LGBTQ Faculty And Staff Profiles

Borough of Manhattan Community College


Racquel Goodison

College: Borough of Manhattan Community College

Department: English

Office: N-714

Email: rgoodison@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (212) 220-8267

Links:

Racquel Goodison is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. She has been a resident at Yaddo and the Saltonstall Arts Colony as well as a recipient of the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writer’s Grant and a scholarship to the Fine Arts Works Center. Her stories, poems, and creative nonfiction have been nominated for the Pushcart and can be found in such literary journals as the Black Arts Quarterly, Proud Flesh Journal, Kweli Journal, Her Kind, and Drunken Boat. Her work is forthcoming in All About Skin, an anthology for award-winning Black women writers, and The Encyclopedia Project, Vol. L-P. And her chapbook, SKIN, is currently a finalist for the Goldline Press Fiction Chapbook competition.

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Elizabeth Whitney

College: Borough of Manhattan Community College

Department: Speech,
Communications, & Theatre Arts

Office: S628L

Email: ewhitney@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (212)-220-8090

Links: BMCC Faculty Page

Elizabeth Whitney received her Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University in Communication & Performance Studies, her M.A. at University of Utah in Intercultural Communication & Gender Studies, and her B.M. at the University of Montevallo in Vocal Performance. Previous to her appointment at BMCC, she taught courses on gender and performance at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, was a Performance Studies Scholar in Residence in the Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College, and a visiting faculty in the Women’s Studies Department at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also served as Assistant Director of the LGBT Resource Center. Her creative research interests include intersectionality and solo and collaborative performance.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Gender and Performance
  • Poetry and Performance
  • Gender and Social Change
  • Third Wave Feminism
Elizabeth Whitney

College of Staten Island


Jillian Baez

College: College of Staten Island

Department: Media Culture

Office: Building 1P Room 232C

Email: jillian.baez@csi.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 982-2143

Links: CSI Faculty Page

Professor Báez (B.A. Hunter College, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) specializes in Latina/o media, audience studies, and transnational feminisms and sexualities. She has published her work in the Journal of Popular Communication, Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and several anthologies. Professor Báez is currently writing a book on Latina audiences' engagement with images of the Latina body in film, television, and advertising. She is also writing several articles on the use of social media in the immigrant rights movement.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Media and the Margins
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Matthew Brim

College: College of Staten Island

Department: English

Office: Building 2S Room 214

Email: matt.brim@csi.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 982-3645

Links: CSI Faculty Page

Professor Brim (B.A. Wabash College, Ph.D. Indiana University) is Assistant Professor of Queer Studies in the English department at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Students in his courses can expect to explore complex narratives of sexuality, gender, race, and ability. Professor Brim encourages students, faculty, and staff to share a commitment to increasing LGBTQ representation and visibility on the CSI campus.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Queer Studies
  • LGBT Literature
  • Black Gay Male Literature
  • Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Matt Brim



David Gerstner

College: College of Staten Island

Department: Media Culture

Office: Building 1P Room 232A

Email: david.gerstner@csi.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 982-2546

Links: CSI Faculty Page

Academia.edu

David A. Gerstner (B.A., M.A., SUNY Buffalo; Ph.D., UCLA) is Professor of Cinema Studies at the City University of New York's Graduate Center and College of Staten Island. His books include: Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic (2011, Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2012); Manly Arts: Masculinity and Nation in Early American Cinema (2006); The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture (editor, 2006—New York Public Library “Best of Reference,” 2007); and with Cynthia Chris he has edited the just published Routledge anthology, Media Authorship. In 2003, Authorship and Film was co-edited with Janet Staiger). He is currently co-authoring a book about French filmmaker, Christophe Honoré for Wayne State University Press. His essays appear in several anthologies and journals.

David Gerstner



Jeremiah Jurkiewicz

College: College of Staten Island

Department: LGBTQ Resource Center in the Office of Student Life

Office: Building 1C Room 225

Email: Jeremiah.Jurkiewicz@csi.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 982-3091

Links: CSI LGBTQ Resource Center

Facebook Page

Jeremiah Jurkiewicz is the coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center on the CSI campus. He is a graduate of the CSI class of 2012 where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts and with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. While a student at CSI he was President of the Gay Straight Alliance on campus for six semesters and advocated for resources and rights for LGBTQ students.

Campus resources offered:

  • Safe space and drop-in resource center
  • Small library of LGBTQ related books and magazines
  • LGBTQ events, speakers, and workshops on campus
  • Coming out and LGBTQ support groups
  • Safe Zone and Ally trainings on campus
  • Information on LGBTQ services on and off campus
Jeremiah Jurkiewicz



Sarah Schulman

College: College of Staten Island

Department: English

Office: Building 2S Room 232

Email: sarah.schulman@csi.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 982-3685

Links: CSI Faculty Page

ACT UP Oral History Project

Sarah Schulman was born in New York City in 1958 and attended Hunter High School. She is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, AIDS historian, journalist, and active participant citizen. She is the Co-Founder of MIX: NY LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival, Co-Director ACT UP Oral History Project, and U.S. Coordinator of the first LGBT Delegation to Palestine.

Professor Schulman is the recipient of numerous awards, including Guggenheim, Fulbright, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, Kessler Prize for Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies, Stonewall Award for Improving the Lives of Gays and Lesbians in the United States, among others.

She has published over one dozen fiction and nonfiction books, as well as numerous plays and films.

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CUNY School of Law


Ruthann Robson

College: CUNY School of Law

Department: Law

Office: 4-321

Email: robson@law.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 340-4447

Links: CUNY Law School Faculty Page

Personal Website

Ruthann Robson is a Distinguished Professor of Law. She is the author of the books Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy (2013), Sappho Goes to Law School (1998); Gay Men, Lesbians, and the Law (1996); and Lesbian (Out)Law: Survival Under the Rule of Law (1992), and the editor of the three volume set, International Library of Essays in Sexuality & Law (2011). She is a frequent commentator on constitutional and sexuality issues and the co-editor of the Constitutional Law Professors Blog. She is featured as one of the 26 professors in the book What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press 2013).

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Sexuality and Law (an elective open to law students, graduate students, and undergraduate students by special permission)
  • Constitutional Law courses (open to law students only)
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Kingsborough Community College


Jose Nanín

College: Kingsborough Community College, CUNY School of Public Health

Department: Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Office: G-307

Email: Jose.Nanin@kbcc.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 265-5705

Links: KCC Faculty Page

Dr. Nanín is Co-Director and Associate Professor in the Community Health Program, as well as a co-coordinator of the Safe Zone program at Kingsborough Community College. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and a Certified Sexuality Educator.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Human Sexuality
  • Critical Issues in Community Health
  • Community Health Interventions
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Lehman College


Mario DiGangi

College: Lehman College, CUNY Graduate Center

Department: English

Office:

Email: mdigangi@gc.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (212) 817-8353

Links: GC English Faculty Page

Lehman College English Faculty Page

Mario DiGangi (Ph.D., Columbia University) is Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, where he serves as Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in English. Author of The Homoerotics of Early Modern Drama (Cambridge UP, 1997) and Sexual Types: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character from Shakespeare to Shirley (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), he has published articles on Renaissance drama and culture in several essay collections, including Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare; Love, Sex, Intimacy and Friendship between Men, 1550-1800; A Companion to Renaissance Drama; A Companion to Shakespeare's Works: The Comedies; and A Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Shakespearean Masculinities (Fall 2009)
  • Marlowe and his Contemporaries (Fall 2007)
  • Shakespeare and Sexuality (Fall 2002)
Mario DiGangi

New York City College of Technology


Monique Ferrell

College: City Tech

Department: English

Office: N-503

Email: mferrell@citytech.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 260-5793

Links: City Tech English Faculty Page

Professor Ferrell (B.A., Hunter College; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University) is a poet and fiction writer. Her poetry, fiction, and scholarly writing has been widely published and anthologized. Both her writing and classroom teaching reflect her interest in matters of race, feminism/womanism, and politics of sexual identity. More than anything, as a professor, she wants her students to examine their place in the global society and to question antiquated paradigms that dictate social, political, and cultural behavior. Dr. Ferrell’s course “Women, Violence, and Victimization: The Politics of Womanhood,” is part of the City Tech English Department’s pending Option/Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Ferrell’s forthcoming third poetry volume Attraversiamo and her short fiction collection Impetus both examine issues of race and gender alongside the pressures and politics of living as a woman in 21st century America.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
Monique Ferrell



Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

College: City Tech

Department: English

Office: N-503

Email: chellman@citytech.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 260-4975

Links: City Tech English Faculty Page

Caroline Hellman (B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center) is an associate professor of English at City Tech, City University of New York. Her book, Domesticity and Design in American Women’s Literature: Stowe, Alcott, Cather, and Wharton Writing Home, was published by Routledge in 2011. Dr. Hellman was a 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar in American Literature at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her teaching and research interests concern the connotations of place and constructions of the domestic in nineteenth through twenty-first-century American literature, as well as literary inheritance.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Upstairs/Downstairs: Alternative Domestic Constructions in American Literature
  • American Women Writers
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Reneta D. Lansiquot

College: City Tech

Department: English

Office: N-525

Email: rlansiquot@citytech.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 260-4976

Links: City Tech English Faculty Page

Personal Website

Dr. Reneta D. Lansiquot (M.S. Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Ph.D. NYU) is an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Honors Scholars Program at New York City College of Technology. She has been a consultant for media and telecommunication companies, as well as for non-profit organizations based in Afghanistan and in the United States for several years. Her mixed-methodology research focuses on interdisciplinary studies. Dr. Lansiquot has presented her educational research at numerous national and international conferences in Austria, Canada, Greece, Japan, and Portugal and has published book chapters and journal articles on technical writing, game design, virtual reality, and problem-solving across the curriculum. She is the author of Cases on Interdisciplinary Research Trends in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Studies on Urban Classrooms.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Weird Science: Interpreting and Redefining Humanity
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Eric M. Rodriguez

College: City Tech

Department: Psychology

Office: N-625

Email: erodriguez@citytech.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 260-4978

Links: City Tech Psychology Faculty Page

Professor Rodriguez earned a B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. His academic interests include: Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Intersex Issues, Identity Conflict and Integration, Personality Psychology, Positive Psychology, Psychology of Religion, Social Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics, and HIV/AIDS.

His current research is focused on religion and spirituality in the LGBTQI community, a topic on which he has authored and coauthored numerous articles and lectured/presented at conferences and meetings throughout the U.S.

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Annette J. Saddik

College: City Tech

Department: English

Office: N-527

Email: asaddik@citytech.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 260-5208

Links: City Tech English Faculty Page

GC Theatre Faculty Page

Annette J. Saddik (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is Professor of English and Theatre at New York City College of Technology and the CUNY Graduate Center Doctoral Program in Theatre. Her area of specialization is 20th and 21st century drama and performance, particularly the work of Tennessee Williams. Saddik’s forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press, Tennessee Williams and the Theatre of Excess: "The Strange, The Crazed, The Queer," looks at Williams' late oeuvre through the theoretical lenses of the carnivalesque and the grotesque, using feminist and queer theory in order to contextualize his plays. In addition, she has published on identity and performance in hip hop culture, and serves on the editorial boards of Theatre Topics and the Tennessee Williams Annual Review.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Gender and Sexual Identity: Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Literature
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Laura Westengard

College: City Tech

Department: English

Office: N-503

Email: lwestengard@citytech.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 260-5761

Links: City Tech English Faculty Page

Laura Westengard’s (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) research and teaching interests include American literature and culture after 1900, queer studies, minority discourses, feminist discourses, trauma studies, and composition studies. Her current project, Queer Monsters Within: Trauma and the Emergence of Gothic Queer Discourse in U.S. Cultural Production, 1945-2011, explores how gothic metaphors appear in American cultural productions concerned with non-normative gender and sexuality, claiming that there are particularly gothic periods in the cultural production that follows collective trauma—monstrosity in post-atomic LGBT pulp novels, haunting in historical fiction following the Watts riots of 1965, live burial in AIDS literature, and vampirism in popular culture following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Her essay "Gothic Gaga: Monstrosity, Trauma, and the Strategic Artifice of Lady Gaga’s Pop Stardom" will appear in the forthcoming collection Star Power: On the Impact of Branded Celebrity (Praeger, 2014).

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Identity Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Literature
  • Vampires in 20th and 21st Century American Literature, Film, and Television
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Julian Williams

College: City Tech

Department: English

Office: N-503

Email: jwilliams@citytech.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 260-5789

Links:

Julian Williams (Ph.D., Columbia University) is co-editor of the anthology Lead, Follow, or Move out of the Way: Global Perspectives in Literature and Film. The book is going into its 3rd edition Fall Semester 2014. This text has an ever-evolving "Gender, Sex, and Sexuality" chapter, as well as forty annotated film listings in the gender identity section. Fall of 2014 will also see the release of an anthologized collaboration with Prof. Monique Ferrell titled Her Own Worst Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters. This book will include pieces on matters that directly impact the Global woman: feminist theory, womanism, sex, sexuality, abuse, culture, religion, class, power, motherhood, sisterhood, and "being." Dr. Williams will also have an essay in the book titled "Rape: the inescapable pastime." This article will focus on the Stubenville rape controversy and ever increasing sexual assaults in the military. Dr. Williams has just recently finished his first full-length novel, Legacies. It will be available Spring 2014.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

All of Dr. Williams' literature classes focus heavily on sexuality and sexual abuse. He recently developed a course for the pending Gender and Sexuality option/minor titled "Might, Myth, and the Disappearing World of Man."

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Queens College


Joy V. Fuqua

College: Queens College

Department: Media Studies

Office: G-203B

Email: joy.fuqua@qc.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 997-2978

Links: QC Media Studies Faculty Page

Joy V. Fuqua (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) is an associate professor in the Department of Media Studies at Queens College. Her first book, Prescription TV: Therapeutic Discourse in the Hospital and at Home was published by Duke University Press in 2012. Her current research addresses the queer characteristics of environmental precarity, disaster, and the remains of post-industrial capital. Fuqua’s teaching includes television and media history and theory, documentary and nonfiction media, feminist and queer theory, and digital media theory/making, and the relationship between the environment and media technologies.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Gender, Sexuality and Media
  • Nonfiction Forms
  • Youth Culture and Media
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Steven Kruger

College: Queens College

Department: English

Office: Klapper Hall, Room 343

Email: skruger@qc.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 997-4631

Links: QC English Faculty Page

Professor Kruger is currently working on a new book about medieval conversion experience, tentatively titled Convert Orthodoxies, which will consider how and why medieval Jewish converts to Christianity—in a wide range of places and times, from 12th and 13th century France and England to 15th century Spain—became important and influential spokesmen for their adopted religion. He is also interested in the literary genre of medieval dream vision, which was the subject of his earliest publications, and some recent articles connect to that interest. Additionally, he has recently published on how medieval material gets taken up on the internet – specifically in the form of erotic stories addressed to an audience (primarily) made up of gay men. Professor Kruger has, as well, longstanding teaching interest in the history of the English language, and in literary theory, especially feminist and queer theory.

Steven Kruger



Noah Tsika

College: Queens College

Department: Media Studies

Office: N-503

Email: noah.tsika@qc.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 997-2966

Links: QC Media Studies Faculty Page

Noah Tsika (Ph.D., New York University) previously taught in the Film Studies Program at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and in the Film and Media Studies, African Studies, and LGBTQ Studies programs at Colgate University, where he was Visiting Assistant Professor and the recipient of a Torch Medal for teaching and service. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post‘s "Gay Voices" section, and he has served on the jury of the NYC PictureStart Film Festival. Dr. Tsika’s research and teaching interests include queer theory and global queer media, Nollywood, Nigerian television, and West African documentary traditions. He is the author of the book Gods and Monsters: A Queer Film Classic, as well as of the forthcoming book Glamorous Migrations: Nollywood Stardom in West Africa and the Diaspora. He has published book chapters on Brokeback Mountain, the films of Todd Haynes, the U.S. military’s "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" policy, and sports-themed gay dating sites.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Current: Media Criticism
  • Future: Gender and Sexuality in Media
Noah Tsika

York College


Shereen Inayatulla

College: York College

Department: English

Office: AC-2A14

Email: sinayatulla@york.cuny.edu

Office Phone: (718) 262-5187

Links: York College Faculty Page

Shereen Inayatulla (B.A., University of Manitoba; M.A., University of Windsor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) specializes in Composition and Rhetoric. Over the last decade, she has taught English in a variety of international contexts ranging from college writing courses in Canada and the U.S. to secondary-level language courses in Japan’s public school system. Her research areas include critical pedagogy, queer and postcolonial feminist theories, and representations of teacher/student identity in literacy narratives. She has presented her work at such forums as the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, and the Thomas R. Watson Conference.

LGBTQI-inflected courses taught:

  • Critical Theories of Gender
  • Special Topics: Autoethnography
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