New Stars in Faculty
An old hand at Big Apple politics, a specialist
in educational reform, a connoisseur of consumer culture and spin
control, a world-class number theorist, and a pioneer in the delivery
of health care to the under-served have been honored with Distinguished
Professorships by the Board of Trustees.
Well-known as one of CUNYs most visible analysts of the metropolitan
political and socio-economic scene is the Graduate Centers
John Mollenkopf. The most recent of the 10 books he has authored
or co-authored is particularly timely as New York City re-invents
its future: Place Matters: A Metropolitics for the 21st Century.
His 1983 book Contested City is a considered a classic in the field
of urban political science.
Mollenkopfs research projects have attracted more than $3
million in extramural funding from such groups as the Russell Sage,
Mellon, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundations. His B.A. is from Carleton
College, and he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government at Harvard.
He taught several years at Stanford before coming in 1981 to the
Graduate Center, where he was Political Science Executive Officer
A veteran of 10 years at the Graduate Center is professor of psychology
Michelle Fine. Skillful at attracting outside grant moneyshe
has garnered 20 years of continuous fundingand the author
or co-editor of nearly two dozen books, Fine has gained national
esteem in the fields of urban education, prison educational reform,
feminist research in psychology, and in qualitative research methodology.
Addressing the Trustees at their June meeting, Fine said her activism
was influenced by what her grandfather often said: You measure
your wealth in how much you change the world.
Fine earned her B.A. at Brandeis and all three of her advanced degrees
at Columbia Teachers College. At the Graduate Center she has been
involved in the development of the new Ph.D. Program in Urban Education.
A frequent award winner and visiting professor, Fine was most recently
honored by the American Psychological Association for her research
in womens studies.
The one newcomer to CUNY among the five is the Russian mathematician
Victor Kolyvagin, a leader in the field of number theory, algebraic
geometry, and representation theory. He arrives from Johns Hopkins
University, where he held an endowed chair. His discovery of Euler
systems has been described as one of the most significant
breakthroughs in number theory in the last 50 years.
Kolyvagin was educated in Moscow, receiving his Ph.D. from the State
University in 1981; he taught in Moscow for five years before coming
to the U.S. He will also become the first holder of the Mina Rees
Chair in Mathematics at the Graduate Center, which honors its founding
Hunter Colleges new holder of CUNYs highest academic
rank is professor of film and media studies Stuart Ewen. A long-time
chair of his department, Ewen has been teaching at the College since
1977. His Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social
Roots of the Consumer Culture, from 1976, is widely accounted the
first major scholarly study of the American history of advertising
(a 25th-anniversary edition appeared last year).
Ewens study All Consuming Images: The Politics of Style in
Contemporary Culture (1988) provided the foundation for Bill Moyers
PBS series The Public Mind, and his more recent PR!
A Social History of Spin (1996) offered a pioneering look into the
influence of public relations in American life.
Nicholas Freudenberg is currently the Director of the Program in
Urban Public Health at Hunter College, where he has been teaching
since 1979 (he is also a Hunter alumnus, class of 75). A leading
innovator in the field of public health for 20 years, Freudenberg
has specialized particularly in the delivery of health care to underserved
His first book, Not in Our Backyards: Community Action for Health
and the Environment (1983) continues to influence public health
scholars in shaping community health care policy. Among the many
subjects his research has illuminated are the self- management of
asthma, HIV prevention, the structural determinants of substance
abuse, and the impact of education on family health.