Multinational Institute of American Studies

Multinational Institute of American Studies- Staff

Philip M. Hosay, Director

Phil Hosay
Dr. Philip M. Hosay is Professor 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.

Mickey Bronstein, Administrative Director

Mickey BronsteinMickey Bronstein is a recent graduate of NYU’s International Education Master's program, where she focused on human rights and education, both within the United States and globally. Upon finishing her master’s degree, Mickey traveled to Buenos Aires to conduct research on alternative education spaces that work through art, human rights, social memory, and cooperativism. Prior to attending NYU, Mickey interned at an alternative school in Costa Rica, as well as worked at an early childhood center in Manhattan, where she worked on facilitating social-emotional development for immigrant children on the Lower East Side. Mickey also worked in South Korea teaching English for eighteen months, and volunteered with the Israeli Red Cross in Israel for one year. She also worked in Australia, studied in New Zealand, and volunteered in Thailand and Laos with literacy programs for children in the community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Colby College. This is her first year working with MIAS.

Jia-Lin Liu, Program Officer

Jia-Lin Liu Jia-Lin is a doctoral candidate 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 third year working with MIAS.

Amdanda Blewitt, Program Officer

Amanda Blewitt

Amanda is a doctoral student in International Education program at NYU. Her research interests include women’s role in grassroots peacebuilding efforts as well as the usefulness of strategies such as sustained dialogue for improving relationships in conflict settings. Prior to doctoral study, Amanda worked for three years in Honduras with two local nonprofits: Un Mundo, a small community development organization, and Adelante Foundation, a women’s empowerment microfinance institution. She also served as a program leader for a global gap year program in South Africa, India, Cambodia, Ecuador, and Peru with Thinking Beyond Borders; worked for three years as an educator in Ecuador; and has studied or volunteered in Colombia, Haiti, Ghana, and Iceland. Amanda holds a Master of Education in International Education Policy & Management from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Franklin & Marshall College. 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 fourth 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 second year working with MIAS.