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Simone Kolysh secured a contract with Rutgers University Press for their upcoming book

Simone Kolysh (‘2019)

Secured a contract with Rutgers University Press for their upcoming book Everyday Violence: The Public Harassment of Women and LGBTQ People, to be published in August, 2021.

They recently wrote a blog post titled “The Streets Belong to All of Us: Dismantling Violence in the Public Sphere” for an Australian organization fighting street harassment:

And they followed it up with a short interview about their work seen here:

Jane McAlevey (alum) was profiled in The New Yorker – “Jane McAlevey’s Vision of the Future of American Labor”

Jane McAlevey (‘2015) was profiled in The New Yorker with a heady title: “Jane McAlevey’s Vision of the Future of American Labor.” It touts her newest book and refers to her as coach and chronicler of the labor union movement.

On Monday, January 14, 2019, Los Angeles’s thirty-four thousand public-school teachers went on strike. They demanded smaller classes (classrooms had as many as forty-six students), a full-time nurse in every school, modest pay increases, and a cap on the district’s rapidly growing number of charter schools. Four days later, Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (U.T.L.A.), spoke to sixty thousand educators, parents, and community members who were gathered in downtown L.A.’s Grand Park. “U.T.L.A., do you feel your power?” he bellowed. “We have never been at a more critical moment for public education. You all know this, that brewing for a very long time has been a movement to privatize our schools, and it is here now, trying to take over L.A. If we allow this movement to win, then our schools will be privatized, our students will have less equity and less access, and our jobs and our health care will be attacked. Are we going to let that happen?” “No,” the crowd roared in response, stretching one syllable to three.

Read more:

Click to learn more about Jane’s work.


Job Appointments in July 2020

Carmela Dormani (Class of 2020)

Will join Mercy College as an assistant professor in the Sociology/Behavioral Sciences Department in Fall 2020. Carmela was featured in the GC Class of 2020 Series:


Eric Ketcham (Class of 2020)

Has been working at the New York City Department of City Planning since June, 2019. Eric was featured in the GC Class of 2020 series:


Rebecca Karam 

Will begin a postdoc position in Fall 2020 at Michigan State University as a Dean’s Research Associate. She will defend her dissertation titled “Making Muslim Americans: Parenting Practices, Parochial Schools, and the Transmission of Faith Across Generations in Metropolitan Detroit” in August, 2020.


Berglind Hólm Ragnarsdóttir (‘2019)

Will start a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of sociology at the University of Akureyri, Iceland in Fall 2020


Tanesha Thomas 

Accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor of sociology at Montclair State University. Tanesha defended his dissertation titled “Is the South (still) America’s Sacrifice Zone? A Regional Analysis of Toxic Emissions, 1987-2017” in June, 2020.


Anna Zhelnina 

Will start a two-year postdoc position at the University of Helsinki in Fall 2020.   Anna plans to defend her dissertation “”Engaging Neighbors: Housing Strategies and Political Mobilization in Moscow’s Renovation” in August 2020.


Melanie Lorek (‘2018)

Accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor with CUNY School of Professional Studies.