Multinational Institute of American Studies

Multinational Institute of American Studies- Staff

Philip M. Hosay, Director

Phil Hosay
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 CherngHua-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.


 Jon Friedman, Administrative Director

Jon Friedman

Jon completed his PhD in International Education in 2017, and has taught as an adjunct professor at both NYU Steinhardt and Teachers College, Columbia University. A sociologist by training, his research focuses on the internationalization of higher education, with a particular interest in how universities undergo change, as well as facilitate global education among their students and wider publics. He has previously examined organizational and cultural dynamics related to internationalization among administrators at American and British universities, and his work on area studies centers, nationalism, cosmopolitan capital, and international education has been published in academic journals including the British Journal of Sociology of Education, Higher Education, and the Journal of Studies in International Education. Jon has been part of a long term project based at the Social Science Research Council examining how U.S. universities organize teaching and research about the rest of the world (‘Producing Knowledge on World Regions’). He is currently developing research on visual marketing related to internationalization in the U.S. and worldwide.


Jia-Lin Liu, Program Officer

Jia-Lin Liu Jia-Lin is a doctoral student in the International Education program at NYU Steinhardt.Her research focuses on how documentation status can create educational and institutional exclusion for the Chinese immigrant population in the US. To shed light on the experience of the undocumented Chinese and how they navigate educational institutions, Jia-Lin uses qualitative method to examine the educational decision-making processes of undocumented Chinese families. Prior to coming to NYU, Jia-Lin worked as a child welfare social worker at the Center for Family Life, based in Sunset Park Brooklyn for 6 and a half years. During her time as a social worker, she provided clinical casework counseling to around 100 Chinese, Latino, and other Asian immigrant families. In addition, Jia-Lin also ran many community groups and helped the process of starting a tutoring cooperative, Sunset Scholars, which continues to flourish in the community today. Jia-Lin has also done a variety of volunteer community work that has taken her to India, China, Japan, and her home Taiwan. Jia-Lin received her M.S.W from Columbia University and her B.S. from Vanderbilt University. This is her second year working with MIAS.


Khadija Abdous, Program Officer

Khadija Abdous is a doctoral student in the International Education program. Her research centers around privatization of education in Morocco and how it affects the quality of public education provision and education reform in the country. She received a Fulbright scholarship to study for her Master’s degree in International Education at New York University and has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Hassan II University.  Prior to coming to NYU, Khadija participated in different teacher exchange programs in Morocco and the US. She taught English for two years at SIST British University and for seven years at various public high schools in Morocco. While at NYU, Khadija has served as a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Global Education course. This is her first year working with MIAS.


Letizia La Rosa, Administrative Manager of the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities        
                                          Letizia La Rosa 
Letizia is the Administrative Manager, Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities where she oversees the administrative operations of the department and works closely with faculty and advisers to run eight academic programs.  Letizia holds an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from NYU Steinhardt. She has previously worked in a few other offices around NYU: the American Language Institute at the School of Professional Studies, the Public Interest Law Center at the Law School, and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. Letizia was born in Italy and is lucky enough to return there every summer to visit her family. This is her third year working with MIAS.

Danielle DiRienzo, Administrative Assistant, Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities
Danielle is the Administrative Aid for the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science and Humanities. Prior to joining the NYU community in 2016, she enjoyed 16 years working at Long Island University in her native Brooklyn, NY. Currently, Danielle is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Behavior and Change. This is her first year working with MIAS.