Category: Other News


In Memoriam – François Anick Joseph 

We are saddened to share that our former student François Anick Joseph passed away on October 27. François was starting to work on his dissertation, “The Religious Practices in the Construction/negotiation of Diaspora Identity among Haitian Immigrants in New York City.” with William Helmreich, Mehdi Bozorgmehr and Philip Kasinitz on his committee. He took a leave of absence in Spring 2008 but decided to continue with his other passion in his home country, as a senator. François was a former senator of the Artibonite Department in Haiti. Our deepest condolences to François’ family and friends. 

Erynn Masi de Casanova, our alumna who was in the same cohort as Francois and is currently Director of Research, Professional Development & Academic Affairs at the ASA, has started to collect money for his family through her PayPal (Erynn Casanova). If someone wants to contribute but doesn’t have a PayPal account, they can just email her at We recently learned that François’ wife passed away four years ago, so his daughters (ages 11 and 9) have lost both parents. We would appreciate anything that people are able to send, even a small amount.

Professor Julie Suk’s research on the Equal Rights Amendment was featured in SUM. 

Julie C. Suk (Faculty)

Prof. Suk’s research on the Equal Rights Amendment was featured in SUM

“One Scholar’s Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment: ‘We Can Fix It’” 

Professor Julie Suk has spent more than 10 years studying the Equal Rights Amendment, tracking its progress in the U.S. and similar amendments in European countries. Now, she’s sharing her wealth of knowledge with the world in her new book, We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment.

“The absence of equal rights for women in our Constitution says something shameful about the Constitution that we have,” Suk, the dean of master’s programs at The Graduate Center, CUNY,  tells SUM. “We can fix it though.”

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Professor Margaret Chin’s recent book Stuck (NYU Press, 2020) was featured in SUM

Margaret M. Chin (Faculty)

Prof. Chin’s recent book Stuck (NYU Press, 2020) was featured in SUM

“Why Asian Americans Have Trouble Climbing the Corporate Ladder”

Professor Margaret Chin (The Graduate CenterHunter) got the idea for her new book, Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder, at a Harvard Club event in New York. A Harvard alumna herself, she was attending a reception for newly admitted students that included a large number of Asian Americans. An admissions officer observed privately that although thousands of second-generation Asian Americans have graduated from Harvard in the last 40 years, very few have become CEOs or attained other top leadership posts in corporate America.

“Is there a so-called bamboo ceiling, an invisible but powerful barrier that halts their progress at a certain point?” Chin wondered. She wrote Stuck in an effort to find out .

Chin says Asian Americans are underrepresented in executive suites despite census data showing they have the highest levels of education and highest average incomes of any U.S. racial group. Their absence from top jobs is true not only in law and finance, where Asian Americans remain a minority but also in fields like technology. Asian Americans outnumber whites in Silicon Valley but hold only a third the number of executive jobs in that field that whites hold.

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