CUNY Faculty Win Carnegie Fellowships, Fulbrights, and Other Honors

CUNY faculty members have won a host of nationally prestigious honors and grants this spring.


Deborah Balk, a professor at Baruch College and Associate Director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, was awarded a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, for her research on climate-related vulnerability in the 21st century and the roles of urbanization and migration. Thomas Weiss, a professor of political science at the Graduate Center, was awarded  a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for his research on the concept of a world without the United Nations, focusing on how the UN can be more effective. Each will receive up to $200,000 in funding for their projects, which are anticipated to result in publication of a book or major study.

Those winning federal Fulbright grants, which support research and teaching abroad, are:


Teresa Bandosz

Teresa J. Bandosz, a City College chemistry professor, won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for research at the University of Malaga in Spain that could help alleviate global warming and solve energy problems.

Marco Castaldi, a professor at City College’s Grove School of Engineering, won a Fulbright Global Award for research in France and Italy over the next three years into transforming waste materials into energy and chemicals.

Aloke (Al) Ghosh, a Baruch professor of accountancy who has written about capital markets and corporate finance, earned a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award for research and lectures in Finland and other European countries.

Donna Gittler, a Baruch professor of law who explores the intersection of technology and ethics, received a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturing Award for travel and lectures in the Philippines.

Yoel Rodríguez, an associate professor of physical sciences at Hostos Community College, will conduct research into treating cardiovascular and heart disease at the Institute of Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Slovak Republic.

Laurie Rubel, an associate professor at Brooklyn College whose secondary education classes usually attract mathematics teachers from Brooklyn public schools, will use her Fulbright to teach and conduct research at Tel Aviv University.

Victoria Sanford, chair of Lehman College’s anthropology department, won her third Fulbright. She will spend the next two summers in Colombia developing a curriculum on transitional justice at the Universidad Libre in Bogotá. Transitional justice uses both judicial and nonjudicial means to redress massive human rights abuses.

Aloke Ghosh

Aloke Ghosh

Also, Baruch announced that Gail Levin, a Distinguished Professor of art history, completed four months of research on Indian art and lectures on American art under a 2015-16 Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award.

The Guggenheim Fellowships, awarded to artists, scholars and scientists in all fields inside and outside of academia, went to Judith Bernstein, an adjunct in studio art at Queens College, whose drawings and paintings address the psychological connection between warfare and sexual aggression; Christina Masciotti, a playwright whom one critic called “our heir to Molière” and the New York Times dubbed one of four “Faces to Watch” in 2015, works in the Office of Academic Affairs as CUNY Start’s math curriculum and professional developer; and Robert F. Reid-Pharr, who is Distinguished and Presidential Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center, where he directs the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean.

Three CUNY educators are among the 40 leaders chosen for the first Aspen Presidential Fellowships for Community College Excellence: Karrin Wilks, BMCC’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs; Michael A. Baston, LaGuardia Community College’s vice president for student affairs and associate provost; and Paulette Dalpes, CUNY’s deputy vice chancellor for student affairs. The one-year program “aims to develop a cadre of exceptional leaders who can transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success, while maintaining broad access,” its website says.

CUNY garnered six National Endowment for the Humanities grants: Charlotte Brooks, professor of history and chair of the Program in Asian and Asian-American Studies at Baruch College; Mandana Limbert, associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Queens College; Václav Paris, assistant professor of English at City College; Naomi Stubbs, associate professor of English at LaGuardia Community College; Ann Leonhardt, associate professor of architectural technology at New York City College of Technology; and Dan Leshem, director of The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College. For details see

In addition, the Poetry Society of America awarded its 2016 Robert Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry to Baruch Distinguished Professor of English Grace Schulman, who has published seven collections of poems.