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New Faculty 2015-2016

Staceyann Chin
Adjunct Professor

Staceyann Chin is the recipient of the 2007 Power of the Voice Award from The Human Rights Campaign, the 2008 Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality, the 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project, the 2009 New York State Senate Award, and the 2013 American Heritage Award from American Immigration Council. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.

A proud Jamaican National, Staceyann's voice was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming-out there.

Widely known as co-writer and original performer in the Tony award winning, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, her poetry has seen the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets' Café, one-woman shows Off-Broadway, writing-workshops in Sweden, South Africa, and Australia. Chin's three one-woman shows, HANDS AFIRE, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, and BORDER/CLASH all opened to rave reviews at the Culture Project in New York City.

Staceyann is the author of the memoir, The Other Side of Paradise, and is currently fine-tuning a new theater show, in collaboration with her director, Cynthia Nixon, and her producer, Rosie O'Donnell, chronicling her incredible experiences about motherhood.

Be it on "60 Minutes," in the New York Times, or The UK Guardian, Staceyann has a reputation for telling it exactly like it is.

N. D. B. Connolly
Associate Professor

connolly_image_2015.pngN. D. B. Connolly is author of the award-winning book, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida (University of Chicago Press, 2014). The book, like much of his early work, explores the role of property rights and white supremacy in the development of U.S. political culture and transnational urban spaces. His current research includes a survey of black capitalism in the United States and a family history following three generations of West Indian migrants who moved from Jamaica to Britain and into the cities and suburbs of North America. In addition to publishing in scholarly venues, Prof. Connolly has offered commentary in the New York Times, on various television and radio outlets, and is a regular contributor to Talking Points Memo's history site, "Primary Source."

Cristel M. Jusino Díaz
Visiting Assistant Professor

jusino_pic_2015.jpgCristel M. Jusino Díaz completed her PhD in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She holds a Masters in Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures from NYU in Madrid and a BA in Latin American Studies from the Universidad de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Río Piedras. Her dissertation, "Balance Prepóstumo: Queer Temporality and Latin American Literature, 1983-1993", focuses on questions of queer temporality in Latin American literature written during the HIV-AIDS crisis. Research interests include: queer theory, gender and sexuality, performance, activism, archives, popular culture and fútbol.

Shatima J. Jones
Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow
Jones_profile_pic.jpgShatima J. Jones is an Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Department of Sociology. She earned her doctorate in sociology at Rutgers University, where she also received her master’s degree; and she holds a BA in sociology from Hunter College. Shatima is interested in the intersection of race, space, gender, and culture. Her dissertation, “Performing Race and Shaping Community in the Black Barbershop” focuses on how black people interpret and perform their racial identity, the processes by which they create community based on these understandings, and the significance of place and space in shaping these sentiments. The bulk of Shatima’s research employs ethnographic methods to uncover what black people think constitutes an “authentic” racial identity, how they signal this to others in everyday interaction, and how racially exclusive places shape understandings and performances of race.

At NYU, Shatima is writing a book manuscript based on her dissertation research. She is also embarking on a new ethnographic project focusing on women’s hair salons in order to explore gender differences in racial performance.

Elizabeth Mesok
Visiting Assistant Professor
mesok_pic_2015.jpgMy work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and US militarism, particularly the recruitment and service of women and people of color in the post-World War II era. Specifically, my book manuscript looks at the relationship between neoliberalism, liberal multiculturalism, feminism, and US militarism through an analysis of American female counterinsurgents’ gendered performances in Iraq and Afghanistan. A book length manuscript, drawn from ethnographic research with US servicewomen, is currently under exclusive review with UNC press. Additional works include “Affective Technologies of War: US Female Counterinsurgents and the Performance of Gendered Labor” (forthcoming in Radical History Review October 2015) and “Sexual Violence in the US Military: Feminism, US Empire, and the Failure of Liberal Equality” (forthcoming in Feminist Studies).

Prior to arriving at NYU, I was a postdoctoral fellow in Global American Studies at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, as well as a Seminar Associate in the Mahindra Humanities Center’s Seminar on Violence and Non-Violence. I teach courses on gender and militarism, women of color and transnational feminist theory and praxis, the social and political history of the US military, and the global history of US militarism.

Thomas J. Sugrue
sugrue_0058.jpgThomas J. Sugrue is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History. He received his B.A. from Columbia, M.A. from Cambridge, and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard.

Sugrue’s research interests include the history of the United States in the twentieth century, urban politics and policy, civil rights, and race and ethnicity. He is currently writing a book on the history of the real estate in modern America. His publications include These United States: The Making of a Nation, 1890 to the Present (Norton, 2015); Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race (Princeton University Press, 2010); Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North (Random House, 2008), and The Origins of the Urban Crisis (Princeton University Press, 1996/2014). Sugrue has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, London Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, and The Nation.

Sugrue is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of American Historians. He is past President of the Urban History Association and the Social Science History Association. He has received fellowships from the Carnegie Corporation Guggenheim Foundation, Fletcher Foundation, ACLS, Social Science Research Council, Institute for Advanced Study, American Philosophical Society, Brookings Institution, and National Endowment for the Humanities. He won the Bancroft Prize, the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, the President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in History. From 1991 to 2015, Sugrue was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and was the founding director of the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum. Sugrue has given hundreds of public lectures worldwide and has been a visiting professor at Harvard, NYU, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.