Faculty Panelists

Ria Banerjee is an Associate Professor of English at Guttman Community College, CUNY. Her scholarly interests are in British and European modernism and post-World War II film. She has written for Modernism/modernity and The South Atlantic Review among other scholarly venues. She teaches undergraduate courses in developmental writing and literature, and graduate film courses with the Film Studies Certificate Program at the GC

Shawna Brandle is a Professor of Political Science at Kingsborough Community College in the City University of New York.  I have a PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has previously served as the Open Education Coordinator at Kingsborough, and in the Fall of 2021, she will be a Fulbright Scholar at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.  Her research areas include human rights, media coverage of human rights and refugee issues, and Open Educational Resources in higher education. I am the author of Television News and Human Rights in the US & UK: The Violations Will Not Be Televised (Routledge 2015) and my current book project is co-authored with Dr. Janet Reilly. I spend my spare time making art with my family.

Donna McGregor is an analytically trained inorganic chemist who earned her PhD., in Analytical Chemistry from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her PhD thesis focused specifically on understanding the speciation and oxidation state stabilization of technetium-99 (Tc-99) using polyoxometalates as metal oxide mimics. Her primary research interests today are in the fields of Chemical Education Pedagogy, the continued understanding of Tc-99 coordination chemistry and the use of short peptide building blocks for the intelligent design of more complex metal-chelating systems and nanostructures with proton transfer capabilities. Donna started her academic career at Hunter College in 2009 and in 2015 moved to Lehman College to help build their chemistry program. Donna is an expert in chemical pedagogy and her research in this area is specifically focused on the use of active learning to increase retention and close the pervasive achievement gap in General Chemistry. While faculty at Hunter Donna was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Mentoring in the Sciences Award on two different occasions, the Faculty Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award, the Witten Award for Excellence in Teaching and was appointed as a Faculty Fellow for the Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching. Upon moving to Lehman Donna and her colleague Pamela Mills won the national Gates funded Online Learning Consortium Digital Learning Innovation Award for advancing undergraduate student success in General Chemistry courses through the adoption of digital learning courseware. Donna was a member of the 21st Century CUNY Steering Committee to develop the CUNY Strategic Framework and currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Andrew W Mellon sponsored CUNY Transformative Learning in the Humanities (TLH) initiative. Donna has recruited and trained upwards of 20 students (undergraduate and graduate) in her academic career, is co-PI of the Lehman College RISE program and PI of the IDMinNYC Materials Science NSF REU program with City College and the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center.

Dr. Rojo Robles is a writer, filmmaker, and professor born and raised in Puerto Rico. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras with a B.A. in Theater and an M.A. in Comparative Literature. He completed his M. Phil and Ph.D. Degrees in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Having taught at various CUNY colleges, he is now an Assistant Professor in Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College, CUNY, where his courses are particularly focused on Latin American, Latina/o/x, and Afro-diasporic literature, film, and intermedial cultures with an emphasis on Puerto Rico.

He has published articles in SX Salon| Small Axe Project, the Puerto Rico Review, Revista Cruce, Revista Iberoamericana and has been a cultural critic at 80grados.net for a decade. He is the editor of Pedro Pietri’s posthumous chapbook Condom Poems 4 Sale One Size Fits All (Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2019).

Along with teaching, researching, and writing, Dr. Robles has substantial work as a fiction writer, playwright, and filmmaker. Since 2004 he is the artistic director of the independent group, El kibutz del deseo, dedicated to producing plays, films, and publishing fiction and poetry. He is the author of Los desajustados/The Maladjusted (2015) and Escapistas (2017) and the writer, director, and producer of the experimental film The Sound of ILL Days (2017). He is currently at work on a book project about Boricua out-of-the-page poetics and on a series of articles about cinegraphic and intermedial literature in Puerto Rico, Latin America, and US Latinx communities. rojorobles.com