Adding to the impressive pool of recent College of Staten Island (CSI) faculty accolades, Ashley Dawson, PhD and Ava Chin, PhD have received Distinguished Professor Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) awards from The City University of New York.
Dr. Dawson received the ARC Fellowship for Spring 2017 for a project on urbanization and climate change, and he plans to “look in particular at efforts to make New York City more resilient following Hurricane Sandy.”
Dr. Chin received the ARC Fellowship for Fall 2016 and she plans to work on her latest book project: “a memoir tracing my family’s 19th Century transnational migration from southern China to New York’s Chinatown.”
Both faculty members are in the English Department at CSI and will receive reassigned time to engage in their research and be part of a scholarly community that includes about ten other CUNY faculty plus about ten visiting scholars.
“I’m really elated to have this time to focus on my research and writing,” noted Dr. Dawson, adding that he will also be beginning a new project focused on struggles to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, in particular on fights for energy democracy.
Dr. Chin said, “It’s a wonderful honor to be a Distinguished CUNY fellow. I have the pleasure of being in a talented cohort of experts in immigration, inequality, and multilingualism, who are from universities around the world, as well as across CUNY. The support for my research has been overwhelming and I am quite grateful. The fellowship came at a critical time in my writing process, especially as I prepare to move to China for my Fulbright. Dr. Chin is also the convener for the faculty and graduate student cluster on immigration.
“Given the competition for these Fellowships, CSI faculty have been remarkably successful,” commented Dr. Nan M. Sussman, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.
2015-2016: Dr. Patricia Brooks and Dr. Christine Tortora.
2014-2015: Dr. Ismael Garcia Colon.