Bard High School Early College Queens

Faculty

BHSEC Queens 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

Jenna Feltey Alden
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., American Studies, Wesleyan Univerity; M.A. and Ph.D., U.S. History, Columbia University. 
Doctoral dissertation, “Bottom-Up Management: Participative Philosophy and Humanistic Psychology in American Organizational Culture, 1930-1970,” explores the transformation of American corporate culture in the years surrounding World War II, when people started talking about teams and their feelings in the workplace.  Research interests include popular psychology, 20th-century religion, consumer culture, and business history.  Advised the Queer Straight Alliance and helped lead impromptu knitting tutorials at BHSEC Queens.
E-mail: jalden@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7706
 
David Allen
Assistant Principal; Literature Faculty
B.F.A., Creative Writing, Brooklyn College; M.F.A., Creative Writing, The University of Michigan; Advanced Certification in School Leadership, Brooklyn College.
Taught English at Brooklyn Technical High School, The Dalton School, Bushwick Outreach Center, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall, Phillips Academy, The University of Michigan, and Brooklyn College. Served as Assistant Principal, English, at Art and Design High School. Received the Hopwood Award in Major Fiction at The University of Michigan. Poems and stories have been broadcast and published in several New York City outlets.
E-mail: dallen@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x8000
 
Haroula Argiros
Science Faculty
B.S., Nutrition and Food Science, University of Vermont; M.A. and Ph.D.,  Cell and Organismal Biology, New Mexico State University.
Preparing for Future Faculty Scholar, 2010-11; Alan J. Kohn Endowed Fellow, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, 2009. Teaching assistant at NMSU and mentored undergraduate research at NMSU and FHL. Publications have appeared in the Journal of Molecular Recognition and Cytoskeleton. Research interests include understanding the role that microtubules play in cell division and the network of proteins involved in ensuring accurate DNA segregation during mitosis.
E-mail: hargiros@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6373
 
Graciela M. Báez
Language Faculty
B.A., Spanish Language and Literature / Latin American & US Latino Studies, Fordham University; Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, New York University.
Doctoral dissertation: “Las diosas de América: Concealed Symbols of the Great Mother in Latin American Literature.” Areas of Inquiry include Latin American Literature, Pre-Hispanic Myth in Contemporary Literature, Mutterecht, Indigenous cosmogonies (Andean, Mexican, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Amazonian), Trans-national-Trans-cultural Visual Culture, and U.S. Latino/a Literature and Translation. Taught at New York University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). Former multi-lingual recruiter and executive headhunter with interpreting and translation experience in corporate, academic, entertainment, legal and diplomatic arenas.
E-mail: gbaez@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 758-361-3133 x6606
 
Holly Kashin Brown
Language and Literature Faculty
B.A., History and Spanish, Wellesley College; M.A., Middlebury College; Ph.D. candidate, Spanish and Luzo-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, The Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York. 
Taught language and short story at Princeton University and Hunter College; Bilingual Education and Spanish pedagogy at The City College of New York; and College Preparedness and ESL at LaGuardia Community College. Publications include At the Crossroads of Modernity: Fernando Pessoa's Intersectionist Poetry. Interests include medieval and early modern Spanish and Portuguese literature.
E-mail: hbrown@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6606
 
Matthew Carlberg
Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University; M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Teaching Secondary Mathematics, Bard College; 2010 Math for America Fellow.
Previous teaching experience at International Community High School in the Bronx; East Side Community High School in Manhattan; and University of California, Berkeley, as a graduate student instructor. Publications on 3D modeling of indoor and outdoor environments using camera and laser data have appeared in IEEE conferences, including 3D Processing, Visualization, and Transmission and International Conference on Image Processing. Co-inventor on a pending patent for asynchronous digital circuits, including arbitration and routing primitives.
E-mail: mcarlberg@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7719
 
Michael Cetrangol
Arts Faculty
B.M., Music Education, Piano and Voice, University of Dayton; M.M., Jazz Studies, Purchase College SUNY, Conservatory of Music.
Teaching appointments include the New York City public school system; University of Dayton; and The Miami Valley School. Courses taught include Choir, Music Theory, Jazz Ensemble, Music Fundamentals, Improvisation, Piano, and Voice.
E-mail: mcetrangol@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6634
 
Adrienne Barr Chait
Arts Faculty
B.A. Dance, Bard College; M.S. Education, Pace University; Certificate of French Studies, L'Institut de Torraine, Tours, France.
Special Education Teacher, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, (2005-2008). Dance Consultant, Safe Horizon, New York (2004-2005). Research Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder and Dakar, Senegal, (2001-2003). Has performed internationally with Skeleton Dance Project and The Vanaver Caravan World Music Institute; New York solo performances for Work with Dancers Company include War Brides for The Dumbo Dance Festival and Blood and Bones at Triskelion Arts; Choreography projects include Unborn for Dancespace Project's Food for Thought and Sketch Project, Asheville, NC. Research interests include education reform and yoga.
E-mail: abarr@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6710
 
Christopher Chilas
Mathematics and Science Faculty
B.A. Mathematics, Cornell University; M.S. Mathematics Education, St. John’s University; New York City Teaching Fellows. 
Taught mathematics at the Lehman Alternative Community School and New Roots Charter School.  Worked as Academic Advisor at University of Georgia.
E-mail: cchilas@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6917
 
Matthew Leonard Cohen
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., Politics, Law, and Society, Bard College at Simon's Rock; M.A. and Ph.D., Government, The University of Texas.
Research on international conflict; international political economy; the relationship between domestic and international politics; political methodology and econometrics and game theory. Dissertation used statistical analysis and formal models to explore the role of US and Iraqi domestic politics in the 2003 war in Iraq. Served in the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan from 2000 to 2002.
E-mail: mcohen@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7706
 
David Copenhafer
Literature Faculty
B.A., Interdisciplinary Major, Echols Scholar Program, University of Virginia; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California Berkeley.
Held a postdoctoral position in the Music Department at the University of Pennsylvania; received a DAAD grant to conduct research in Berlin, Germany. Publications include "Invisible Music (Ellison)" in Sonic Interventions (Rodopi, 2008); and "Mourning and Music in Blue Velvet," in Camera Obscura 69 (Duke). Research interests include 19th and 20th century European and American Literature; Continental Philosophy; Music; and Film.
E-mail: dcopenhafer@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7055
 
Zane Curtis-Olsen
Visiting Professor of Social Studies
B.A., History, Duke University. Ph.D., US History, Yale University.
Particular interests in urban history; his thesis examined the affordable housing policy and politics in the city of Philadelphia from the Civil Rights-era to the era of Welfare Reform.  At Yale, Zane also gained three years of experience as a teaching fellow. 
E-mail: zcurtisolsen@bhsec.bard.edu

Lisa Dailey
Visiting Professor of Biology
B.S., Biology and Chemistry (summa cum laude), Hunter College; Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Virology, Sackler Institute, New York University. 
Postdoctoral training studying transcriptional factors involved in turning genes on and off in mammalian cells.  Most recently Lisa had been the Principle Investigator of a laboratory at NYU as an Associate Professor in their Microbiology Department studying transcriptional regulation in embryonic stem cells.
E-mail: ldailey@bhsec.bard.edu

D. Kent Freeman
Mathematics Faculty
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati; S.M. & Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Harvard University; M.A., Mathematics Education, New York University.
Chartered Financial Analyst; 2009 Math for America Fellow. Worked for fifteen years in the financial industry. Taught mathematics at Ohio University. Research interests include applications of mathematics to finance and electromagnetic phenomena.
E-mail: kfreeman@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7919
 
Niamh Goulding
Science Faculty
B.Sc. and Ph.D., Physiology, National University of Ireland, Cork. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine 2012-2013.
Recipient of the David H. Streeten Fellowship Award from the American Autonomic Society 2012 and 2013. Ph.D. research centered on renal denervation as a new therapeutic approach to hypertension. Research interests include hypertension; heart failure; renal failure; and disorders of the autonomic nervous system. Publications include findings on baroreflex control in renal failure; renal denervation and the neural control of the kidney; the osmopressor reflex in hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type III (HSAN III); and how taping improves proprioception and gait ataxia in HSAN III.
E-mail: ngoulding@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6373
 
Robert Greenberg
Social Studies Faculty
B.A. American Studies, Stanford University; General Course Student, London School of Economics; M.B.A., Harvard Business School; M.A., Computers and Education, Teachers College of Columbia University.
Former executive vice president of Kaplan, Inc.; founding president of Kaplan University Online.
Email: rgreenberg@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 914-315-4150
 
Adam Griffey
Visiting Professor of Literature
B.A., English, Barea College; M.A., History and English, Appalachian State University; Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina.
His dissertation, “Education through Violence in Modern American Literature,” considers the multi-faceted pedagogical uses of violence in novels written for and about young people.  He comes to us from a position as Academic Dean at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, where he oversaw both the instructional staff as well as the residential academic program for middle and high school students.
E-mail: agriffey@bhsec.bard.edu

Katherine (Kate) Heupel
Visiting Professor of Social Studies
B.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago; Ph.D., Anthropology, Columbia University. 
Dissertation: a study of the New Buffalo Commune in New Mexico, and an archaeological view of the anti-capitalist, political protest experiment from the late sixties early seventies.  
E-mail: kheupel@bhsec.bard.edu

Tyler Hicks
Mathematics Faculty
Sc.B., Applied Mathematics, Brown University; M.A., Mathematics of Finance, Columbia University; M.A., Secondary Mathematics Education, City College of New York; 2013 Math for America Fellow.
Prior teaching experience at The Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice; and Vanguard High School. Worked in financial services for five years as a risk management consultant and equities trading analyst.
E-mail: thicks@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7819
 
Jess deCourcy Hinds
Librarian
A.A., Bard College at Simon's Rock; B.A., English, Smith College; M.F.A., Fiction, Brooklyn College; M.S.L.I.S, Educational Library Science, Pratt Institute.
Member of the New York Metropolitan Library Council and manager of the school's interlibrary loan program. Co-coordinator of faculty and student symposia; co-teacher of research skills. Reporter and reviewer at School Library Journal. Writer for Brain, Child; The New York Times; Newsweek; Ms. MagazineSeventeenTeachers & Writers. Awarded a Twining Fellowship for research in Italy (2009). Named one of the Pratt Institute's "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" for library leadership and nonfiction writing (2012). Fiction Fellow at Pen Parentis, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping writers on creative track after becoming parents (2014-2015). Member of salons and writing critique groups within Pen Parentis and the BHSEC community, and reader/coach/enthusiast of student writers.
E-mail: jhinds@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6642
 
Laura Hymson
Dean of Studies, Social Studies Faculty
B.A., American Studies, Wesleyan University; M.A., Gender/Cultural Studies, Simmons College; Ph.D., American Culture, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Taught at Rutgers University-Newark; Hunter College; and University of Hartford. Areas of research include 20th century U.S. cultural history, with a particular focus on the historical constructions of race and gender; globalization; and the manifold challenges of macro-branding in an increasingly segmented collection of global markets.
E-mail: lhymson@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7706
 
Peri Mason
Assistant Professor of Ecology
B.S., Ecology, University of Georgia; Ph.D., Biology, Wesleyan University.
Dissertation: studied the interactions and defenses of herbivores, plants and insects. Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she continued work on the interactions between plants, the insects that feed on them, and the predators, parasites and pathogens that attack the insects. She has taught both Animal Behavior (Purchase College) and Evolutionary Biology (University of Colorado).
E-mail: pmason@bhsec.bard.edu

June Morrison Jones
Science Faculty
B.Sc., Chemistry, Brooklyn College; M.A., Science Education (Chemistry), Brooklyn College; M.P.H., Health Science, University of North Texas School of Public Health; Ed.M., Organization and Leadership, Teachers College of Columbia University; Ph.D., Health Studies, University of North Texas.
Administrative Internship, Teachers College of Columbia University. Worked as academic team leader and served on the curriculum and oral defense committee at Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College; served as department chair and lead teacher in Dallas Independent School; served as coach for students preparing for national and international science competitions. Presented papers at conferences on international AIDs (Bangok, Thailand ) and Infectious disease (Argentina). Publications include “The Role of Geographic Information System in Syphilis Prevention and Elimination,Journal of Urban Health, and “Geographic Information System and Case Studies in Health, Interactive Teaching and Learning across Disciplines and Cultures. Research interests include health disparities; social determinants of health; and geographic information systems and disease.
E-mail: jjones@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 xTBA
 
Stephanie Kadison
Science Faculty
B.S., Neuroscience, Brandeis University; Ph.D., Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Hartwell Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan; Postdoctoral Associate at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Mentored and supervised three students in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan; mentored graduate students at Weill Cornell; and taught genetics curriculum in the NYAS STEM afterschool and summer program to middle school students. Publications have appeared in the Journal of Comparative Neurology; Journal of Neuroscience; Developmental Biology; and as a chapter in the textbook Principles of Developmental Genetics. Research interests include neural crest specification; axon guidance; and neuromuscular junction formation.
E-mail: skadison@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6373
 
Jennifer Kaplan
Literature Faculty
B.A., Near Eastern Studies (Arabic language and literature concentration), University of California, Berkeley; M.A. and Ph.D., Comparative Literature, New York University.
Taught Arabic at Columbia University and Comparative Literature at New York University. Editor, Arab Studies Journal, 2002-2007. Fellowship at the American Research Center in Egypt, researching the history of children's literature in Egypt, 2007-2008. Research interests include contemporary Arabic literature; immigrant literature in France; and representations of childhood.
E-mail: jkaplan@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7615
 
Katharina Kempf
Language Faculty
B.A., Politics, Law and Society and Cross-Cultural Relations, Bard College at Simon's Rock; M.A., Global Journalism and Latin American & Caribbean Studies, New York University.
Taught English in Oaxaca, Mexico, 2007-2010. Articles on politics in Mexico have appeared in La Voz, Bard's Spanish-language magazine. Research interests include U.S.-Mexico relations; leftist politics in Latin America; and human rights.
E-mail: kkempf@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7737
 
Kai Krienke
Literature Faculty
B.A. Independent Study, Gallatin, New York University. M.Phil and Ph.D, Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center, CUNY. 
Dissertation concerns Jean Sénac, a poet of the Algerian revolution.  Taught at Queens College; the College of New Rochelle; and the The Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies, Empire State College. 
E-mail: kkrienke@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7025
 
Irene Lam
Language Faculty
B.A., American Literature and Psychology, Hunter College; M.S., Education, City College; M.S., Chinese Linguistics, East China Normal University, Shanghai.
Research interests: Social linguistic research and analysis of the signs in New York City; modern Chinese literature. Taught in New York public schools and in the Middlebury College summer language program. Chinese calligraphy writings shown at numerous exhibitions in New York City and Canada. Board of Directors of The Association of Chinese Calligraphy in America; Member: Hua Xia Chinese Calligraphy and Overseas Chinese Instrumentalist Orchestra.
E-mail: ilam@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7737
 
Jon Leizman
Athletic Director: Physical Education, Philosophy Faculty
B.A., Philosophy and Mathematics, St. John's College, Annapolis; M.A., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., Philosophy and Sports Administration, Union Graduate School. Bacon Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
Coached college basketball, soccer, and tennis in California, Florida, and Connecticut. Coached high school basketball, soccer, baseball, and tennis in California and New York. Taught public and independent high school physical education, English, and philosophy in California and New York. Taught philosophy as a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Author of Let's Kill 'Em: Understanding and Controlling Violence in Sports (University Press of America, 1999); Short Term Trading (McGraw-Hill, 2002).
E-mail: jleizman@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7710
 
Maria Felisa Lerum
Science Faculty
B.S., Chemistry, University of the Philippines, Diliman; Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, Syracuse University. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mount Holyoke College and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2008-2010. Future Professoriate Program Participant, Syracuse University, 2007.
Taught organic chemistry laboratory courses at Mount Holyoke College, 2010-2012; teaching assistant at Syracuse University, 2002-2007; laboratory instructor and coordinator at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1998-2002. Research articles published in Langmuir; Chemistry - a European Journal; Inorganic Chemistry. Research interests include organometallic chemistry; polymer science; and surface chemistry.
E-mail: flerum@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 xTBA
 
Shannon Leslie
Language Faculty
B.A., Letters, University of Oklahoma; M.A., Classical Philology, University of Cincinnati. Graduate student instructor at the University of Cincinnati.
Adjunct instructor at Xavier University; taught Latin 1-4 at Nottingham and Hamilton West High Schools, Hamilton, NJ. Member of the American Classical League; President of the New Jersey Classical Association. Interests include Lucretius; didactic poetry; and Aristophanes.
E-mail: sleslie@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7737
 
Sara Machleder
Science Faculty
B.A., Chemistry, Goucher College; Ph.D., Biophysics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Articles published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science; and the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Research interests include the role of dynamics in catalysis; and finding new methods for identification of the reaction coordinate.
E-mail: smachleder@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 xTBA
 
Pearl Marasigan
Dance Faculty
B.A., Dance, Hofstra University.
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 reflects the fusion of modern dance, ballet, African and Filipino folk dance. 
E-mail: pmarasigan@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2092
 
Peter Mazur
Language Faculty
B.A., Greek and Latin, Catholic University of America; M.Phil., Comparative Philology, University of Oxford; Ph.D., Classical Philology, Yale University.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut 2006-2009. "Formulaic and Thematic Allusions in Iliad 9 and Odyssey14," appeared in Classical World. Research interests include epic poetry; daily life in Greece and Rome; and historical linguistics.
E-mail: pmazur@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7737
 
Jennifer Renée Caden Merdjan
Arts Faculty
B.A., Interdisciplinary Applied Arts; Communications Arts & Media; Education, Queens College; Post Graduate Certificate, Graphic Design and Advertising, Parsons School of Design; M.S., Art Education, Queens College.
Grants and scholarships for additional study at Harvard University; Yale University; Stanford University; New York University; The National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute (DC); Academia de Firenze (Italy); and summer-study tours in China and Germany. Taught at Brooklyn Technical High School, 2004-2008. Artwork sold at The American Craft Museum Gift Shop (presently the Museum of Arts & Design); Henri Bendel; the Consulate General of Argentina; Local Project Gallery (NY); and the Joyce Robins Gallery (NM). Artwork exhibited at The Urban Center; Barnes & Noble; Makor Gallery; Starbucks; 92YTribeca; Lever House; and the Gallery at Pathways Women's Health. Artist book: If Shoes Could Talk. Graphic designs published in Bridal GuideThe Wall Street Transcript; and for Simon and Schuster. Featured Artist on Univision Television Network's Control show. Ms. BHSECQ Art students have received awards including exhibiting their work at the Metropolitan Museum; Museum of Art & Design; and Ripley’s Museum; students’ artwork displayed during the National Art Education Association Annual Convention. Member: International Society for Education Through Art; New York State Art Teachers Association; and National Art Education Association.
E-mail: jmerdjan@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7736
 
David Meskill
Social Studies Faculty
A.B. cum laude, Modern European History, Harvard University; M.A. mit Auszeichnung, Medieval and Modern European History, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität; Ph.D., Modern European History, Harvard University.
Taught at Harvard College; Boston University; M.I.T.; Colorado School of Mines; and Dowling College, as well as at several middle schools in an exchange program in Japan. Published the book Optimizing the German Workforce: Labor Administration from Bismarck to the Economic Miracle in 2010. Articles, reviews, and chapters on economics in Germany, the history of psychology, and intellectual history have appeared in the journals Critical Review; Essays in Economic and Business History; German History; The Historical Society; and History of Psychology. He is currently working on a book that proposes a revision of historical method.
E-mail: dmeskill@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7706
 
Isaac Miller
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., History and Classics, San Francisco State; M.A. and Ph.D., History, University of California at Berkeley.
Taught at Stanford University; Oberlin College; and the University of Melbourne, Australia. Areas of research include European intellectual history, notably medieval theology and the recurrence of Aristotelianism.
E-mail: imiller@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7706
 
Sean Mills
Literature Faculty
B.A., English and Music, Knox College; M.F.A., Fiction, Sarah Lawrence College.
Taught at Hofstra University and Knox College. Copy Chief at Random House; Senior Production Editor at Doubleday; Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Published in Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology, and in several journals, most recently Hobart and the Emerging Writer's Network. Currently at work on a novel and a collection of essays.
E-mail: smills@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7717
 
Arup Mukherjee
Mathematics Faculty
B.A., Mathematics, Hunter College; M.A., Mathematics Education, Hunter College.
Taught Mathematics at Brooklyn Technical High School. Interests include Table Tennis and Chess.
E-mail: AMukherjee@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7919
 
Joshua Mukhlall
Science Faculty
B. Sc., Chemistry, University of Guyana; M.A., Chemistry, Queens College; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Dissertation: “Chiral sulfurization for synthesis of antisense oligonucleotides.” Post-doctoral Research Fellow: research conducted at Queens College (CUNY) and Brookhaven National Laboratory; Project title “Synthesis and Characterization of Cyclic Phosphonium Ionic Liquids.” Taught at Queens College and LaGuardia Community College. Research articles in Inorganica Chimica Acta; Journal of Sulfur Chemistry; Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids; and Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. Research interest: Investigation of chiral ammonium-based and phosphonium-based ionic liquids for potential use as solvents in stereoselective organic reactions.  
E-mail: jmukhlall@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 xTBA
 
Winston Narvaez
Physical Education Faculty
B.S.E., Physical Education, Philippine Normal University; M.S., Physical Education, University of the Philippines; M.A., Special Education, De La Salle University.
Coached and trained national high school delegates in ASEAN International Athletics Games (Singapore, and Bangkok). Represented high school athletics team delegates in Asia-Europe Pacific Schools Games and Sports Conference (Melbourne, Australia). Worked as NCAA athletics program manager head coach. Taught physical education at La Salle Green Hills high school and elementary school for boys; dean of students and physical education teacher at Bronx High School for Medical Science.
E-mail: wnarvaez@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7710
 
Scott Neagle
Mathematics Faculty, Arts Faculty, Data Specialist
B.A., Mathematics and Music, Bennington College; M.S., Adolescent Teaching, Pace University.
Taught outdoor education, math, and music in New York City public schools. Self-titled, full-length album with the band Big Bang TV made the CMJ top 200 and the Deli Magazine top 20. Worked with Family Opera Initiative; the Fringe theater festival; and Brooklyn-based rap groups. Co-created hip-hop entity "Heavy Jamal" which 'rapifies' Henry James's novels and Sufi poetry. Chamber works incorporating turntables were hailed as "brilliant to the point of clairvoyance" by leaders in the downtown new music scene. Currently pursuing a graduate degree in computer science from New York University.
E-mail: sneagle@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7619
 
Ezra Nielsen
Literature Faculty
A.A., Literary Studies, Simon's Rock College; B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; M.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Rutgers University.
Taught at Rutgers University and Sarah Lawrence College. Research interests include Henry James; 19th century American literature; the history and theory of the novel. Currently at work on a memoir involving family history.
E-mail: enielsen@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7815
 
Timothy Ryan Olson
Arts Faculty
B.A., summa cum laude, Bard College at Simon's Rock; M.F.A, Playwriting, Actor's Studio Drama School at The New School, where he was a Jacob K Javits Fellow in the Arts.
Taught at Bard College at Simon's Rock and in an after school program in the Bronx through NYU's Metro Center. Co-Founding Artistic Director of Bazaar Productions, which presents The Berkshire Fringe, a three-week festival of theater by emerging artists, in the Berkshires.  Has worked as an actor, playwright and director with companies throughout the Northeast, including MassMoCA, TheaterFaction, Geek Ink, Personal Space Theatrics, Theater for the New City, and KickWheel Ensemble. His play, “DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike” had its world premiere at the Daniel Arts Center in Great Barrington in 2013.
E-mail: rolson@bhsec.bard.edu
 
Suneeta Sundarsen Paroly
Science Faculty
B.S. and M.S., Zoology, Madras University; Ph.D., Biology, Wesleyan University.
Postdoctoral research scientist, Department of Urology, Columbia University; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Columbia University; recipient of grants for training in immunology and for   project work, “Effects of Lindane on the ionic and osmotic regulation of Mystus vitattus.” Taught at Wesleyan University.

E-mail: sparoly@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6373
 
Zachariah Pickard
Literature Faculty
B.A., University of King's College; M.A. and Ph.D., English, University of Toronto.
Taught at Tufts; New York University; The New School; and The Cooper Union. Expertise in twentieth-century poetry. Has been published in Twentieth-Century Literature; American Literature; and American Literary History. Authored a scholarly study of the poet, Elizabeth Bishop.
E-mail: zpickard@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7915
 
David Price
Mathematics Faculty
B.S., Mathematics, The University of Chicago; M.A., Teaching of Secondary Mathematics, Bard College; 2011 Math for America NYC Fellow.
Prior teaching experience at The Bronx Academy of Letters and MS 223: The Laboratory School for Finance and Technology.
E-mail: dprice@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7719
 
Coral Rivera Diaz
Visiting Professor of Spanish
B.A., Universidad de Puerto Rico; Ph.D. Candidate, Hispanic Languages and Literature, State University of New York at Stony Brookl.
Coral is finalizing her dissertation work, which examines Chinese Culture and representation in Puerto Rico, and pays particular attention to the integration of Chinese characters the evolution of these characters in Spanish Literature by Puerto Rican writers.
E-mail: criveradiaz@bhsec.bard.edu

Zahera Zohra Saed
Literature Faculty
B.A., Cross-Cultural Literature and Creative Writing, CUNY BA/BS Program at the City University of New York Graduate School; M.F.A, Poetry, Brooklyn College; M. Phil. and Ph.D. (expected), English Literature, The City University of New York Graduate School and University Center.
Editor of a collection of Langston Hughes’s writings from Turkestan; co-editor of an anthology of contemporary Afghan literature; co-author of a collection of poetry in English and German.  Poems, essays, encyclopedia entries, and visual art have appeared in numerous other collections and venues.  Taught at Baruch College; Hunter College; and Fashion Institute of Technology.
E-mail: zsaed@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7035
 
Suzanne Schulz
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., Fine Arts and Drama/Dance, Bard College; M.A., Asian Cultures and Languages; and Ph.D., Media Studies, Department of Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin.
M.A. thesis: “The Real Picture: Modes of Realism and Paths of Transnationalism in Post-Independence Indian Cinema.”  Dissertation: “Lucknow Screens: Cinema, State and Everyday in Postcolonial India.” Chapter forthcoming in Media and Utopia: History, Imagination, and Technology (Routledge).  Essay and translation (Hindi to English) included in a special issue of Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, on the centenary of Indian Cinema. Numerous paper presentations around the U.S. and in Poland, the Netherlands, Canada, and India.  Taught as a graduate student at University of Texas.
E-mail: sschulz@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7706
 
Jordan Shapiro
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., History, Columbia College; M.P.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., African History, The University of Michigan.
Taught history at The University of Michigan, University of Oregon, University of California, San Marcos, Queens College (CUNY), and Yeshiva University High School for Boys.
E-mail: jshapiro@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7906
 
William Sherman
Science Faculty
Sc.B., Mathematics and Physics, Brown University; Ph.D., Physics, University of Pennsylvania. Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, New York University.
Staff scientist in the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2006-2012. Research focused on structural DNA nanotechnology: using the natural tendency of DNA strands to wind together to build very small structures and machines. Built a walking DNA construct that held the world record for smallest robot. Has one patent, and has published in Nature Nanotechnology; Nano Letters; Science; Biophysical Journal; Physical Review B; Journal of Computational Chemistry; and Surface Science. Mentored a prize-winning postdoctoral researcher; a prize-winning high school student; and numerous undergraduates. Hobbies include social, competitive, and performance ballroom and salsa dancing.
E-mail: wsherman@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6917
 
Shawn Steele
Adjunct Faculty in Social Studies
B.A., Political Studies and Italian Studies, Bard College. M.A., History, City University of New York at Queens College. 
Currently working on Advanced Certificate in Secondary Social Studies Education. 
718-361-3133 x6815 
E-mail: ssteele@bhsec.bard.edu

Valeri Thomson
Principal, Science Faculty
B.A., Mathematics, Bard College; M.A., Ed.M., M.Phil. and Ph.D., Columbia University.
Director of Immediate Science Research Opportunity Program at Bard College, 1998-2007; research scientist at Rockefeller University; visiting faculty in Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching Program; associate of Bard's Institute for Thinking and Writing. Articles published in Journal of Bacteriology; Journal of Molecular Biology; and Plasmid. Primary research interests include factors underlying pathogenesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis; and development expression of the neuronal NMDA receptor in zebrafish.
E-mail: vthomson@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x8002
 
Arundhati Velamur
Mathematics Faculty
B.Sc., Mathematics, University of Mumbai; M.Sc., Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; M.A., Mathematics Education, Teachers College of Columbia University.
Taught at Baruch College Campus High School; and Mott Hall II. Academic and professional interests include the development of learner identities in the mathematics classroom; and reform in secondary mathematics education in India.
E-mail: avelamur@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7719
 
Stefan Weisman
Arts Faculty
B.A., Music, Bard College; M.M, Music, Yale University; Ph.D, Music Composition, Princeton University.
Taught at Princeton University; Juilliard's Music Advancement Program; and The City College of New York. Opera Darkling, commissioned by American Opera Projects, included in the Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process series, premiered in New York City and toured Europe in 2007; released by Albany Records.   Music was featured on the nationally syndicated program The Wendy Williams Show. One-act opera Fade, commissioned by the British opera company Second Movement, premiered in London in 2008. Evening-length opera, The Scarlet Ibis, premiered in the 2015 PROTOTYPE opera festival. Selected by Inside Jersey Magazine as one of twenty-one artists from New Jersey who are "breaking big." Music is available on New Amsterdam Records and Albany Records.
E-mail: sweisman@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6636
 
Michael Wijaya
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.A., Mathematics, University of Rochester; Ph.D., Number Theory, Dartmouth College.
His particular interests lie in the intersection between number theory and hyperbolic geometry. While at Dartmouth, Michael was both a teaching assistant and an instructor in the mathematics department.  After earning his doctorate degree Michael began his career as a mathematics teacher at the Loomis Chaffee School. He joins us after having gained three years of experience teaching advanced mathematics to high school students at the Loomis Chaffee School.
mwijaya@bhsec.bard.edu

Michael Woodsworth
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., History, McGill University; M.A., Journalism, New York University; Ph.D., History, Columbia University. Teaching Fellow, Columbia University, 2006-2012.
Areas of research include New York City history; American political history; Canadian-American relations; and the welfare state. Formerly a newspaper editor; writing has appeared in The NationThe Daily; and Bookforum; as well as the International Journal of Canadian Studies.
E-mail: mwoodsworth@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7706
 
Marina Woronzoff
Literature Faculty
B.A., French and Russian, Smith College; M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures (specializing in linguistics) and Ph.D., Russian Literature, Yale University.
Recipient of Giles Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities; and Edward H. Butler Fellowship. Taught Russian language at Sarah Lawrence College; Russian language and literature at Yale University; published on Anna Akhmatova; worked as editor and writer for edf.org and non-profit foundations preserving Russian culture and history; translator and contributor for New York Review of Books Blog; research interests include feminist criticism; gender theory; Russian women poets.
E-mail: mworonzoff@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7715