Doctoral & PostDoc Fellows

 The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute seeks to expand the pool of scholars devoted to Dominican Studies by  hosting doctoral fellow, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars carrying out research in Dominican Studies, and by offering undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the field through supervised research. In addition, the Institute hosts foreign students from Europe and other parts of the world who wish to study at the City College of New York and deepen their knowledge and interest in Dominican Studies. The number of such fellowships and visiting opportunities depend on the availability of Institute and external funding.
Doctoral fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars in Dominican Studies represent diverse academic disciplines and a wide range of scholarly research projects, from the colonial history of the Dominican Republic to housing patterns of people of Dominican ancestry in New York City. The scholars work directly with CUNY DSI Director and Professor of Sociology Ramona Hernández.

Postdoctoral Fellows, 2010-11

Patricia-Krueger_1Patricia Krueger-Henney, Ph.D. was the first Postdoctoral Education Research Fellow at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute.  She worked closely with the staff of the DSI Library and Archives to develop special initiatives such as Dominican Studies-centered curricular materials to be used across the disciplines by students and faculty members at The City College of New York, and long-term educational programs and internship opportunities for New York City students and teachers.

Prior to joining CUNY DSI in October of 2010, Dr. Krueger-Henney taught social studies in New York City public high schools.More recently, Dr. Krueger-Henney has committed her efforts to teacher education, including teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at The CUNY Graduate Center, Long Island University, Montclair State University, Fordham University, Adelphi University, Hunter College, and City College.  Her research and publications focus on participatory action research, place-based education, and visual narratives to document youth-centered perspectives on educational policies and the impact these have had on educational opportunities for Black, Latino and immigrant youth.

Dr. Krueger-Henney earned a Ph.D. in Urban Education from The Graduate Center at The City University of New York; an M.A. in International and Intercultural Management from The School for International Training; and a B.A. in Spanish and French from the University of Oregon.


Griselda-RodriguezGriselda Rodríguez, Ph.D.   As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, Dr. Griselda Rodríguez developed and implemented content for the Institute’s “First Blacks in the Americas” web project—a major research endeavor undertaken by the Institute to illuminate the Dominican Republic’s historic role in the emergence of Blackness the Western Hemisphere. Dr. Rodríguez conducted research on relevant historical themes, revised and updated existing documents, and collaborated with CUNY DSI Director Dr. Ramona Hernández and historian Anthony Stevens-Acevedo, directors of “First Blacks in the Americas.”

Dr. Rodríguez devotes her research and activism to understanding the ways that race and gendered processes of global economic development shape the lives of working class women of color, with specific emphasis on Dominican women.

Dr. Rodríguez earned the Ph.D. and an M.A. in Sociology from Syracuse University, and has a second master’s in The Cultural Foundations of Education, also from Syracuse University. She is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a B.S. in Human Development and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.


Doctoral Fellows, 2010-12

Lissette Acosta is a doctoral candidate in the Latin American-Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies Department at Albany State University of New York. Ms. Acosta has been given a scholarship for the academic year 2010-11 to help in the completion of her doctoral research on women in Hispaniola during the colonial period, specifically during the 16th and 17th centuries. She is working under the guidance of Dr. Ramona Hernández..


Doctoral Fellows, 2009-10

Grigoris Argeros is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at Fordham University specializing in quantitative analysis.  Mr. Argeros worked with Dr. Ramona Hernández in analyzing U.S. Census data for the “Socioeconomic Profile of Dominicans in the United States” a study that CUNY DSI publishes periodically since 2003.  Mr. Argeros helped Dr. Hernández update the latest edition of this publication.  The update is larger in scope, providing for the first time comprehensive information on the lives of Dominican immigrants and the second generation in six states: New York, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

Kianny Antigua-Padilla, Ph.D. candidate in Spanish literature at the CUNY Graduate Center and adjunct instructor in foreign language and literature.  She conducted an extensive paleographical reading of sixteenth-century archival documents in Spanish relating to the colonial history of the Dominican Republic to establish the types of data they contain, the nature of their overall contents and other information that she included in a descriptive catalog of these documents.

Miguelina Rodriguez, Ph.D. candidate at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.  Her research project was an in-depth study of the housing patterns of Dominicans in New York City.

Utku Sezgin, Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in political science at the CUNY Graduate Center and adjunct instructor in politics and sociology at CUNY.  He conducted research on issues pertaining to the cultural, political, and social identity of second-generation Dominicans living in New York City, particularly Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.  In addition, he designed the methodology for a subsequent study with second-generation Dominicans living in select European cities, among them Berlin.


International Exchange Student, 2009-10

Natalie Wagner, an undergraduate exchange student  visiting from the Free University of Berlin, spent academic year at The City College of New York 2009-10 pursuing her interest in Dominican Studies under the auspices of the German National Academic Foundation. In addition to her courses in Latin American Studies at City College, Ms. Wagner completed an independent study project with CUNY DSI Director Dr. Hernández on Dominican migration to the United States from 1892 to 1924, as revealed by Ellis Island archives.