The Program Staff - WI


  • Robert Becker
  • Jean Murley (Ph.D. CUNY Graduate Center) is co-coordinator of the WID/WAC Program and Associate Professor of English. She was a Writing Fellow at New York City College of Technology from 2001-2003, and earned her doctorate in American Literature. She is the author of “The Rise of True Crime: 20 Century Murder and American Popular Culture” (Praeger, 2008) and is currently writing a book about wrongful conviction issues in America.
  • Jeffery Jankowski ( Ph.D. University of Toledo) facilitates the online writing intensive training of the Queensborough WID/WAC program.  He is a faculty member in the Department of Social Sciences and teaches courses in Psychology.  His area of interest is infant and child cognition with an emphasis on individual differences.  Studies that he has co-authored have appeared in Developmental Science, Intelligence, and the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Graduate Writing Fellows

  • Yuval Abrams is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He holds a joint LL.B/B.A. in Law and Philosophy from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. His teaching experience includes Jurisprudence, Bioethics, Business Ethics, Introductory Philosophy, and a Great Books course at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, New York University, and CUNY-Brooklyn College. Previously he has worked in private legal practice, both in Jerusalem and New York, has been a Junior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and served as a Judicial Clerk to Justice Ayala Procaccia on the Supreme Court of Israel.
  • Irit Bloch is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
  • Nada Gatalo is a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy Department at the CUNY Graduate Center.
  • Jesse Rappaport is a graduate student studying philosophy of language. His research draws on linguistics and psychology and is aimed at addressing what makes it the case that words have their meanings.
  • Yelizaveta Shapiro is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests include twentieth century English and Russian literature, poetry and poetics, modernism, questions of gender, and uncertainty in language as a response to crisis. She teaches English at Hunter and is a poetry editor for Broke Journal.
  • Nan Zheng is a 5th year Ph.D. student from the Department of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, CUNY, Graduate Center. Her current research is related with the photo-text in post-dictatorship Chile, memory and trauma.

Program Assistants

  • Andre Bregegere is a Ph.D. candidate in Music at the Graduate Center.
  • Dominique Zino is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at the Graduate Center.

Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for the Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.