Bard High School Early College Manhattan


BHSEC Manhattan faculty members are experienced college professors with a special interest in working with younger students; some come to BHSEC from high schools in New York and others from colleges and universities. Approximately two-thirds of full-time faculty members hold a Ph.D. in their discipline, and all permanent, full-time faculty are certified by New York State. Some college electives are taught by adjunct faculty.The faculty to student ratio is 15:1, with an average class size between 20 and 22. 

Current Faculty

Ayse B. Aydemir
Assistant Professor of Biology, BHSEC Manhattan
B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, Biological Sciences. Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fordham University; Assistant Professor of Biology, Bard High School Early College. Awarded Alice L. Jee Memorial Young Investigator Award from the International Bone Mineral Society for research on bone cell differentiation. Has published peer-reviewed scientific articles in theJournal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, BONE and a book chapter in the Biomedical Engineering Handbook (CRC Press, 2006). Research interests include bone cell differentiation, bone mechanotransduction, and inflammatory bone loss.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Thomas Berner
Ethics Adjunct Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Harvard College; J.D., Columbia University Law School. Editor, Columbia Law Review. Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Teaches seminar in applied ethics in the Interschool Program of New York City Private Schools; taught sections on Ethics, Civil Procedure and Property at the Columbia Law School. Articles published on image advertising and on insider trading. Former member and secretary of the NYC Bar Association Committee on Professional Responsibility; Founding partner of the law firm Berner & Berner, P.C. 
Phone: 212-995-8479

Siska Brutsaert
Dean of Studies, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Cornell University; M.S., Kyoto University; Ph.D., Columbia University-Integrated Program in Cellular Molecular Biophysics; Post-doctoral Fellow, Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. Research interests include molecular immunology, signal transduction mechanisms, and epigenetic control of gene regulation.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4072

Paula Burleigh
Adjunct Faculty, Art Department, BHSEC Manhattan
BA, Emory University; MA, Case Western Reserve University; PhD Candidate, The CUNY Graduate Center. Teaching fellow at the Whitney Museum; Lecturer at MoMA. Specializes in post-WWII European Art and the History of Photography. Research interests include 1960s utopian projects in Europe.  
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2044

Tim Casey
Art Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.F.A., M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design. Painter; has had solo exhibitions at Pratt Gallery, Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, The Clocktower, and Tomoko Liguori Gallery, New York City, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY. Work included in group shows at Artists' Space, New York City; Margulies-Taplin Gallery, Miami; Lesley Heller Gallery, NYC, and Pierogi Gallery, Sideshow Gallery, and Momenta Gallery, Brooklyn. Work in collections of National Gallery of Art; Jewish Museum; and other public and private collections. Reviews in Arts Magazine, Art in America, and the New York Times. Has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Tufts University, SUNY Purchase, New York University, Pratt Institute, and Middlebury College. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2011

Stephen J. Chaterpaul
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, BHSEC Manhattan
B.S., Hofstra University; M.S., Ph.D. Stony Brook University, Organic Chemistry; Post-Doctoral Associate, Poly Technic Institute of New York University. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Hofstra University. Academic interests include Transition-metal catalyzed reactions, and natural products synthesis. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Babi Chatterjee
Science Lab Technician, BHSEC Manhattan
B.S., Northeastern Illinois University, Biology; M.S., New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Applied DNA recombinant technology. Numerous teaching assistant positions at New York University.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3031

Susan Chen
Language Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., National Taiwan University, Taiwan; M.S., City College of New York, CUNY. Having taught Mandarin at Ethical Culture Fieldston School and NYU, School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x5081

Kyung Cho
English Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Vassar College; M.F.A., University of Iowa. Has taught literature and creative writing at University of Iowa; Borough of Manhattan Community College; and School of Visual Arts. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x5061

David Clark
Language Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., Brown University; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University. Interests include Latin literature of the late Roman republic and early Roman empire; ancient philosophy; New Testament. Has taught at Columbia University and Oberlin College. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x5081

Clarissa Coffey
Mathematics Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
M.A., Brooklyn College; B.M., Miami University. Has taught at various academic institutions including Hunter College and Brooklyn Technical High School prior to arriving at Bard High School Early College in 2006. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3101

Nathaniel Cooper
Assistant Professor of Physics, BHSEC Manhattan
B.S., Physics Education; M.S., Physics; Ph.D., Astrophysics, Purdue University. Research Assistant for the MOJAVE collaboration, 2005-2010. Awarded the Charles C. Chappelle Fellowship. Taught astronomy, mechanics, electromagnetism and electronics at Purdue University, 2003-2008; member of American Astronomical Society and American Physical Society. Research focuses on blazar jet morphology and has published in The Astrophysical Journal (University of Chicago Press), 2007, 2010, 2011. Served in the US Navy as an Engineering Lab Technician (Nuclear), and in the Army National Guard as a Logistical Specialist.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3010

Jennifer Cordi
Associate Professor of Biology, BHSEC Manhattan
Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Binghamton University (SUNY); B.A. University of Rochester. Associate Professor of Biology, Bard High School Early College 2002-present. Teach: Evolutionary Biology, Botany, and General Biology. Has written The Anatomy of Rotoxylon dawsonii comb. nov. (Cladoxylon dawsonii) from the Upper Devonian of New York State for the International Journal of Plant Sciences, University of Chicago Press. Research interests include morphological and anatomical investigations of Middle Devonian fossil plants and the evolutionary patterns of vascular plant groups. Fellow:  The New York Academy for Teachers.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3010

Joseph Boateng Danquah Jr.
Mathematics Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.S., Mathematics, Buffalo State College; MS.Ed, Mathematics, Lehman College. 
Math for America (MFA) Master Teacher Fellowship Grant for Outstanding Teaching, 2012 – 2016; The New York Times Teachers Who Make a Difference Honoree, 2014. Taught mathematics at College of New Rochelle, Fordham University, Baruch College, and DeWitt Clinton High School before joining Bard High School Early College in 2014. Academic and research interest include Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory, and compatibility of instructors’ teaching styles and students’ learning styles.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3101

Racquel C. DeCicco
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, BHSEC Manhattan
B.S., Wagner College; Ph.D., Stony Brook University. Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Drew University 2012-13. Research interests include the synthesis of polyynes and conductive organic polymers. 
Phone: 212-995-8479, x3081

Randal Despommier
Associate Professor of Music, BHSEC Manhattan
B.M. (cum laude), Loyola University of New Orleans - jazz studies/saxophone performance, M.M., D.M.A., New England Conservatory - composition. Studies in piano performance and conducting and the Conservatory of Perugia, participated in composition master class at the Academia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, Italy. Research interests include: early music, jazz, modal and chromatic counterpoint, music and theology. Studies with: Malcolm Peyton, Anthony Coleman, Luigi Zaninelli, Edgar Alandia, Azio Corghi. Discography - "Sleep Now," Zetune Record, A Coney Island of the Mind, Ferlinghetti Songs  - (release Spring 2015). 

Anna Dolan

Faculty in Theater, BHSEC Manhattan
M.F.A. in Playwriting, Yale University; M.F.A. in Directing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Anna is a playwright and has written and produced over 30 plays. She has recently written a series of recitation/adaptation of literature: Jim Thompson's "The Killer Inside Me," an adaptation of "Men in the Sun," for the Freedom Theater of Jenin and Kafka's "The Trial." 

Paul Ducett
Language Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Russian and Classics, Middlebury College; M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, Hunter College; M.A., Spanish Language and Culture, Universidad de Salamanca; M.A. and Doctoral Candidate, Comparative Literature, City University of New York. Research interests include Pushkin, Don Juan myth and contemporary methods in foreign language teaching.

Daniel Freund
Assistant Professor of Social Studies, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Reed College; Ph.D., Columbia University. Instructor and Writing Center Fellow at Columbia University, 2001-2007. Academic and research interests include urban, public health; and environmental history. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4082

Fang Fu
Language Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
A.A., Fuzhou Teachers College, China; B.A., M.A., M.Ed., Columbia University; Ed.D. candidate, Columbia University. Teaching associate at Chinese Language Program at Columbia University; adjunct lecturer at City College and Baruch College, CUNY. Specializes in bilingual/bicultural education and international educational development. Areas of interest include modern Chinese literature and language. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x5081

Christopher Gagstetter
Health, Physical Education and Athletics Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.S., Physical Education, SUNY Cortland; M.S., Health Education, CUNY Brooklyn.  Physical Education and Health Teacher at Bard High School Early College, 2008-present. Athletic Director 2012-present.  Certified personal trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Research interests include holistic nutrition and nutrition's impact on athletic performance.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2223

Denice Gamper
Science Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.S., St. Joseph's College; M.S., St. John's University. Instructor of science at Bishop Kearney High School, Brooklyn, 1980-2001. Awards include research fellowship for high school science teachers in medicinal chemistry, St. John's University; research fellowship for high school science teachers in neurobiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Julia Guerra
Language Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., American University; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park.  Has taught at University of Maryland, College Park; University of Phoenix, Columbia, Maryland; Maryland College of Art and Design.  Teaching and research interests include Maya and Aztec culture, spirituality and religion among Hispanic populations, and ethnicity and race in colonial Latin America.  

Arturo Hale
Science Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.Sc., Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Chemical Engineering; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Chemical Engineering; M.A.,Teachers College, Columbia University, Science Education. Worked many years as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories and OFS Labs in the areas of polymers science, fiber optics, holographic data storage and microelectronics. Involved in science mentoring programs for high school and college students. Holds twenty-four U.S. patents; published three invited book chapters and over thirty scientific articles. Awards include R&D 100 Award for the development of Tapestry Holographic Recording Media. Courses taught include Thermal Analysis of Thermosetting Polymers, Physics with Calculus, Conceptual Physics, 9th-Grade Physics, High School Chemistry, Science of Light and Color, and Physics of Sound and Music.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Glenn Healy
Adjunct Music Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Duquesne University, Psychology; M.A., Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, Psychology. Faculty member of the Third Street Music School in New York since 2005, teaching percussion and world music. Extensive experience performing, recording, touring and teaching. Taught in three countries, performed in nine. Member of several Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools. Veteran of over twenty carnival performances in Rio de Janeiro with several samba schools. Founder and director of Ginga Pura samba group. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2044

William H. Hinrichs
Associate Dean of Studies, BHSEC Manhattan 
A.B., Princeton University; Ph.D., Yale University. Has taught at St. Mark's School, the Taft School, Yale University and BHSEC Queens. Publications include The Invention of the Sequel: Expanding Prose Fiction in Early Modern Spain (2011). Teaching and research interests include literature and culture of 16th- and 17th-century Spain, flash fiction, and concepts of authorship and authorial property.
English Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Bard College; Ph.D., New York University; Post-doctoral Lecturer, New York University; Peterson Visiting Professor, BHSEC Manhattan. Research interests include British Romanticism, pastoral poetry, and fantasy.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x5061

Lee D. Johnson
English Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., University of California, Berkeley; Doctoral Candidate, Yale University. Program supervisor at Smolny College, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2003; visiting assistant professor at Bard College, 2002-03; teaching assistant at Yale, 1995, 1998, 2000-01. Specializes in Slavic languages and literature.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x5061

Jesse Garcés Kiley
English Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.F.A. in Poetry/Creative Writing from Columbia University. Has taught Creative Writing and Composition at Columbia University, and as a bilingual elementary teacher in various schools across the country. Poetry has appeared in Oranges and Sardines.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x5061

Andrea Kouklanakis
Professor of Latin Language and Literature, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Classics and Honors Program, Hunter College of the City University of New York; Ph.D., Classical Philology, Harvard University
Research Interests: Homeric poetry, Comparative epic, Iambic poetry, Reception of the Classics in Afro-Latin American literature.

Michael Lerner

Principal, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., New York University. Has taught at Barnard College, NYU; New School University; and Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Awards include Best Dissertation in Urban History, Urban History Association. Publications include Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City (2007). Teaching and research interests include 20th-century United States society and politics, American reform movements, popular culture, and U.S.-Pacific relations. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2282

Pearl Marasigan
Faculty in Dance; BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Hofstra University, Dance. Teaching Artist at Third Street Music School, 2006-present; Teaching Artist at Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theater, 2007-2009; work-study participant at Peridance International School of Dance, 2003-2009; scholarship student at Bates College Dance Festival, 2003; and Participant of Paul Taylor Intensive, 2002. Awarded Rehearsal Grant from Field Artist Residency Program for upcoming HalloHalloInc production. Has performed for Vissi Dance Theater; Forces of Nature; Beth Soll and Company; Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater; and Tamara Saari Dance Collective. Founding director of HalloHalloInc. Approach to teaching dance is inclusive and is a reflection of the fusion of modern dance, ballet, African and Filipino folk dance. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2044

Rene S. Marion
Social Studies Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., University of Iowa; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Assistant professor at Ball State University; visiting professor at Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Guyancourt, France, 1999; Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1998; assistant professor at University of South Dakota. Research interests include social and cultural history of 17th- and 18th-century Europe; food culture; popular politics. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4081

Thomas Martin
Professor of Art History, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University. Formerly Associate Professor of Art Department at University of Tulsa. Won the Outstanding Teacher Award for 1999-2000. Author of Alessandro Vittoria and the Portrait Bust in Renaissance Venice (Oxford, 1998). Published in the Burlington Magazine, Revue du Louvre, and other periodicals. Has been awarded fellowships by the Metropolitan Museum; the Delmas Foundation; and in 1997-98 was the Rush Kress Fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2042

Steven V. Mazie
Associate Professor of Political Science, Social Studies Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
Ph.D., University of Michigan (Political Science); postgraduate work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; A.B. (magna cum laude), Harvard College. Has taught at Bard College, 2005; New York University, 2002; and the University of Michigan, 1997-9. Honors include American Political Science Association Best Paper Award in Religion and Politics (2003); Charlotte C. Newcombe Fellowship (2000-2001); National Science Foundation research grant (2000); Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship (1993-94); and three awards for teaching excellence. Author of Israel's Higher Law: Religion and Liberal Democracy in the Jewish State (Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2006). Recent articles published in Polity; Perspectives on Politic; Field MethodsTheory and Research in Education; and Review of Faith and International Affairs; as well as the New York Times. Areas of specialization include political theory; and public law. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4082

Thomas McVeigh 
Faculty in Physical Education & Health, BHSEC Manhattan 
B.S., Physical Education, SUNY Cortland; M.S.Ed., Students with Disabilities in Adolescent Education, The City College of New York; Physical Education and Special Education Teacher at Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language, 2010-2012.  Phone: 212-995-8479 x2222  
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2222

Camilo Mesa
Mathematics Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.Sc. Mathematics, National University of Colombia at Medellin; Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder Mathematics instructor, University of Colorado at Boulder. Research interests include Noncommutative Geometry (Deformation quantization and index theory), stochastic processes, and modeling. 

Benjamin Mikesh
Science Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Mathematics and Physics, Brown University; M.S., Physics, University of Washington; J.D., Harvard Law School. NYC Teaching Fellow; former visiting researcher at Fermilab and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Past research topics include b-quark tagging algorithms for the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF). 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Jay Mueller
Foreign Language Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Eugene Lang College; M.A., Columbia University Dept. of English and Comparative Literature; M.A., New York University Dept. of Classics; Doctoral Candidate, NYU. Adjunct instructor at NYU 2010-2012. Research interests include Archaic Greek poetry, narrative technique in 5th Century Athens, Elizabethan poetry; the American Novel, Romanticism, and 19th century appropriations of Classical literature. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x5081

Michael Noyes
Mathematics Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., New York University; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder.  Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo, 2011-2012.  Research interests include Combinatorics and Probability. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3101

Wendy Phillips-Kahn
Ethics Adjunct, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Yale University, Philosophy; M.S., Bank Street College; further education studies at Columbia University and New York University. Adjunct in the Horace Mann School theater department. Conducted Shakespeare workshops with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Shakespeare on the Sound; and at the Town School and Cathedral School; conducts teacher training workshops and classes for Ovidiu Rom, an educational program for impoverished children in Romania. Teaches seminar in applied ethics in the Interschool Program of New York City Private Schools.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4082

Katherine A. Randall
Coordinator, Writing Center, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Barnard College; M.S., Columbia University School of Journalism. Has worked as editor and writer (full-time and freelance) at various publications.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4052

Petra Riviere
Social Studies Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Haverford College. M.A., New York University. Education Program Associate, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2001-2006. Member (2003 – 2006) & workshop co-presenter (2006), New York City Museum Educator’s Roundtable. Published articles in The Bronx Museum’s permanent collection catalog, Collection Remixed (2005). Board member, Riverview Lighthouse Charter School (2005 – 2006). NEH Summer Institute participant, 2008 & 2010. Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Teacher Seminar participant, 2009. Taught at Urban Assembly Academy of History & Citizenship for Young Men, an all-boys public high school (2006 – 2011).
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4082

Zangwill (Sam) Rosenbaum
Mathematics Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.S., M.A., Brooklyn College; M.A., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Rutgers University. Publications have appeared in Journal of Mathematical Analysis and ApplicationsDiscrete Applied MathematicsMathematical Social SciencesIEEE Transactions on Education; and Aequationes Mathematicae. Research interests include discrete mathematics; mathematical modeling in the social sciences; and Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT). 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4052

Gabriel Rosenberg
Mathematics Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Rice University; Ph.D., Columbia University. Served as NSF/Gibbs Instructor at Yale University. Has given invited talks at Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Brown; Rutgers; and Harvard; as well as the Albany Group Theory Conference. Research has focused on the subject of group actions on trees. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4131

Ben Rubenstein
Mathematics Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Mathematics, Bard College; M.A.T., Mathematics, Bard College. Math Teacher at Bard High School Early College, 2006-present; Director of the Math Learning Center at Bard High School Early College, 2005-2006. Awarded Master Teacher Grant from Math for America for outstanding teaching. Research interests include combinatorial game theory, and Voronoi Tessellations.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3101

Paul Schubert
Science Faculty Adjunct, BHSEC Manhattan
B.S. (Phi Beta Kappa) University of Notre Dame, Chemistry; Ph.D. Cornell University, Chemical Engineering. Experience: Director of Chemical Engineering Research and Development, Merck & Co.; Senior Scientist, Pall Corp; Assistant Professor Ch. Eng., Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Extensive experience in process scale-up and commercialization for pharmaceuticals, such as SingulairR for asthma. Zen teacher (sensei) in White Plum Asanga, Kennedy line.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3081

Carly Schultz
Physical Education Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.S., Physical Education, CUNY Queens College. M.A. candidate in Adapted Physical Education. Physical Education Teacher at BHSEC, 2013-present. 

Verónica Vallejo

Assistant Professor of History, Social Studies Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan 
B.A., University of Scranton; M.A. Georgetown University; Doctoral Candidate, Georgetown University. Instructor at Georgetown University, 2007-2010. Research interests include the history of Latin America, New Spain in the eighteenth century and the social history of medicine. Member of the American Historical Association, Latin American Studies Association and the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4081

Rick Vartorella
English Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., CUNY Empire State College; M.F.A., Ohio State University. Faculty member of Young Writers Workshop at Simon's Rock College, 2004-present; Bard College Workshop in Language and Thinking, 1999-2004; CUNY New York City Technical College, 1997-2001. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x5061

Meghann Walk
Librarian, Social Studies Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., C.A.S. candidate, University of Illinois; M.S.L.I.S., Simmons College. Held librarian position at Harvard Countway Library of Medicine Archives; and the University of Illinois. Research interests include philosophies of education; and library pedagogy. 
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4052