Thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Queens College has undertaken an exciting three-year initiative to enhance the diversity of its faculty. The college will pursue this goal through research and program support of junior faculty on the tenure track as well as through the creation of an academic setting to support the identification, development, and recruitment of persons who will add diversity to its faculty.  Project activities include the following:

  • Faculty Research Fellowships
  • Forums, exhibits, and conferences on diversity
  • Networking events
  • Mentoring of undergraduates and graduate students
  • Partnerships across CUNY
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QC President, Frank Wu, speaks on diversity issues in higher education

Recent Events:

December 3rd, 2020: Queens College Student-lead Panel Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion in QC Curriculum with Stephen R. Jackson, Ashley P. Fils-Aime, Tamara Rice, Christina Rivera, Brandon Tatis, and Sujen Wu Wu, moderated by Karl A. Mitchell.

November 17, 2020: Discussion with Professor Doug MacKay on The Ethics of the COVID-19 vaccine

November 10, 2020: Queens College panel discussion with Drs. Dr. Fiona Vernal and Karren Dunkley on “Bringing Fresh Perspectives to Diversity And Inclusion in Education.” 

Monday Nov 23rd 12:15-1:15 pm: Latin American and Latino Studies Program Lecture and Discussion, Prof. Carla Santamaria, Brooklyn College, “The New Keys of History: Reggaeton as a Mirror of the Puerto Rican Socio-Political Context in the 21 Century.”​

Meet Deidre B. Flowers, Acting Director of Africana Studies:

Professor Deirdre Flowers received her Ph. D. from Columbia University in 2017. She  is a Historian whose research interests include African American History, African American Women in Education, Women’s Education,
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Student Protest and Activism, and Higher Education
Leadership.  She has recently published an article: “A School for Modern Times: Mildred Louise Johnson and the Founding of The Modern School of
Harlem,” in The Journal of African American History

This year Professor Deidre Flowers selection for the eight cohort of A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholars program. During this time she will be conducting oral histories from students, faculty/staff, and parents associated with The Modern School its founder Mildred Louise Johnson.

Meet Mellon Faculty Fellows:

Anna Bounds (Assistant Professor, Sociology) received Mellon support for her project “Reexamining Gender Roles and Race in the American Prepper  Movement: Rejecting the Lone Wolf Stereotype and Recognizing the Power of the Lioness.”

Anna Maria Bounds holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Policy from The New School for Public Engagement. Her areas of interest include Urban Tourism, Urban Subcultures, and Public Space. Her current research project is an ethnography that focuses on the rise of Doomsday Preppers, the urban survivalist subculture. Two recent projects include a case study about the cancellation of the 2013 New York City Marathon in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (an analysis of local resistance to tourism) and a case study that examines plans for the development Governors Island as a tourist destination. She also earned an M.A. in Writing from Old Dominion University. She is finishing her first work of fiction, an epistolary novel called Reading Between the Lines.

Her new book, “Bracing for the Apocalypse” has been published by Routledge Press this fall.

Charlez Gomez (Assistant Professor, Sociology) has been awarded Mellon support for his research on the global flows of knowledge, as well as the social and political ramifications of the globalization of science and higher education.

Professor Gomez is a sociologist who is broadly interested in the social and political factors that shape the global flows of knowledge, as well as the social and political ramifications of the globalization of science and higher education. He specializes in three areas of sociology: (1) the sociology of knowledge and science; (2) global and transnational political sociology; and (3) organizational sociology.

Namhee Han

Assistant Professor, Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures.

Research Project: Cold War Transnationalism and Widescreen Culture in South Korea and Japan, 1950s to 1970s. 

Professor Han’s teaching and research interests include the cultural history of modern Korea, the theories and histories of Korean and East Asian cinemas, technology and modernity, censorship in cultural industries, the Vietnam War and Cold War Korean popular media, and postcolonial visual archives. Her works appear in Acta Koreana, Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, Voyage to Discovery, and “Postwar” Japanese Cinema.

She is currently working on two research projects. First, she is completing her book manuscript, Between Screens: Cold War Transnationalism and Widescreen Culture in South Korea and Japan, 1950s to 1970s. She argues that South Korean and Japanese widescreen works fall under both aesthetic and political realms, where ruptures and discontinuities from colonialism to the global Cold War were articulated in the transnational and intermedial screen practices between cinema and television and across wartime and postwar representational modes. Second, she is developing the second book project tentatively entitled, Networked Mourning: Visual Colonial Korea in Digital East Asia. Investigating the interregional and cross-media presence of digitally-mediated visual works of and about colonial Korea in history museums and at historic sites in East Asia, she explores how digitally restored and displayed colonial documents offer affectively networked, but politically contentious, viewing experiences.

Professor Han’s works comprise interdisciplinary, transnational, and cross-media approaches to the intersection of technology, moving image works, and the public—the location where modern Korean aesthetic, social, and political practices interconnect. Actively integrating the academic into the public realm, she is also committed to serving the community by organizing film screening events and being involved in international cultural organizations.


Shareah Taleghani

Assistant Professor, Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures

Research Project: prison literature in Syria and its relationship to political dissent, human rights, and Arabic literary experimentalism.

Professor Taleghani’s research focuses on modern Arabic literature and Middle Eastern cultural studies.  Her research interests include the relationships between cultural production, aesthetics and political resistance, narrative theory and human rights discourse, and translation studies.   She is currently working on a book manuscript about contemporary prison literature and human rights in Syria.


Prof. Taleghani teaches modern Arabic literature in translation, images of the Middle East (with a focus on The 1001 Nights), advanced Arabic reading, Islamic  civilization and literature, and a new literature and film class on dissidence and revolution in the Middle East.

Selected Publications

“‘Axising Iran’:  The Politics of Domestication and Cultural Translation” in Between the Middle East and the Americas:  The Cultural Politics of Diaspora in the Americas, University of Michigan, 2013.

“The Cocoons of Language:  Torture, Voice, Event” in Human Rights, Suffering, and Aesthetics in Political Prison Literature, Lexington, 2012.​​

Brais Outes-Leon

Assistant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literature.

Research Project: Modernismo and the historical avant-gardes in Latin America Latin America from 1870 to 1935.

Vanessa Pérez Rosario (Associate Professor, English) for her research on nineteenth through twenty-first-centuries Latino/a literature and Caribbean literature.

Professor Pérez Rosario earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Davis with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. Her teaching and research areas include U.S. Latino/a literature, language, culture and society, and Latinos and education.

Sandy Placido

Assistant Professor, History Department  and CUNY Dominican Studies Institute

Research Project: “The Ana Livia Cordero and Proyecto Piloto Documentary.” This project explores the life of Ana Livia Cordero, a Puerto Rican physician who forged connections between anti-imperialist movements across the Third World. Dr. Plácido worked to preserve Ana Livia Cordero’s archival collection at The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, located at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Dr. Sandy Plácido is the inaugural CUNY DSI/Queens College Dominican Studies Scholar at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, and an assistant professor in the History Department at Queens College, City University of New York. She received her Ph.D. from the American Studies Program at Harvard University. Dr. Plácido is a historian whose work focuses on women, the Hispanophone Caribbean, the United States, and anti-imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

Dr. Plácido is working on two books: a co-authored volume with Drs. Ramona Hernández and Diógenes Céspedes that focuses on women who fundamentally shaped Dominican society from the early 1800s to the present; and a sole-authored manuscript that centers the life of Ana Livia Cordero, a Puerto Rican physician who forged connections between anti-imperialist movements across the Third World. Dr. Plácido worked to preserve Ana Livia Cordero’s archival collection at The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, located at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Juan Rodriguez Aponte

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Mellon support is provided for his ethnographic and sociocultural research on Venezuelan diaspora in Chile.

Professor Rodriguez Aponte studies how material circumstances affect the way in which politicians, and the voters who support them, conceive of the linguistic practices and performances that sustain their relationship. His work relies on a discourse-centered approach to language and culture taking instances of language use, and performative practices in context, as the starting point of his ethnographic research. He combines this approach with an interest in practices of translation and semiotic transduction to understand how indigenous languages in Venezuela are translated into Spanish and how Spanish have been translated into Warao, an indigenous language of the Orinoco Delta in eastern Venezuela. He takes these translation practices as part of a more general process of transduction of political speech into political influence through the distribution of state resources.

His recent book, Language and Revolutionary Magic in the Orinoco Delta (Bloomsbury Academic Press), explores the role of translation in the process of transforming oil revenue into political influence arguing that these are interconnected processes that help us understand the place of Warao speakers in the context of the Venezuelan public political sphere.

Fidel Tavarez
(Assistant Professor, History)
Mellon research fellowship  has been offered  to support his research on history of early modern Spanish Atlantic. Professor Tavarez is a historian of the early modern Spanish Atlantic with a particular focus on issues of political economy, political culture, and imperial governance. Broadly speaking, his research explores how the Hispanic world—including Spain and Latin America—governed, harnessed, and adapted to the effects of early modern globalization and capitalism. Additionally, his research and teaching interests include the Age of Revolutions, slavery and the Atlantic world, and the history of knowledge.  

Megan Victor (Assistant Professor, Anthropology)

Mellon funding supports her research on historic archaeology of Chinese Labor Quarters in the early  United States.

Professor Victor is an anthropological archaeologist with a focus on historical archaeology, encompassing sites from between roughly 1500 and 1900 AD. Specifically, she examines three main topics: 1.) commensality, which is the way that people interact through food and drink and all of the negotiations and nostalgia that comes with those interactions; 2.) the archaeology of alcohol within drinking spaces, such as taverns, saloons, and coffeehouses; and 3.) the archaeology of frontier spaces.

Professor Victor received her Ph.D. in 2018, both from the William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Most recently, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Archaeology Center at Stanford University in northern California, where she directed the archaeological excavations of the Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters (ACLQ) Project, which examined the daily lives of the Chinese workers who lived at the Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters (1880s to 1925) and were employed at Leland Stanford’s Palo Alto Stock Farm and, later, at Stanford University during its early years. The ACLQ Project focused on these workers’ quotidian activities, with the specific aim of understanding what these individuals were doing when they were not laboring, including commensal politics and leisure. This research also focused on understanding the workers’ living conditions, what they ate and drank, and whether there were any women or children present at the Labor Quarters.

Hongwei Xu

Associate Professor, Sociology 

Research Project: Income Segregation in American Metropolitan Neighborhoods:  1980-2016.

Professor Xu is a sociologist and demographer by training. My research interests include: (1) social and environmental determinants of population health and aging; (2) aging population; and (3) child development.