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Speakers - Educating the Global City

Speaker/Participant Bios

Mary Catherine Bateson
As a prominent cultural anthropologist, linguist, and writer, Mary Catherine Bateson has long been fascinated with the way in which humans understand, create, and adapt to the world in which they live. Having recently completed a three-year stint as a Visiting Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Bateson now spends her time writing, lecturing, and heading the Institute for Intercultural Studies in New York. Her most recent book is Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery.

Mary M. Brabeck
Mary Brabeck joined the Steinhardt School of Education as Dean in October 2003.  Dr. Brabeck is the former Dean of Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Professor of Counseling and Developmental Psychology at Boston College. She is chair-elect of American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) and a member of the Holmes Partnership Board, the Steering Committee of the Council of Great City Schools of Education Deans Committee, and the APA Board of Directors Standing Hearing Panel. As a psychologist, APA accreditation site visit chair, and fellow of the APA, Brabeck has published more than 80 book chapters and journal articles.  Her most recent edited books include Practicing Feminist Ethics in Psychology and Meeting at the Hyphen:  Schools-Universities Professions in Collaboration for Student Achievement and Well Being.

Robert Cohen
Robert Cohen is co-chair of Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning and an affiliated member of the NYU Department of History. As an active participant in social studies reform projects in public schools, Dr. Cohen’s career began as a teacher of US history in the history department at UC Berkeley and the University of Toledo, and then history of education and social studies in the college of education at the University of Georgia. His first book, When the Old Left Was Young: Student Radicals and America’s First Mass Student Movement was chosen for Choice Magazine’s list of Outstanding Academic Books for 1994.

Antonio Damasio
Antonio Damasio is an internationally recognized leader in neuroscience. His research has helped to elucidate the neural basis for the emotions and has shown that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision-making. His work has also had a major influence on current understanding of the neural systems, which underlie memory, language and consciousness. Damasio directs the newly created USC Institute for the Neurological Study of Emotion and Creativity. Damasio is the author of many papers in prestigious scholarly journals, and a skilled science communicator who has published three books on mind and brain: Descartes' Error; The Feeling of What Happens; and Looking for Spinoza. These books are taught in universities worldwide and have become best sellers. He is also a gifted clinician and for decades has cared for patients with brain damage. Through basic research, medical case studies and philosophical analysis, he has! investigated the biological roots of consciousness and helped to reveal its role in survival. His work spans many fields and includes studies of Alzheimer's and other human diseases.

Juan Flores
A respected scholar in the fields of Puerto Rican and cultural studies, Juan Flores is the director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, where he also heads the school’s Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship program. Professor Flores has been a member of the board of Directors of the New York Council on the Humanities and has consulted for the Smithsonian Institute and the Rockefeller Foundation. His most recent book is From Bomba to Hip Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latin Identity.

Carol Gilligan
Dr. Carol Gilligan received a B.A. in English literature from Swathmore College, a masters degree in clinical psychology from Radcliffe College, and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. Her landmark book, In A Different Voice (1982), is described by Harvard University Press as “the little book that started a revolution”. Following In A Different Voice, she studied women’s psychology and girls’ development and co-authored or edited 5 books with her students Mapping the Moral Domain (1988), Making Connections (1990), Women, Girls, and Psychotherapy: Reframing Resistance (1991), Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls' Development, (1992) – a New York Times notable book of the year, and Between Voice and Silence: Women and Girls, Race and Relationships (1995). She received a senior research scholarship award from the Spencer Foundation, a Grawemeyer Award for her contributions to education, a Heinz Award for her contributions to understanding the human condition and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans. In 2002, she became University Professor at New York University School of Law. She teaches a seminar on gender issues and the psychology and culture of democratic societies, and a freshman honors seminar, “From the Birth of Tragedy to the Birth of Pleasure.”

Percy Hintzen
Percy Hintzen is a professor in the African American Studies department at the University of California at Berkeley, where he teaches courses in political and economic development, Caribbean political economy, and comparative race and ethnic relations. He is also external examiner for the University of the West Indies and holds a PhD in comparative political sociology from Yale University.

Patricia Gándara
Patricia Gándara is a professor of education at the University of California, Davis, where she leads the Educational Policy Studies program. In addition, Dr. Gándara directs the Institute for Education Policy, Law, and Government and is a co-director of PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education), a research consortium comprised of UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University. Dr. Gándara’s research has focused on the problem of access to higher learning facing low-income and minority students as well as the education of English Learners. She is currently consulting the Mexican government on issues related to the education of children of Mexican migrant families. Dr. Gándara earned her PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles and has been a social scientist with the RAND Corporation and an Associate of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University.

Pedro Noguera
A professor at the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU, Pedro Noguera is an urban sociologists. Dr. Noguera’s scholarship focuses on the ways in which the educational system is influenced by social and economic conditions in urban environments. He is the director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings, and a recognized expert in the areas of urban school reform, violence in youth culture, and race and ethnic relations in America. Before coming to NYU, Dr. Noguera was the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His most recent award winning book is City Schools and the American Dream.

Mary Louise Pratt
Dr. Mary Louise Pratt served on the faculty of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford from 1976 to 2003, and recently joined the faculty at New York University, where she was named Silver Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. At NYU, she is also affiliated with the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and with the Department of Comparative Literature. She is most known as a scholar of Latin American literature since 1800, her research and teaching areas including postcolonial criticism and theory, cultural studies, women and print culture, literary discourse and ideology, travel literature, and modern prose fiction. Her published work includes Toward a Speech Act Theory of Literary Discourse (1977), Linguistics for Students of Literature (1980), Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992), and the co-authored Women, Culture and Politics in Latin America (1990). Dr. Pratt has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the ACLS, Pew Foundation, NEH, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. She also served as President of the Modern Language Association for 2003.

Mary Robinson
The former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson has long been a leading advocate for international justice and open dialogue between the developed and developing worlds. Founder and current head of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, an organization that seeks to incorporate human rights into the globalization process and support good governance in developing countries, Robinson is promoting the idea that the spread of global justice will necessarily curtail the impact of terrorism on international security.

John Sexton
The fifteenth President of New York University, John Edward Sexton is the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law at NYU’s School of Law. He joined the faculty at the School of Law in 1981, was named the School’s Dean in 1988, and was designated the University’s President in 2001. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of both the Association of American University Presidents and the Council on Foreign Relations, President Sexton has received a PhD in the History of American Religion from Fordham University as well as a JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Carola Suárez-Orozco
Carola Suárez-Orozco chairs the Applied Psychology department at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education where also co-directs Immigration Studies at NYU, a comparative, interdisciplinary program devoted to the scholarly study of immigration, focusing on children, youth, and families. She is an expert on the cultural and psychological factors affecting the childhood immigration experience and has published widely in the areas of cultural psychology, academic engagement, immigrant youth, and identity formation. Before coming to NYU, Dr. Suarez-Orozco was executive director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and co-director of the Harvard Immigration Projects.

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco’s work is interdisciplinary, comparative, and longitudinal. His basic research is on conceptual and empirical problems in the areas of cultural psychology and psychological anthropology with a focus on the study of immigration and globalization. He is author of numerous scholarly essays, books, and edited volumes including, The New Immigration: An Interdisciplinary Reader (co-edited with Carola Suárez-Orozco and Desiree Qin-Hilliard, Routledge, 2005), Globalization: Culture and Education in the New Millennium (co-edited with Desirée Qin-Hilliard, University of California Press, 2004), the six-volume Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration (co-edited with Carola Suárez-Orozco and Desiree Qin-Hilliard, Routledge, 2001), Children of Immigration (co-authored with Carola Suarez-Orozco, Harvard University Press, 2001), the award winning Transformations: Immigration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents (co-authored with Carola Suárez-Orozco, Stanford University Press, 1995), many other books and volumes and over 100 scholarly papers appearing in such international journals as Ethos, International Migration (Geneva), Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Revue Française de Pédagogie (Paris), Harvard Educational Review, Cultuur en Migratie (Leuven), Daedalus: The Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Temas: Cultura, Ideología y Sociedad (Havana) and others. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco is the first Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University where he also holds the title of University Professor. He is the co-director of Immigration Studies at NYU and co-director of IGems. Prior to moving to New York he was the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education and Culture at Harvard University, where he co-founded the Harvard Immigration Projects.

Rita Süssmuth
A former member of the German Bundestag—serving for ten years as its speaker—Dr. Rita Süssmuth has had a long and distinguished political and academic career. As an expert on European immigration, she chaired the German Parliament’s Immigration Commission from 2000 to 2001 and has since headed the independent German Immigration Council (Zuwanderungsrat). She holds a doctorate in educational science, sociology, and psychology from the University of Münster and has taught at the University of Göttingen since 2003.

Mary C. Waters
A specialist in race and ethnicity, immigration, and demography, Mary Waters chairs the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. She is also co-director of the New York Second Generation Project, which contrasts the lives and experiences of second-generation young adults of Chinese, Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian, Dominican, West Indian, and Russian descent with those of comparable native-born whites, blacks, and Puerto Ricans. She has numerous articles and books to her credit on the subject of race, ethnicity, and immigration, including The New Americans: A Handbook to Immigration Since 1965 (in progress), and Black Identities: West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities.

Niobe Way
Dr. Niobe Way received her doctorate from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology. Her research interests focus on the social and emotional development of low-income, urban adolescents. She is interested in how contexts, such as schools, families, and neighborhoods, influence the social development of urban adolescents. She has published numerous books and journal articles over the past decade. Her books include: Everyday Courage: The Lives and Stories of Urban Teenagers (NYU Press, 1998); Urban Girls: Resisting Stereotypes, Creating Identities (NYU press, 1996). Her co-authored book with Bonnie Leadbeater: "Growing up fast: Transitions to adulthood among inner city adolescent mothers" (Erlbaum Press, 2001) received the Best Book Award from the Society of Research on Adolescence (2002). Her most recent co-edited book is entitled Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (NYU Press, 2004). Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, The National Science Foundation, The William T. Grant Foundation, The Spencer Foundation, and by numerous other smaller foundations.

Min Zhou
The chair of the Asian American studies department and a professor in the department of sociology at the University of California at Los Angeles, Min Zhou is a noted authority on Asian American immigration culture and patterns. Her recent books include Straddling Different Social Worlds: The Experience of Vietnamese Refugee Children in the United States and Asian American Youth: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity.