Students & Alumni

Congratulations to our students on their recent achievements!

Jeffrey Binder (English) was awarded an ARC fellowship for his project The Distance Machine ( His paper with Collin Jennings, “Visibility and meaning in topic models and 18th-century subject indexes” ( appeared in the September issue of Literary & Linguistic Computing.

Hadassah Damien (MALS) is working with Openflows, a tech co-op who uses FLOSS to build databases, servers, membership sites, and catalogs for social justice and cultural organizations. She is also the Resident Scholar at Interference Archive.

Gregory Donovan (Environmental Psychology) successfully defended his dissertation, “ Young People and the Proprietary Ecologies of Everyday Data,” and received his doctorate.

Anderson Evans (MALS) won an “Opportunity Scholarship” to attend RubyConf 2013.

Erin Glass (English) is currently serving her third year as a Digital Fellow. She is working on Social Paper (recipient of a 2014 NEH Digital Start Up Grant), a free, open source writing environment for sharing writing and feedback, with Dr. Matthew K. Gold, Jennifer Stoops (Urban Ed) and others.

Sonia K González (Public Health) won a Public Health and History Award and a New Media Lab Digital Dissertation Award for “Where can I get an HIV test? There’s an app for that.”

Sarah Ruth Jacobs (English) was awarded an English Teaching Fulbright to Morocco, and she is teaching at the University of Mohammed V, Rabat.

Laura Kane (Philosophy) continues her Graduate Center Digital Initiatives Fellowship. She will also be participating in a panel discussion, entitled “Digital Praxis: Rethinking Grad Education in a Digital Age,” at the 2013 CUNY IT Conference.

Jenny Kijowski (English) continues her Instructional Technology Fellowship at Macaulay Honors College. Her monograph, Military Sexual Trauma in Memoirs by Female Veterans of Iraq: Bitch/Whore/Dyke, is forthcoming from Edwin Mellen Press.

Amanda Licastro (English) won the Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Award from the CUNY English Program.

Amanda Licastro and Ben Miller (English) were again awarded a Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant for The Writing Studies Tree.

Roland Lucas (Urban Education) successfully defended his dissertation, “Restructuring High School Math Learning Spaces with Interactive Technology and Transformative Pedagogy,” and received his doctorate.

Jesse Merandy (English) was awarded a Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant for The Walking with Whitman Mobile Walking Tour.

Jared Simard (Classics) was awarded a Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant for Mapping Mythology: A Digital Archive of Classical Mythology in Post-Antique Art.

Christina Shane-Simpson (Psychology) implemented and evaluated a Summer Transition program at the College of Staten Island designed to assist students with autism in developing their social skills, self-advocacy skills, classroom readiness, and computer-mediated communication skills for her ITP project. Christina also teaches an undergraduate psychology course that is integrating a semester-long Wikipedia editing assignment. Her work outside of the academy has been through a Research Fellow position at New Knowledge where she explores interactive technology integrated into pedagogy.

Patrick Smyth (English) joined the GC Digital Fellows program this September, and is also currently exploring new methods of creating and consuming digital critical editions as part of an ARC Praxis Fellowship. His most recent publication is “Ebooks and the Digital Paratext: Emerging Trends in the Interpretation of Digital Media” in the forthcoming Examining Paratextual Theory and Its Applications in Digital Culture.

Nathan Bowen (Music) recently presented “Mobile Phones as Ubiquitous Instruments: Towards Standardizing Performance Data on the Network” In Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference (forthcoming). Athens. (download paper here: He is currently teaching music theory and technology at Moorpark College, and serve as Co-Chair for  college district’s Instructional Technology Advisory Committee.

This link showcases ‘4Quarters’, a project he began in the ITP program and incorporated in his dissertation:

A published paper on his dissertation can be found at SLEO: Bowen, N. 2012. “4Quarters: Real-time Collaborative Music Environment for Mobile Phones”. In Proceedings of the 1st Symposium on Laptop Ensembles & Orchestras. Baton Rouge. (download paper:

Wendy Williams (Anthropology) was the first ITP certificate recipient in 2003 and is now the Senior Instructional Designer at Long Island University in Brookville, NY. Wendy will be teaching faculty how to create online and blended courses.