Professor Leigh Garrison-Fletcher
Leigh Garrison-Fletcher is an Associate Professor of ESL and Linguistics in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she focused on second language acquisition. Her research interests include the role of students’ home language(s) in second language learning, the acquisition of second language literacy, and the assessment of multilingual students. Her work also addresses best pedagogical practices for multilingual students.
Professor Jason Hendrickson
Jason Hendrickson is Assistant Professor in the English Department at LaGuardia Community College. He received his PhD from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2015 with a focus on literature and culture. His dissertation, Race Patriots: Black Poets, Transnational Identity, and Diasporic Versification in the United States Before the New Negro, examines how African American poets preceding the Harlem Renaissance invoke the African diaspora as a means of resistance and freedom within their work. His scholarly interests include hip-hop studies, race and language, gender and higher education, and nineteenth century African American poetics.
Professor Shannon Proctor
Shannon B. Proctor (Ph.D., Philosophy, Michigan State University 2013) is an Associate Professor in the Humanities Department at LaGuardia Community College. Her scholarship attends to the embodied and interconnected aspects of freedom, temporality, and habits particularly as they relate to addiction and imprisonment. In addition to her research, she is engaged in various public philosophical projects. These include teaching a course on philosophy and freedom at Queensboro Correctional Facility and serving as a co-director on an NEH-funded Summer Institute on Incarceration and the Humanities.
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.
Professor H. Alex Welcome
H. Alexander Welcome is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at LaGuardia Community College. His work revolves around the dynamics of alienation, the specifics of the racial wage paid to white people, the social nature of existential experiences of time, and how all three of these aforementioned elements emerge in the stand-up comedy of Richard Pryor and Jackie “Moms” Mabley.