Multinational Institute of American Studies

Multinational Institute of American Studies- Staff

Philip M. Hosay, Director

Dr. Philip M. Hosay is Professor and Director of International Education and Director of the Multinational Institute of American Studies at New York University.  He holds the M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Michigan.  Among his publications are The Challenge of Urban PovertyThe Dictionary of American Biography, and an Outline Series in American Studies for the United States Information Agency.  Under his direction, the Multinational Institute has received over $10,000,000 in funding from the United States Information Agency, the U.S. Department of State, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and various Fulbright Commissions.  He has served as a consultant for the U.S. State Department in Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Egypt, Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and the West Bank, and he has lectured at a number of foreign universities, including the University of Warsaw, the University of Strasbourg, St. Petersburg University, Atatürk University, Tokyo University, Thammasat University, Vietnam National University, Chonnam National University, and the University of Delhi.  Most recently, he gave the keynote address at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association of Thailand, the American Studies Association of Korea, and the American Studies Association of the West Bank, and he was a Senior Fulbright Specialist in Turkey.


Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, Associate Director

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng is a sociologist whose scholarly and community-based work focuses on the social lives of marginalized youth. His interests include comparative perspectives on race/ethnicity (with a focus on China and the US), immigrant adaptation, and social capital within the school and educational context. As such, his research examines the social relationships in the lives of minority and immigrant adolescents in the US, gender and ethnic differences in education in China, and cultural and social capital transfers between adolescents in the US. His scholarship has appeared in journals such as American Educational Research Journal, Social Forces, and Teachers College Record. Cherng received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, and he has also taught in a charter middle school in San Francisco and a college in rural China.


Jessy Hsieh, Administrative Director
Jessy is an advanced doctoral student in the International Education program at NYU Steinhardt. Her research adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the study of creativity and agency. Jessy brings this lens to her teaching at the NYU Stern School of Business, where she focuses on communication frameworks applied at the intersection of individual, business, and social impact. She combines years of industry experience in university administration, financial services, and government to understand the various strategic choices that people make across multiple contexts. Jessy received her M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business and her B.A. from Columbia University. This is her first year working with MIAS. 




Jonathan Friedman, Program Officer 

Jonathan is an advanced doctoral candidate in the International Education program in NYU Steinhardt. His research draws from cultural, organizational, and critical sociology to examine the practice of international education and the globalization of higher education, with a focus on the U.S. ad U.K. At NYU, he has been involved in multiple research projects, including a long-term study of how universities organize teaching and research about the rest of the world (‘Producing Knowledge on World Regions’), and, with Cynthia Miller-Idriss (American University), a cross-national analysis of digital imagery in higher education marketing. His work has been published in the Journal of International Studies in Education, and Higher Education Research and Development. Prior to doctoral study, Jonathan completed an M.A. in International Education at NYU, and a B.Ed. in Toronto, Canada with a specialization in secondary-level History. For two years, he worked as project associate in the secretariat office of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, a unique collaboration among seven U.S. philanthropic foundations to support universities in Africa. He has previously taught courses at NYU at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, pertaining to globalization, international education, and comparative studies of culture and society. For 2016-2017, Jonathan is also serving as chair for the Post-foundational Approaches special interest group of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).

Christian A. Bracho, Program Consultant
Christian Bracho is a Professorial Lecturer at American University's School of Education, in the International Training and Education Program. He received his PhD in International Education from NYU Steinhardt, and his dissertation, an ethnographic study of a teachers' movement in Oaxaca, Mexico, examined the intersections between nationalism, teacher professionalism, and political activism. Formerly a high school English teacher in California, Christian also recently worked as an Education Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, coaching teachers and working with district leaders to implement new frameworks related to literacy and language standards. Christian also served as a Professional Development Consultant for the La Puente Valley Regional Occupation Program, where he trained Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers to implement Common Core Standards for Technical Subjects and deepen the rigor of academic instruction. Christian has also worked as a curriculum workshop facilitator at a K-12 Teacher Institute on Nonviolence, held at Cal Poly Pomona's Ahimsa Center for Nonviolence. This is his sixth year working with MIAS.