eylul Fidan Akinci is a Ph.D. student in the Theatre Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests include dramaturgy, contemporary dance, physical theatre, posthumanism, necropolitics, and transfeminism. She founded one of the first online video archives for dance called “Contemporary Dance Video Database,” which is now part of Ubuweb. She discusses dance and performance related topics in her monthly podcast “The Last Minute Show,” presented in the Emisiones Cacatúa series on TV-Tron. She also works as an independent dramaturg.
Esther Bernstein is a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her area of specialization is Medieval British Literature and her research focuses on childhood and ideologies of education as depicted in various genres of late medieval literature. She teaches writing and literature courses at Lehman College and at the City College of New York.
Shelley Buchbinder is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Psychology and a certificate in Critical Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center. She studies economic restructuring of small cities in New England with a focus on unlikely change initiatives from economic redevelopment to workforce training. She teaches at various courses in the Urban Studies program at Queens College including: Political Economic of Food Systems and Trashing the Global City. She holds an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and before that studies international relations, human rights and film studies.
Nora Goldman is a doctoral candidate in the Linguistics department at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests are sociolinguistics, language and gender, and language on the internet. Her dissertation is on feminist discourse on Twitter and the relationships between language, gender, and power in online communication. Before joining the WAC program at Hostos, she taught a variety of linguistics courses at Lehman College.
Sara Rychtarik is doctoral candidate in French at the Graduate Center, where she is specializing in medieval French literature. She graduated from Barnard College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Studies. She has also studied at the International Center of Photography and the Center for Book Arts. Sara has presented papers at various conferences including the 32nd Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference, The Henri Peyre French Institute Food Seminar: SALT and SUGAR/SALT or SUGAR? (Graduate Center, CUNY), and the 51st Annual Congress on Medieval Studies. She has taught French at City College and is currently a Writing Fellow at Hostos Community College. Sara has also worked extensively in film, music, and photographic production, producing several short films, as well as a television series.
Yuko Shiratori is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology focusing on the Pre-Columbian archaeology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research addresses the construction of social identity, migration, ancestor veneration, and colonialization. She has taught introductory undergraduate courses in archaeology and physical anthropology at Queens College and Lehman Collage. She has extensive field and lab research experience in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Japan, and Mexico. Currently she assists a project at the American Museum of Natural History.
Mercedes Vega Villar