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The Colin Powell School Welcomes Our Newest Faculty Members

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

The Colin Powell School Welcomes Our Newest Faculty Members


We welcome Carlo Invernizzi Accetti as an assistant professor in the political science department.

Invernizzi Accetti holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, a Master’s Degree in History and Theory of Politics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University (Lincoln College).

After obtaining his PhD in 2012, Invernizzi Accetti was first hired as a lecturer in Political Theory at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and then as a Research Associate at the Center for Political Theory of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, through a European Research Council project on the critiques of human rights. He is also currently an Associate Researcher at Sciences Po’s Center for European Studies (CEE).

His research combines a historical approach to the study of political ideas with a concern for contemporary normative issues, focusing in particular on democratic theory and the question of the relation between politics and religion. He has a book forthcoming with Columbia University Press entitled Relativism and Religion: Why Democratic Societies Do Not Need Moral Absolutes, which traces the history of anti-relativism in the political thought of the Catholic Church, and then rescues a form of philosophical relativism for modern, pluralist societies, arguing that relativism provides the firmest foundation for an allegiance to democracy.

Currently, he is working on two parallel research projects: one on the relationship between populism and technocracy as parallel critiques of party democracy, and the other on the intellectual tradition of Christian Democracy and its influence on the process of construction of the European Union

Invernizzi Accetti is also a regular commentator on European and in particular Italian politics for venues such as the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Al Jazeera, Quartz, Le Monde Diplomatique and France 24.

We welcome Yana Kucheva as an assistant professor in the sociology department. 

Kucheva holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California-Los Angeles. Between 2012 and 2015 she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. 

Her research focuses on the relationships between social policy, racial stratification, neighborhood inequality, and the wellbeing of families and children. She has pursued two lines of inquiry: one that examines the relationship between subsidized housing and racial and economic segregation and one that examines the relationship between housing policy, household formation, and the transition to adulthood. 

Kucheva's current projects include a study of how the implementation of fair housing laws affect racial segregation and a study of spatial segregation using the capabilities of mobile phones. 

In addition to her academic work, Kucheva has worked on policy projects that developed a plan for lowering California's poverty rate and that examined the geographic isolation of the elderly in the United States.

We welcome Sasha Rudenstine as an assistant professor in the psychology department. 

Rudenstine holds a PhD from the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She received her undergraduate degree, a BA in Anthropology, from Haverford College. 

At the Graduate Center, Rudenstine worked with faculty adviser Steven Tuber, professor at the Colin Powell School and Graduate Center, CUNY.

Rudenstine’s research interest lies in how genetic and environmental factors  affect the manifestation of psychopathology over the life course and how  determinants at multiple levels--individual, network, and community--influence the  prevalence, trajectories, and treatment of mental disorders. 

Additionally, her research examines patterns and consequences of cumulative trauma over the life course, including the particular contributions of cumulative trauma to disparities in mental health and health behaviors.  

Rudenstine is committed to continuing to examine how a life course framework can inform interventions to improve health in different contexts.