2016 Dissertation Fellows

Elizabeth Eisenberg is a doctoral candidate of Political Science at the Graduate Center of City University of New York. She teaches in the Urban Studies program at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. Her research interests include urban politics and labor policy, and she is currently working on a dissertation about public sector unionism and its effect on public policy development in New York City.

Naja Hougaard, Dissertation Fellow

Naja Berg Hougaard is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology working in the cultural historical activity theory and Marxist traditions of psychology and critical education studies. She teaches at Queensborough Community College and is currently writing up her dissertation on how the history of Danish slavery and slave trade is taught at the high school level.

Tommy Wu, Dissertation Fellow

Tommy Wu is a doctoral candidate of sociology at the Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY). His academic interests include immigration/citizenship, state theory and political subjectivities. Specifically, he is interested in the conditions of possibility for political consciousness in this current political economy. Having worked extensively with several grassroots community-based organizations, Tommy is committed to scholarship that engages and is accountable to low-income immigrant communities. Tommy is currently writing his dissertation on Chinese restaurants and the new wave of young immigrant workers.

Maria Heyaca is a Latin American PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. Her research has focused on gender, political violence, colonialism, and the criminalization of Black and Indigenous Latin American women in the US. She is particularly interested in the transnational and global dimensions of punishment and current incarceration trends. She has been a university teacher since age 22 and is currently working at the Lehman College Sociology Department. She was co-researcher of the Participatory Action Research Project We Should Praise Us, the first PAR project in which the co-researchers were John Jay College students. Maria, who has been committed to social justice since very young, has wide experience participating in human rights and social programs in various countries including Argentina, Guatemala, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the US. She is co-founder of Popol Wuj Itinerante, a social collective which main mission has been to strengthen international solidarity with Latin American social movements, and is also a human rights photographer: her first exhibit, Sonrisas Dominicanas, is a tribute to the dignity of Latin American workers.