Professor Ana Maria Hernandez
Ana María Hernández (Ph.D., Comparative Literature, New York University) is Professor and Director of Latin American Studies and Spanish Translation at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. She specializes in speculative fiction and the connections of literature to film, art and music. Her publications have focused on Julio Cortázar, Horacio Quiroga, Felisberto Hernández and Nicolás Guillén. Her recent publications include an annotated edition of Fantoches 1926: Folletín Moderno por Once Escritores Cubanos (Stockcero, 2011), an anthology of tales by Felisberto Hernández, Las Hortensias y Otros Cuentos (Stockcero, 2011), and an annotated edition of Cirilo Villaverde’s anti-slavery novel, Cecilia Valdés o La Loma del Ángel (Stockcero, 2013). Dr. Hernández is a fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at the Graduate Center. With Raúl Rubio she co-edited the arts section of the Handbook on Cuban History, Literature and the Arts (2014), edited by Mauricio Font and Araceli Tinajero of the Bildner Center and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She participated in the CUNY Humanities Alliance Project as a mentor in teaching contemporary Latin American literature.
Professor Demetri Kapetanakos
Demetri Kapetanakos is an Associate Professor in English at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. Since taking a seminar titled “The Black Atlantic” during his senior year in college, his research interests have focused on the theory and praxis of the African Diaspora. He did his Master’s work in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College. His dissertation work at the CUNY Graduate Center interrogated the African American roots and routes of Black British Cultural Studies, particularly the work of Stuart Hall, Hazel Carby, Paul Gilroy and Isaac Julien. His first article explores the representation of urban space in Isaac Julien’s 1989 film Looking for Langston. Currently he is working on a project that looks at the embrace and limits of multiculturalism during the Cool Britannia moment in millennial Britain. He has been at LaGuardia since 2010, having taught at Queensborough Community College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and New Jersey City University. He has also served as a Graduate Writing Fellow in the Latin American and Latin@ Studies program at John Jay. At LaGuardia, he has taken on a leadership role in various college initiatives such as the ePortfolio program and the Collegewide Common Reading. He is very proud of his role in the first year of the Humanities Alliance Mellon program as mentor to two wonderful fellows and as the program liaison between LaGuardia and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He looks forward to continuing his work with the Humanities Alliance in the upcoming year.
Professor Karen Miller
Karen Miller is Professor of History at LaGuardia Community College and in the MALS Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her current project examines the state-sponsored migration of Christian Filipinos into non-Christian areas between 1902 and 1965. It explores the intended and unintended consequences of these programs, as well as the robust resistance they faced from both settlers and non-Christian men and women indigenous to targeted areas. Dr. Miller’s first book, Managing Inequality: Northern Racial in Interwar Detroit (New York University Press, 2014) demonstrates that white northern leaders increasingly embraced egalitarian ideas about racial difference at the same time that they helped implement and maintain social and political practices that promoted racial inequality. Dr. Miller’s articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of American History, The Middle West Review, The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Michigan Feminist Studies, and Against the Current as well as Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Struggles in America. In 2010, Dr. Miller was a visiting scholar at the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan. In 2015, she was awarded a Chancellor’s Research Fellowship from CUNY. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Dr. Miller was a faculty mentor for the Humanities Alliance.
Professor Emmanuel Nartey
Emmanuel Nartey, BA (University of Ghana, Legon), Ph.D. (Fordham University), is Associate Professor of Philosophy at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. He also spent one year as a visiting scholar at the Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Before coming to the City University of New York, he taught at Fordham University. Dr. Nartey specializes in Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Religion. He has published papers on Foreknowledge, Free Will, and Alternate Possibilities, Integrating Science and Religion, Naturalism, the Limits of Science, and the case for Nonscientific Knowledge, Hylomorphism, Philosophical Perspectives during the Middle Ages, Beyond the Secular: Challenges and Perspectives, Omniscience and Free Actions, Descartes and Mind-Body Contemporary Problems. His book, Nature, Mind and Hylomorphism (Springer-Verlag), is forthcoming. He teaches Critical Thinking, Ethics and Moral Problems, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Introduction to Philosophy.
Professor Eduardo Vianna
Eduardo Vianna is Professor of Psychology at LaGuardia Community College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the Graduate Center after completing his medical studies followed by a residency in child psychiatry in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Building on recent advances in Vygotskian cultural-historical theory, especially the Transformative Activist Approach, his research and publications focus on the intersection between teaching-learning and development. Dr. Vianna has carried out research in various settings that serve underprivileged populations, including in a child welfare program, a substance abuse recovery support program, and public schools. Dr. Vianna has won several awards, including The CUNY Graduate Center President’s Dissertation Scholarship and the 2010 Early Career Award in Cultural-Historical Research awarded by the Cultural-Historical Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. His current research focuses on applying critical-theoretical pedagogy to build the peer activist learning community (PALC) with underprivileged community college students, which was recently featured in the New York Times.