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The Lehman College faculty can provide journalists with authoritative insights and information on a wide variety of issues. Over 300 faculty members teach full-time at Lehman, including seven Distinguished Professors, and 85 percent of them hold the Ph.D. or another terminal degree.

To reach the Office of Media Relations, contact: Joseph Tirella (Communications Manager) at 718-960-5746, joseph.tirella@lehman.cuny.edu.

Evelyn Ackerman, Ph.D.
Rank: Professor

Department: History
Expertise: Modern French history, social and cultural; social history of global medicine
Languages: French
Campus Phone: 718-960-7243
Email: eackerman7@att.net

Maryam Bamshad, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department:Biological Sciences
Expertise: Neurobiology of parental behavior
Languages: Farsi
Campus Phone: 718-960-8646
Email: maryam.bamshad-alavi@lehman.cuny.edu

Stefan Becker, Dr. rer. Nat
Rank: Professor and Chair

Department: Environmental, Geographic, and Geological Sciences
Expertise: Climate change; severe weather (hurricanes)
Languages: German
Campus Phone: 718-960-1120
Email: stefan.becker@lehman.cuny.edu

Luisa N. Borrell, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Health Sciences
Expertise: Social determinants of health (i.e., race and ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and neighborhood effects); Hispanic health; racial discrimination; oral health; research methods; and analysis of large databases, including survey, census and spatially-linked data
Languages: Spanish
Campus Phone: 718-960-8549
Email: luisa.borrell@lehman.cuny.edu

Andrea P. Boyar, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor and Chair

Department: Health Sciences
Expertise: Dietetics, foods, and nutrition; nutrition and the prevention of disease; dietary supplements; trans fats
Campus Phone: 718-960-8084
Email: andrea.boyar@lehman.cuny.edu

Grace Russo Bullaro, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: English
Expertise: Cinema of Roberto Benigni and Lina Wertmuller; Italian culture; issues of globalization and culture; food and cultural identity; Ernest
Hemingway; F. Scott Fitzgerald; role of fashion in society
Languages: Italian, French
Campus Phone: 718-960-8362
Email: grace.bullaro@lehman.cuny.edu

Martin Burke, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: History
Expertise: Northern Ireland; modern Ireland; religion and politics in the United States; American cultural history
Campus Phone: 718-960-8286
Email: martin.burke@lehman.cuny.edu

Stephen A. Cavallo, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor and Acting Associate Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities

Department: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Expertise: Speech science; voice disorders
Campus Phone: 718-960-8003
Email: stephen.cavallo@lehman.cuny.edu

Stuart Chen-Hayes, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Counseling, Leadership, Literacy, and Special Education
Expertise: K-12 school counseling and consultation for equity; K-16 college readiness counseling; counselor education; professional identity; evidence-based, data-driven developmental school counseling programs; sexuality counseling; LBGT counseling; multicultural and social justice counseling; child, adolescent, couple, and family counseling; counseling internship and practicum; CACREP accreditation process
Languages: Mandarin and French
Campus Phone: 718-960-7304
Email: stuart.chen-hayes@lehman.cuny.edu

Eugene M. Chudnovsky, Ph.D.
Rank: Distinguished Professor

Department: Physics & Astronomy
Expertise: Physics of solids
Languages: Russian and some Spanish
Campus Phone: 718-960-8770
Email: eugene.chudnovsky@lehman.cuny.edu

Forrest Colburn, Ph.D.
Rank: Professor

Department: Latin American & Puerto Rican Studies
Expertise: Third World revolutionary ideologies; intellectual history; effect of democracy and open markets on Latin American societies
Languages: Spanish
Campus Phone: 718-960-1161
Email: forrest.colburn@lehman.cuny.edu

Cecelia Cutler, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Middle and High School Education
Expertise: Language and identity among white, hip hop-affiliated youth; African American English; language ideologies; teachers' attitudes toward
African American English; and language stylization
Languages: Spanish, French, and German
Campus Phone: 718-960-8896
Email: cecelia.cutler@lehman.cuny.edu

Juan J. DeLaCruz, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Economics and Business
Expertise: Economic impact of HIV/AIDS epidemic and how religious beliefs, ethnic diversity, and epidemiological factors impact the spread of the disease
Campus Phone: 718-960-8159
Email: juan.delacruz2@lehman.cuny.edu

Eric Delson, Ph.D.
Rank: Professor

Department: Anthropology
Expertise: Paleoanthropology, human & primate evolution, physical anthropology, evolutionary theory, 3D comparative morphology, paleontology
Languages: French and some German and Portuguese
Campus Phone: 718-960-8850
Email: eric.delson@lehman.cuny.edu

Craig Demmer, Ed.D., Ph.D.
Rank: Professor

Department: Health Sciences
Expertise: HIV/AIDS, end-of-life care issues, grief and bereavement
Languages: Afrikaans, Zulu
Campus Phone: 718-960-7313
Email: craig.demmer@lehman.cuny.edu

Mario DiGangi, Ph.D.
Rank: Professor

Department: English
Expertise: Shakespeare; Renaissance drama; lesbian and gay studies
Languages: Italian
Campus Phone: 718-960-8529
Email: mdigangi@gc.cuny.edu

Nancy Dubetz, Ed.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Early Childhood and Childhood Education
Expertise: Teacher preparation; professional development schools; bilingual education; teaching English to speakers of other languages; curriculum
development and evaluation
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish
Campus Phone: 718-960-8170
Email: nancy.dubetz@lehman.cuny.edu

William Fisher, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: English
Expertise: Literature and culture of early modern England; history of sexuality; bisexuality; history of pornography; nature vs. nurture debates; early modern ideas about gender; history of intersexuality; history of transexuality; history of fashion; early modern cultural studies
Languages: French, Spanish, some Italian
Campus Phone: 718-960-8361
Email: william.fisher@lehman.cuny.edu

Alyshia Gálvez, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies
Expertise: Cultural anthropology, religion, immigration (especially from Mexico and Latin America to the U.S.), citizenship, medical anthropology, pregnancy and childbirth, Latin America, and Latinos in the United States
Languages: Spanish
Campus Phone: 718-960-5115
Email: alyshia.galvez@lehman.cuny.edu

Catherine Alicia Georges, Ed.D.
Rank: Professor and Chair

Department: Nursing
Expertise: African-American nurses and patients; health and African-American women; alcohol and drug abuse among nurses; health literacy; health policy; health disparities; community health; nursing; violence as a public health concern
Campus Phone: 718-960-8799
E-mail: catherine.georges@lehman.cuny.edu

Jill Gerson, D.S.W.
Rank: Lecturer

Department: Social Work
Expertise: Low-income housing and housing issues in New York City; family development and intergenerational issues in the U.S. and abroad
Campus Phone: 718-960-5180
Email: jill.gerson@lehman.cuny.edu

Pamela Ginex, Ed.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Nursing
Expertise: Oncology-certified nursing, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mesothelioma, symptom patterns, symptom management, and cancer survivorship issues
Campus Phone: 718-960-8790
Email: pamela.ginex@lehman.cuny.edu

Mario A. Gonzalez-Corzo, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Economics and Business
Expertise: international economics; economic development, especially the Cuban economy; Cuba's post-Soviet economic transformations; family remittances and the Cuban economy; Cuba's agricultural and tourism sectors
Languages: Spanish
Campus Phone: 718-960-8507
Email: mario.gonzalez-corzo@lehman.cuny.edu

Yuri Gorokhovich, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Environmental, Geographic, and Geological Sciences
Expertise: Natural hazards and disasters; geographic information systems modeling; effects of climate change; glacial studies
Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Italian
Campus Phone: 718-960-1981
Email: yuri.gorokhovich@lehman.cuny.edu

Elhum Haghighat-Sordellini, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Sociology
Expertise: Women's status; women's economic development and labor force participation (Middle East and North Africa); demography of the Middle East; race, ethnicity, social class in college admissions; social capital and academic performance (in the U.S.)
Languages: Persian and some French
Campus Phone: 718-960-7863
Email: elhum.haghighat@lehman.cuny.edu

William M. Hoffman, B.A.
Rank: Professor

Department: Journalism, Communication, & Theatre
Expertise: Playwriting, screenwriting, librettist, lyricist, poet, translator, journalist, television interview show host, and director
Languages: French
Campus Phone: 718-960-2558
Email: william.hoffman@lehman.cuny.edu

Cynthia K. Hosay, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Health Sciences
Expertise: Healthcare for the elderly; Medicare; labor-management health benefits; managed health care
Languages: French
Campus Phone: 718-960-8763
Email: cynthia.hosay@lehman.cuny.edu

Dene Hurley, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Economics and Business
Expertise: International trade and finance, development economics, regional integration
Languages: Myanmar(Burmese)
Campus Phone: 718-960-8389
Email: dene.hurley@lehman.cuny.edu

Thomas Ihde, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor and Chair

Department: Languages and Literatures (Chair)
Expertise: Irish language, sociolinguistics, bilingual language acquisition
Languages: Irish Gaelic
Campus Phone: 718-960-8179
Email: thomas.ihde@lehman.cuny.edu

Daniel Kabat, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Physics and Astronomy
Expertise: Theoretical physics, in particular string theory and quantum gravity
Campus Phone: 718-960-7832
Email: daniel.kabat@lehman.cuny.edu

Alan Kluger, Ph.D.
Rank: Professor and Chair

Department: Psychology
Expertise: Neuropsychological and neuroimaging concomitants of normal and pathological aging
Campus Phone: 718-960-8204
Email: alan.kluger@lehman.cuny.edu

Patricia Kolb, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Social Work
Expertise: Nursing homes and community social services; sociology of aging; ethnicity, race, and aging; gerontological theories
Campus Phone: 718-960-7865

Email: patricia.kolb@lehman.cuny.edu

Adam Koranyi, Ph.D.
Rank: Distinguished Professor

Department: Mathematics and Computer Science
Expertise: Harmonic analysis; Lie Groups; symmetric spaces
Campus Phone: 718-960-8879
Email: adam.koranyi@lehman.cuny.edu

Cindy Kreisberg, R.P.A.-C
Rank: Director

Department: Student Health Center
Expertise: Health of college students
Languages: Spanish
Campus Phone: 718-960-8902
Email: cindyk@lehman.cuny.edu

Heidi Heft LaPorte, D.S.W
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Social Work
Expertise: Catastrophic events and social work practice; social work in health care settings; professional development and retention of the workforce in child welfare settings; group work in social work education and practice;  technology and social work; the role of the school social worker in the area of HIV/AIDS and sex education in the public schools; domestic violence in the Orthodox Jewish community; and Jewish identity and continuity within the Cuban Jewish community, both inside and outside of Cuba
Languages:
Campus Phone: 718-960-1892
Email: heidi.laporte@lehman.cuny.edu

Cindy R. Lobel, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: History
Expertise: U.S. social and cultural history; history of New York City and State; American urban history; history of American consumerism; history of
food in the United States
Campus Phone: 718-960-7713
Email: cindy.lobel@lehman.cuny.edu

David Manier, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Psychology
Expertise: Stress; trauma; post-traumatic stress disorder
Campus Phone: 718-960-8207
Email: dmanier@post.harvard.edu

Julie E. Maybee, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy
Expertise: Nineteenth-century post-Kantian continental philosophy; race and ethnicity; African philosophy; theory of rehabilitation medicine
Languages: Limited French and German
Campus Phone: 718-960-8292
Email: julie.maybee@lehman.cuny.edu

Carl Mazza, D.S.W.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Social Work and Graduate Program in Social Work (Director)
Expertise: Criminal justice; juvenile justice; juvenile delinquency; gangs; re-entry from prison; effects of incarceration on family members, especially children; teaching in prison; individual, group, marital, and family counseling; child welfare, particularly adoption and foster care; emotional health/well-being of men; adolescent parenting/teen pregnancy; issues of fatherhood; social welfare policy; working with exonerated people wrongfully convicted
Languages: French
Campus Phone: 718-960-7862
Email: carl.mazza@lehman.cuny.edu

Abigail S. McNamee, Ed.D., Ph.D.
Rank: Professor and Chair

Department: Early Childhood & Childhood Education
Expertise: Child development; childhood stressors; childhood psychotherapy; early childhood education; children's conceptualization of death, divorce, reading, and their own cultural group
Campus Phone: 718-960-8167
Email: abigail.mcnamee@lehman.cuny.edu

Chiseche Salome Mibenge, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Political Science
Expertise: Human rights; women's rights; armed conflict in Africa; violence against women; international criminal justice; regional expertise on Rwanda and Sierra Leone
Languages: French
Campus Phone: 718-960-4037
Email: chiseche.mibenge@lehman.cuny.edu

Margot Mifflin, M.A.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: English
Expertise: Women's issues, art, and contemporary culture. Published credits include Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo (1999, 2001), The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman (2009), and articles in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Salon.com, and other printed/online publications.
Campus Phone: 718-960-8371
Email: msmifflin@verizon.net

Shehzad Nadeem, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Sociology
Expertise: Globalization; work and labor; outsourcing; cultural and urban sociology; race and ethnicity; South Asian culture and politics
Languages: Urdu and Hindi
Campus Phone: 718-960-1894
Email: shehzad.nadeem@lehman.cuny.edu

Hari Pant, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Environmental, Geographic & Geological Sciences
Expertise: Environmental science / physical geography (water, air, soil, sediment, global change, ecological studies)
Campus Phone: 718-960-5859
Email: hari.pant@lehman.cuny.edu

Miguel Pérez, M.S.
Rank: Professor

Department: Journalism, Communications & Theatre
Expertise: Immigration; bilingual and language rights; Hispanic issues; national politics; 2008 presidential election; America's Hispanic history; newspapers; radio; television; journalism-related issues
Languages: Spanish
Campus Phone: 718-960-6741
Email: miguel.perez01@lehman.cuny.edu

Sondra Perl, Ph.D.
Rank: Professor

Department: English
Expertise: Teaching writing; creative process in teaching and writing; creative nonfiction/memoir; writing and teaching about the Holocaust; faculty development; teacher-training.
Campus Phone: 718-960-8372
Email: sondra105@aol.com

Gerardo Piña-Rosales, Ph.D.
Rank: Professor

Department: Languages and Literatures
Expertise: Contemporary Spanish Literature; Latino Literature; Literature and Photography; Spanish Language in the United States.
Languages: Spanish
Campus Phone: 718-960-8278
Email: gerardo.pina@olehman.cuny.edu

Penny Prince, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Expertise: Music education in elementary school; pre-service teacher training; collaborative musical theatre; and piano performance and composition
Campus Phone: 718-960-7796
Email: catchymusic1@aol.com

Vincent Prohaska, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Psychology
Expertise: Memory (especially memory illusions), procrastination and plagiarism
Campus Phone: 718-960-8776
Email: vincent.prohaska@lehman.cuny.edu

Joseph W. Rachlin, Ph.D.
Rank: Professor

Department: Biological Sciences
Expertise: Fish ecology; fish systematics; aquatic ecology; estuarine ecology; fish and invertebrate sub-fossils; Bronx River restoration; fisheries
Campus Phone: 718-960-8239
Email: joseph.rachlin@lehman.cuny.edu

Laura Roberts, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Counseling, Leadership, Literacy, and Special Education
Expertise: Counselor education; special education; Autism Spectrum disorders; I.E.P. formation/implementation; transition from K-12 to adulthood;
crisis assessment/counseling
Languages:
Campus Phone: 718-960-8119

Email: laura.roberts@lehman.cuny.edu

Andrew Robertson, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: History
Expertise: American political history, political rhetoric
Languages: French
Campus Phone: 718-960-7712
Email: andrew.robertson@lehman.cuny.edu

Marjorie Rosen, M.S.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Journalism, Communication & Theatre
Expertise: Hollywood; images of women in the movies (author of Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies, and the American Dream); feminism; documentary and independent film; European cinema; popular culture; celebrity and fandom; media issues; musical theatre
Languages: French
Campus Phone: 718-960-7723
Email: marjorie.rosen@lehman.cuny.edu

Anne Rothstein, Ed.D.
Rank: Professor

Department: Early Childhood and Childhood Education and Center for School/College Collaboratives (Director)
Expertise: Program design, grant writing, school/college collaboration, partnerships, school reform, small schools, statistics, and research methods
Campus Phone: 718 960-8569
Email: anne.rothstein@lehman.cuny.edu

Christa Salamandra, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Anthropology
Expertise: Arab media, Syria, Lebanon, consumption, urban anthropology, popular culture
Campus Phone: 718-960-8130
Email: christa.salamandra@lehman.cuny.edu

Lalitha Samuel, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Health Sciences
Expertise: Food analysis; textural characterization of foods; and health foods and bioactive food components
Languages: English, Hindi, and Malayalam
Campus Phone: 718-960-2421
Email: lalitha.samuel@lehman.cuny.edu

Victoria Sanford, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Anthropology
Expertise: Human rights in Latin America and South Africa; conflict resolution and transitional justice; post-conflict violence; human rights and international humanitarian law; violence in Latin America; urban violence; gangs; organized crime; drug trafficking; post-authoritarian regimes in Latin America; genocide; feminicide; social cleansing in Guatemala; demobilization of armed groups in Latin America; truth commissions; peace communities; forensic anthropology; Guatemalan judicial system
Languages: Spanish
Campus Phone: 718-960-8847
Email: victoria.sanford@lehman.cuny.edu

Renuka Sankaran, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Biological Sciences
Expertise: Plant mineral nutrition; molecular physiology of heavy metal transport in plants; and transfer of mineral nutrients and metal contaminants through the food chain
Languages: Tamil, some Hindi and Malayalam
Campus Phone: 718-960-8983
Email: renuka.sankaran@lehman.cuny.edu

Evan Senreich, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: Social Work
Expertise: Substance abuse in the L.G.B.T. community
Campus Phone: 718-960-8418
Email: evan.senreich@lehman.cuny.edu

Heather Sloan, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences (Chair) / Middle and High School Education
Expertise: Marine geophysics/mid-ocean ridge studies and earth science education
Languages: French and some Italian and Spanish
Campus Phone: 718-960-8008
Email: heather.sloan@lehman.cuny.edu

Thomas C. Spear, Ph.D.
Rank: Professor

Department: Languages and Literatures
Expertise: Contemporary French and Francophone literature, cultures and current affairs, autobiography, cultural diversity, multimedia
Languages: French
Campus Phone: 718-960-8274
Email: thomas.spear@lehman.cuny.edu

Robyn C. Spencer, Ph.D.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Department: History
Expertise: Civil rights; black power, including the Black Panthers; twentieth-century U.S. social movements; black women's history; Mississippi Flood of 1927
Campus Phone: 718-960-2268
Email: robyn.spencer@lehman.cuny.edu

Vincent H. Stefan, Ph.D., D-ABFA
Rank: Associate Professor and Chair

Department: Anthropology
Expertise: Forensic anthropology; human osteology; Polynesian skeletal biology, Easter Island skeletal biology, paleoanthropology
Campus Phone: 718-960-7728
Email: vincent.stefan@lehman.cuny.edu

Esther Wilder, Ph.D.
Rank: Associate Professor

Department: Sociology
Expertise: Disability, adolescent and women's reproductive health, family planning and abortion, economic and racial/ethnic inequalities in health and well-being
Campus Phone: 718-960-1128
Email: esther.wilder@lehman.cuny.edu

Eleanore T. Wurtzel, Ph.D.
Rank: Professor

Department: Biological Sciences
Expertise: Metabolic engineering of provitamin A carotenoid biosynthesis; plant molecular biology; biochemistry; genetics
Languages: Hebrew
Campus Phone: 718-960-8643
Email: wurtzel@lehman.cuny.edu

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